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D800 Nikon slow to write hourglass

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#61 Tom_Kline

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 08:11 PM

Sean,

It sounds like you have long-exposure noise reduction activated on your camera. Shoot long exposures manually - you should see a similar relationship. You can deactivate this feature via menus, but you will get long-exposure noise.

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 Is this normal for a camera to take 30 seconds to write after a 30 second exposure?...  It pretty much seems to take a second to write each second of exposure.  

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 12:03 AM

I have noticed a particularly long write speed on the D800 with time lapse photography. Is this normal for a camera to take 30 seconds to write after a 30 second exposure?...  It pretty much seems to take a second to write each second of exposure.   In normal light, it seems just fine...   I bought the D800 very recently because I wanted an upgrade in mega pixels but I realized that I needed an exceptional lens to match this camera.  The Zeiss 21mm has proved to be that lens.  Very impressive indeed...

 

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Your long exposure noise reduction is on. 


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 02:17 PM

I have had the same issue with my D800 since I got it in April 2013. I used the pop up with optical until it fried the little flash. ( don't think it was designed for 20k repeated fires.) now use elec sync which I much prefer and still have the prob. Only occasionally but always at an inapproproiate time.

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 01:28 PM

I have had the same issue with my D800 since I got it in April 2013. I used the pop up with optical until it fried the little flash. ( don't think it was designed for 20k repeated fires.) now use elec sync which I much prefer and still have the prob. Only occasionally but always at an inapproproiate time.
Eiko

When you were having more of an issue with optical sync, it sounds like you may have just been exceeding the flash capacitor's capacity. it can take a few seconds to recover after multiple onboard flashes.

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 08:00 AM

simple problem easily solvable.. check your card's reading and writing speed in a computer..and shoot raw only. D800's file size is huge so a fast writing UDMA7 card is needed. 



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Posted 19 January 2014 - 11:46 AM

Everyone still having this issue? I got a D800 a few days ago and it didn't happen to me yet, I have been shooting with a single SD card (CF slot empty).

The writing speed of a card is crucial to D800 that my single file can be as large as 60Mb. So I got around by using CF only trying to buy one with fastest writing speed. As a budget user I found the Transcend 400x UDMA 7 64Gb version....with measured writing speed approaching 70MB/s. As for SD card, you need to buy those listed as writing >90 but I cam quite sure there should be a delay.



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 11:09 AM

Any updates on this issue?

 

I just got back from my first trip with a D800 and experienced the "hourglass" on a very intermittent basis. Sometimes 2-3 times per dive, sometimes not at all.

The camera is a late 2013 build with all updated firmware.

Cards were Sandisk Extreme SDHC-1, 32GB purchased from B&H photo. One is listed as 80MB/s, the other 45MB/S.

It did not seem to matter which card was used - both demonstrated this issue.


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Posted 09 March 2014 - 10:30 AM

I use Lexar CF professional 1000x UDMA 64GB cards, and have never had a write speed issue.  These cards have a write speed of 95MB/s.  A disclaimer that it don't usually do long bursts of shots.



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 04:45 PM

Just to circle back on this.

 

The issue is not related to card write speeds, nor a buffering issue with bursts of shots. It seems to happen most frequently when the camera has not been used for a minute or two, and happens after taking a single shot.  With my (and many other) D800s, it is unaffected by using faster (or slower) cards. 

 

Nikon have still not come up with an answer, although I m still pressing them. Nikon engineers seem quite oblivious to issues with their cameras!

 

I have found that I don't have the problems if I do not have an SD card inserted.

 

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 11:51 PM

Adam, as I said, I have not had this problem ever with my D800, but interestingly enough, I only use CF cards and do not have an SD card installed.







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