JFKTOWERFAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1100 posts, RR: 14 Posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7025 times:
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I was out shooting today, and I snap off three pics in a row, and after the 2nd shot the shutter does not release and just abruptly stops....message on the screen read error 99....which is just a catchall for everything other than the few errors on the list, so I follow the directions in the manual to "reset" the problem, and it continues, so I tried everything I could think of, switching batteries, cleaning blah blah blah...nothing. So the last then I do is pull out the CF card blow it out and put it back now all seems ok, so it seems to be a card issue, my question is how often should this thing be reformatted? After every use, once every x number of pics?
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 809 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6973 times:
I make a habit of reformatting the card whenever I put it in the camera (ie after downloadingto the PC). I see this as a way of ensuring that the camera is in full control of the file system and removes any nasties Microsoft might have introduced
JT8D From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 170 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6952 times:
I also format following every data transfer from my Microdrive. Reformatting a Microdrive on the Fuji S2 takes seconds and helps avoid possible drive freeze-up I have heard other photographers experience who had never done a reformat.
Other factors can cause a drive malfunction (temp, humidity, etc) but starting with a fresh formatted card each time might help reduce the chances.
Mirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6791 times:
Interesting the different methods. After one year of use I never formated my CF card, after dowloading the images from the camera via USB to my PC I just delete all images. Only formated my card once before first use.
IL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2239 posts, RR: 45
Reply 12, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6697 times:
I have my 10D for 9 months now, and until now I have never reformatted my CF cards. I just 'delete all' after transferring the images to the computer. Neither of my 2 CF cards (Lexar 12x and Silicon 'something' 32x(a non-established brand, nice and cheap )) have given me problems (yet).
JoakimE From Sweden, joined Nov 2001, 408 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6688 times:
I do things the same way as Tommy Mogren, move the shots from the microdrive to the computer, then put the microdrive back into the camera, format and then re-charge the batteries before putting everything back into the camera bag.
Dehowie From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 1083 posts, RR: 31
Reply 17, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6551 times:
I think you will find you have the same problem i did.
Off to Canon and have a chat to the tech's and they will do some work on your camera to fix it.
Its some kind of intermittent problem on the 10D i had.
When you press the shutter after turning on after the third to eighth pic you get the error 99.
The mirror moves but the shutter does not.Locking the camera.
After it did it once i was right for the rest of the day or until i turned the camera off for more than 2 hrs.
Then it would reappear.
Started off as once a week now its once or twice a day.
Get em to check it out.
All the best
JFKTOWERFAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1100 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6535 times:
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Hey all thanks for the assistance. Well Darren thats exactly what happened, I thought it was a card issue because thats the only step(removing the card) that cleared the problem. I hope I don't have to send it back. I do think either way that I will reformat the card after every use. Again thanks to all for your always helpful and informative responses.