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*ist D Grip problem

I put freshly charged NiMh batteries in the grip and in the body. I then attempted to download, via USB cable, some pictures from the body to my computer. As soon as the pics began dowloading, the battery indicator showed exhausted battery (skipped showing the battery bar at half) and a message came on the LCD screen that the batteries were exhausted. I then replaced the batteries with more fresh ones (I have 3 chargers) and it did the same. I took the grip off, and the camera the downloaded the pictures, showing a fully charge battery. I then put the grip back on, and shot several hundred pics.

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This problem is not unique to Pentax. There are some very strange characteristics of NiMH batteries. One of them is a tendency for a newly-charged battery to be read by a device as completely dead. If this might be the case here (and I have not experienced it on mine) you could perhaps not try downloading with freshly charged batteries, but take a few shots and drain them down slightly first.

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I have yet to recieve the b-grip for my *ist so i can't tell you if i have the same problem. i do have a thought on the matter and an interest in the fix as i have a grip on order. have either or both of you upgraded to firmware 1.1? that is not listed as something the firmware update remedies. however, i understand that manufacturers often include fixes for less conspicious problems without listing them. if you haven't upgraded it's worth a shot, you have nothing to loose as long as you use FRESH batteries. hope i helped. have fun shooting.

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