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08-24-2015, 05:55 AM   #1
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K-50 doesn't tell you when SD card is full!

Almost had a heart attack when K-50 shutter button was not responsive. Fresh battery; same behavior no matter what lens I tried. Went to the manual, and in trouble shooting section gave full media card as one of the reasons for no action from shutter button. And that's what I had as empty card eliminated anxiety. It's interesting that no message appears. If you have a similar situation, check the/change the card.

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how many shots did you have on the card?
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Looks like 700 shots, in RAW on an 8 GB card
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QuoteOriginally posted by hman Quote
Almost had a heart attack when K-50 shutter button was not responsive. Fresh battery; same behavior no matter what lens I tried. Went to the manual, and in trouble shooting section gave full media card as one of the reasons for no action from shutter button. And that's what I had as empty card eliminated anxiety. It's interesting that no message appears. If you have a similar situation, check the/change the card.
A message should normally be displayed on the rear LCD. Was the card locked perhaps?


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A message should normally be displayed on the rear LCD. Was the card locked perhaps?
Card was unlocked and no message on the rear LCD. Actual # images was 512 (7 of 8 GB) per Lightroom import from card.

Very interesting...

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K3 doesn't say anything to me when card 2 is full. Just stops working. Eventually I notice that there are 0 shots remaining and correct the problem. Mostly ran into it before I shoved the FLU card into a drawer and put a second 64 gig card in. I don't know that I've ever run out of space on card 1 since switching to Pentax.
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Maybe the problem is, that the camera does only know how many bytes on the card are still unused.
But it cannot know - not even roughly, as this is highly settings dependend - how many bytes storing of the next (not yet taken) picture will need.

My K200D I set it to show the remaining shots in the VF, and, pressing the center button, also on the top display. But this number is calculated very conservatively and often seems to have no real relation to reality.

I think with at least one of my older Pentax P&S models, the camera just stopped working with a warning, when also the buffer was full. Some or most of these models had a buffer surviving switching off, which was good enough for at least 1 picture in the highest resolution and jpeg quality.

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If you're not screwing around with settings from one shot to the next, it's a pretty accurate count. When you see it go under 100, 50, whatever, switch cards. Simple enough.

But really, 8 gigs? Get a bigger card. You can get a very nice, fast, reliable Sandisk Extreme Pro card for $30 for a 32 gig or $50 for a 64 gig card. Even a $20 16 gig card would double your available space and probably decrease time between bursts, but the minimum I'd consider is the 64.
http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-UHS-1-SDHC-Memory/dp/B005LFT3GG/

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What worries me with large cards is if they fail or get lost, you have lost a large number of pics.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pentasonic49 Quote
What worries me with large cards is if they fail or get lost, you have lost a large number of pics.
unless you pull your pictures off the card after every shoot -- why would keep images on the card?
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QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
unless you pull your pictures off the card after every shoot -- why would keep images on the card?
I know someone who claims they never take the photos off their SD cards.. they buy new ones when they get full. They say they have a whole drawer full of them!!!!

I wonder how common is this behavior...
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btw.. doesn't you camera have a counter at the bottom? My K-x, K-r, K-30, and K-5II all have had them.. bottom, right corner of the large LED panel on the back of the camera. And also on the top LCD panel on the K-5II. When one is out of room on the card, the counter should read '0' -- Are you saying you have no counter whatsoever on your K-50?
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QuoteOriginally posted by mee Quote
btw.. doesn't you camera have a counter at the bottom? My K-x, K-r, K-30, and K-5II all have had them.. bottom, right corner of the large LED panel on the back of the camera. And also on the top LCD panel on the K-5II. When one is out of room on the card, the counter should read '0' -- Are you saying you have no counter whatsoever on your K-50?

Yep, counter display, bottom right corner on my wife's K-50.
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Yep, counter display, bottom right corner on my wife's K-50.
Yes, there is a counter on my K-50. I never noticed it before and I have always "emptied" my cards much sooner- like within days of last image. So, never needed to pay attention. This time I just kept shooting. One learns something new everyday, and I appreciate everyone's replies.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pentasonic49 Quote
What worries me with large cards is if they fail or get lost, you have lost a large number of pics.
Why would you do that?

I don't necessarily format my cards every time I take pictures (and sometimes when I forget, I thank Pentax for allowing you to zoom playback mode out to a calendar view and delete entire days worth of images at a time), but I do download the photos from them at the end of every day. Sometimes two or three times in one day, when I'm on vacation and have downtime between outings (my wife likes to nap a lot).

Cards are for temporary storage of images.
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