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  1. #11

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    When I had an FG, it didn't exhibit any battery draining problems. Bulb/M90 and you'll be fine.

  2. #12

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkosaric View Post
    When I use my F3 on cold winter day (-20 Celsius and lower) - battery goes down in a hour. After it gets warm again - battery is working again. So now when is very cold outside as simplest solution I use full mechanical camera .
    You misunderstood David. David said to freeze his batteries to preserve them. When the battery gets cold it quit delivering power and quit the self discharge also thus preserve its power. At normal temperature batteries discharge themselves when not being used. Freeze them stop this. So if the FG is draining the battery, you can litterary freeze the whole thing the preserve the battery but then I don't want to freeze the camera as some components would crack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkosaric View Post
    So to summarize: use new batteries, when camera not in use - put shutter in M90 position, and avoid very cold places. If after this you still have battery problem - something is faulty in electrics.
    For cold weather, use the 3V Lithium CR1/3N or equivalent. Lithiums work well into freezing temperatures along with higher power densities and long shelf life.

  4. #14

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    You'd be surprised about freezing cameras. I put my KX in a sealed bag in the freezer overnight to kill a dust mite I spotted wandering in the viewfinder. It didn't seem to suffer any ill effects once taken out and allowed to come back up to room temperature, I was careful not to open the bag immediately so as to avoid condensation problems. Not advised if the camera has an LCD display!
    Matt

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    One of these multi-meters is a good investment for checking the voltage of your batteries so you can see if the camera or the batteries are faulty http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...tal+multimeter
    I check my camera and light meter batteries with mine each time before I go out and use them.
    Ben

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