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The a7r/a7 battery grip question
« on: December 17, 2013, 07:02:11 PM »
Hi fellow enthusiasts,

I received my battery grip for my a7r yesterday. As the camera did not come with a battery charger other than the USB/charger through the camera body, I noticed that the battery light did not come on nor did the battery(s) charge.  Should I assume that under this configuration, I should consider the external battery charger?

I RTFM'd and the instructions bear no mention of this.
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Re: The a7r/a7 battery grip question
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2013, 08:26:20 PM »
I RTFM'd and the instructions bear no mention of this.

I dont know the answer to your question but the RTFM comment put a smile on my face. Takes me back a few years :)

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Re: The a7r/a7 battery grip question
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2013, 08:42:51 PM »
I would have thought that for the high price of the A7(R), they would include a charger......................
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Re: The a7r/a7 battery grip question
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2013, 06:23:05 PM »
As you say, the α7R does not come with an external battery charger, you must instead use an external charger for the battery in the grip (one or two? I don't know). Charging over USB, may be required for the internal battery but will be very slow, so the grip with an external charger is a good move. Apparently Sony' charger is very expensive. However there are third party batteries and chargers available from places like Henry's or B&W in New York that may work and save you a lot of money. If you go this route, verify at Henry's that they do in fact work.
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Re: The a7r/a7 battery grip question
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2013, 07:59:42 PM »
As you say, the α7R does not come with an external battery charger, you must instead use an external charger for the battery in the grip (one or two? I don't know). Charging over USB, may be required for the internal battery but will be very slow, so the grip with an external charger is a good move. Apparently Sony' charger is very expensive. However there are third party batteries and chargers available from places like Henry's or B&W in New York that may work and save you a lot of money. If you go this route, verify at Henry's that they do in fact work.

So true.  The one at B&H is only 20$ and charges in 2-6 hrs like the Sony.  Picking up a bunch of batts there as well when we go there this Friday.
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Re: The a7r/a7 battery grip question
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2013, 04:36:27 PM »
Am I missing something? Wasn`t the A55 and others complained about because of its FW50 Battery? Yet Sony use it in the A7, why, in preference to the FM500 - too big? I notice the A55 is quoted as 330 shots, but only 275 for A7. Curious.
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Re: The a7r/a7 battery grip question
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2014, 04:30:02 PM »
Am I missing something? Wasn`t the A55 and others complained about because of its FW50 Battery? Yet Sony use it in the A7, why, in preference to the FM500 - too big? I notice the A55 is quoted as 330 shots, but only 275 for A7. Curious.
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I have taken up to 500 photos with my a7 on the stock battery. I think a lot has to do with your settings though. I usually only use the EVF and airplane mode unless i am using the phone app.