D4 Battery Life Fail.

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D4 Battery Life Fail.
May 6, 2012

Got my D4 on Weds, shot my first sports event yesterday with 2 bodies (D4 and an old D300 with the battery shoe).

Was shocked and disappointed when the D4's battery was empty after 5 hours and only about 1000 frames (with occasional review to delete OOF frames in camera). The D300 was a trooper as usual and shot more frames, 5 hours longer than the D4, downloaded all the pictures, and still had well over 50% battery left.

From prior threads, I got the impression the D4 battery would last a lot longer. I was shooting to two cards (raw primary + jpeg on the second), but that can't explain it.

Is there some setting that's draining battery? Is it probably a bad battery? Is it a bad copy of the D4 that's burning out the battery?

Any ideas?

Thanks for your help.

Nikon D300 Nikon D4
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