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05-26-2008, 06:48 PM   #1
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Continuous shooting stalling

Reading my way through the K20D manual. I am up to continuous shooting, now according to the manual it should do up to 38 frames in one sequence (pg117). Not that I have a huge need for it, other than when the kids are on motorbikes, but my camera locks up after 18 shots. I was shooting Jpeg 14.6m, in TV mode. Shutter speed 400, iso 100 and f-stop set by camera I think it was around F5.6. It went great for the first 10 frames then started struggling then locked up at 18frames. I use a sandisk ultra II, battery was fully charged, memory card empty. Is this normal???? Any help appreciated.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ingi Quote
Reading my way through the K20D manual. I am up to continuous shooting, now according to the manual it should do up to 38 frames in one sequence (pg117). Not that I have a huge need for it, other than when the kids are on motorbikes, but my camera locks up after 18 shots. I was shooting Jpeg 14.6m, in TV mode. Shutter speed 400, iso 100 and f-stop set by camera I think it was around F5.6. It went great for the first 10 frames then started struggling then locked up at 18frames. I use a sandisk ultra II, battery was fully charged, memory card empty. Is this normal???? Any help appreciated.
maybe you need one of the Extreme cards... other folks must have better info.
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ingi,

Your SD card is too slow.
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Thanks for your help, I was hoping it would be something simple. I will go try a new card instore and see if it makes a difference. Any recomendations on what speed?

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You should be able to get close to what is stated in the book. The buffer is there to hold those pictures while they start downloading. Your camera might have been set to JPEG with the quality at 4 statrs instead of 3 stars as stated in the book. With the quality set at 4 stars, there is not much compression, so the quantity of frame held by the buffer is closer to the amount you can shoot in RAW.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ingi Quote
Any recomendations on what speed?
I'm just going by what people on the Sigma forum say on this (my other system)
If you buy the fastest card possible it also helps increase your download speed often making it worth while to own.
And if you plan on photographing events this is really important, when you only have a couple of minutes during an intermission.
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Thanks for all your help guys. I went and bought a Sandisc Extreme III, my continuous shooting works like a dream now. I can actually get around 43 shots off before it stops.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ingi Quote
Thanks for all your help guys. I went and bought a Sandisc Extreme III, my continuous shooting works like a dream now. I can actually get around 43 shots off before it stops.
Glad it works out for you. Were any of the 43 shots keepers?

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Happens with the K10D as well if you use slow SD/SDHC cards..
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tom M Quote
Happens with the K10D as well if you use slow SD/SDHC cards..
Not in JPEG mode, at least with my K10D.


I have the Extreme III and a regular Sandisk SD card (not even SDHC) and with both cards I can shoot in JPEG for as long as I want to.


The story changes when doing RAW (and yes, the Extreme III does make a BIG difference in performance when shooting RAW).
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Glad it works out for you. Were any of the 43 shots keepers?
Ummmm no. I just stood out on the front verandah aimed at the fence and counted. I am sure though I could take a few of them into photoshop and apply a couple of filters and make them artistic.
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