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HLD-4 power grip

I picked up a HLD-4 from Olympus yesterday (their new HQ in Watford is only 15 minutes away from the office ).

If anyone has a question I can answer about the HLD-4, fire away!

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Re: HLD-4 power grip

As I intend to buy an E-3 late next year and if your HLD-4 is one for testing I'd be most grateful to receive it as a gift.

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As I intend to buy an E-3 late next year and if your HLD-4 is one for testing I'd be most grateful to receive it as a gift.

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Your a chancer Barrie. I can't say I blame you. Better to get the request in now rather than wait for someone else to get the courage.

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Your a chancer Barrie. I can't say I blame you. Better to get the request in now rather than wait for someone else to get the courage.

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True.

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True.

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Barrie,

I note that Ian was asking for ANY questions about the grip but still has not replied to you. I wonder no answer is actually his reply

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Barrie,

I note that Ian was asking for ANY questions about the grip but still has not replied to you. I wonder no answer is actually his reply

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I'm not surprised - I just hope he has taken the family out. After all it is nearly Christmas and I don't think Julia and Ian have been away from their desks in quite some while. Don't you think they deserve it?

We have been getting in the mood - we walked just under five miles to the pub today to meet friends from Norfolk. After a couple of pints of 'Humbug' and a pint of 'Sleighbells' all seemed a better place.

Off to climb the wooden stairs. Night night.

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I'm not surprised - I just hope he has taken the family out. After all it is nearly Christmas and I don't think Julia and Ian have been away from their desks in quite some while. Don't you think they deserve it?

We have been getting in the mood - we walked just under five miles to the pub today to meet friends from Norfolk. After a couple of pints of 'Humbug' and a pint of 'Sleighbells' all seemed a better place.

Off to climb the wooden stairs. Night night.

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I agree with you that Ian should take time off. As for your exploits, no wonder you need to climb the wooden hill. Dream about receiving a message that you will receive the grip before Xmas. You never know!

Goodnight

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I agree with you that Ian should take time off. As for your exploits, no wonder you need to climb the wooden hill. Dream about receiving a message that you will receive the grip before Xmas. You never know!

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That will be nice!

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Re: HLD-4 power grip

Morning everyone!

Been preparing for a per-Christmas get together with Julia's parents today as they will be away at Christmas and rearranging the living room since acquiring a new LCD TV. Spent yesterday morning bolting it to the wall

We only have a small living room but the space saved now we don't have the old TV in there is quite remarkable. I recommend it! The LCD display quality is not as good as our old analogue TV, it has to be said. I did plan on getting a plasma screen as they do have better picture quality, but I, er, won the LCD, so I can't complain

I think we need some Christmas smileys on here - on the to-do list for next week

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Re: HLD-4 power grip

Just wondered about the HLD-4, whether you can tell if it is possible to fit the GS3 grip with a "normal" camera strap? And whether you have any info on when the GS3 might be available? Park Cameras say not yet available in Europe.
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Just wondered about the HLD-4, whether you can tell if it is possible to fit the GS3 grip with a "normal" camera strap? And whether you have any info on when the GS3 might be available? Park Cameras say not yet available in Europe.
I can compare the two grips and measure the distance between both ends of the strap guides, but I haven't used either strap myself.

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Just wondered about the HLD-4, whether you can tell if it is possible to fit the GS3 grip with a "normal" camera strap? And whether you have any info on when the GS3 might be available? Park Cameras say not yet available in Europe.
The main differences between the strap fittings for the two grips are:

1. The HLD-2/E-1 combination has a 'loose' strap lug at the top and the HLD-4/E-3 combination has two static fixtures at each end.

2. The width of the strap fixings are the same (about 12mm) but on the E-1 the total distance end to end is a minimum of 125mm, while it's about 150mm on the E-3.

3. The The anchoring point for the strap on the HLD-4 is on the base of the grip, whereas the HLD-2's is where the base and the side meet.

In conclusion, I'd have thought the HLD-2 strap would be OK as long as there was enough adjustment available. This will no doubt be confirned sooner or later

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Re: HLD-4 power grip

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Have you compared focus speed of the old style 50-200mm lens on an E3 with a HLD-4 containing two batteries and an E3 without the grip.
Is it faster - more positive

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Have you compared focus speed of the old style 50-200mm lens on an E3 with a HLD-4 containing two batteries and an E3 without the grip.
Is it faster - more positive

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Hi Derek,

I can't honestly say that I noticed any difference in the AF performance between single battery (no grip) and dual batteries with the grip using the 50-200.

Then again, I didn't notice huge difference when trying the same differences with an E-1 and HLD-2.

There is, however, a noticeable difference between the E-3 and E-1, mainly because the E-1 focuses in three distinct stages and the E-3 fels more like two stages and faster all the way. I think that's more to do with the AF algorithms than the power, though.

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Re: HLD-4 power grip

Thanks - I will wait until my freebie grip arrives
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