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Slow write times

ukuwi 14 476 1 England
2 Feb 2004 2:30PM
Hi all, I have a Olympus E20 and my problem is the long time it takes to write an image to my compact flash card, I have purchased a Ultra II from sandisk wich is supposed to be 65x with a write time of something like 9mb a second (hope thats correct) but its no different from the bog standard one from Jessops, over 1 minute to write a 16mb file, so I take nearly all my shots at a low res as the buffer only holds 5 photos, I nedd faster write times as I wish to start portrait photography of children who have low patience, apart from changing my camera (not an option) is there anything else I can do? many thanks for any suggestions.
Best Regards
Tony Beadle

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User_Removed 16 7.3k 6 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2004 3:12PM
Hi Tony

I can't be helpful about this specific camera as I have never even seen one but generally, it is the camera and CF card in combination that will govern the write speed.

It's a bit like saying - "my Ferrari does 0-60 in 4 seconds and it uses petrol so if I put the same petrol in my transit van, it will also do 0-60 in 4 seconds".

To be honest, there is nothing much you can do about it. The SanDisk Ultra II are very good disks and I use them all the time. They do have a very fast write time with my Canon 1Ds but then of course that is part of what you are paying for with a camera like this.

Perhaps not the answer you are hoping for but I am afraid there is not much if anything you can do about it

bppowell 16 2.2k 2 England
2 Feb 2004 3:34PM
I have used the E20 for weddings and not had any problems. Yes it is slow, change to RAW when doing the portraits. You can take about 5 shots in very quick time and then regroup for the 3 minutes it takes to download. The camera should not be making you wait after only one shot even in tiff mode, you should be able to take one shot about every 45 seconds and not wait at all.

ukuwi 14 476 1 England
2 Feb 2004 4:23PM
Thank you Barrie and Barry for your comments and I will test the raw format idea and see if it saves me a few seconds, I am interested in how you compare your E1 to the E20 you used, does it still have slow write times?
Thank you both
bppowell 16 2.2k 2 England
2 Feb 2004 5:05PM
The E1 I have have only had for a month, so far it is better in all departments. The drawbacks are,
1) you cannot take shots through the LCD screen.
sleedale 15 2
2 Feb 2004 6:05PM
Hi all, I too suffer from the slow write times on the E20 - I tend to use jpeg, then open and convert to TIFF and save to CD so I don't lose any information, hopefully. I also try RAW, but find the conversion afterwards so time consuming, why oh why isn't there a way of batch converting? I think the new cards have been designed with the newer cameras, so 'old' models can't benefit - it's a shame we can't upgrade the in camera programming!
On the subject of the E1 - is it really that much better in all aspects? Is it worth the large price tag? Is the new D70 a competitor, if not, why not?
Sue L
bppowell 16 2.2k 2 England
2 Feb 2004 9:13PM
I am not sure that the price is so bad when it is compared against other Digital SLR camera's of the same build and quality.
I am not sorry that I have upgraded, only sorry that I cannot get a fair price for the E20 and parts that I have. I now have to try and get enough work over the next three years to pay back the 3000 I have invested in the upgrade.

There is a program called orfsuite (freeware) that allows you to do batch processing, I use it all the time. It takes a bit of getting used to as it is a little bit hard to learn, well worth the effort needed as it will save your hours of work.

ukuwi 14 476 1 England
2 Feb 2004 10:39PM
Well Barry that was top info, you have saved me about 15 seconds per file which all mount up, I just hope I can see the difference or I will go back to low res, there must be a flaw in the camera's rom as at 9 mb a sec it should only take two seconds to write a file back to the card, I downloaded Orfsuite which seems to be a capable little program, as I am not really a photoshop fan, many thanks to one and all
D0118091 15 57
3 Feb 2004 5:26PM
Hi Tony,
I have had the E20 for about a year now I have found the more I use it the more I love it .The build quality is very good and the handling is great and very easy to use.
I only ever shot in raw mode for most of my work is bird photography .The images are as good as my mates 10D and I print at A4 A3 size,
Barry is right if you shot in raw it is better.
For batch converting I now use bibble (you have to pay for the full version ) which I find better than orfsuit.
It is slow write times on the E20 and I have missed many good shots because of this but I have learnt to live with it for now.
I am sure that Olympus could do something about this and the E20 would be a hard camera to match at the price .

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