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Old Jul 10, 2002, 9:40 AM   #11
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Good for you buddy, my old 7 couldn't do better than 20~30 shots with all the "bells and whisles" off including no preview, LCD brightness down to minimum... I'm happy your worked good but mine and others didn't. My old 990 could go half a day on a set of batteries so I kept two sets for the day, with the 7 I have 3 sets and still could not deliver 1/2 day. There are no myths here... maybe some of the 7s where manufac. with flaws.... later bro
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Old Jul 10, 2002, 9:58 AM   #12
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I agree on your views for the 5700 has anyone tried the nikon wide angle on the 990 series.... not good "chromatic aberriation" on edges is horrible... the reds and blues bleed making the picture really not "sell-able" I rather have 28mm equiv with 7x than a 35mm with 8x, specially if trying to shoot anything indoors
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Old Jul 10, 2002, 10:43 AM   #13
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ok you all have issues with batteries. so did i. obviously the D7 is a battery muncher. NHL, you have a Blad and probably a mondo strobe for it which means external battery. i hear weddings and models being mentioned. we all know compromise. get a real battery. http://www.digitalbattery.com. (1) 30 watt battery pack will power both camera and strobe. proper cables rquired. it will work with most digital cameras. i know we all like to travel light but i don't even think about batteries all day into the evening.
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Old Jul 10, 2002, 10:52 AM   #14
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reference www.robgalbraith.com review of the digital camera battery. http://www.robgalbraith.com/diginews...06_08_dcb.html




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Old Jul 10, 2002, 1:20 PM   #15
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heres my setup
1 D7i
2 HS5600D strobe
3 (1) 30 watt Digital Camera Battery (DCB)$250
4 (1) 6v DCB right angle cable $39 for the camera
5 (1) 12v/330v DCB strobe cable $99
6 (1) CL5 Quantum adapter cable for the 5600D (CLB did not make a direct connect for this strobe $25?
i also have a cable to power my nikon sb 28 strobe for my f5. working on a power work around for the f5

it works with no glitches. had 1 cable failure. warrentee replaced asap from them



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Old Jul 10, 2002, 1:23 PM   #16
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Old Jul 11, 2002, 8:04 AM   #17
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The HS5600D can go for month on 4 alkalines when used as slave (@ 1/32 power) to trigger REAL studio flashes. That the setup I use for most indoor shots. You can never get good lighting with one flash, especially with multiple people in the frame !!! (The camera'll last less if the built-in flash is use as slave + recycle time). With AC strobe set at less than full power one can shoot as fast as the finger can click with the camera on manual setting!!! You all have to try this setup... The D7'll easily count up to 380+ shots everytime @ the highest jpeg quality settings (with a power hungry microdrive)!

If any the D7i with a faster processor & increased clock speed should go the other way and run hotter... (see those heatsink on those newer Pentium or Athlon!).

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Old Jul 12, 2002, 5:00 PM   #18
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First I want to say I love my D7i. I have already taken several thousand pictures and used it in Arches, Canyonlands, Yellowstone, & Glacier National Parks.

But the battery life of the camera is not good. This does not bug me I have four sets of AAs 1 1850, 2 1800s and 1 1700. I can easily use all four in one day of shooting. I would have run out of juice several times on my last vacation if I did not have my car charger.

I do use the LCD a lot for both framing and reviewing. I do the same on my G1 and never, ever came close to running out of power (2 Canon batteries). I really wish Minolta would move to an internal Lithium battery system, or someone would find a way to build rechargable AA lithium batteries.

Even with the battery issue I still highly recommend the camera. I really don't see why this should be a problem. Besides what camera can go as wide as 28mm and over 200mm and accept screw on filters?

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I think we need to be honest about the D7 and battery life. Over at Dpreview.com they run a standard battery life test against all cameras. The original D7 is the worst performer with the D5 right behind it. The D7i is middle of the pack getting more than twice as much time and shots than the original D7.

DPreview Battery Test (scroll down to the bottom of the page)
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At first I was also frustrated about battery life with the 7i, but that was on the first charges of the 1850nimhs. Now that then are 'trained', I fill up about 1.5 128mb CF with a set. Got 4 sets, but rarely need more then 2 when shooting a day. Admittedly I never use the large LCD.
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