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EN-EL15 RAVPower 2100mAh Rechargeable Camera Battery and Charger Set for Nikon (2x Replacement Batteries, 2.1A USB Input, 100% Compatible with Original) - Black

Review: RAVPower EN-EL15 2100mAh Rechargeable Camera Battery and Charger Set for Nikon

A Review of the RAVPower EN-EL15 2100mAh Rechargeable Camera Battery and Charger Set for Nikon (Model: RP_PB057).

EN-EL15 RAVPower 2100mAh Rechargeable Camera Battery and Charger Set for Nikon (2x Replacement Batteries, 2.1A USB Input, 100% Compatible with Original) - Black A versatile, affordable, and necessary aftermarket accessory for your Nikon camera.

For the sake of clarity, this is an independent review of the RAVPower 2100mAh rechargeable camera batteries and charger set (model: RP-PB057), intended for a variety of Nikon cameras including  the Nikon 1 V1,  D600, D610, D750, D800, D800a, D800e, D810, D7000, D7100 and D7200.

The product reviewed in this article was purchased from Amazon with hard-earned cash and the batteries tested extensively in a Nikon D7200.

Check the link below to obtain the latest price of this RAVPower charger set.


EN-EL15 RAVPower 2100mAh Rechargeable Camera Battery and Charger Set for Nikon (2x Replacement Batteries, 2.1A USB Input, 100% Compatible with Original) - Black

EN-EL15 RAVPower 2100mAh Rechargeable Camera Battery and Charger Set for Nikon (2x Replacement Batteries, 2.1A USB Input, 100% Compatible with Original) – Black

Good to know: This battery and recharger set comes complete with a free 12 months extended warranty when you register your purchase online.


REVIEW: RAVPower RP-PB057 Battery and Charger Set for Nikon Cameras

Product Description

RAVPower RP-PB057 Rechargeable Battery and Charger Kit

RAVPower RP-PB057 Rechargeable Battery and Charger Kit

The RAVPower EN-EL15 2100mAh rechargeable camera battery and charger set is an affordable aftermarket camera accessory that offers a tonne of features and benefits over the Nikon MH-25 battery charger.

This RAVPower battery and charger set aims to provide a complete backup power solution for your camera. With an extra two replacement batteries and a dual charger to keep empty batteries charging on the go, you will always be prepared for those unexpected moments when your camera battery runs out of juice.

With this kit, you will have the potential to triple your camera’s run time with the two extra batteries alone. And, with the charger being able to connect to any micro-USB power source,  this makes charging extremely versatile, as batteries could even be charged in remote locations with a portable battery, such as the RAVPower 26800mAh Power Bank.


RAVPower 26800mAh Power Bank Portable Charger 3-Port 5.5A iSmart Output External Battery Pack for Mobile Phones, Tablets and More RAVPower 26800mAh Power Bank Portable Charger 3-Port 5.5A iSmart Output External Battery Pack for Mobile Phones, Tablets and More

Good to know: This power bank is capable of recharging one EN-EL15 2100mAh battery approximately 12 times from a full charge.


Package Contents:

  • 2 x Replacement Batteries for Nikon EN-EL15 2100mAh
  • 1 x DC Dual Battery Charger
  • 1 x micro-USB Cable
  • Warranty Card

Batteries:

RAVPower claim that their replacement batteries (RP-PB057 Savior Series) are made to the exact specifications of the Nikon EN-EL15 battery but with a slightly larger capacity of 2100mAh/14.7W compared with the 1900mAh/14W of the Nikon EN-EL15. This equates to a 10.5% increase in battery capacity over the original.

RAVPower RP-PB057 SAVIOR Series Nikon EN-EL15 Battery V Nikon Original

RAVPower RP-PB057 SAVIOR Series Nikon EN-El15 Battery Pack V Nikon EN-EL15 Battery

In my own tests, where I used these batteries continuously for 3 days in a Nikon D7200, I found no discernible difference in battery performance when compared with the original Nikon EN-EL15 battery. The RAVPower batteries charged just as quickly as the Nikon original; shooting duration and number of shots obtained were also on par with the Nikon.

RAVPower RP-PB057 batteries will charge inside camera if your camera model supports this feature. However, note that some models, like the Nikon D7200 do not support inside camera charging.

Charger:

The RAVPower battery charger is light weight, but well made from a relatively strong, fire resistant plastic. It features two battery compartments and a pair of LEDs labelled CH1 and CH2.

RAVPower Charger for EN-EL15 Batteries

RAVPower Charger for EN-EL15 Batteries

The LEDs indicate charging status and glow red when a battery is charging. The LEDs glow green when a battery if fully charged or when a battery bay is empty.

CH1 No Battery (Green) | CH2 Battery Charging (Red)

The RAVPower charger is capable of charging the original Nikon EN-EL15 battery alongside a RAVPower equivalent.

RAVPower RP-PB057 Rechargeable Battery and Charger Kit

CH1 Nikon EN-EL15 Battery Charging (Red) | CH2 RAVPower Battery Charged (Green)

The RAVPower battery charger needs to be connected to a power source via the USB to micro USB cable provided.

RAVPower recommend that you connect to a charger capable of delivering at least 2.1 Amps to maximise charging efficiency. However, connecting to any USB power source will still charge the batteries. It will just take longer.


