From: John Turco on
SMS wrote:
>
> John Turco wrote:
>
> > Hello, ASAAR:
> >
> > You >did< nail Steven M. Sharf, on that one! DSLR's aren't exactly
> > lacking for "real estate," where AA cells are concerned.
>
> Weight and size is an issue even on D-SLRs, but of course the reasons
> that almost every D-SLR on the market uses Li-Ion batteries go way
> beyond the desire of the engineers to minimize the weight and size of
> the body.
>
> Never buy a D-SLR that doesn't use Li-Ion packs. If you insist on AA
> capability as well, buy one that can use AA batteries in an optional
> vertical grip. Worst case, ensure that at least RCR-V3 batteries will
> work (Sigma did this on their ill-fated D-SLRs).

Hello, Steven:

Aw, bummer! I just ordered (from BuyDig.com, on 9-3-07) a Pentax K100D
body, which takes four AA cells -- should I return it to the retailer,
after it arrives? :-P

> Unfortunately only Canon provides the vertical grips even on their entry
> level D-SLRs, but after-market manufacturers have filled the void for Nikon.

Screw Canon and Nikon, alike. I simply can't afford their overpriced
bodies and lenses; whereas, the K100D is compatible with virtually any
K-mount lens, ever made, and there are many millions of those, already
in existence.

I plan to mount the 28mm F3.5-80mm F5.6 (kit lens), from my Pentax ZX-60
35mm film camera. With the 1.5x "crop factor" taken into account, it'll
be the 35mm equivalent of 42mm-120mm, on the K100D. (Which is fine, with
me, as I prefer telephoto over wide-angle, anyhow.)

> Vertical grips that can take AA batteries give you the best of both
> worlds. You can usually also use one or two li-ion batteries in them
> instead of six to eight AA batteries, but when you're out in the middle
> of nowhere away from AC or DC power (as so many AA battery aficionados
> apparently spend so much time) you can pick up some AA alkaline cells at
> the country store that you are walking or bicycling past.

<edited, for brevity>

Sorry, man, but I've gone through the hassles of Li-Ion packs, with my
Kodak digicams that use them (P850, DX6490 and V603). They may have
their place, and yet, I'm still glad I'll be able to stick ubiquitous
AA batteries, in my new Pentax 6.1 megapixel DSLR. (Ni-MH is my choice,
naturally.)


Cordially,
John Turco <jtur(a)concentric.net>
From: SMS on
John Turco wrote:
> SMS wrote:
>> John Turco wrote:
>>
>>> Hello, ASAAR:
>>>
>>> You >did< nail Steven M. Sharf, on that one! DSLR's aren't exactly
>>> lacking for "real estate," where AA cells are concerned.
>> Weight and size is an issue even on D-SLRs, but of course the reasons
>> that almost every D-SLR on the market uses Li-Ion batteries go way
>> beyond the desire of the engineers to minimize the weight and size of
>> the body.
>>
>> Never buy a D-SLR that doesn't use Li-Ion packs. If you insist on AA
>> capability as well, buy one that can use AA batteries in an optional
>> vertical grip. Worst case, ensure that at least RCR-V3 batteries will
>> work (Sigma did this on their ill-fated D-SLRs).
>
> Hello, Steven:
>
> Aw, bummer! I just ordered (from BuyDig.com, on 9-3-07) a Pentax K100D
> body, which takes four AA cells -- should I return it to the retailer,
> after it arrives? :-P

Presumably you did this because you have a collection of Pentax lenses
that you want to use.

What you should do is to order the following product:
"http://www.ownuser.com.tw/e_K100D_1.htm". This will allow you to use
Li-Ion battery packs.
From: Ron Hunter on
ASAAR wrote:
> On Wed, 05 Sep 2007 03:06:29 -0500, Ron Hunter wrote:
>
>>> I've seen this movie before. When ridiculous words were put into
>>> the mouth of Linda Blair's character in The Exorcist, it really
>>> wasn't her fault. What's your excuse? Does extreme bias kill
>>> neurons?
>> I surely hope not. If so, MANY of us wouldn't have any left!
>
> <g> I guess that your reply shows that you still have a
> sufficient reserve. :)
>
Or that I have slipped below the minimum....
From: Ron Hunter on
SMS wrote:
> Ron Hunter wrote:
>
>> Still, compared with regular NiMH batteries, 500 charges from an
>> Eneloop battery would be better than 1000 from a regular NiMH battery,
>> at least the way I use the batteries.
>
> Agreed.
>
> In reality, most people will get far more life out of an Eneloop because
> they'll be charging them a lot less.

A darn sight less aggravation, too!
From: ASAAR on
On Thu, 06 Sep 2007 02:34:20 -0500, Ron Hunter wrote:

>>> I surely hope not. If so, MANY of us wouldn't have any left!
>>
>> <g> I guess that your reply shows that you still have a
>> sufficient reserve. :)
>
> Or that I have slipped below the minimum....

Yes, but I was trying to be polite . . .


:)