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Canon 20D batteries

Hey there-

I seem to be having battery issues with the Canon 20D.  I have the optional vertical grip, and my batteries seem to be either draining or not holding a charge.  Sometimes I can see the aperture and shutter speed on the display, but not the frame count left on the card, and it won’t let me shoot.  Sometimes fixable if i disconnect the the grip, remove the batteries, and put it all together again, sometimes not. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

by [a former member] at 2005-10-02 07:08:22 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Dubai , United Arab Emirates | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Funny you write this now, I just got done shooting a week of backstage stuff at the fashion shows in Milan where I noticed while using the grip (with just one battery in it for weight reasons) the charge would drain WAY too early and the camera would cease working quite suddenly. I took the grip off and the battery life returned to normal, meaning great—could do four or five shows on one batter without the grip, just one and change with the grip.

Guess it’s a return trip to Canon, they’re getting to know me well after not being able to figure out why the exposure compensation dial on my 580EX won’t work in coordination with my ST-E2 (nor a new 580 of theirs, yet does work with a 550EX of theirs).

by Dave Yoder | 02 Oct 2005 10:10 | Milan, Italy | | Report spam→
Sounds familiar. Sometimes my 20D just refuses to be switched on. The problem can be solved in the same manner as you discribed above. It only happens once in a while so haven’t returned it to Canon yet. But I guess,  this will happen sooner or later.

by Daniel Etter | 02 Oct 2005 11:10 | Cologne, Germany | | Report spam→
This is a known issue with the first versions of those camera grips for the 20D…

Here is Canons statement:

"July 12, 2005

Canon U.S.A.

To customers using the EOS 20D/EOS 20Da Battery Grip BG-E2
*Grips will be received for free repairs starting on July 12, 2005.

Thank you for using Canon Products.

It has been discovered that when using Battery Grip BG-E2 with EOS 20D/20Da digital SLR cameras, there are cases that, even with fully charged batteries (exclusive battery pack or NiMH battery) or unused AA size batteries, only a few shots can be taken or "bc" is displayed immediately.

BG-E2 Battery Grips that cause this phenomenon will be repaired free of charge.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this issue has caused for you. We will make every effort in quality control to provide products that our customers can use with confidence. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

Please refer to the following for details:

Battery Grip BG-E2 and Battery Magazine BGM-E2
     – Battery Grip BG-E2
        Serial Number 000001 – 096000 (shown below)
     – Battery Magazine BGM-E2
        Old type products (shown below)"

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by [former member] | 02 Oct 2005 11:10 (ed. Oct 2 2005) | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Heinous.  Thanks all.  I guess I know what I’m doing in my free time.  Sure glad I save the little door for the original body. 

by [former member] | 02 Oct 2005 11:10 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | | Report spam→

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