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
  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
  5. Guest

    f1741 Guest

    I have an M6 classic that eats batteries, so I'm not surprised at your
    f1741, Oct 8, 2004
  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 Loffredo, Oct 9, 2004
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