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Old Jun 8, 2011, 7:51 AM   #1
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I have a D7000 and have just bought the IR remote(the genuine Nikon one, not the chinese copies). Does anyone know what sort of battery life I can expect once I have removed the plastic strip that isolates the battery. Previous experience with other make's IR remotes is not too good and infrequent use usually resulted in the battery frequently being flat when I wanted to use it. There being no on/off switch should I replace the plastic strip every time or will the battery go flat anyway?

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Old Jun 8, 2011, 8:30 AM   #2
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I have a D7000 and have just bought the IR remote(the genuine Nikon one, not the chinese copies). Does anyone know what sort of battery life I can expect once I have removed the plastic strip that isolates the battery. Previous experience with other make's IR remotes is not too good and infrequent use usually resulted in the battery frequently being flat when I wanted to use it. There being no on/off switch should I replace the plastic strip every time or will the battery go flat anyway?

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I would hope that little or no current is drawn from the battery when the
unit is not transmitting. I have one of the cheap Chinese ones. It is still
going strong on the original battery after one year. I have a spare one in
my bag for when it does eventually go flat.

If you are worried about it, get a spare. At least from my point of view,
the remote control is rarely mission critical. If it fails during a shoot,
you can usually fall back to using the camera's built in timer until
you get a new battery.
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I recently changed the battery after about 18 months of light use. I don't think that that there is any battery use until button is activated. Actually I carried a spare battery and changed during a recent trip at Yosemite.
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Thanks for the replies. That is what I expected, Imust have had a fault somewhere to cause the battery to go flat. Or the remote was being compressed somehow in my camera bag and the button was permanently pressed! That's not likely but who knows?

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Old Jun 9, 2011, 2:28 PM   #5
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Mine is a chinese clone.

It has lasted for about a year already.

I use it for about 10 shots every month.


However, the finishing is of very poor quality.

The black paint around the button began to melt after a few months and it becomes very sticky to press.

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I recently changed the battery after about 18 months of light use. I don't think that that there is any battery use until button is activated. Actually I carried a spare battery and changed during a recent trip at Yosemite.
How's Yosemite now?

I went there about 10 yrs ago.

Perhaps the weather was not quite clear, it was not as magnificient as in postcards.
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big potato,

I was there in mid-May. Absolutely stunning.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/la...te-valley.html
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Thanks for sharing the great pictures!


I did not go that deep into the valley.

I think I was too close to the large rock (LHS on your pics)
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fyi - large formation at left side is El Capitan where female was climbing. Shot was taken from the lookout "Tunnel View" which is just at the entrance to the tunnel that connects the south side. Tunnel was closed because of the snow.

Thanks for your comments.
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