Hello, all! My name is Sergey and I am a recent D2Hs buyer... I got my demo copy of D2hs couple of weeks ago and was very happy with it. Except! Upon fully charging supplied battery and taking a few photos I woke up the next day to the battery completely dead. i called Cameta Camera and they replaced the battery free of charge. Quick test showed that battery was not dead from sitting in a camera for 1 day. unfortunately, today I realised that battery was dead again after sitting in the camera for 3 days ( there was 1/2 day of shooting on Sunday) Is this normal? I am a happy owner of D200 for the last 1 1/2 years and from my experience I can leave a battery in camera for a week and still use it later. Please let me know if you think the camera is at fault here.
Serge, I have been using my D2hs for well over 1 1/2 years. Your battery life is not even close to right on that camera. The only time I shut it off is to change lenses, etc. My battery will typically last for 400-500 shots even with heavy chimping. I can leave my camera on for weeks at a time with virtually no loss of power from the battery.
I think I'd ask Cameta for a camera exchange, they are usually quite reasonable and will make things right.
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The battery's charge should last weeks, if not months. I usually re-charge if I haven't used mine for a couple of weeks. But even after sitting on a shelf for that much time they typically have at least half their charge left.
Well I will add just one more "something is broke" kind of comment . There is something obviously wrong with you camera. My three year old D2H does not act in this manner so it is not something that comes with age either...
Thank you all for your support. Your experience confirms my own with d200 and thoughts on the matter. Gave a call to Cameta yesterday night, they are willing to accept the camera for repair but asked for $18.00 check to cover their shipping costs. from what I understood, they will just ship it to nikon, and then back to me. I know from the experience with nikon, you only pay to ship to, not from, the fixing party. So there is a small ripp-off. I am not sure I will take it on with Cameta, but I am mildly #####. I will try to find if I can ship it directly to nikon, which I doubdt.
It's definitely the camera's problem. Batteries don’t have computers or chips inside but the camera does and it's what sucks the power out of the battery. I have my D2Hs sent to Nikon, they replaced the entire camera and battery because they said it is a bad camera. It was very good service, free of charge by replacing the whole thing.
I got a very long and detailed letter from a repairman from Nikon saying one of the CPU boards in the D2Hs that manages the battery power to transfer the power to other boards had been fried which just swallow a lot of battery power through the "broken filter" (the CPU board) so the camera's battery just dies under an hour.
It was very disappointing for me because I almost had the guts to purchase an extra battery then I gave up. Simply send it to Nikon; they would replace your camera and battery with brand new ones. But, unfortunately, I don't know if Nikon would replace it because D2H and D2Hs are now discontinued.
D2Hs is more likely to be discontinued model nowadays because several of local N.A.D. (Nikon Authorized Dealer) don't sell them anymore. One day I had get a replacement LCD protector screen, they asked me which camera I'm buying for. "D2Hs" I said, they said I'm lucky because they have a couple of protector screens left because the D2Hs is now discontinued.
Who knows, they can be right or not, at least I still have the D2H and D2Hs! =]
A few times, after putting my camera back in my bag, I have left it in the on position. A few days later I will grab the camera and notice that the battery had barely moved. My guess is that something is wrong with your battery.
Might be silly questions, but do you leave metering and/or lcd on 24 hours a day? Was the shutter depressed with CF selected?
I had exactly the same problem with my first D2Hs. I sent it back to KEH and they returned it promptly with a new battery. I didn't even bother trying it, as I had already tried three batteries at home. I sent them an "displeased" letter with the D2Hs, because I had explained that the problem was clearly the camera not the battery and it was unacceptable for me to have had to wait that long.
They then sent me a new D2Hs with their apologies, and have retained me as a loyal customer.