I’ve been using 2 cameras, tripod-mounted and operated either tethered or by WiFi from a phone, to capture photos of birds on two feeders in the back garden recently. One problem is that the batteries need to be replaced 3 or 4 times a day. When I came to open the battery compartment on the old Olympus OM-D E-M1 on Saturday the lever which unlocks the battery cover came off in my hand. It seems that the fixing had broken. After a search on the internet I found that the whole of the cover is very easily removed. I emailed Olympus here in the UK to enquire about getting a replacement cover. By mid morning on Monday I had a reply, directing me to contact a repair company about getting the appropriate spare. I emailed them, and by mid afternoon they replied with details of what I needed and the price. So a replacement is now on order, and due to be posted to me on Thursday (they are operating shortened hours during Covid restrictions). I think this is very good service in these difficult times, and the price of £10 for the whole cover, plus £3.50 postage, is quite reasonable – the extra below shows that although the lever itself is quite small and simple, the entire cover and mechanism is quite complicated.

Not sure if I will get the replacement on Friday, and of course there is now no post on Saturday, so it’s likely to be next week before it arrives.


About Mike Hessey

I'm a BOF (Boring Old Fellow) and MOS (Miserable Old Soul) whose main interests are photography, cycling, walking and computers. Regrettably recent problems with my legs, back and heart have reduced the cycling and walking.
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