I've had my Minolta Maxxium 5 for just over a year now, and I'm going to have to change my batteries, again. This weekend we were driving up the pass to take pictures of the snowstorm and just as we headed up, I took one picture (picture 7 on the roll) and all of a sudden the film rewound and the indicator was flashing that the battery needed replaced. Of course I had my digital as a backup and I'm glad I did: on the way down we saw a bighorn ram in the snow as well as a black bear foraging for food. My question to the masters is this: is this type of replacement normal or do you have any tips or hints that I could use to save on my battery life? Most of my shots are outdoors and I usually have the flash off or on auto, and I'm not one to leave the camera on for a long time unless I'm taking several shots in a row.