Last night I took 5 pictures. They were between 20-40 second exposures. I was using a battery grip with 2 Nikon batteries. The 5 pictures ate one whole battery.
Last weekend I took about 20 pictures of fireworks. Each time the shutter was opened for 2-3 seconds. In the battery grip I was using 6 new AA. It ate them all. I wasn't able to shoot the entire show.
I have 3 Nikon batteries. They are actually holding a charge pretty good. I configured the camera to not display the picture after every shot. I can get anywhere between 150-200 "normal" non-long exposure shots.
Is this normal. I could shoot the whole weekend with one battery on the D70s (with some long exposure shots).
Lets just say I wanted to do some star trails where I would be taking lots of long exposure shots. Even with 3 fully charged batteries and disposable AA it still wouldn't be enough. How does somebody do this on the D200?
#1. "RE: D200 Battery Performance" | In response to Reply # 0MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Thu 17-Jul-14 09:12 PM
The D70s, and D300 are both much more frugal on battery power than the D200. The D200 has always been a power thirsty body, but 5 images depleting a battery even if you have long exposure noise reduction On is excessive. The last time I used AA batteries in the D200 was about 2006 or so, and while I don't remember how many images I was able to capture with a fresh set of Alkaline AA's, I do remember that it wasn't very many, and I was disappointed as well.
Try cleaning the electrical contacts on the batteries, battery terminals in both the MB-D200 and the camera body and the communication contacts on the MB_D200 with DeoxIT.
#2. "RE: D200 Battery Performance" | In response to Reply # 0jcsocalphoto Nikonian since 18th Apr 2013Thu 17-Jul-14 10:07 PM | edited Thu 17-Jul-14 10:07 PM by jcsocalphoto
I might add to Marty's suggestion too... Make sure your firmware is up to date. Many times, something in the programming can affect battery life (not just on cameras - this happens on my phone all of the time!), so if you're using an older version of the firmware, Nikon may have corrected that in an update...
Just a thought!
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#3. "RE: D200 Battery Performance" | In response to Reply # 0JosephK Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Fri 18-Jul-14 12:01 AM
The D70S will go days on one battery. Not so the D200. Back when I was shooting the D200 for all-day sports events, I was getting 350-500 shots per battery (af-s lens, some chimping).
You might check to see if the battery pack is your problem. Try doing some long exposure shots with just the battery in the camera and see if you get better performance.
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