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Working wire service news with two Fuji XT-2's at the Wine Contry, California fires. Serious complaint of the system is the terrible battery life...as I started the day with 13 fresh batteries, and in six hours was down to three, despite efforts to save battery life. The camera is VERY questionable as a working PJ's tool...something journalists need to keep in mind before switching systems, especially if you routinely cover extended assignments and won't have power to charge batteries, even if you had the time or patience to do so. The 9 batteries I used only got me 977 shots...that is with no "review", no pre AF, image stabilization OFF, and switching the camera OFF between shots. Had I needed to remain photographing (even if I could find a power source) I was looking at six hours to get my stash of batteries back up and get me working again. As it was, using four battery chargers I wasn't ready to shoot again until the next day. If I had to do "the switch" over again I would have kept my Canon 5d3's and kept it around for those times when I need long battery life, and in fact I will be ordering a Canon 5D4 this week as I simply can't/won't depend on this camera system to have the endurance needed for long days shooting news. For everything else it's a gem, but as a working person's tool where battery life in the field I don't recommend you leave your DSLR. -Peter
As I am not the heaviest shooter out there, I am normally fine with the two original Fuji batteries I have. I have a few events coming up where I anticipate heavy usage of the internal flash of my X-E2, so I would like to get some more, but the Fuji batteries do not exactly come cheap. What are your experiences, good or bad, with third-party / off-brand batteries?