I am kind of new to current Nikon cameras. The last 2 cameras I had were D1 and D1x and then I switched to Canon. Just got D800e few days ago and can't find anywhere in the manual auto shut off (sleep) feature like most Canon cameras have. So how much battery drain top LCD exerts? Anyone knows?
I also have green hue on rear LCD like a lot of people. No right left/focusing problems but both lenses (16-35mm and 24-120mm) backfocus so had to be adjusted to -11.
#1. "RE: No sleep (auto shut off) mode on D800e" In response to Reply # 0
Cape Coral, US
The meter and back display have separate timeouts, which accounts for most battery drain. It can also be set to turn off a GPS if attached, and the SB style flashes also go into a similar power saving mode if attached.
So the "sleep" mode on Nikon is more of a "all the pieces go to sleep separately".
#3. "RE: No sleep (auto shut off) mode on D800e" In response to Reply # 2
Cape Coral, US
>SB-910 goes to sleep with LCD mostly off with a symbol STBY. >D800 has full top LCD on which draws some power.
When you say "on" I assume you mean the LCD has text formed on it, but unless you set the illumination to be on, the LCD is drawing extremely little power. In fact if you turn the camera off from the switch, you will see it still shows some text in the LCD. You can leave it like that for days or weeks with minimal impact to the battery.
For that matter, the viewfinder screen is itself an LCD, and is on anytime there is a battery in the camrea. Try taking the battery out and looking through it - you will see that the screen becomes hazy (not just out of focus -- it's as though a sheet of cheesecloth were placed over it). The battery powers that LCD overlay as well, allowing it to be transparent. And again, it can do that for weeks without significant battery drain.
Before worrying that it doesn't give you the same indications your canon did, experiment -- see how long the battery lasts. Just turn the camera on, and let it sit. There's a battery gauge that's digital in the menu you can check a few days later. I do not mean to imply there is no draw, but that (given that this state would normally be used during a shoot for minutes, not hours or days) you will find the degree to which it sleeps is more than adequate.
I get surprisingly good battery light from all Nikon DSLR's I have had. It is worth noting that (at least from my experience) it takes 3-4 cycles of the battery discharging and recharging before I get the maximum. Not quite sure why (given its LiON), but it seems true.