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Nikon D5100 - battery charge drain question

PRSS

Madurai, IN
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PRSS Registered since 10th Apr 2012
Fri 31-Aug-12 01:10 AM

Hello Everybody

I recently photographed my Interior Design Project with my Nikon D5100 - 18-55 lens - with the battery fully charged. For all the shots I was using the built-in flash to trigger my external flashes through slave units. I was shooting in RAW + JPEG Fine. And I was also using LIVE VIEW for all the time. Exposure time was between 2seconds to 1 second using tripod - VR was off. For some hand held shots VR was on. And all the photos were taken using AutoFocus mode.

By the time I reached 140 frames, my battery level was showing RED and was almost dead. Since my photography was over, I did not shoot further to see for how many more shots the battery lasted. But the indicator was showing almost dead.

My question is whether this is normal. In my earlier photography session where I had taken photographs of exterior shots of buildings (again RAW+Fine - but no VR and no Live View - no flash - and all the shutter speeds were faster than 1/60sec) I have taken more than 300 shots and the battery level showed only 50% drain. Please clarify.

Thanking you in advance
PRSS

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