Why you should turn off the camera

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Jeff Peterman
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Why you should turn off the camera

I've used an xxD since buying a 10D when they first came out, followed by buying one of the first 20Ds and then one of the first 40Ds. After using the 10D for a few weeks I found that in practice I almost never turned off the camera, finding that it used close to zero power when in standby. I didn't see any real need to use the switch on the back to turn off the camera. Until yesterday. I put my 20D and 40D in a camera bag on Thursday night, with fresh batteries, ready for a shoot last night. When I got there last night, I took the cameras out to get ready and found the 40D dead. I realized that the way I'd squeezed the two bodies in the bag had put some pressure on one or more of the buttons and prevented the camera from going in to standby - draining the battery.

Fortunately, I had a pair of spare batteries, and everything was OK. In future, I'll turn off the cameras when I put them in the bag.
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