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    AFD eating batteries.. whilst asleep..!

    My AFD body is a back up body so seldom gets use. It is clean and as new in all respects.

    I used it 2 weeks ago and put 6 new batteries in it. It has been turned off and not moved in a photo case rather than a bag and today I went to use it and the batteries are almost flat, to flat to use.

    I use it with a P25 and that is also off.

    Any suggestions before I speak to a Mamiya technician...?

    Thanks in advance.

    Steve

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    Re: AFD eating batteries.. whilst asleep..!

    Well first question he will ask are you sure it was completely off. I have done this myself is not fully engaged the off position.

    There is also a Custom Function to set which type of batteries Alkaline or Ni-Cads. I think it is function 7 so need to check that and set to proper type.

    Some folks pull battery holders out as well
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    Re: AFD eating batteries.. whilst asleep..!

    The AFD 1 and 2 bodies were especially prone to eating the AA's even when the camera was off if a DB was attached. If you remove the DB or remove the AA pack, then body battery life at rest goes way up. THe AFD3 body was a little better, but not great. It does appear the issue has been now resolved with the DF body, as it offers excellent battery life.
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    Re: AFD eating batteries.. whilst asleep..!

    Steve,

    Another thing to try are the Energizer Lithium AA batteries rather than normal AA energizer or duracells. The Lithiums are a bit more expensive, but last much much longer in the AFD body---and they are much lighter to boot. I still haven't gotten around to using the rechargeable option on the DF----I like the Energizer Lithium AAs that much.

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    Re: AFD eating batteries.. whilst asleep..!

    Another vote for the Energizer Lithium AA batteries.
    I also remove the AA battery pack when not using
    the camera.

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    Re: AFD eating batteries.. whilst asleep..!

    As Jack mentions and others, I always pull the battery holder now, even in the field (AFD II). It makes a huge difference.

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    Re: AFD eating batteries.. whilst asleep..!

    Thanks fella's for all your advice... My AFD II (now comfortably in the hands of Dave Jones) never had a problem, so it was certainly an eye opener.

    i'll use the lithium's and unclip the holder when down... a sound plan.

    Enjoy the long weekend.

    Steve

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