Raspberry Pi 3 Power Adapter

 

Raspberry Pi 3 Power Adapters 2.5 Amps +

Good to know: A power adapter for the Raspberry Pi 3 is an ideal companion for this battery charger as they are rated at 2.5 Amps minimum.

 


A Recommended Buy

The RAVPower 2100mAh rechargeable camera batteries and charger set (model: RP-PB057) is an affordable, quality made, aftermarket accessory for your Nikon camera. It is less expensive than the Nikon MH-25 charger; portable and offers a wealth of charging versatility with the two replacement batteries and the USB charging station.

With no detectable difference in battery performance from the original EN-EL15 Nikon battery, this kit represents excellent value for money and provides a total power solution for your camera.

Often promoted on Amazon with a substantial price discount, you should grab one of these today. Check the link below to obtain the latest price.


EN-EL15 RAVPower 2100mAh Rechargeable Camera Battery and Charger Set for Nikon (2x Replacement Batteries, 2.1A USB Input, 100% Compatible with Original) - Black

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Review: Hoya 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter on a Nikon D5100 Digital SLR with a 18mm-55mm VR Lens

Review: Hoya 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter on a Nikon D5100 Digital SLR with a 18mm-55mm VR Lens

A forthcoming holiday in Belgium was the kindling behind my purchase of the Hoya 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter (CIR-PL); a new companion for my trusty Nikon D5100 Digital SLR. Being an avid photographer, I had used a polarizing filter before on my older Olympus SLR (1972 model) and loved the deep blue skies that it could deliver on film. Over the years, I’ve taken some impressive photographs. And when I look back at them, I’m pleased I had a polarizing filter screwed onto the end of the lens. It can make a photograph so much better. And for very little cost.

What it does

Polarizing filters on modern cameras filter light that is linearly polarized, then circularly polarize the light entering the camera so as not to affect the camera’s sensors.
 
A Circular Polarizing Filter can increase contrast, darken skies and reduce reflections. The same effects are achievable in colour and black and white photography.

Hoya 52mm CIR-PL

The Hoya 52mm CIR-PL is a mid-ranged product in terms of price. It receives very good reviews at Amazon UK and the consensus there is that it’s a great product and good value for money.
 
It is well known that it is not suitable for wide angle lenses due to the physical depth of the polarizing ring. It can cast a shadow on the corners of photographs when at a high wide angle. As long as you don’t intend to use it in conjunction with such a lens, that won’t be a problem.

Purchased From CameraKing via Amazon UK

Delivery was very quick despite choosing the Super Saver Delivery option in Amazon.
The filter was posted well packaged and protected in a jiffy bag, small enough to be posted through the letter-box. The filter is packaged in a sealed, protective, plastic carry-case.

Nikon D5100 Digital SLR with 18mm-55mm VR Lens

I’ve had this camera and lens for a few years now. I love it and have taken some great photographs with it. Dare I say? Photographs bordering on professional quality.

Attaching the Filter

Making sure I didn’t cross-thread, the Hoya 52mm CIR-PL screwed onto the 18mm-55mm VR lens beautifully. The inner filter ring is knurled and allows sufficient grip to tighten the filter securely onto the lens despite its shallow depth.
Care does have to be taken here, not only to avoid the mistake of cross-threading the filter. The focus ring of this lens is on the very end of the lens, which the filter screws onto. So you must take care not to apply excessive torque to the focus ring when making the final tightening nip.
 
The original Nikon lens cap attaches to the filter to protect it.

In Use – Suppressing Reflections

CIR-PL: No Filtration
CIR-PL: Full Filtration
Sunlight falling on the black ceramic tiles in my kitchen was a good starting point to test the Hoya 52mm CIR-PL. The two photographs are taken with the same camera settings. The only difference between shots is the amount of polarizing filtration; in this case, either fully off or fully on.
CIR-PL: No Filtration
CIR-PL: Full Filtration
The same comparison again. This time with light reflections from water, courtesy of my son’s toy dumper truck.
CIR-PL: No Filtration
CIR-PL: Full Filtration

 And this really shows what it can do; suppressing reflections from glass. 

In Use – Increased Contrast & Darkened Skies

CIR-PL: No Filtration
CIR-PL: Full Filtration
Not only does contrast improve and skies darken but clarity seems to improve. More detail can be seen in the clouds as the washed-out appearance of the sky diminishes.
CIR-PL: No Filtration
CIR-PL: Full Filtration
The contrast in vegetation is fleshed out too making the whole scene look and feel much more vibrant.

SUMMARY

  • Fast delivery
  • Great value product.
  • Excellent build quality and ergonomics. The knurled ring to enable tightening is a well thought out feature. The filter screwed onto the lens with precision. Operation is smooth and almost effortless. The original Nikon lens cap fits the filter.
  • Filter operation does not interfere with the focus ring when the lens is set to automatic focus.
  • The filter performs well; suppressing reflections from glass, water and other objects such as tiles and leather. It improves contrast of skies and vegetation, removes the washed-out appearance of skies, darkens them and improves clarity.
  • Score: 5/5
I’ve only demonstrated the filtration fully on or off in these comparisons. Remember, various degrees of  filter effect can be gained by turning the filter ring accordingly.