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Olympus HLD-4 POWER BATTERY HOLDER E-3

by Olympus

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Olympus HLD-4 POWER BATTERY HOLDER E-3. * Compatiblewith Olympus E-3 * Power for extended use* Ideal for portrait shooting * Dust & splashproof * Holds 2x BLM-1

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 5.5 x 2.7 inches ; 11 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000Y9KIOK
  • Item model number: 260253
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By HMMWV VINE VOICE on November 30, 2007
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The E3's fast focus, rapid cycle time, SWD focus system all consume power - the HLD-4 like its previous battery holders allows you to parallel two BLM-1's Olympus BLM-01 Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery for C7070, C8080, E1, E300 & E500 Digital Cameras for twice the shooting time, exposures, or simply a longer timeout so your camera is always ready. You can also charge one battery while still using the camera on the other one if you charge before they both go dead. As before, you get the portrait shutter button which I do use when holding 90 degree rotation. One difference is this can use 6 AA's which is a first for me personally. Olympus's glossy sheet quotes that this will improve focus times - this is generally due to the paralleling of the two batteries and thus the higher voltage when charging flash, running focus motor, logic, etc. 6AA's @ 1.2 V (assuming NIMH) is 7.2V in line with the lithium, or 9V using 1.5V alkaline. There is always a debate here because alkaline cells quickly develop internal impedance and thus don't give you 9V through the life of the cell, while NiMH cells do run 1.2 V or higher for the useful life of the cell. Some experimentation is needed to compare actual voltage delivered to the camera with 2 li-ion vs 6 NIMH cells in the HLD-4. The higher the voltage under load, the faster the camera will operate. In either case, I'm sure the power flexibility it adds will please all E3 shooters. At 199, I'm a bit shocked (no pun intended) at the price as I just paid 84 bucks for my last HLD-3 for the E300 back I picked up off ebay for $170. Getting 2 additional megapixels is not cheap if you want to run the bleading edge; all E3 owners will still find Olympus hardware a great value compared to Canon equivalent backs & lenses as they always have.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Hanson on February 18, 2009
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The good news is that this grip is fully compatible with the E-30. The dials and buttons fully replicate the functions of the buttons on the body. Battery life is terrific; I shot over 1,000 frames at an athletic event and the charge indicator didn't budge from "full." Be aware that zooming your lens can create a lot of torque and might cause the electrical contacts to lose connection. This will cause the camera to freeze, but this is quickly and easily fixed by removing and reconnecting the grip. Overall, this is a very useful accessory for those who do a lot of vertical shooting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James M. Bailey on March 27, 2011
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Unlike others who spew praise with windy, over detailed reviews, all I have to say is that if U have an E-3, E-5, or E-30, this is a must-have. Yes it adds weight to already-weighty cameras, but the comfort and the fact U can use AA's (Lithium recc.) in the included battery holder for emergencies makes it the perfect compliment to these cameras in the field away from mains power. Plus it's best for vertical shots with the shutter button and function dials duplicated, and like the high-end Es it's also weather sealed. So just get it already!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Perez on March 17, 2009
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I have been using the Olympus HLD-4 battery holder for about a week and I couldn't be more pleased. I have used a similar type of power pack on my Nikon 35mm cameras in the past, however this one is far superior to the ones I used in the past.

I really appreciate the comfortable feel. Even though it adds more weight, everything is well balanced. The addition of the optional AS-GS3 strap gives much added support and comfort.

The additional buttons on the battery holder really come in handy and they are very well placed for comfort and convenience. I use the extra shutter button often since I shoot a lot of portraits.

My power pack is still using the original batteries that I loaded last week. Although I shoot over 200 photos daily, I still have plenty of power in the unit. I shoot in the 5 fps mode often, and the camera is never slowed down by lack of power.

I believe that anyone with an Olympus E-3 should give the HLD-4 a try. Once you get used to the added weight, the extra power and comfort are well worth the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phil D on December 19, 2012
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I like the extended battery life it provides but be aware when I add it to my e-5 it becomes a very robust camera. I can live with it and like it, but I had to get another camera for my wife to use.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MRMD on February 5, 2013
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Easy portrait photos with my Olympus E-5!

This HLD-4 battery holder gives me oustanding grip for my camera. A perfect choice for a profesional photographer.

Recomended 100%
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I bought the battery holder for use with my E-30. When I ordered it, I wasn't certain that the HLD-4 would work with my DSLR as my model was not listed in the specs which I had read. However, when I received it and tried it out, all was fine.

I use two of the BLM-1 batteries in the holder and now really never worry about running out of power. Granted, I am not a professional photographer, but I have been in situations where I've run out of battery power and thus have had to swap out a dead battery for a fresh one in the midst of taking photos. This has usually happened to me in the worst possible situations but is no longer an issue for me insofar as I am concerned.

Keep in mind that the HLD-4 is a well-built and thus heavy accessory. Attach it to your Olympus body and you are carrying around a really heavy set-up. That said, however, when the HLD-4 is attached to your camera body, you are better able to hold your camera despite the extra weight. Alternatively, you can mount the camera and battery holder on a tripod and let it perform the heavy lifting for you.

As I said, I now never worry about running out of battery power when using my camera. I am therefore very happy with my purchase decision.
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