Aftermarket external battery packs.

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Aftermarket external battery packs.

Unread postby Juanito200 » Tue Mar 23, 2010 2:15 pm

Has anyone used any of the aftermarket external battery packs for the HVL-56am and other alpha flashes? The knock-off ones on fleabay etc. are considerably cheaper than the genuine ones. Are there risks to the flash? Thanks in advance. Johnhttp://cgi.ebay.com/External-Flash-Battery-Pack-For-SONY-F56-AM-HVL-F56AM_W0QQitemZ350212646661QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCamera_Flash_Accessories?hash=item518a4ce705
I am also quite leery of buying from Hong Kong....I would try to source something stateside..
Like this one...I've used Opteka before with good results.http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-External-HVL-F58AM-HVL-F56AM-Electronic/dp/B002476J16/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1269350660&sr=8-1
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Re: Aftermarket external battery packs.

Unread postby KevinBarrett » Tue Mar 23, 2010 4:07 pm

I use the Opteka unit with good results. Recycle times are fast enough that I almost never find myself waiting on the flash unless I did lots of full pops. If you're doing 1/4 pops, it'll keep up with you all day long it seems.
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Re: Aftermarket external battery packs.

Unread postby Juanito200 » Tue Mar 23, 2010 5:05 pm

Thanks Kevin- I couldn't remember if you had one or not. I shot numerous candids during the rehersal and reception for my sister in laws wedding, and was constantly waiting or changing overheated batteries. It was very frustrating! I became quite jealous of the photographer's battery pack, as she never slowed down.
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