From: SMS on
John Turco wrote:
> SMS wrote:

>> 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. ;-)

The Li-Ion battery advantage is one reason to get the vertical grip, but
even back in the days of film SLRs the vertical grips were very popular
because they make shooting in portrait mode much easier. If you don't
mind the added bulk, and do a lot of portrait mode shooting, definitely
spring for the vertical grip even if you don't care about the extra
battery capability.
From: Thomas T. Veldhouse on
SMS <scharf.steven(a)geemail.com> wrote:
>> 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.

Defined by what? Market share? Mind share? Revenue?

Who decided the cutoff between first and second tier?

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From: Thomas T. Veldhouse on
John Turco <jtur(a)concentric.net> wrote:
>
> Hello, Thomas:
>
> 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.
>

I am aware of them, but they are not Eneloop equivalents. They are Rayovac
Hybrid equivalents. What's the difference? Starting capacity is slightly
higher with the Rayovac (Spectrum) and so is the self-discharge rate. In my
experience, the AAA batteries from Rayovac (Spectrum) are not nearly as good
as the Sanyo Eneloop as far as self-discharge goes.

> Four would be $31.52 (16 batteries); that's still better than your
> 12/$29.99 Amazon reference.
>

They are definitely different batteries, although they are both low
self-discharge.

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From: Thomas T. Veldhouse on
SMS <scharf.steven(a)geemail.com> wrote:
> 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.

Not my Costco (in Minnesota). They only sell Sony (4-2700mAh AA and 2-1000mAh
AAA) and Duracell batteries and chargers. The Sony Charger claims to do a
conditioning charge as well. No Sanyo products at the Costco that I frequent.

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From: Thomas T. Veldhouse on
ASAAR <caught(a)22.com> wrote:
>
> 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.
>

I have had no trouble using the C adapters. Why do you feel it would damage
the cell? It is 1.2V like any other and the issue are the same as far as
putting these in series if the are AA or C.

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machinations of the wicked.