Battery life with 18-200MM VR and D70

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Randy Howard, Jun 15, 2006.

  1. Randy Howard

    Randy Howard Guest

    Just a little 'report'. I shot about 350 images over a 3 day
    period, almost all of them with VR turned on, and the battery
    indicator on the D70 never came off of full.

    That's pretty cool and far better than I expected.

    BTW, can anyone comment on their experience with the "Normal"
    and "Active" settings? The manual seems to indicate that you
    should use Active for shots from a moving vehicle (which I
    rarely do). Is that the only time (or from an airplane, boat,
    etc.) that it is of value?
    Randy Howard, Jun 15, 2006
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  2. That's normal; actually, you should get more than double that shooting RAW
    with a D70 and VR lens. You should be happy you don't have a D200 if your
    goal is many shots on a single charge. The D200 shooting RAW averages 250
    shots per charge.
    I pretty much keep it on normal or have VR turned off completely; this is on
    the 70-200mm VR. The active setting is a bit more aggressive and can
    actually blur an image in some cases. Both settings work extremely well in
    different conditions. It's best to experiment and see what works best for
    your shooting style.

    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Jun 15, 2006
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  3. Randy Howard

    Randy Howard Guest

    Rita Ä Berkowitz wrote
    I probably will. As I said, it still reads a full battery
    That's not the goal, I was just curious how much the VR would
    impact battery life. It doesn't seem to make much of a
    noticeable difference.
    good to know...
    Agreed. I was just trying to collect some other opinions as
    Randy Howard, Jun 15, 2006
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    carl Guest

    it also depends on how long you keep the machine in focus track before you
    make the shot. If you are in full auto, and don't press the shutter, rather
    just look through the glass, then only focus and track right before exposure
    you will get much less vr and focus motor battery wear.
    carl, Jun 15, 2006
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    Joe Makowiec Guest

    Does the VR setting appear in EXIF?
    Joe Makowiec, Jun 15, 2006
  6. No. At least I can't find it anywhere in there.

    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Jun 15, 2006
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