I'm expecting my D100 early next week. I also bought the Battery pack and an extra en-el3 battery. My question: can I charge the batteries while in the camera? In other words: can I plug the camera to the wall with an adapter of sorts? Or do I need to buy the charger? The reason I ask is, that I don't want to buy the adapter if it's the charger I need, because I won't use both. Thank you for your time. Patrick
Buy the EH-5 adapter, you will need it to clean your CCD properly. As John already said, the charger is supplied with the camera. A second battery is another good choice, either as a back up or you can use both batteries in the camera at the same time and not worry about the batteries for quite a while.
I'll speak up for the other school of thought on using or not using the adapter for cleaning;
A cable release is the alternative method, locking type, naturally. Manual exposure, shutter speed set to Bulb, and lock the shutter open. If the shutter closes while you've got your finger in there, you're out about 600 dollars. Just want to mention what you're dealing with here....If you've bought the adapter and are using it while there's a power fluctuation at your house, you're hosed. Using my method, there is no way in hell the lock is going to allow the shutter to close, go ahead and push on the end of the cable and try it.
When changing lenses, ensure the body is always pointed downward. And don't even think of changing outside when dust is in the air. You'll keep the CCD clean a lot longer. Read the threads on CCD cleaning, this horse has been beaten to death already here.
I don't know if you remember, but I'm the one you sold your 35-70mm f/2.8 AF-D to. I was wondering if you use the cable release method yourself. In particular, I was wondering if static from the CCD being on makes has been a factor in how clean you were able to get your CCD using the cable release method.
Since I first put the lens on that you sold me, I haven't taken it off, however, I do have some dust still and was wondering if it would be worthwhile to remove it. It isn't too hard to clone the dust out (it takes all of 5 minutes).
Thanks! I love the lens but I only wish the D100 was full frame so I could get that 35mm perspective I've grown to like.
Alex, of course I remember you. I asked Thom Hogan about static in an email and he responded that it wasn't a factor, that the distance involved was too great, is how I think he put it. Yes, I do use it, I'd ordered an adapter and received it, when I changed my mind and sent it back. One more gizmo to carry in my bag, and unnecessary at that. As to the suggestion to remove the battery as posted, if the cable will hold the shutter open, why bother?
Here's an an idea that extends the above procedure... once you have the shutter open, take the batteries out of the camera. The shutter will stay open; no power source to worry about. I don't have a D100 to try this out on, but it works with my F80 so I am thinking it may work on a D100 as well (probably most other Nikons too?).
When you're finished swabbing your CCD, replace the batteries and turn the camera back on. The LCD will flash "Err". Just release the shutter and the mirror will flip back up and "Err" will be cleared.
Remember, I don't have a D100... just a thought, not a recommendation per se.
John, I'm missing something in your suggested technique, probably some previous post. i've used bulb to to hold the mirror up and the shutter open--didn't bother with the cable lock since I limited my cleaning with blowing air-which worked fine fortunately.
What is your procedure using the cable lock, are you using a brush to clean the CCD surface or blowing air first?