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  1. #1
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    D50 slow on continuous shooting

    I'm disappointed with the shooting speed of my D50. Using a 512mb SimpleTech SD memory card, writing at 10mb/sec instead of the standard 2mb/sec), I am only getting 1.6 frames per second instead of the advertised 2.5. My Panasonic FZ15 shot much faster and it didn't have the 32mb of onboard memory.

    Is there a subset of controls to increase the number of frames per second? I am using a Nikon 24-85 3.5-4.5G lens and even in the bright outdoors the response is slow.

  2. #2
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    Are you using RAW or JPEG?
    Whenever I've played with continuous I've used jpeg / fine and got the 2.5 fps or there about without any problems.
    I have a 60x 1 GB generic (Apacer) SD card.

  3. #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blob
    I'm disappointed with the shooting speed of my D50. Using a 512mb SimpleTech SD memory card, writing at 10mb/sec instead of the standard 2mb/sec), I am only getting 1.6 frames per second instead of the advertised 2.5. My Panasonic FZ15 shot much faster and it didn't have the 32mb of onboard memory.

    Is there a subset of controls to increase the number of frames per second? I am using a Nikon 24-85 3.5-4.5G lens and even in the bright outdoors the response is slow.
    Are you shooting in RAW/NEF or JPEG? What is the shutter speed?

    So the Simple Tech card says its 66X... Correct?
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  4. #4
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    I'm shooting in JPEG usually in "P". The SimpleTech card is 65x, it's worked flawlessly since I got it 1 year ago.

  5. #5
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    On the times I've tried continuous I have used A and S.
    Have a look at the EXIF info for the photos you have taken. The shutter speed needs to be above 1 / 250 sec to get the maximum speed.
    Maybe you shutter speed has been too slow.

  6. #6
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    Thanks, I'll try with a shutter speed of 1/250 or higher.

  7. #7
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    do you have flash on? that will limit the shots per sec.
    Nikon D70s
    Tamron 11-18mm + 18-200mm
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  8. #8
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    For absolute fastest shutter speeds you can try switching to manual focus, manual exposure, no flash, set shutter speed faster than 1/250, and then just hold down the shutter release. This basically takes away all variables that could cause slowdown (AF/AE/flash recycle/shutter)... if it's still slow then you have a problem. Also, the card speed shouldn't matter while you're working in-buffer - i.e. you should get an initial burst of 2.5fps no matter what card you have. It's only after that that the write speeds start to matter.
    Last edited by Balrog; 11-05-2005 at 08:57 PM.

  9. #9
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    Hey Blob,

    I think I found your solution:

    In the menu, set your long exposure NR to OFF. I had the same problem until literally 5 minutes ago. Needless to say, I am very much relieved!

    Try it...hope that works for you.

  10. #10
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    D50 slow continuous shooting

    Eureka! Nefertiti you've fixed my problem. I turned off the long exposure and now it shoots much faster in continuous mode.
    Thanks to everyone for their help, the more I learn operating it the more I realize how little I know, (but that's half the fun).

    Blob

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