From: John Turco on
SMS wrote:

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> Why do you think that so few D-SLRs use AA batteries--only a few low-end
> models, and none from the top tier manufacturers.

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Hello, Steven:

Pentax isn't among the "top tier manufacturers," in your opinion? Or,
does that elite "group" only include Canon and Nikon?


Cordially,
John Turco <jtur(a)concentric.net>
From: John Turco on
SMS wrote:
>
> John Turco wrote:

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> > 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.


Hello, Steven:

Thanks, but, I'll pass. ;-)


Cordially,
John Turco <jtur(a)concentric.net>
From: SMS on
John Turco wrote:

> Locally, Wal-Mart has 4-packs of Kodak "pre-charged" (i.e., eneloop
> equivalent) Ni-MH AA cells, at $7.88 USD, apiece. Three of those only
> add up to $23.64, which beats Costco's deal, by nearly $3.

Costco includes a charger and the C & D adapters.
From: SMS on
John Turco wrote:
> SMS wrote:
>
> <heavily edited, for brevity>
>
>> Why do you think that so few D-SLRs use AA batteries--only a few low-end
>> models, and none from the top tier manufacturers.
>
> <edited>
>
> Hello, Steven:
>
> Pentax isn't among the "top tier manufacturers," in your opinion?

Canon and Nikon are the top tier. Olympus, Pentax, and Sony (formerly
the Konica-Minolta D-SLRs) are second tier.
From: ASAAR on
On Mon, 10 Sep 2007 21:13:35 -0700, SMS wrote:

>> Locally, Wal-Mart has 4-packs of Kodak "pre-charged" (i.e., eneloop
>> equivalent) Ni-MH AA cells, at $7.88 USD, apiece. Three of those only
>> add up to $23.64, which beats Costco's deal, by nearly $3.
>
> Costco includes a charger and the C & D adapters.

A pitifully low featured, anemic charger, and as you also noted,
the C cell adapter doesn't provide a perfect fit. Few people would
really need those adapters, which might in any case damage
rechargeable cells if they're not used to power digital devices.
This is normally the type of charger that you tell people to avoid
getting, and I'd agree. If that's the only NiMH charger a person
had, I'd recommend retiring it and getting a better one, possibly
only using the "freeby" one included with the eneloops as an
emergency backup charger.