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    Quote Originally Posted by wotalegend View Post
    I don't think that dependence on batteries is a strong argument for film and against digital.
    It definitely is if you are shooting in cold weather. As I stated before when I am skiing I have no trouble taking photographs with an all mechanical film camera. Those out there with me cannot get their digital cameras to work because it is too cold for the batteries. Now maybe if they could make a fully mechanical digital camera ...
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    In the 21st century, there is no excuse for not having your phone and other electronics charged up when you need them. That includes cameras. Battery life for P&S digitals is real bad, but you're choosing to use something small and light and cheap and part of that compromise is battery life.

    Aside from extreme cold or worn out rechargeable batteries DSLRs can go seeming forever on a battery. My various Nikon DSLRs can go 1000+ or so shots assuming (assuming no flash and minimal use of the lcd screen to keep the comparison even). With the battery pack grip, it can go 2000 or more I'm told but I don't take that many on a weekend or outing as I don't want to deal with that many photos on the computer. I'd suspect my old F4s would be good for similar mileage on a set of AA batteries.

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    On the subject of batteries, I change the batteries in my hand-held lightmeters on my birthday even if they test full with a battery tester and keep the old one for an emergency. I change our smoke detector batteries at the same time. I find that an easy way not to have to remember when I last put fresh batteries in and it seems to prevent corrosion.

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    I just went out shooting yesterday at Somerset Place an old southern plantation. Charged D200 battery fully so I was good for the day. Replaced 8AA batteries in the F5 and checked the battery on the Bronica. I also checked the D200 to make sure it was set to large fine jpeg and ISO 200. Made sure I had extra slide film for the F5 and color and B&W film for the Bronica. I think batteries are just part of the planning for a photo outing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moose10101 View Post
    Must be a pretty tight budget if it can't accommodate a few AA batteries. They're a lot cheaper than film.
    Oh, it's very tight. I'm currently working a part-time temp assignment at an area school, and that is winding down because the school year is winding down. My GF, who currently is the only one between us with a full-time job. The place where we're staying, a motel, recently its weekly rate on us, much to our economic dismay. We have little disposable income, of which all goes for food.

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    The Energizer Bunny put its batteries in backward and now instead of "Going and Going" it just keeps on Coming!
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    My first halfway decent digital camera was a Nikon 7600 point n shoot. It produced pretty decent images for the time, but the "boot" time was a real killer. It was nearly impossible to catch a "moment" with it. Battery life was terrible, until I realized that it actually *liked* the rechargeables, so much that I could get many more shots per set than with the disposable ones. I kept one fresh set in the camera, and two spare pairs in the very small bag. If not for the startup lag, it would have been a nice little rig.
    I kept a Pentax K1000 handy when I could, because I could get it on target and ready to shoot a LOT faster.

    I upgraded to an EOS Rebel XSi a couple years ago, and the battery does splendidly, and by the time I've switched the power on and raised it to my eye, it's ready to shoot. I really do like this camera, and use it a good bit for when I want to get a lot of photos and I'm not too terribly worried about how well the shots will enlarge.

    My Nikon FM10, for those who are familiar with it, only uses its watch battery for the meter. I like the relatively carefree way I can take photos with it, so long as I have film handy, without having to worry about whether the battery is charged, making sure I have my card reader, etc. While it's sometimes a pain, waiting to get my film developed, I really do like the results, well enough that my EOS dslr can't completely replace it.

    I also have an EOS Rebel X, had it for a few years. It takes two CR123 batteries. While I like the camera pretty well, I've often cussed Canon for saddling me with these things. I'd much rather have been able to re-purpose my rechargeable AAs.

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