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The AE lock only works when you keep pressing the wake up button (on the LHS of the lens mount when the body facing you). It is an easy way for me to check the exposure reading when I move the camera around for composition, without flapping the AE lock lever. Also, sometime when I use the AE lock lever, I forgot to flap it back. It is a higher risk for me to ruin the rest of the roll.
> I use the P9 not with AA batteries, but with rechargable Nicads. This > is in my opinion the only way to work on the N1's economics... A full > load will do about 3 films, depending on number of days this will take > and outside temps. Just fine for the reports I'm doeing.
You may be teaching me something. Are you saying that when you use the LHS button on the front (camera facing you), that it effectively acts just like and AEL button? Any way to hit it to turn on AEL and then hit it to turn off AEL? Or is it simply locking the exposure data when it is depressed?
I'm not sure why everybody has such a problem with the batteries. With My N1 ... I seem to be able to shoot dozens of rolls (36 exposure) without a battery failure. I do use the camera in Manual Focus mode and then use the button on the back of the camera to focus! Are you guys really suggesting that in Autofocus mode you only get a couple of rolls of film to a battery. No way!!
The LHS button only work as AEL if you set it in the custom function. I forgot which number.
For battery consumption, it really depends on how you shoot with the N1. If you shoot few rolls continuously (say 5-10 rolls within an hour), the battery may go dead in about 5-6 rolls. But if you turn the camera off and on (perhaps a few times), the battery level will go back up. I don't know why, but that also stated in the owner's manual. If you shoot casually, one 2CR5 will last over 10 rolls easily. I shot a wedding with the N1 for 10 rolls of films in 8 hours without changing the 2CR5. As Taylor mentioned, also keep spare battery with you.
As I mentioned earlier, if you don't use the AF all the time, the battery drains quickly. It takes a lot of juice to move the heavy Carl Zeiss glasses (with metal barrel).
I don't use the P9 since it adds weight. But it seems to be a good economic and flexible option. If nothing else, it makes your N1 outfit looks more professional.
I found the power consumption for N1 to be very acceptable. I went to China for two weeks and during one of the short trip for 4 days, I took more then 20 rolls of film and the 2CR5 last and worked well! the problems is that the camera is a bit heavy and is giving me neck and back pain, it came very close to breaking my neck and I am sure with the P-9 batteries containers it will do the job really well!
One thing I do not like about the N1 is the neck strip. It is so tinny. The wider leather version, W-50, can only been purchased in Japan. I have also seen picture of the wider nylon neck strip for the N camera in Japan as well. I know, I can use off brand neck strip. But I am a sucker for original brand.
One day I may try to hook up my C645 neck strip to the N1 and see how it will work out. But the blue color is kind of funky.