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Another D300 with the false "depleted battery" error

sjd996

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sjd996 Registered since 29th Jan 2008
Sat 12-Apr-08 09:45 PM

Add another person to the list experiening the false "battery depleted" problem.

I have ~15k exposures on the D300. Most are with the 200-400VR. Up until today, no problems.

3 Weeks ago, I put almost 4,000 exposures on this camera with this lense at an airshow. The camera hasn't been used since then, and the lense hasn't been removed.

Today went to another airshow - after ~800 exposures, hit this exact problem - camera wouldn't take a picture, indicator flashing showing battery was dead (this actually happened as I zoomed out - there is a tiny bit of play in the mount, so zooming may have moved the camera in the mount). Turned the camera on/off, started working fine again, but by then I'd missed the shot I wanted. This happened twice more within the next 100 exposures, both times missing shots I wanted. At this point I abandonded the D300, put the D200 on the back of the lense, which performed flawlessly for the rest of the day.

And as a side note, I'd fogotten how much better the AF on the D300 is than the D200, and how much faster the D300 writes to the CF card - hadn't used this lens on the D200 since last year, the difference between the two is bigger than I remembered.

However the bottom line is the D200 reliably allowed me to capture the shots I wanted... my 4 month old D300 didn't.

Anyone got any useful response from Nikon on this problem yet?

Steve Denton

Website: http://www.dentonimages.com
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