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Old October 16th, 2007, 11:55 PM   #1
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HVL-20dw2 light question

I just bought this light and only used a few times. I noticed that on a 20W option the highest capacity battery NP-F970 only lasts 90minutes, is that the average or my battery is drained out? Also, is there a higher capacity battery than 970?
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 04:31 PM   #2
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Camera light experience, HVL20 and others

I have the HVL20 and power it with one of two NPF960 batteries. They used to be main power for my PD150 camera, but when I went Z1 I got two 970 batts as a bonus.

I can't think of a time I went through a light battery while doing an event. But 90 minutes is realistic.

Considering it is an onboard battery, 90 minutes is pretty good as these lights go.

I have other gripes with the light, but longevity is not one of them.
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 07:21 PM   #3
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90 min sounds about right. As Mark stated, this wouldn't be one of my gripes either. It's better than nothing, but there definitely better lights out there.
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Old October 25th, 2007, 10:20 AM   #4
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90 min sounds about right. As Mark stated, this wouldn't be one of my gripes either. It's better than nothing, but there definitely better lights out there.
I agree, if I was purchasing a light today, I would go LED based.
And if onboard battery power is a requirement (especially long life Sony batts) then the Sony HVL-LBP is a fantastic choice. Great battery run times, stays cool, great spread for widescreen shooting, dimmable, flip down diffuser or beam focuser, no hotspot like HVL-20 light, and runs forever on Sony NP770 battery and longer with NP970.

It's expensive and large, but a great light none the less.
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Old November 6th, 2007, 09:03 PM   #5
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Yeah, I wish it had a low battery warning. Mine died in the middle of a Father Daughter dance!
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