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Which shutter speed is hardest on camera mechanics?


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ZoneV Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2005
Tue 15-Jun-10 09:44 PM | edited Tue 15-Jun-10 09:45 PM by ZoneV

Is a shutter speed of 30 seconds or a shutter speed of 1/8000th second harder on the camera (ie which one causes the mechanism to wear faster)?

I ask because on my D1s, if I don't use the EN-4 NiMh batteries at least every couple of weeks, I have to insert them into a camera, partially run them down, and then recharge them. If it's been a while, I actually do a complete run down before refreshing the battery. This is something that D2/D3 users don't have to worry about. But With NiMh, you have to do it.

So in addition to using the LCD screen and the DOF preview, I've been setting the camera to 30 seconds to try to run down the battery. I'm wondering if this is hard on the shutter/mirror mechanism. Hopefully not.


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