I've recently acquired Nikon's Photo Secretary for the F5 and I'm having a bit of an issue with downloading the shooting data... Everything connects fine and the download starts but after 20-30s I get an error message that states:
"Using this File: c:\photostuff\F5data\shooting data\0160002.f5"
If I look into the folder it has 9 files from "0160001.f5" to "0160008.f5" and one "016ERROR.f5" Opening the "error" (in film manager) shows 5 frames of information and 31 frames with no information...
I've tried a few times with the same result(s) anyone have any ideas or suggestions? or does anyone know how to just "delete" all the shooting data in the camera and start fresh?
I gave up on Photo Secretary. I had been trying to find an old copy for sometime and have tried a 3rd party software product SoftTALK2000. SoftTALK2000 didn't really do it for me. I end up buying a Nikon MV-1 and for capturing shooting data from my F100 and F5 it is fast and simple. The MV-1 doesn't address the configuration features of Photo Secretary, however if you are just interested in capturing the shooting data the MV-1 can't be beat.
F Ftn, F2A, F3HP, F4s, F5, F6, F100, FM, FM2n, FM3a, FE2, FA, 35ti, D2X, D3 - all still in use!
I understand the problem that the original poster has. I haven't got time to try to delete shooting info in the camera before transfering it. I will try later. His camera has some corrupted data and can not be transfer to the PC via photo secretary. But the photo secretary normally only delete the data in the camera after transfering it. I will have to try and see if I can delete data in camera before attempting to transfer them to the PC.
The original poster F5 has some bad shooting data that can not be downloaded and caused an error with photosecretary. So he wants to delete all data in the camera to start fresh. I believe he doesn't care about the data in this case.
Hi, I have a F5 and MF28 back. I would like to use the Photo Secretary if it is not old-fashened and I will try it on an USB 2 port as you said in your message on Nikonians. Can you please send the corresponding program to me? Thanks for your answer.
Hi, the reason might well be corrupted data in your F5's memory.
Resetting custom settings would most likely lead you nowhere as it does not delete your shoting data. In order to 'erase' the faulty data in your F5 you might try the following:-
If MF-28 is attached temporarily replace it by the orginal F5 back. This limits the F5s memory to around 80 rolls of film data.
Check if you have a film rewinder handy (ILFORD and such).
Use one roll of 24 or 36 spill and set F5 into 'C - continous high) mode with manual aperture settings, e/g 1/5000. Burst the 24 frames through it and let either the F5 rewind the entire film or rewind manually in order to leave some film outside the film can. Reload the spill film again and repeat this step.
Depending on your already obtained film data you can make out how often you need to repeat the steps.
OTOH, after at least 80 rolls of film the faulty data should be overwritten.
It is important for you to isolate the source of the problem and you should try to figure out w/ Nikon service if they can tackle down the probs in your F5.
Thanks to all for your help... I've managed to "purge" the corrupted data (it was only one roll) by going out and shooting a lot.... (well honestly it was only 30 rolls) it was hard work but someone has to do it ...