Leica M7 battery life expectancy, 1 month seems short?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Guest, Oct 7, 2004.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I purchased a Leica M7 in late June and am about to buy my 3rd set of
    batteries. The manual suggests I should get about 65 rolls from my
    batteries, however I think I am getting far far less. I bought the
    camera used, and not a mark on it. I am told it is about 2 years old
    and the previous owner a collector or very light user. When I
    purchased it on June 20 it had batteries, I used it for about a week
    and the lower "." began to flash, I replaced them and I suppose I shot
    at most 30 rolls of film. I was surprised in early september when I
    could not shoot because of dead batteries and no other light meter on
    hand ( I respect the M7 meter). I had not religiously been turning the
    power off and thought maybe in the bag it was being activated. New
    batteries were had and now again I am getting a flashing ".", I don't
    think I've shoot even 15 rolls on this set. Now I understand that the
    batteries themselves may not be at full when bought, and I didn't note
    the expiry date on them, but my question is" is this a commonplace
    experience or might I have some abnormal power drain with this
    particular body? Must I expect to see that red period every month? My
    biggest worry is what will happen when it gets real cold, I'll need 3
    sets of batteries per outing and they are not sold everywhere!
     
    Guest, Oct 7, 2004
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  2. Your camera may have a problem. I don;t turn mine off and they
    definitely average 70+ rolls. I am on my 3rd set of batteries and I have
    taken over 250 36 exp rolls in the last 1 1/2 years.
     
    Richard F. Man, Oct 8, 2004
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  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Yeah, I thought as much, probably the reason it ended up on the used
    shelf, hopefully it can be corrected. Although on my way to Radio
    Shack, a new thought occured to me, this camera is only going to be
    functional for as long as I can get the CR 1/3N batteries, and as they
    appear to be a "speciality" battery, I am a little worried about
    that. I have a 20 year old Minox that I cannot find a battery for and
    as a result never use it. Hopefully the CR 1/3N or it's equal will be
    available far into the future.
     
    Guest, Oct 8, 2004
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  4. Radio shack can order any of the old parts, batteries etc you can think of.
    Hell, if you need vacume tubes, they still keep a full selection availble.
    Just ask about special ordering.

    Pus, several macintonsh computers use a 1/3N I believe, so don't be worried.
     
    Robert Meyers, Oct 8, 2004
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  5. Guest

    f1741 Guest

    I have an M6 classic that eats batteries, so I'm not surprised at your
    experience.
     
    f1741, Oct 8, 2004
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  6. I have an M6 classic that DOES NOT eats batteries, (at least 1.5 years
    so far); I do pay attention to not putting in a case so that the shutter
    release button is pressed....

    Chris
     
    Chris Loffredo, Oct 9, 2004
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