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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 12:02 pm 
When you are at a location and are waiting for a photo opportunity is it best to leave the camera on or just turn it off, turning it back on when you see a good shot?

I have a sony A100 and after a few seconds of not being used the camera goes in to idle mode, but im not sure if its best to leave it in this mode or just turn it off as it only takes a second to turn on. Which is best to conserve battery?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 9:21 pm 
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Hi Toby, good question - luckily most DSLRs in 'sleep' mode consume very little power, so I'd say you wouldn't save much more power by swiching it off entirely. So leave it on if you think you're gonna take another picture in a few seconds, but if it's going to be minutes, I'd switch it off.

Of course unless you're waiting for a rare animal to stroll past, in which case, leave it on!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 9:09 am 
When I am at a railway bridge/fence for anything from 2-4 hours I always leave it switched on and just touch the shutter button to wake it up.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:27 am 
I switch it off if I'm not using it for more than half a minute, mainly out of habit. DSLRs power up so fast that they're ready to shoot by the time I have them raised to my eye.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 4:20 pm 
i have a battery grip so i leave it on at all time


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 12:50 pm 
:!: Old topic but ive noticed that the other day I left my Nikon D40 on for 3 days straight. At work the SLR display cameras are left on constantly the batteries lasts for weeks on end. Thats the beauty of having a SLR. The main power consumption is the screen. Canon and Nikon compact cameras have the worse Lithium Ion battery life's ive used so far. I think Sony compacts have some of the best battery lifespans.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 6:08 am 
Thats probally why apple use son batteries in there laptops :wink:


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 9:06 am 
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I always leave it in the "on" position mostly out of habbit, but what Graham said is probably most important. Whatever your habit is, I would stick to it just so that you're not in a situation where you need it now and then you find yourself fumbling around for the switch.

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