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Old 08-05-2003, 07:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anybody use the mb-16 battery holder with their s2 pro. Does it fit. Does it work. Is it worth buying.


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You can't use the MB-16 right out of the box. I have heard of people modifying one to fit, though. I think I read about it on DPreview.com a long time ago. Something about filing something and removing parts and stuff...

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I've shot with the S1 and S2 and have success with the Quantum QB1C.

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Those are two different battery systems. I don't think having the MB16 on the S2 would power the digital -- unless you modified and re-wired it.

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Best investment I ever made. Some folks use the white plastic contact cap and file it down, but I use electrical tape at the base of the insert....about 3 wraps did it I believe. Just has to actuate that switch in the bottom of the CR123 compartment.

The MB-16 has a "ridge" along the back and sides of the mating surface....I ground that down with a Dremel nice and smooth.

Capacity? I shot Johnny's workshop (1700+ 3024 Jpg Fine images) on one set of batteries (8-2200 Mah NiMh - 4 in the camera and 4 in the MB-16) without recharging, with quite a bit of LCD review and pop-up flash as well.

I'm happy with mine....

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How much is an MB-16, $70?

How much are CR-123 batteries? I get mine for around $1.50 each if you figure in shipping.

That's 23 pair of CR-123 batteries.

How fast will you go through 23 pair of batteries? I'm somewhere on frame 15,000 and I haven't gone through my first 10 pair yet.

So, is it worth it? Only you can answer that.


Does it fit? It requires some modification.
You must remove some material on the MB-16 and you must enlarge the part that goes into the camera so that it pushes the switch. As another poster said, a dremel tool and some tape will take care of that.

Does it work?

Yes. But it only replaces the CR-123 batteries, you don't get a vertical release [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
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There seems to be a rather large variance in specific S2 bodies and CR123 lifespans. I know my cam eats up a pair before I've filled 2 256MB CF cards (without any pop-up flash use). And as you know, when they're gone, the cam locks up....most frustrating mid-shoot with a model that's "got it going on".

I know at the workshop I attended recently, one of the guys had a new S2....his died quite rapidly. I just kept going and going.... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

Plus, the added weight and length (?) adds tremendously to the balance of the camera. As for the vertical release, it must be an acquired taste. I've used a couple of cams that had them, and didn't like them at all. I prefer to wrap my arm at the wrist along the bottom of the camera for added stability.

As they say, YMMV.... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]

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It does seem that the life varies a lot from camera to camera and lens to lens. VR and Silent Wave lenses eat up batteries as does the on camera flash.

Microdrives seem to use up the AA's much faster than CF.

But I usually get about 1800 shots from a pair of CR-123 batteries and I have no idea how many shots from the AA's 'cause I recharge them after every shoot. I don't have any fancy lenses and I don't use the on camera flash.

But I have noticed that some sets of my AA last longer than others. The Maha Powerex 1800's that I have are the worst (and oldest). I can get a 3 or 4 hour shoot out of them and if I forget to charge them, I'm not going to get much more out of them. I think one of the batteries is going bad, I used to be able to use them lots longer. Oh well, a new set of Rayovacs 1900mha is only $10.

I've rambled, sorry.
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