>I'm thinking the secret to longevity is removing the batteries when not in use.
Nothing personal, but I can't believe my ears! That would be like having a power drain in your car and just accepting the fact that every night before you go to bed, you have to open up the hood and take the positive lead off the battery for the night.
How many shots are we going to miss while fumbling around with getting batteries back in the camera because Nikon couldn't fix a poor design?!!!