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Old Jan 2, 2008, 11:24 PM   #1
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Well I finally got my 30d back. Nothing wrong with it. Turns out it was the CF card. It wasn't communicating properly with the camera, and it would cause it to lock up. Talk about feeling stupid. It was the one variable I never thought of, and for that matter, no camera technician thought of either when I asked them for possible reasons for it freezing up. I've never had a memory card be faulty before. Well I now have a new Lexar pro card and the camera works as it should. Live and learn. If anyone else ever has issues with a camera, try a different card before ever shipping if off to the repair center. It might be as simple as replacing it with a new card......cheers...Don
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Good advice.
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Well I finally got my 30d back. Nothing wrong with it. Turns out it was the CF card. It wasn't communicating properly with the camera, and it would cause it to lock up. Talk about feeling stupid. It was the one variable I never thought of, and for that matter, no camera technician thought of either when I asked them for possible reasons for it freezing up. I've never had a memory card be faulty before. Well I now have a new Lexar pro card and the camera works as it should. Live and learn. If anyone else ever has issues with a camera, try a different card before ever shipping if off to the repair center. It might be as simple as replacing it with a new card......cheers...Don
Don't feel too naughty, I had exactly the same problem with my 30D back in June. I'd never before had a problem like that with any of my other cameras so it may well be that the 30D is just a bit more tender in that area than some of the other cameras. I shut the camera off, took the card out, and reinserted it and it worked fine. However, it happened twice to me. Otherwise, I was very pleased with the performance of that camera and it brought me through a time when my Mark II was in for repair and before I got the Mark III.

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thekman620 It might be as simple as replacing it with a new card......cheers...Don

Good experience to learn from.


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Thanks guys. Funny thing is, I asked quite a few camera people if it could be the memory card, and they said very doubtful. If I'd just put a new one in the first time this started up, it wouldn't have needed 2 trips back east. As I said..live and learn...cheers...Don
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There are a lot of counterfeit cards out there - they can cause all kinds of problems. Check the serial number with the manufacturer - they can tell you if it is legit.If it isa defective card you may even have a warranty claim - some higher end cards have long warranties.
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There are a lot of counterfeit cards out there - they can cause all kinds of problems. Check the serial number with the manufacturer - they can tell you if it is legit.If it isa defective card you may even have a warranty claim - some higher end cards have long warranties.
Thanks Penolta. It was a "no name" card that came with the camera....had the camera stores name on it. Not a big deal. I'll just trash it and go with the new Lexar which has a warranty etc....cheers. No Name 2gb cards are dirt cheap, and I guess that is why....Don
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Glad the camera was OK, Don, and I've taken note of your suggestion. Dan
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There are a lot of counterfeit cards out there - they can cause all kinds of problems.
I have been thinking ifa constantly used CF card will be less effective in the storage of data due to'wear and tear' for example in the interior of the card and its contact points with the camera arising from repeated use.I am just making this wild guessing:

a) the presence of dead ends in the cardleading to the loss of data;

b) the aging of the components in the card leading toincrease in temperature during storage,so yielding morenoises than it should be; and

c) the oxidisation of part of the contact points leading to loss of digitaldata.

Just wild guessing and I think those phenomenamay not be possible anyway.


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