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Old Dec 22, 2011, 8:39 PM   #1
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Default .....nuggets for the P3 @ pittance of OEM

For accessories to my E-P3 I decided not to do OEM pieces for the simple build items such as the LH-40 hood, the RM-UC1, BLS-1 battery because the pricing by Olympus pretty much follows all OEM stickering, just too much for some of the things that can be done by other mfgrs.

First was the battery, Amazon.com -- Maximal Power @ 1800mah recommended in a Kirk Tuck review and now by me. Cost 10$ USD @ Amazon where it is now 20$ ... so, check this http://tinyurl.com/caadx7k

Next I went looking for the LH-40 hood to fit the 14-42 llR lens, again I think the Olympus price is too much; after reading a few reviews I decided on this http://tinyurl.com/crsufny exact one, it fits very snug, provides that bit of bump & scratch protection AND looks terrific mounted.

Then, eShopping (if you have an iPAD you really need the eBAY app, the best way to shop eBAY ever) for a cabled shutter release, just a simple replacement to the OEM RM-UC1...... there are many on eBAY. So for less than 3$USD from HongKong I got this http://tinyurl.com/7bpp2r7

A couple months back Popular Photography had the Manfrotto 361 listed in the magazine as a gadget need for stabilizing a monopod. I don't use my monopod much because I simply 'wobble' around creating image 'slippage' where free-hand I don't do it as much. Anyway I ordered it from B&H, I should get it tomorrow or the next day, I think I am going to like this http://tinyurl.com/7kpt8lq

And finally for now, I am researching Gorillapod for the best pricing for the SLR-Zoom model or 'model like' from Asia. When I decide it will most likely be from other than Joby because again I think the OEM pricing is a bit much, but I never rule out OEM.... it just depends on what I am buying.

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Maybe none or only some of these will fit in your sock but for me they are filling the P3 bag nicely. Merry Christmas!
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Old Dec 22, 2011, 8:40 PM   #2
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....hey Jim C, will you move this to the micro 4/3 forum, thanks
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Bob, will that remote cable work with a PL2? The site doesn't list that as one of the cameras it will work on. Sure can't beat that price and on the battery as well. Do you notice the same battery life as in the Olympus mega bucks battery?
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James, ..... yes, the RM-UC1 is the release used for the E-Pxx series. See this http://tinyurl.com/6scv42l

For the battery, I rarely use up a battery before charging but I did fire off about 275 while using the FL-36 the other evening at our 'Ugly Sweater Party'.
and did need to change batteries. There are many CHEAP batteries available on eBAY, if the current rating is 1700mah or greater, heck I'll try. I have never bought an Olympus branded battery, a 15$ replacement I bought at B&H 6 1/2 years ago for my E-300 still carries the same load it did when new, equal to the OEM that came with the camera. My E-300 has approx 15,000 clicks.
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As I said in the original post, when it comes to the simple items I also keep it cheap as possible. I also use Kingston, Patriot and Transcend class 10 cards; none larger than 8GB and find them on Amazon when I need 8-10 dollars to fill to 25$ for free shipping.

I learned most of this 'bargain' shopping from my daughter who is the best eShopper I know.
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Thanks Bob. I'm going to order the remote. As far as another battery, I doubt if I would take that many pics in one day to exhaust the Oly battery. Of course I haven't used the camera long enough to determine that. I like to take pics of Great Lake Ships coming up our river and the remote would be nice for that. I'm with you, Oly wants way too much for their remote. I'm going to check and see if Pearstone makes a wireless remote for the PL2 or Pen series. I had one of these on my Canon DSLR and I really liked it for shooting birds. I don't imagine the $2.85 remote release will have the longevity of an Olympus remote but I doubt if I would wear it out in my lifetime.
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...the switch I received is very well made and constructed with a three stage leaf switch (I split the cases to peek at it). The single actuator button simply slides forward to lock, not much to go wrong, it is well worth the $$ difference.
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Good enough for as often as I will use it. Just ordered it with delivery no sooner than 1/12/12. Not a problem for me as I doubt I would even use it in the winter months.
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