Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/10/09

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Subject: [Leica] DMR Battery Life
From: reddawn at (David Teo)
Date: Sun Oct 9 06:41:10 2005
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Digital SLR life has always been good compared to those of consumer 
digital cameras. I had the first D30 when Canon first got into the DSLR 
business (not in partnership with Kodak) and that could last at least 
250 frames before it ran out of juice. With the optional battery grip 
holding 2 of those small BP511s, I can go 500 or more without worry.

With my 20D, I can last 1000 frames per battery with very liberal use 
of the LCD using the improved BP511A battery - still very small size, 
with a highly portable charger. With 2 of these batteries in the 
optional battery grip, I can go double of that, even when using an 
externally mounted flash without any problem.

I'm not knocking the DMR but 250 frames per charge sounds like that of 
a consumer digicam...

David Teo

On 09-Oct-05, at AM 08:19, Alastair Firkin wrote:

> G'day Tina,
> that sort of battery life is amazing. I would be very doubtful that it 
> will ever "match" the M7 but after using my first digital which chewed 
> through a set of batteries in less than 2 hours, I thought battery 
> life would end up saving film for a few more years ;-) Seems not.
> When do you head off to China?
> Cheers
> On 09/10/2005, at 9:47 AM, Tina Manley wrote:
>> At 07:21 PM 10/8/2005, you wrote:
>>> Hi Tina,
>>> Please check ouot Marc Wiliam's impressions on Photonet at
>>> about battery life. He gets about 250 pix per charge.
>>> Best Regards
>> And I get about 2500 with the Canon 1DMII!!  It's not that I object 
>> to carrying extra batteries or the expense of extra batteries.  I 
>> just don't want to have to worry about running out of juice in the 
>> middle of something important.  I never had to worry about that with 
>> the M7.  Those batteries would last for weeks.  I hope for and expect 
>> the same from digital.  I was disappointed in the Canon 10D, my first 
>> digital SLR.  I would have to change batteries at least once a day on 
>> long jobs.  I ended up carrying about 10 extra batteries!!  With the 
>> Canon 1DMII I carry 2 and don't usually have to use the second one.  
>> For two weeks in Honduras and again for two weeks in Guatemala, I 
>> took 3000+ photos each time.  Each trip,  I used one 1DMII battery 
>> for more than a week, replaced it with a fully charged battery and 
>> came home with more than half of that battery still charged.
>> Another problem I have with the Canon 10D batteries, and I'm not sure 
>> if it's the same with the DMR, but it certainly is with the the 
>> Digilux, is that when I charge all of the spare batteries ahead of 
>> time, they lose the charge as they sit on the shelf or in my luggage. 
>>  I can put a fully recharged battery into my camera and find that the 
>> power is already more than half gone.  That doesn't happen with the 
>> 1DMII.  That battery stays fully charged for weeks until I get around 
>> to using it.
>> These may seem like trivial problems to somebody who uses their 
>> camera once or twice a week, but for somebody who has to rely on it 
>> every day, it's very important.  I have been very pleasantly pleased 
>> with the life of the Canon 1DMII battery and don't really care how 
>> much it weighs!  It's worth it to know that I'm not going to have to 
>> stop and replace it.
>> And I do have a connection for the car battery for the Canon, too.  
>> Mine came with every possible connection for every electrical outlet 
>> in the world!  I'm carrying quite a few of them to China with me.
>> Tina
>> Tina Manley, ASMP
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