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Old 20th December 2007
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Re: HLD-4 power grip

My HLD4 arrived today at 17:00 (never known DHL deliver so late - normally about midday). Looks like a nice bit of kit.

Looking foreward to my bag arriving sometime (?)

But Oh Olympus have you shot yourselves in the foot over these promotions, a little bit more cuddly/feely over acknowledgements/shipping and you could have garnered so much more goodwill, and presuming you are just dropping information into a simple database (or even an excel spreadsheet) you could have automated that part of the process.

I would recommend that the marketing department at least read the introduction segments to ITIL on Help Desk/Transaction Management.

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Old 20th December 2007
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My HLD-4 arrived earlier today. Now need to await the battery I was lucky enough to win(?) in the end November competition.
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Re: HLD-4 power grip

And to cap it, the battery has just arrived.
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Old 21st December 2007
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just learned that I have received a DHL parcel. I am not expecting anything except Oly goodies but wont find out till this evening.

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Re: HLD-4 power grip

I've recieved my HLD-4 today (in Aarhus, Danmark).

DHL third attempt i tree days to do what they prommised. They're not easy to work with.

Now I'll wait for the backpack...

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I've recieved my HLD-4 today (in Aarhus, Danmark).

DHL third attempt i tree days to do what they prommised. They're not easy to work with.

Now I'll wait for the backpack...

niels
Neils,

You have joined the ever hopeful band of E3ers.

I found that when I fitted the HLD-4, the camera would not fit in the camera bag

I need the backpack asap as I am reluctant to remove the HLD-4 as its improved the holding of the camera no end.

Happy shooting

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Re: HLD-4 power grip

Received mine this afternoon just in time for Christmas.

I agree that the lack of the AEL button is a little naff but I have to say the change it makes to the dynamics of the E-3 is very much to my liking. Maybe it is just my big hands
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Re: HLD-4 power grip

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Well it fits - just - in my beloved Leica Outdoor combination sholder bag.

But it doens't too perfect in my Lowepro Mini Trekker AW backpack. Hopefully til Oplympus backpack is a little deeper.

But I don't think I'll ever come to love the HLD-4. The two grips have quite different feels which I think is at bit irritating (I've never had a vertical grip on a camera before, so maybe it's just a question of getting used to it...).

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I must confess that this morning I almost convinced myself taht my HLD-4 was faulty. I went to take a portrait shot using the HLD's shutter button - nothing! Checked again in landscape using the E3 button - OK
Thouht - oh well at least its providing power and waited to get home again.

Stripped the camera and HLD apart and EUREKA! I found that I had closed all the lock switches including the one which locks button operation

I always wondered what that lock button was for and now I know!

Conclusion, if all else fails read the instructions

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Re: HLD-4 power grip

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I can recommend reading the manual. At least when translated into Danish. It's great fun

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Re: HLD-4 power grip

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Received mine this afternoon just in time for Christmas.

I agree that the lack of the AEL button is a little naff but I have to say the change it makes to the dynamics of the E-3 is very much to my liking. Maybe it is just my big hands
I haven't tried it yet, but remember you can swap the AEL and Fn button functionality (sorry if someon already mentioned this).

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Re: HLD-4 power grip

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Have you tried the Olympus rucksack with the HLD-4 on??? And do you have a picture of it in the rucksack???

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Re: HLD-4 power grip

I got mine yesterday.

It's not as good as the HLD-2 in my opinion, feels lighter, no rubber on the back for your thumb, it doesn't feel at all comfortable to me. It doesn't replicate the grip shape/button position of the camera at all. The other thing is that the tripod mount plate has no place for a Q/D plate lock pin yet the camera body has. I really don't like the dual BLM-1 set-up, if they needed to go for the Dual BLM-1 set-up then the grip should fit without removing the camera battery the way the Pentax K10D and some Nikon's do.

I'm glad I didn't pay 200 for it.

As an aside what type AA's do you recommended?

The instructions suggest Alkaline or Lithium, I put 6 brand new Duracell's in but I get a 'Battery warning' and camera lock-Up after every shot despite the Top LCD battery Indicator showing 'Full Charge'. Switching Off and On again resets it.
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Old 22nd December 2007
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R Mace

Thanks for posting. I had exactly the same experience using Duracell batteries in my grip and had assumed that Ive done something wrong. The camera starts up showing full 'charge' and after taking a couple of shots red battery warning light appears and the camera sometimes locks up.

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Old 22nd December 2007
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Re: HLD-4 power grip

Interesting about the Duracells. I had a similar experience with the standard batteries - top plate showed full charge (which I accept it wasn't), but the viewfinder showed no charge.
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