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Old Jul 3, 2007, 10:53 PM   #1
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I've heard that with a fast CF card, you should be able to take as many SHQ jpg shots in sequential mode as you want, until the card is full. However, I just picked up the Lexar Pro UDMA 2GB 300x card and it still maxes out at about 5 or 6 shots. It does allow me to continue shooting if I re-trigger but I was under the impression that I should be able to hold down the trigger and just let it go until I'm satisfied.

I haven't flashed the camera yet. Will that make a difference?
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That's about the size of the internal buffer (it's four shots on my E-300)...the speed limitation is the card slot (and the processors of the camera). The fastest card for the camera (in tests by users) is the Sandisk Extreme III, and it is rated at 120x, so the only place your extra fast card will make a difference if you use it in a READER.

Anyway, to do continual shooting you have two options:

- Shoot at HQ set at 1/8 compression (1/4 isn't enough)
- Shoot at SQ at 1/4 compression at a slightly lower resolution.

With both (on my E-300) I was able to fire off 12 shots (and it would have continued shooting but I didn't feel like wasting my shutter motor life).

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Old Jul 4, 2007, 10:55 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info.

When you mention the shutter motor life, what is it's life expactancy? You have me worried now because I've had the camera for just two months and I've already taken 2500 shots. Am I on track to make this camera short lived???
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The E-500 is rated for 50,000 shots, and the E-1 was rated for 150,000.
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OK, so I'm at 5% of the camera in two months. At this rate, I'll have reached the limit in about three years. That's not bad I guess.
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OK, so I'm at 5% of the camera in two months. At this rate, I'll have reached the limit in about three years. That's not bad I guess.
Just remember, those figures are "rated" or MTBF, and in all cases, YMMV . Some people go way over the rated number, and I've heard of some who have lost shutters at half that number.

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