Sound Off: Nikon Digital Eats Batteries

I’ve had a great time using my Nikon D40X. Except. It. Eats. Batteries. Let me explain.

Whenever I transfer my photos in the camera to the computer I connect via USB port and wammo it’s done. Now you must turn off the camera immediately. If you don’t then Nikon will eat your battery.

Twice now I have forgotten to turn off the camera and the battery completely drained itself with the help of Nikon of course. These fancy new types of batteries cannot be completely discharged because if they are they will never get a charge again. $30 dollars up in smoke. Twice = $60. I don’t like to use profanity in my writing but I’m pissed. At. Nikon.

They have an option in their camera setup for automatic shut-off. But not for low battery charge. They disable mirror lock-up if the battery is low. This means they can measure battery charge. They even show you battery charge on the info screen. But they don’t have an option for shutting down the camera when the battery is low. Why not Nikon?

Nikon can easily add the option to shut down the camera on low battery to it’s menu. It could even give you the option of beeping on low battery.

This request is not an option for Nikon. Just make the fix. Like. Right. Now.

Nikon please contact Photoessayist for the name and address where you can send the check for $60.

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LACMA Reflects L.A. – Good and Bad

After I posted yesterday’s picture I looked at the rest of the photos I took that day. Looking at the first photo I realized the obvious – that there were several styles of architecture at LACMA. Even the railings in the first photo are of three styles. First is the concrete railing of the original Ahmanson building. Then there is the short section of concrete block(?) followed by a modern steel railing. Additionally there is four different outer skins of the two buildings. How L.A. is that?

The Pavilion for Japanese Art is classic L.A. architecture. It refuses to blend with the rest of the family but stands alone and proud. How L.A. is that?

Finally the pavilion that’s suppose to unite the various pieces of LACMA. Now with the addition of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum this pavilion will be regulated to has been. Uniting the original museum campus with the new buildings will be the BP Grand Entrance (Not shown.) Does this mean there will be two competing entrances? I think like most grand ideas from large egos the public will decide in the end. Now how L.A. is that?

In short LACMA is L.A. – constantly evolving, changing, and adapting to new needs and ideas. So L.A.

Note: I plan to get up to LACMA sometime this month and will post photos of the new entrance.


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PhotoessayistThis photo was taken in the Hammer building just before the exit of The 60s and 70s Art of Southern California. Just after taking the photo a guard came up to me to inform me I couldn’t take photos of the art. The problem at LACMA is that some galleries photos are allowed and in others they aren’t. That’s OK but nothing is posted so how do you know?

I only had the Nikon D40X for 3 weeks then and everything was set on auto except exposure. I have always preferred aperture priority.

I have the advantage of being able to visit the museums of southern California during the week when visitors are few. I especially like to visit the LACMA. Unlike the Getty it has a restaurant that is open when the museum is open. The Getty restaurant has weird hours. I guess they reflect the Getty’s themselves. Plus when you visit the LACMA you can go to the Farmer’s Market. Still a great place.

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