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Old 05-01-2009   #1
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This

It's kinda wacky, and I can't really understand how it would effect the S2.

As far as I can guess it converts the S2 into a :

"two AA-tray" affair

rather than a :

"single AA-tray + two CR123 battery" affair

Besides making a big camera even bigger, I wonder how it effects the camera overall, do you think it makes the S2 last longer if no flash is used? Or do you think it would only help those firing off the on-board flash?

It's not to expensive, I might try one.

On a recent outing I was disappointed with my D40's exposure and I think I'll grab my S2 for the next couple outings - of course I wish it took a single lithium rechargeable like the D40 and could fire off 400+ shots per charge ... The electricity really is the Achillie's heel of the S2, in my opnion.

But the Fuji's make such lovely pictures Maybe it's worth carrying 100 batteries around? But I'd like to rig up a way for the S2 to use a couple of the D40's rechargable lithium batteries, we'll need a good EE with a sweat shop full of scantily clad Chinese gals to rig that up ... Only Swampler can help us!


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The conversion requires some reshaping of the grip. The base of the S2 is slightly different then the F80. Took about 15mins.
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Hey can I get a review of that thing?

Also, I found some info via dpreview :

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And a lithium rechargeable for the Fuji S2 :


A rechargeable lithium for the S2? A single battery solution? That seems good!

Here is one attached to an S2 http://theswampbbs.com/forums/showpost.php?p=84300&postcount=7
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I got the grip for 20 bucks. I have a big pile of AA batteries so it gets rid of the 123's. Makes the camera feel and handle like the Nikon D1 series but with out the portrait controls. I personally like the bigger feel of the D1 series so that is what I was after.
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Worked only marginally for me, that's why I bought the CR123a rechargeables and charger from Adorama. The 2 CR123a's are 3 volts each for a total of 6 volts, the grip uses 4 "AA" at 1.2 volts or a total of 4.8volts. If the voltage dropped even a small amount the grip stopped my camera completely. Remove the grip and of course it runs with the "AA"'s only but the metering is questionable and no flash.
Insert the rechargeables and it normal plus with the rechargeables in place the "AA"'s (2700mah) last a very long time, at least double the time with "AA"'s alone.
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Let me get this straight. Is the pop up flash enabled when using the modified grip?

I have a Quantum QB1C battery that works pretty well, but no pop up flash is capable. I know it's practically worthless, but for misc BS stuff around home, it would be nice to be able to use. And I like a heftier body. I always had my auto winder on my Canon AE-1 because it felt too small for my hands, even if the winder wasn't used.

So, this would give me more inexpensive battery power, more heft in camera, and unlike my QB1C has a 1/4 20 mount on the bottom of it, right?
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how much does it cost?
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yes the chinese after market one work just fine. i have 2 friends that have them. since i no longer use my s2 i have not bought one.
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Guess I'll jump in here. I've used these cheap aftermarket battery holders on both of my S2's for at least 4 or 5 years now. A vertical grip they are not, but I do appreciate the added weight they provide to an otherwise lightweight camera body.

I've made some compromises on battery choice due to the fact that I don't use the pop-up flash very often, but do depend on it for spur of the moment family stuff. Like most, I use rechargeable NiMH in the camera itself and probably have 8 or 10 sets on hand. But for the secondary battery pack I use Lithium AA's. They're worth the extra investment and they last an unbelievably long time with such limited demand.


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