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Scary SD card lesson

ziggy7

Orange Park, US
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ziggy7 Registered since 31st Oct 2008
Wed 23-Nov-11 09:22 AM

Somehow a 4GB SD card with D40 images on it got mixed up with the fresh ones. I put it into my D7000 and it said "this card contains no images". Fortunately, I did not format the card or make any photos. Later, my daughter needed a small card for her D40 and I gave her that one. She put it into her D40 and then informed me that there were a bunch of images on it.
I think the D7000 firmware should have told me there were D40 images on the card instead of lying to me. So now I know I'll have to check cards in the computer because the cameras will lie.

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plaiditude

Winnipeg, CA
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#1. "RE: Scary SD card lesson" | In response to Reply # 0

plaiditude Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Aug 2011
Wed 23-Nov-11 11:13 AM

This depends on a setting in the camera. Look through the menu's, there is a place that you can set it to either display one folder or all. I have mine set to show all so that this doesn't happen.

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RockyIII

Raleigh, US
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#2. "RE: Scary SD card lesson" | In response to Reply # 1

RockyIII Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 27th May 2006
Wed 23-Nov-11 12:52 PM

Yep, that setting is in the Playback Menu.

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mdallie

Novi, US
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#3. "RE: Scary SD card lesson" | In response to Reply # 2

mdallie Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2011
Wed 23-Nov-11 08:09 PM

Thanks for this. I've never had an issue and I thought I had went through every setting in the menus, but I had not and mine was set to D7000. I could have run into the same thing, but now I won't.

Mike

RockyIII

Raleigh, US
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#4. "RE: Scary SD card lesson" | In response to Reply # 3

RockyIII Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 27th May 2006
Wed 23-Nov-11 09:11 PM

I think that setting should default to all folders. I also think that custom menu setting f8, slot empty release lock, should default to lock to prevent taking shots without a memory card.

Rocky

DeanAZ

Phoenix, US
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#5. "RE: Scary SD card lesson" | In response to Reply # 4

DeanAZ Gold Member Expert nature photographer Nikonian since 28th Apr 2007
Wed 23-Nov-11 11:44 PM

Set up the camera to your preferences and save the settings to the SD card. I keep a tiny SD card (32MB) for just that purpose in my kit bag. I also store my custom picture controls and the most recent firmware on the card so I always have it with me. Also transfer the settings to your computer for safe keeping.

In fact I never format my SD cards. I don't believe that it solves more problems than it creates. I just have the files erased after they are copied to my PC. The things that you can do to corrupt a memory card are not mitigated by periodic formatting and I prefer to have my settings saved on my larger memory cards as well to return them back to my default shooting settings.

Dean
Phoenix, Arizona USA

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SaurianFire

US
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#6. "RE: Scary SD card lesson" | In response to Reply # 5

SaurianFire Registered since 10th Feb 2011
Thu 24-Nov-11 12:40 AM

Other than managing Picture Control how about using the U1 and U2 settings on the mode dial???

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DeanAZ

Phoenix, US
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#7. "RE: Scary SD card lesson" | In response to Reply # 6

DeanAZ Gold Member Expert nature photographer Nikonian since 28th Apr 2007
Thu 24-Nov-11 02:17 AM

I consider the settings file I keep on the SD card my "U3" settings. Ido use the U1 & U2 positions but just as I can flip to U1 or U2 and have the camera in a known state, I can also load the settings file and I am in my third default known state.

Dean
Phoenix, Arizona USA

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