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After 6 months of using a card reader, I have at last found out how to upload my picture straight from my Eos 300D dslr camera, (I also own a Fuji 6500fd)

The canon website had no vista or drivers and was no help at all when I contacted them.

Loads of othe people have the same problem, the card readers are fast, and dont drain the battery, but I was woried about plugging in and out the compact flash card every time I wanted to upload shots, (all those little connectors could get broke).

 

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Date Mon, 11/05/2009 - 11:00
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I agree Paul - I always do mine straight from the camera and in fact my Sony manual recommends this way - stating precisiely that - the pins are in danger of becoming bent. You should have asked!!! I am always telling folk to use this method but I am warned that if the battery runs out whilst the upload is taking place then I will lose all pictures*. I get a message if the battery is too low - but I check it anyway. Just bought a Sandisk Extreme III card - and it is so fast!!

 

* Should have added 'warned by George' not Sony!!!

Now is the time to say Goodbye, now is the time to yield a sigh, Now is the time to wend our way, until we meet again some sunny day - Goodbye...........

 

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Date Mon, 11/05/2009 - 10:34
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If you are talking about SD or xd cards (any with flat edge connections rather than pins), the chances of damaging the connector are much smaller than the potential disaster of the battery going flat in mid transfer. This is a real possibility with a big card and a battery in an unknown state of charge, or a battery that has got a bit weary!

Does your Sony use CF cards, or some kind with actual pins, Angie? Even so, I would just be more careful putting the card in and out rather than risk the major corruption that can occur with power loss in mid-transfer!

George

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Date Mon, 11/05/2009 - 11:01
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It is a CF card George and we have had this converstaion many times. The manual recommends the method I use. If the battery is even slightly low there is a warning message, but I always check it anyway. The transfer for around 80 RAW and 80 Jpegs (as it takes both at the same time) is around 2 minutes. And that was on the slower card. The faster card could do 3 times that in the same time.

Now is the time to say Goodbye, now is the time to yield a sigh, Now is the time to wend our way, until we meet again some sunny day - Goodbye...........

 

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Date Mon, 11/05/2009 - 11:25
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No doubt that CF cards have a potential problem, and I'm sure you religioulsy check the state of your battery Angie (I do remember giving awful warnings before!). Your transfers are quite quick, but a post-holiday transfer of many hundreds of shots would be a bit slower - no problem IF you check the battery!

But for the less meticulous, I give the warning again - your battery going flat in the middle of a transfer is DISASTROUS!

George

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Date Mon, 11/05/2009 - 12:56
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Yep! its a safe move to leave the CF card in the camera, heard lots of other people on other forums saying the same about the pins bending and breaking off. It only takes one to break and its off to the repair shop and a costly bill.

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Date Mon, 11/05/2009 - 13:07
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Have you considered one of these card adaptors, best of both worlds.

 http://www.camerahacker.com/Sony/MSAC-MCF1N.shtml

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Date Mon, 11/05/2009 - 13:12
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Clint - I have no worries about doing the transfer from the camera. I dislike card readers so thanks for the suggestion but I am happy to leave it as 'Every Which Way But Loose'!

Now is the time to say Goodbye, now is the time to yield a sigh, Now is the time to wend our way, until we meet again some sunny day - Goodbye...........

 

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Date Mon, 11/05/2009 - 14:48
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LOL!!!  I know these adaptors are supplied with the newer A200 don't know if they came with your A100. Just a thought.

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Date Mon, 11/05/2009 - 15:25
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Paul, they even do a SD to CF adapter the adaptor stays in the camera around a tenner.

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Date Thu, 14/05/2009 - 21:57
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i never ever use the camera to download images. If you do it properly u are in no danger of breaking pins. I would much rather risk breaking a pin than accidentally knocking the camera off the desk or tripping over the wire and yanking the cable.  leading to a potentially greater problem than breaking a pin........... if you dont really care what you are doing then  yeah u could break a pin, but as the card only goes in one way and its a real snug fit to ensure this doesnt happen then the risk is only down to how hashy u are with your gear.

I dont know many photographers who advocate leaving the card in the camera, its just not feasible if you are doing  weddings etc. even 4 gb cards get filled up pretty damn quickly when shooting in RAW

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Date Fri, 15/05/2009 - 08:42
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Thankfully I have no idea what people are talking about.  Blissful ignorance.  If you don't know you can't worry about it!

The more I learn, the more the world frightens me.

Jen xx

Jen xx

I wish I was a Glow Worm, a Glow Worm's never glum, 'cause how can you be grumpy, when the sun shines out your bum?

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Date Fri, 22/05/2009 - 12:09
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Angie, just a thought.  If you download direct from the camera, why not get a mains power adapter for the camera then there would be no worries about the battery going flat. 

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Date Fri, 22/05/2009 - 12:25
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Hi Mike - personally I don't have any worries - the battery is a specific Sony battery - not a 4 AA's or similar, and it does last a long while. But as I check before I start .... others seem to have more concern than I do Mike. How're ya doing? Pop in more often - we need more hands on the pump here to get all the niblicks sorted. At the mo I am trying to get my head round a manual lens on my DSLR - seems to be O.K. so I may well be searching for more of the same at a fraction of the cost.

Now is the time to say Goodbye, now is the time to yield a sigh, Now is the time to wend our way, until we meet again some sunny day - Goodbye...........

 

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Date Tue, 16/06/2009 - 22:04
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Have you considered one of these card adaptors, best of both worlds.

 http://www.camerahacker.com/Sony/MSAC-MCF1N.shtml

I just looked at this link, but I'm puzzled as to how this adaptor would help - since the memory card is inserted into the side of the adaptor, you would surely have to remove the adaptor from the camera in order to put the memory card in or take it out.  How can removing/inserting an adaptor be any safer than removing/inserting a CF card?  Puzzled