Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital SLR and Interchangeable Lens Cameras > Canon EOS dSLR

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Apr 13, 2009, 10:37 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 8
Default

Hello,

I am new to this forum. I have a canon xti. I seem to get this busy notice on the camera while taking pictures. it does not seem to happen all the time.

Also where is a good place to get a replacement battery? Would you get the canon one or a generic one. I saw one on amazon.com for $3.99. Not sure if I should try it or not.

Thanks in advance.

Michele
booradly is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Apr 14, 2009, 12:31 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Hawgwild's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Posts: 3,525
Default

Hi Michele,

Welcome to the forum. As to the first question, I will ask you one or two. When this happens, are you shooting in rapid succession? Are you taking flash pictures? If you are doing either of these, especially with a standard memory card, the camera is writing to the card.

As to the battery, 3.99 is way too cheap for a quality battery. To me, buying that battery would be like putting re-treads on a lamborghini. If you do, most likely you will be buying another battery in a very short time. It's tempting to save money, but don't scrimp on your battery. You will likely regret it. Robert
Hawgwild is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 14, 2009, 12:56 AM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 8
Default

Thanks for the welcome. We have noticed this with or without flash. Not rapid succession. I did buy a professional memory card has that was recommended to me for this problem and it is still happening. Thanks again

Michele
booradly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 14, 2009, 3:55 AM   #4
Super Moderator
 
peripatetic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 3,599
Default

Your camera has a buffer, which will allow it to take a number of shots in quick succession.

As soon as an image arrives in the buffer the camera starts writing it to the memory card. But it cannot empty the buffer as quickly as you can fill it if you are continuously shooting.

Once the buffer is full it will empty at the rate at which it can write to the card and you will just have to wait until it has cleared some room.

However if you are not taking pictures in quick succession then you may have a problem with your card. Either it is not really a "pro" grade card, there isn't such a thing by the way just cards of different speeds, or it is a fault with the card or the camera.

What is the exact type of card?
peripatetic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 14, 2009, 5:23 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
algold's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Israel
Posts: 369
Default

It might be a good idea to reformat the memory card in your camera and see if this makes a difference, buying another fast card from a reputable dealer can also help.
As for the batteries, I can't tell where to buy one, because I don't know where you are located on the globe :-), but I use third party batteries in my cameras and they work very good and where about 30% cheaper than Canon batteries. Although I would be skeptical buying $3.99 Li-ion batteries and expecting it to be good :-)
algold is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 14, 2009, 3:14 PM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 8
Default

Thanks for your replies.

I have reformated the card a few times. This is a newer card. The card I have is a SanDisk Extreme II 2gb.

Thanks

Michele
booradly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 14, 2009, 3:14 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 8
Default

One more thing. My dad has the camera below this one. Not 10mp. Not sure what it is but he does not seem to have this problem.
booradly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 14, 2009, 5:02 PM   #8
Administrator
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Savannah, GA (USA)
Posts: 22,378
Default

booradly wrote:
Quote:
Thanks for the welcome. We have noticed this with or without flash. Not rapid succession.
Are you sure about that (with and without a flash)?

Unless you're taking a lot of photos in rapid succession, it's more likely a flash recycle time issue when using the built in flash (you're discharging the capacitor and it needs time to recharge before you can take another photo).

Your camera has a pretty good buffer (it will hold around 27 jpeg imges or 10 raw images before it fills up), and with a card like a Sandisk Ultra II, I'd expect a full buffer to clear in under 30 seconds. With a faster card, write speed will increase.

JimC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 14, 2009, 7:56 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 8
Default

I am sure it is with or without the flash because it happened outside the other day with no flash. Also I mistyped. I actually have the extreme III. Should you be reformating the card every time you upload your pictures.

Thanks

Michele
booradly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 15, 2009, 1:06 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 278
Default

Are you shooting Raw? This requires more elbow room in the buffer
garman is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 9:55 PM.