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09-13-2015, 09:35 AM   #1
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I thought the 645 had died.

Yesterday I attempted to load the 645 with film after not using it for about 6 months. When I pushed the shutter button, it tried to wind a little bit then clicked. I took the back out and attempted to fire the shutter and nothing. hen I decided to check the batteries-each AA registered 1.15 volts instead of 1.5 on the voltmeter. I put new batteries and it loaded the film like it should. What a relief! The batteries have only been in it about a year and 3 months.I need to remember that parts of the LCD stay active even when it's off and it still consumes battery power. Would it be better to remove the batteries when I'm not using it or just leave them in and replace about every 8 or 9 months?

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If you don't use the camera for six months, you're better off taking them out. Why risk damage from battery leakage? And just keep a set of spares in your bag. Why risk not being able to shoot for something as trivial as some alkaline AA's that are so cheap in bulk at warehouse stores These are rated to hold charge for ten years.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TheLens Quote
Yesterday I attempted to load the 645 with film after not using it for about 6 months. When I pushed the shutter button, it tried to wind a little bit then clicked. I took the back out and attempted to fire the shutter and nothing. hen I decided to check the batteries-each AA registered 1.15 volts instead of 1.5 on the voltmeter. I put new batteries and it loaded the film like it should. What a relief! The batteries have only been in it about a year and 3 months.I need to remember that parts of the LCD stay active even when it's off and it still consumes battery power. Would it be better to remove the batteries when I'm not using it or just leave them in and replace about every 8 or 9 months?
If the batteries are alkaline, they should be removed. If they are Lithium ion, or NiMH, they are probably OK to leave in the camera, except for the noted battery drain even when the camera is off.
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