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Re: [OM] OM-1

Subject: Re: [OM] OM-1
From: John Hermanson <omtech@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 09:10:46 -0400
>From all the batteries I've tested, I've found that ALL alkaline 625A & U 
are 1.5 or 1.55 volts, which atleast cause a 2-3 stop error in the OM-1, 1N 
position, resulting in underexposure.


Bradley Mabb wrote:

>       Hello Richard,
>          Congrats on your fine new camera. You can  call Olympus at
>       1-(800)-622-6372 and order a new manual (mine was n/c). As far as
>       batteries, well- that's a long story. It's SUPPOSED to take a mercury
>       battery (px625), but they've been outlawed in many states. You CAN use
>       an alkaline 625 battery, but BE SURE it's a 1.3 volt, NOT a 1.5. The
>      problem with these batteries are they will die off slowly, giving you
>      a less accurate reading as it does. Another choice is the Zinc-air 625
>      battery which acts more like a mercury (dies off suddenly). The downfall
>      here is that they're harder to find, cost more, and last only about 4
>      months. The ultimate problem solver is available through John H. (is it
>      not? ;)) . It's a device that will accept 367 silver oxide battery (1.5 
> v)
>      with a diode to bring it down to proper voltage. This insert costs 
> roughly
>     $30.00, but the best choice in the long run.
>                                                        enjoy,
>                                                          Brad

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