Premature battery death

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Tom Monego, Jan 1, 2004.

  1. Tom Monego

    Tom Monego Guest

    Was photographing a New Years eve event, using my Nikon 995. I have done event
    photography with this camera before and I expect 150-200 shots per battery.
    Last night I barley got 25 on one and 70 on the other. Was working outside and
    inside venues it was fairly cold (30F or so), I had an off camera strobe (Metz
    45 series). I imagine it could be the camera's AF was just hunting too much,
    but it seemed like very poor battery life. Any insites.

    Tom Monego, Jan 1, 2004
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    Phil Guest

    Is it a Lithium battery? Most other batteries do not fare well when it
    is that cold.

    Phil, Jan 1, 2004
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    Tom Monego Guest

    One was the original Nikon EN-EL1 lithium the other a Lithium from B&H (higher
    power, the longer lasting of the 2.

    Tom Monego, Jan 1, 2004
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    Ed Ruf Guest

    On Thu, 01 Jan 2004 17:06:48 GMT, in
    Cold is the nemesis of all batteries.
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    Ed Ruf, Jan 1, 2004
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    gr Guest

    30F is NOT cold. I've used AA NiMH rechargables in digicams very
    successfully for several hours at -20F temperatures (that's 50F colder than
    what this person was shooting in). I probably shot about 100 pictures
    without the batteries dying. (Though I did have a backup set, just in case.)

    If he's only getting 25 pictures on a battery pack at 30F, then the battery
    is shot. Welcome to the world of proprietary batteries: tough and expensive
    to replace.
    gr, Jan 1, 2004
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    Phil Guest

    That does seem strange.

    Hmmm .. I know that single use Lithium batteries are good in cold weather.

    I wonder if that is also true for the rechargable Li Ion ones used in
    many devices. I had assumed so, but ..

    Phil, Jan 1, 2004
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    Tom Monego Guest

    This is what I was concluding, especially since the NIMHs in the flash did 50
    or 60 shots and were still fine, The Metz drains nicad and alkaline batteries
    B&H has the En EL1 batteries for $25, guess I have get another.

    Tom Monego, Jan 1, 2004
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    Ken Weitzel Guest

    You folks don't know what cold is, yet :)
    Greetings from Winnipeg, Canada, where it's been known to
    get a little chilly from time to time :)

    My grand daughter and I both love taking outdoor pics
    during the winter; here's what we do if it's of any help.

    We remove our NiMh's, replace them with alkalines to keep
    our settings safe. The NiMh's (two sets each) go into
    those nice little plastic cases that hold them securely.
    Those in turn go into our inside shirt pockets where they
    stay nice and toasty warm.

    When we want to start shooting, we just switch the batteries
    and get virtually the same performance at -40 degrees as we
    do in the summer. :)

    Take care.

    Ken Weitzel, Jan 1, 2004
  9. Tom Monego

    Tom Monego Guest

    The bad ones were Li-ion, Nimhs in the srobe did well.

    Tom Monego, Jan 1, 2004
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    Tom Monego Guest


    Thanks for the good info, the focus seemed to be running overtime as I was
    shooting into dark most of the time well, street lights with the autofocus on
    single. The 995 is very frustrating working in the dark. Do have some very
    useable photos even with the hassles.
    A car charger would have helped me, I still carry my trusty Leice M2, with
    just 1 focal length 35mm, no batteries there.

    Tom Monego, Jan 2, 2004
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