I know it's still early but I'm wondering if anyone has heard whether the NE-EL3e battery used for the D200 will work on the D50. I'm looking to buy a spare in the near future and wanted to know whether I should wait for the higher capacity battery.
I wonder why the battery lasts longer on the D70 than the D50? I have read a number of complaints, including my own, about that. I think I get around 250 shots. A far cry from what D70 owners get. You would think the stripped down version would use less power.
The EN-EL3e is 1500 mAh capacity, but adds a third contact and battery use monitoring circuits. No extra capacity here.
The D200 is the only camera that uses the third contact. The predicted battery life is a function of the camera, not the battery capacity.
If you are getting poor performance on a lithium ion cell, you may have failed to properly deep charge it before using it. Fully discharge an underperforming cell (or use a conditioning charger that has a discharge cycle) before charging it next time.
are you all serious? i went on a photo shoot for a freinds track day and took 1800 shots. most with the review turned on. all on a single fresh charge. if you are only getting 250 shots with a d50 you must be using the onboard flash for every shot and using very long lcd reviews/previews. i would say the battery life is probably the 2nd best strong point of the camera. next to picture quality. and or build quality. i love this camera. are you using nikon brand batteries? i have heard reports of aftermarket batteries blowing up and or leaking in cameras so i would only stick with nikon oem batteries. im planning to get a spare en-el3a battery just because its a little bigger and why not?!?! but its just about dead last on my wish list. wich includes the 10.5mm fisheye. sigma 2x tc which i just bought from the forsale adds here and a new ball head. one battery is more than enough for several days shooting for me. i mostly charge it when i get around to it and go days with out charging. never worry about it basicly. ive heard d70 gets just about as many shots also. 1600-1700 probably.