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Issue with D700 multi selector

Bob32

Chico, US
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Bob32 Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Jul 2007
Thu 21-Feb-13 03:07 PM

I'm extremely happy with my D700 which I have owned and used extensively for four years. At my last shutter actuation count I got a value of nearly 108,000.

I have recently noticed an idiosyncrasy which has me puzzled. I shoot a lot of sports action where I shoot in bursts, and I frequently operate the multi selector on the back of the D700 to review the images I have just shot. Normally I get an instant response, but every now and then when I operate the multi selector nothing happens. Pushing the button in the middle of the multi selector to magnify the image also results in no change. After a few seconds normal operation of the multi selector resumes. It's like the camera is digesting whatever information it has just been fed before it decides to respond. The selector switch works instantly the great majority of the time. I have not been able to discern why the intermittent problem. I'm wondering if anybody else has experienced this issue and has been able to figure out what is going on and whether any remedial action is required other than to wait out the several-second interval until the D700 decides to respond.

Bob

niksi

Kranj, SI
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#1. "RE: Issue with D700 multi selector" | In response to Reply # 0

niksi Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Jul 2006
Thu 21-Feb-13 06:39 PM

Hi, Bob!

The issue you are experiencing is absolutely normal. When shooting in bursts the pictures are stored into the intermediate memory buffer inside the camera since the CF memory cards can not digest the fast data rate. After you finish a particular burst, the camera writes the buffer contents into the CF memory card. It can take several seconds to empty the buffer memory. During that time the green LED at the bottom of the camera is lit showing that the camera is dumping the data to CF card.

Until the camera is dumping the data to the CF card you can not recall the images from the CF card since the writing has higher priority.

Just try the following: shoot a burst of photos until the speed slows down. This means the buffer memory is full. Than wait until the green LED is on. After the green LED turns off, the multi selector will work again.

Regards,

Niko
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ajdooley

Waterloo, US
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#2. "RE: Issue with D700 multi selector" | In response to Reply # 0

ajdooley Gold Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Sat 23-Feb-13 11:59 AM

Bob -- Niko is "steel on target" on the buffer limitation. It is simply an unfortunate fact of life -- like when you send an email with a large image attachment: it slows the "send" down. The analog from the old days was shooting film with a motor drive. When the roll was full, you had to rewind it and install a new roll of film. In the meantime, the action continued and you might miss a spectacular photo. That's why highly paid pros had an assistant who did this for them, handing them a new camera to keep shooting as a high priced model strutted back and forth on their set. Some things never seem to change!

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Bob32

Chico, US
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#3. "RE: Issue with D700 multi selector" | In response to Reply # 1

Bob32 Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Jul 2007
Sat 23-Feb-13 01:24 PM

Niko,

Thanks for confirming what I suspected was the case. What puzzled me was why the multi selector worked instantly the great majority of the time and didn't very few times even though the bursts were short and of similar duration. The latest incidents occurred when I was shooting basketball games where the bursts are uniformly of short duration.

I'll try the experiment you suggest. In practice I seldom shoot bursts long enough to slow down the 5 FPS rate. It usually only happens when I shoot a football or rugby player off on a long run.

Bob

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