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Just wondering whether you got any further with Watford and/or whether Ian managed to find anything out from Japan (China?)
Unfortunately, the trip to China was postponed because of problems arranging visas for such a large group of journalists.

My main source of technical information at Olympus Europe has also changed, so I'm trying to make contact with the replacement person.

So, frustratingly, I haven't made much progress - but I'm still working on it!

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Re: AA batteries

I have told the young lady (Lydia) with whom I have been conversing at Watford that I expect an E3 and HLD-4 combination that can be shown to be working with AAs when I take the current ones in to do a swap - Sale of Goods Act and all that. I live fairly close to Watford so going over to do the exchange in person is no great hardship and will ensure I can check that what I am given is really working. I supect there is a bigger problem with AAs than they're prepared to admit so I'm not expecting a phone call in the near future! It'll be ten days before I am in a position to chase them up again.
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Re: AA batteries

Good luck - somehow I think you might need it.
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Re: AA batteries

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Just wondering whether you got any further with Watford and/or whether Ian managed to find anything out from Japan (China?)
I'm afraid not. E1-Fan has suggested that I send Ian another PM to remind him, so I will try that, but somehowI think I've missed the bus.
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Re: AA batteries

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I've been banging on about this problem on various threads ever since I got the HLD-4. There have been several posts complaining it doesn't work with AAs and I can't get it to work with the LBH-1 either.
My E-3 also does not operate when I use 3xCR123 (new) in the LBH holder, just the same symptoms as paulpp described with the AA holder - however it operates perfectly happily with the AA holder with 6xAA lithiums installed. They are not even new lithiums, having come from the motor drive on my OM system. Not cheap, but they last for aeons compared to alkaline.

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Re: AA batteries

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My E-3 also does not operate when I use 3xCR123 (new) in the LBH holder, just the same symptoms as paulpp described with the AA holder - however it operates perfectly happily with the AA holder with 6xAA lithiums installed. They are not even new lithiums, having come from the motor drive on my OM system. Not cheap, but they last for aeons compared to alkaline.

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That's useful to know, thank you. I wonder if it works with AA alkalianes, such as Duracell.
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Re: AA batteries

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. Not cheap, but they last for aeons compared to alkaline.
Is this a good price?

http://tinyurl.com/5kvlbx

(Also handy that you get 6)

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That's useful to know, thank you. I wonder if it works with AA alkalianes, such as Duracell.
My HLD-4 didn't work with Lithium AAs properly, though that was before the latest firmware update.

I felt there was a very slight improvement after the firmware update when using alkalines or NiMH rechargeables, but not to an acceptable level of performance.

I'll try Lithiums again at some point...

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Re: AA batteries

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Is this a good price?

http://tinyurl.com/5kvlbx

(Also handy that you get 6)

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That's where I have always bought mine, but less than 1 each *does* look to be a good price (and given the application, a six-pack is far better than a four-pack).

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Re: AA batteries

I had a bit of a surprise today when having another go at AA Alkalines, see:

http://www.fourthirds-user.com/forum...08&postcount=4

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Re: AA batteries

Interesting.. Upgrading the firmware made no difference to me although i was not using Duracell.
Will be interested in the other types.
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Interesting.. Upgrading the firmware made no difference to me although i was not using Duracell.
Will be interested in the other types.
I definitely noticed a difference between standard alkalines and heavy duty 'premium' alkalines like the Duracell Ultras. The former (even standard Duracells, for example, allowed the camera to switch on but literally after one shot the camera would shut down.

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Re: AA batteries

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I am still having problems using AA batteries in the HLD4 and e-mailed Olympus today. Their response is not to use alkaline batteries as they are not compatable with the E3. I was however using AA-R6 Memorex zinc batteries without success. Have e-mailed Olympus again and will see what they say. Has anyone had any luck with this and if so with which batteries?
Not tried Alkaline battries but the HLD-4 manual states:

Supported Digital Cameras: E-3

Battery types: BLM-1 Lithium Ion, AA Alkaline, AA Lithium

So maybe worth sending a copy of the manual page to Oly support. Oly do seem reluctant to find a fix for this.
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Re: AA batteries

As mentioned in my last post a week or so back I have asked for a camera and grip that can be shown to be working when I collect them from Watford. This is to replace my grip (the original one) and camera (the one Olympus supplied out of the blue to replace the one that had been away for repair for some five weeks). I checked on progress yesterday and apparently a camera and grip are on order from Germany but have yet to arrive.

I think it would be helpful to the E3 community overall if anyone else who has problems gets in touch with Watford. As far as I know I am the only person actively pursuing the matter. Moans on a web forum can be ignored but actual complaints are more difficult to overlook. There's obviously a big issue but not enough pressure yet on Olympus to resolve it.
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Re: AA batteries

I made contact with Watford via e-mail a number of times but the only response I got was that alkaline batteries should work and if they don't (which is the case) I should send the camera in for servicing. Was waiting to see what other's experience was before resigning myself to losing the camera for xx weeks.
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