I’ve been on a hunt for the perfect power system for quite some time now. There are literally hundreds of power solutions out there, different battery types, capacities, mounts and so many other choices. After a lot of research, I’ve come up with some tools and tips that you will find in this tutorial/review for you guys using the Switronix Powerbase 70.
Atomos has been killing it in the digital recording world with their affordable video recorders and recently announced a new product called the Power Station. The Atomos Power Station will power your camera and up to 5 other devices through 3x DC and 2x USB ports all for only $295. You can pre-order the Atomos Power Station from B&H Photo Video here.
This power solution is pretty exciting to me. Lets take a closer look at some of the Power Station’s features.
If you’re looking for a way to extend your cameras power this is the tool for you.
I recently purchased this NP-F970 Battery Adapter that is compatible with Canon DSLRs. I was a little worried about the quality from the pictures online but I thought I’d take the plunge and share my findings with you guys. After receiving the unit, I hooked it up with 2 Sony NP-F970 batteries and let if run all day with the camera recording AND powering my monitor… 8 Hours later, I called it a day and decided I like this thing. I still haven’t fully tested the unit to see how long it would power the camera and accessories but it’ll give you a full day at least.
It is the end of a long day of shooting, and you have one last crucial shot/interview to get, when all a sudden “click!!!!” your camera shuts down. Your heart sinks as you check the camera screen to find that evil little empty battery symbol mockingly blinking back. “Its ok… I have spare batteries” you say to yourself as you franticly search your bag for batteries…
I have been using these battery grips on both my cameras for a while now, and really love them. Not only do they give you extra power (which is great for us video folk), but you also get a more stable camera, easier access to batteries, and you’ll look like a boss doing it. These Vello battery grips are also very affordable compared to the Canon brand options.
I got an email this morning from Glenn Pugh sharing this article, and I wanted to pass it along. I had no idea how bad the Canon, Nikon and Sony counterfeit battery situation was. Be careful when buying “brand name” because you may be buy a total fake. For more info check out this article from The Digital Picture’s website.
I can’t speak for other camera batteries but I have found this off brand battery to be the a great compatible chipped LP-E6 battery.
Thanks for the heads up Glenn!
There is so much gear out there for the DSLR shooter to choose from these days, and over the past year I have found 3 areas where you can save a ton of money and not compromise on quality. And yes there are other things to save money on but the items I want to talk about are necessities to every DSLR video shooter.