D70 firmware update, and FPS question...

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  1. rob1116

    rob1116 TPF Noob!

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    I'm sure I'll get more than a few 'who cares' responses... but what's with the near-grayscale menu colours after the firmware update on the D70?

    Also, I'm getting really lousy continuous frame rates (this is unrelated to the update)... maybe 1 FPS even at extremely high shutter speeds. Now, I'm still using a standard speed 2gig Sandisk CF card, but I thought that would only really restrict the number of shots I could take in a row. Right now, even if the buffer shows several shots left, it's slow as hell.

    Any ideas? Tell me I'm missing something completely and my camera's just fine :confused:
     
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    The speed of the CF card will have a significant impact on your framerate, so I am guessing that is the root cause of the slow rate you're seeing. Are you shooting RAW or jpeg?

    I haven't done the firmware update yet, so that will be something I'm yet to see.
     
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    The greyscale menus are supposed to be far easier to read in bright daylight than the old ones. I haven't checked yet so I can't tell.

    As for your slow framerate, you've probably got NR turned on.
     
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    Not really. As long as there's space in the buffer the CF card has zero effect on your framerate. It's only when the buffer's full that the card speed is a factor, and even then, from my experience with a D70 and various different speed cards, it's not as significant a difference as is sometimes made out.

    The type of camera also is a consideration. You could have the fastest CF card ever made but the camera can still only write data at a certain speed.
     
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    That's what I assumed. I remember getting great rates with this card a while ago.

    Eureka! This is my second D70, (I had one for a week then returned it... then couldn't live with it, :) and I remember getting excellent frame rates with this card when I first bought the camera... but I couldn't remember if it started when I got the new one, or if the new one was working properly for a while too. I don't use Continuous shooting often, and didn't notice the effect on frame rate when I turned on NR a few months ago. WTF, it's supposed to only work on exposures 1s or longer no?

    Anywho, I turned it off and it's blazin' along again, thx Ant!
     

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