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Re: Just got D300-4Tony [Re: Tony Bynum] #11757
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Just realized that testing the older enel3 wont get me much as I cant test the power of the battery and they dont fit in the d200 or the d300. . . .

Re: Just got D300-4Tony [Re: Tony Bynum] #11758
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Sorry about that Tony, I thought you could use the older batteries and just lost the fuel gauge.


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Re: Just got D300-4Tony [Re: DavidRamey] #11759
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Ok...well if it is the battery, buying the battery/grip upgrad will help significantly....as from what I understand it uses a very diffrent battery in it...(more like...if not exactly like the D3/D2X)

ANyone look into that?

Roman

Re: Just got D300-4Tony [Re: RomanJohnston] #11760
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I have the grip, I have all the batteries, including the enel4's so now it's just a matter of testing. . . I was waiting for the special bl3 door which there are none of in the entire USA, they are gone and on back order. They cost about 40 bucks and I see there's one on ebay for 80 and there's still a couple days left.

Anyhow, mine will be here tomorrow so I can begin testing the enel4 AND enel3. the biggest issue I see is that NO MATTER WHAT, YOU HAVE TO USE THE ENEL3 IN THE BODY, TO GET FULL BENEFIT OF THE GRIP, if the enel3's cant stand up to the cold, your not going to get full performance. I can live with that, mainly i'm trying to figure out a reliable system. . .

BTW, take a couple enel3's out and throw them in your freezer, after an hour take them out, shove them in your camera and check their power. . .

Re: Just got D300-4Roman [Re: RomanJohnston] #11761
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Quote:

Ok...well if it is the battery, buying the battery/grip upgrad will help significantly....as from what I understand it uses a very diffrent battery in it...(more like...if not exactly like the D3/D2X)

ANyone look into that?

Roman




Roman,

I know this thread is getting a little long, but this was discussed already. Tony does have the grip, but I think he has only used the enel3e batteries in it (Tony correct me if I'm wrong here). I think he is about to test the enel4 which is the one that goes in the D3 and was in the D2x. This one is about twice the power of the enel3e. Also, since the grip will also use alkalines, that may be better in the cold than the enels. Tony should be able to enlighten us soon from what I gather from his posting.

BTW Roman, how is the evaluation of the D300 going?

Geo

Re: Just got the D300..... [Re: jamesdak] #11762
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Its going...lol! Testing focus adjustments today...just downloaded a target and will start to play with it (will post target link in the review)

Guessing will have it all written up by the end of the year over the christmas holiday.

Roman

Re: Just got the D300..... [Re: RomanJohnston] #11763
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Actually here is the link for anyone wanting to test their focus adjustments.

http://www.focustestchart.com/chart.html

Roman

Re: Just got D300-4Roman [Re: glamson] #11764
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Also, since the grip will also use alkalines, that may be better in the cold than the enels. Tony should be able to enlighten us soon from what I gather from his posting.

Geo



I doubt that the AA Alkalines will give better cold weather performance than the Lithium-Ions. Lithiums were designed to give better cold weather performance than Alkalines. I think what Tony's conlusion will be is that the ENEL-3 series batteries are under powered for the D200/D300 in the cold. If Nikon made an ENEL-3 battery with a higher miAH rating, he probably wouldn't have a problem. At least with the ENEL-4, he has a higher miAH rating to survive the cold.

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Re: Just got D300-4Roman [Re: DavidRamey] #11765
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I dont know if anyone else thought of this...but has anyone seen this?

http://www.qtm.com/Turbo/?contenykey=Tur...amp;res_set=yes

Powers cameras as well as flash....so might be an option?

Roman

Re: Just got D300-4Roman [Re: RomanJohnston] #11766
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I have given that some thought. I sent them an email asking about the product and what options I have for the d300. . .

As for the cold weather performance of the AA, my lab tests on them confirm that they do not drain down like the lithiums. In fact, at around zero and down to -15 f, my external meter shows them losing very little if any power! I left the batteries in the freezer for 8 hours and tested them on an external tester, after 8 hours they showed full charge on the meter. I put them in the camera and they worked, I did not test how many images I could get with them at that temp, but I should.

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