Hi there. Since January 6th, i've been a happy D70 owner and I've had somewhere between 15,000 and 15,300 shutter releases. I've got a weird question about my battery life though. Lately, it seems, my battery life has gone completely out the window. Instead of getting my old 1500-2000 shots per charge (18-70 DX and occasional 50/1.8, a good amount of indoor flash), I've been getting a much smaller number. I tend to keep my battery well charged. I'll make a mental note to recharge it when that first little thing goes away, and i'll usually stick it on when the second part goes away. I know that means the battery is on its last bit of charge. So, for many months, my D70 and I were quite happily shooting away, and with nearly 4000 shots taken in just a week in italy, I only ran the battery down to any change in the batt. meter twice. LOTS of full power flash there, too. I continued to have excellent battery life even until may and June. By then I was using a 70-200 VR with VR on, but that didn't affect my battery that much, I was still getting near or over 1000 shots per charge. Well, I got a 24/2.8D and that didn't help the battery life that much, but I still used the VR lens most of the time. I took less than 500 shots in June, my shutter finger was starting to hurt. So when July rolled around, I was shooting 80% with the 70-200. Still very good battery life. But sometime after the 4th of July, I started having worsening battery life. In the past month, i've charged my battery quite often, and I've shot under 2,000 frames in that time. almost zero with the internal flash. By the time I sold my 24/2.8 and got my 17-35 AFS, I couldn't use the internal flash at all due to the sheer size of the lens. I charged my D70 battery shortly after I got the 17-35, and I had to charge it again the other night after somewhere between 400 and 600 shots, with NO af assist lamp, NO internal flash....I was using my SB600 for AF assist and flash. I'm frankly mystified. I get blinding focus speed with both of my current lenses, and I haven't used the VR much in the last 2 weeks, and even then I haven't used VR-ON too much. Is my battery going bad? Or is it something else? Maybe its my imagination, maybe its the heat..... or maybe it is my brain going bad Thanks in advance. harrison.