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GH2 Extended Battery Options


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I'm shooting in 3 hour blocks (in 45min intervals) and swapping batteries from my GH2, but having been connected to a tripod is proving a total b!tch.  So I'm looking for options which would be either an extended battery pack OR a much easier way to QUICKLY swap out batteries while being connected to a tripod

Any ideas? 

I've found this [url=http://dolgin.net/zen_dolgin/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=18&products_id=99][b][i]extended GH2 battery plate[/i][/b][/url] but it's not particularly cheap + I'll have to think about where to mount it(and so opens the door to more problems)
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Looks like you are in luck.  You might want to order a CGPro Battery Grip for GH2. Link below.  Good luck.

Features:

• Compatible with Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH2

• Extended run-time up to 7-9 hours.

• Built-in Ultra High Capacity 5000mAh Li-ion Rechargeable Battery
• Non-memory effect for maximum performance
• 4 level LED indicator for a quick check of remaining battery capacity.

Package includes:

1x CGPro Battery Grip Built-in 5000mAh Li-ion Rechargeable Battery
1x Charger

http://www.cinegearpro.com/hdmi-cables/power-batteries/cgpro-5000mah-li-ion-rechargeable-battery-grip-for-panasonic-lumix-dmc-gh2.html
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I made a very simple flat plate that goes under the camera and provides a tripod mounting point offset well away from the battery door.

I also have done the custom made battery setup which works for 6hrs or more.
8.4v 45mA RC battery
1.7mm int  4.75mm ext connector (ebay "Power DC Plug 1.7mm")
to Panasonic DMW-DCC8 DC Coupler (requires at least 8.4 v)
http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/265/gh2-batteries-discussion/p1
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I use v-mount batteries and a Switronix adapter [url=http://www.switronix.com/news/204-switronix-releases-xp-cable-for-panasonic-lumix-gh2]http://www.switronix.com/news/204-switronix-releases-xp-cable-for-panasonic-lumix-gh2[/url]

I added sensor connectors (similar to LEMO, not as good but cheaper) and it works really well.
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