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Continuous mode with Nikon D100

michael walker , Nov 20, 2008; 12:22 p.m.

I've recently been given a D100 primarily for use at airshows. The problem I have is that in continuous mode using JPEG I'm limited to 6 shots. I'd like to increase this to at least 10. Does anyone know if this is possible please?

Thanks

Michael

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David Dennis , Nov 20, 2008; 01:17 p.m.

I shoot with a D100 and I don't recall any place in the setting to modify this.

Laura Delegal , Nov 20, 2008; 02:29 p.m.

It's not a setting, it's a specification. I would guess that one would have to get a higher-end camera, say a D3, to get even 8 fps. In any event, the following is a link to the D100 specs: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/NikonD100/page2.asp

Dan Zimmerman , Nov 20, 2008; 03:28 p.m.

Michael, I used to shoot with a D100 and my memory is a bit hazy. Are you saying that you can shoot six shots before the buffer is full and it prevents you from shooting more until it's empty? If so, you may be able to improve this somewhat by using a CF card with a faster write speed. If you're using a 133x card now and switch to a 300x card, it should clear the buffer faster and allow you to get off more than six consecutive frames. At a minimum, the delay until the buffer is clear should be shorter.

Hope this helps.

Joseph Wisniewski , Nov 20, 2008; 08:13 p.m.

The D100 write speed maxes out at 1.9 megabytes/sec when writing JPEGs.

http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=7700-6020

That's 11x (1x =176k/sec). Now, there's a weird conflict between how cards "want to" write and how cameras "really do" write that means the camera gets a little faster with "fasterer" cards. For most 50x cards, it only gets up to 1.5 meg/sec (8.5x). But by the time the card hits 80x, the camera is flat out. It doesn't matter if you have an 80x card or a 133x card, the D100 can't go any faster.

Now, you say "been given". Was this as a gift from a family member or loved one, or as work related equipment from an employer? (and what sort of lenses were you "given"?) As an air-show tool, the D100 could be considered a gift of a white elephant.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_elephant

If 10 shots in JPEG is really a concern, find a used Nikon D1X. They can be had under $400 (1/12 the original price) and they will not only meet your buffer requirement, but can shoot faster than D100, and more importantly, the AF system is far superior and will lock onto planes a lot easier.

Laura is right, there are cameras that can do better, both in writing speed and in buffer clearing time.

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