350d owners: a question about transferring files

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by commodoress, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. commodoress

    commodoress Guest

    i have had a look through all the manuals i got with the camera and
    cant seem to find much on transferring files to pcs. when you plug the
    usb cable in "Busy" comes on the LCD. is it ok to just pull the USB
    cable out when you are finished transferring files or should you do
    something else first? Busy just keeps flashing until the camera goes
    into sleep mode if its left plugged into the USB cable.
    commodoress, Dec 9, 2005
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    jasonb Guest

    I just switch the camera off and unplug the cable.
    jasonb, Dec 9, 2005
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    erics Guest

    When data is being transfered the orange light glows on the back of the
    camera. As long as data transfer is not in progress you should be fine
    unplugging the lead. Personally I wait until the phots have been
    transferred, switch the camera off, and then unplug the leads.
    erics, Dec 9, 2005
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    mr_maserati Guest

    There's usally a Icon with a cable on it in the system tray (lower
    right hand side). Click on it and it wuill have a unplu - disconnect
    mr_maserati, Dec 9, 2005
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    piperut Guest

    If you are using windows you should tell windows to disconnect any USB
    device before unplugging a USB device. There is a little Icon on the
    lower right side of your task bar to allow you to tell windows to
    disconnect a USB device.

    That being said - you are better off to invest in a card reader then to
    download the photos from the camera. Downloading the photos from the
    camera discharges the batteries, and the batteries are only good for
    around 1000 charges. It is also slower then from a card reader. With
    a card reader you can just copy the images to your hard drive and you
    are done. The card reader drives run from around $10 to $40 depending
    on how fancy you want to get, and if they are single card drives to
    really complex drives.

    In Linux, you can just disconnect the USB devices without having to
    tell the computer first.

    piperut, Dec 9, 2005
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    223rem Guest

    The problem is that removing and reinserting the CF card from the camera
    every time you want to download images to the computer will cause a lot of wear to
    the CF compartment contacts and door. And that'd be a bitch to replace, unlike
    a battery.
    223rem, Dec 9, 2005
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    tomm101 Guest

    Frankly I have never heard of the this as a seriuos problem, at work we
    have a 4 year old Fuji S1 we use. We photograph a patient and remove
    the CF card slip another back in. On a busy day we have 6 or so
    patients for this camera, we have been using a card reader for all
    those downloads, no problems. I do this with my home camera and so does
    the other photographer.
    We discussed bent contacts and broken door as a potential problem, in
    most cameras the CF compartment is well made with tight tolerences for
    inserting the card, so this really doesn't enter the equation as
    something to worry about. Yes, maybe there are a few cases of contact
    damage, and since the doors seem to be rather weak, they can be broken.
    But the time savings and simplicity of using a card reader greatly out
    weighs the bent contact, broken door scenario.

    tomm101, Dec 10, 2005
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    Xeke Guest

    is it ok to just pull the USB
    Yeah. Turn it off first. Never disconnect any electronic product without
    turning it off first.
    Xeke, Dec 12, 2005
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    Xeke Guest

    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. All it takes is one bent pin and
    then service. I just buy 1Gb CF card each for my two cameras and I don't
    remove it. I don't mind sacrificing battery life. I'd rather pay $30-$60
    for a replacement battery than $150-$200+ for a camera ... especially a
    DSLR. I have the Digital Rebel and it wasn't easy to come by.
    Xeke, Dec 12, 2005
  10. Use a CF card reader. You can buy one for $15 or less. It will be MUCH

    -- Martin
    Martin Schiff, Dec 12, 2005
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    ian lincoln Guest

    Its usually some ham fisted twat who forced the card in upside down.

    I have unbent a few for customers.
    ian lincoln, Dec 13, 2005
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