how to handle DSLR in long trekks?

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  1. skyakash

    skyakash TPF Noob!

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    okay. tell me something, how much 2 batteries will last in terms of shots, in a d3300?


     
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    Not long I would have thought. I've a different system, but I know from experience that I can go through 2 OEM batteries per day ehen there is a lot to shoot and I don't use the LCD screen very much and I'm pretty good at turning off to conserve power and not chimping too much. I did manage to use 1 battery over two days when I had a charger malfunction at a workshop, but I turned off the LCD screen and just shot it like it was film, no chimping, no live view and I'd take my time and shoot one shot per location and I was pretty picky about what shots I'd even bother turning the camera on for.

    I'd seriously take as many batteries as I could on that trip. Like at least 1 battery per day. But then I do have 5 batteries already ;) Oh, and only 2 of them are OEM. The off brand ones last about 70% of the OEM ones and loose their charge a bit quicker but they were a lot cheaper.
     
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    And a d3300 is quoted 700 shots per battery, but it will vary like if you use IS, live view etc
     
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    does VR really eats up lots of battery?
     
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    Everything uses battery power; metering, VR, autofocus, LCD, everything. If you're going to be away from power to recharge your batteries for 8 days I'd recommend taking 8 battery packs. MINIMUM. If you run out of battery power you might as well not even have a camera with you.
     
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    Shoot film, no batteries required.
     
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    actually many of the old film cameras that still work require a battery
    like my old Minolta X-700
    www.flickr.com/photos/mmirrorless
     
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    The after market batteries I bought were more mAh than the OEMs and last about 15 - 20% longer than the OEMs. (same voltage and chip)
    My Nikon film camera uses batteries, but it has an auto winder on it.
     
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    I think carrying 1 battery is easier than ~20 films for the equivalent number of shots.

    I'd certainly look at getting more batteries (even with a solar powered charger).
    If you can't recharge or have an excess supply of batteries you'll have to ration your shooting to make sure you get the best use out of your limited power.
    I'm sure I'd want to take thousands of shots on a trip like that!
     
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    A button battery that powers the light meter will last for years.

    Not if there is no place to charge those batteries.
     
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    If the sun shines, there is a place to charge them. :) This:LINK Connected to this:LINK
     
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    Well how much do you plan on shooting, or having the camera on/in use? A single battery may only last a day, or possibly less. I'd look into a way to charge those batteries, like the aforementioned solar chargers. They may not completely charge a battery in a day, but if you have ~4 batteries you can always keep one on the charger and should be fine.
     

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