Film Camera Batteries Master Post vol. 1
One of the more confusing things we do in-store for people is help them find the correct battery for their vintage film cameras. It’s harder to do that online than in person, but we recently sat down with our catalog of batteries and did some sleuthing to figure out which batteries go with which cameras.
The result of this research went up on Etsy: our most frequently-ordered batteries are up there now, listed with the cameras that go with them. But here’s a little peek into what’s what, our top five film camera batteries, plus the ever-useful AAs.
#1: The S76. Also known as the LR44, SMC357, or SR44, this button-cell lithium battery is 1.5 volts and powers a number of common vintage cameras, including:
the Nikon F2, F3, Canon AE-1, Olympus OM-10, Pentax K100, K1000SE, KZ, KX, ME-super, the Yashica TL Super, and others.
#2: The 2CR5. This one is more recent, and powers some of the common autofocus film SLRs, including:
The Canon Elan, Nikon N50, N90, the Yashica Dental Eye II, and others.
#3: The 28L, AKA XP544, PX28. This little guy, who looks kind of like a half-sized AAA battery but is usually lithium, not alkaline, powers a couple of really popular cameras, including:
The Canon A-1 and AE-1P.
#4: The 625A, AKA the PX625a, RX625a, KX625, and V625u. This one’s another lithium button cell. It’s common in the old manual cameras as well, including some medium-format ones. Among them:
The Olympus OM-1, Yashica Mat 124, Zeiss Ikon Contaflex 125, SL706, Canonet GIII, Nikkormat FT.
#5: The CRP-2, also known as the DL223, 223A. This one’s a 6-volt battery, somewhat larger. It powers some more recent autofocus systems as well, including
The Nikon 6006, 6606.
And finally, AAs. These are sometimes still used in digital cameras, and are especially common in speedlights, flashes, battery grips, and similar accessories. Now, while any AA battery will fit, a higher-capacity battery will last a great deal longer and give much better performance. The measurement to look for is mAh, or milliamp-hours. A higher number means the battery can discharge more at once, meaning it will retain the ability to power up your device for a longer period of time.
Rechargeables save a lot of money and hassle, provided you remember to charge them up. Nickel-metal Hydride (NimH) batteries are the best for photographic applications. They can provide a high mAh output, and don’t retain a memory, so they can be recharged without first being fully discharged.
AA batteries are used in a number of vintage film cameras, most notably including the Nikon F4, F5, Canon SureShot, Nikon 8008, 5005, and pretty much every motor drive ever.
All these batteries are for sale, listed in that order, on this listing on our Etsy page, should you find that you need any of them. We also carry them in our stores, of course. Call ahead to ensure stock; they can be ordered from our warehouse in less than a week, normally.
I know this kind of comes across as spammy but I get questions about this almost constantly, and half the time we wind up just putting batteries into the camera in question at sort of random until it works. So here’s an actual list of what those batteries are. And a link to where to order them. Because sometimes that’s what you need.