Digital rebel aprox 5 yrs old. Two batteries same age. Freshly charged batteries immediately drain when either on camera or attached flash is used. Non flash operation does not show problem. Battery or camera problem?
Ive got an eos Rebel think its just over 4 years old for the last year its been used every weekend for several hours 300+ pics per weekend between 2 nights I found that recently where one battery would last a night the battery was running out midway through & also taking longer to charge afterwards
2 after market replacements cost me about £10 and things are back to normal
5 years is a pretty good lifespan for a battery so its probably just getting old
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It depends on your battery condition, flash capacitor will charge faster if battery is freshly recharged. Or battery has larger current capacity. You can shoot pictures with flash faster if its fill-in or closer in distance. Which means capacitor recharge is not totally depleted for each flash duration.
Well first of all you can try a full reset, Pull both batteries out -the normal one, and the date/time one. If your camera is older (>2 yrs), it may be time to replace that battery..... anyway Put a new one in, and then put in the freshly-charged main battery, that might clear the error. If further you have the same problem then something is causing the flash to stick. Press the button and pull gently on the flash. Post comments for more help or information needed.....
Most likely your batteries are just not holding a charge. However, before you spend good money on new batteries, try charging them on another charger (friend or sympathetic photo shop?). Could be the charger also. Usually it's the batteries, though.
The recycle time using flash gets worse pretty quickly if you are using the onboard flash. The delay is pretty much inversly proportional to the remaining charge in the battery. I.E. the less charge, the longer the time. This happens with any camera.
You might check the time with fresh batteries (or freshly charged) and then after maybe 20 shots or so. I would not find 5 seconds atypical, but 10 seconds sounds like you are pretty close to dead battery.
If you get 10 seconds at the start of a fresh battery, then you may have a problem. Also, capacitor charge time can vary from capacitor to capacitor and a 1-2 second variation between camera flash units, either onboard or off board is probably normal. Age of capacitor can also have an effect.