Konica Minolta Dynax/Maxxum 5D - USB 2.0 speed and firmware updates

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Erik Malte Rasmussen, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. [This followup was posted to rec.photo.digital.slr-systems and a copy
    was sent to the cited author.]

    Hi group

    after years with compact digital cameras
    including a Sony Cybershot P150 I finally
    bought a dSLR camera. And an 18-200 lens.

    Quite happy with functionality and picture

    But, really unhappy about the poor (USB 1.1 - like)
    data transfer rate. My CF card is a Sandisk Extreme III,
    so the CF card is definitively not slowing things down.

    Anybody has an idea about whether this can
    be improved to the standard USB 2.0 high-speed
    transfer rate ??

    For the D7 the firmware can be upgrade (and improve
    data transfer rate) - is this also possible on the
    D5 ?? I find nothing (yet) on the Konica Minolta
    web pages.

    Kind Regards, Erik M R
    Erik Malte Rasmussen, Jun 19, 2006
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  2. I doubt hardware can be updated with firmware. The 7D was USB 1.1, and now
    that Konica-Minolta is out of the camera business it's doubtful any more
    support will be offered. You can but an USB 2 high speed card reader and get
    the full speed transfer.
    Darrell Larose, Jun 19, 2006
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  3. Erik Malte Rasmussen

    Jeff Rife Guest

    Darrell Larose () wrote in rec.photo.digital.slr-systems:
    The Minolta Maxxum 7D is a USB 2.0 device. The first firmware was not
    well written, and transfer speeds were around 7-8Mbps, which is USB 1.1
    speed. The 1.10 version firmware corrected this, and gives 20-30Mbps
    speeds. This is not the full 480Mbps spec of USB 2.0, but then no other
    D-SLR camera comes close, and 20-30Mbps is about what most of them score.
    Jeff Rife, Jun 19, 2006
  4. Hi there

    I had hoped that some tech genius
    knew about a nifty trick - or someone
    had access to a beta-version of a firmware
    update (that will never be released now :-(...

    As said, otherwise I am quite happy about
    the camera+lens - marvelous pics and good,
    logical functionality.

    Just seen pics of Sony alpha-100 dSLR: the
    Konica Minolta parentage is more than visible
    as it looks extremely much as a D5/D7. But
    with 10 MP instead of 6.1 MP.

    Regards, Erik M R

    [This followup was posted to rec.photo.digital.slr-systems and a copy
    was sent to the cited author.]
    Erik Malte Rasmussen, Jun 19, 2006
  5. Erik Malte Rasmussen

    Pete D Guest

    Actually the trick here is to take the card out of your camera and pop it
    into a $5 card reader, fast and you don't have to have the camera switched

    Pete D, Jun 19, 2006
  6. Erik Malte Rasmussen

    POHB Guest

    I've got a 5D and never even unwrapped the USB cable. Just take the
    card out and put it in a cheap reader. Saves the camera batteries
    and/or you can be reformatting other cards in the camera while you're
    uploading photos to the PC.
    POHB, Jun 20, 2006
  7. Erik Malte Rasmussen

    Alan Browne Guest

    I only worry about wear and tear on the male pins in the camera body.
    So I prefer to hardwire the images over.
    Alan Browne, Jun 22, 2006
  8. Erik Malte Rasmussen

    Alan Browne Guest

    I don't understand why the camera power even needs to be used to read
    the card. The USB should be enough power to power up the CF and read
    from it without involving the camera.

    I predict this "innovation" will soon (or eventually anyway) occur...

    Alan Browne, Jun 22, 2006
  9. Erik Malte Rasmussen

    Kevin Agard Guest

    I keep seeing similar statements from people and it's got me wondering
    what all the hub-bub is about. I've been popping CF cards in an out of
    various devices (camera, PDA, printers, etc.) on almost a daily basis
    for 5 or 6 years now and have never, and I do mean NEVER, had a device's
    CF slot fail. Nor have I ever personally seen someone else have this

    I'm not exactly someone you would describe as having a delicate touch so
    I have to wonder, has anyone actually had this happen to them??
    Kevin Agard, Jun 22, 2006
  10. Erik Malte Rasmussen

    zog Guest

    Alan Browne wrote:
    I only worry about wear and tear on the male pins in the camera body. So
    forget it, compact flash is generally rated at a minimum 10,000
    insertions, so 10 times a day would still take 3 years to do.

    I have never bothered to use the camera to d/load the images, only ever
    used card readers, never have had a problem over the last 5-6 years,

    so long as you don't try and stick the card in sideways in the typeII
    slot you won't have problems with bent pins either.
    zog, Jun 22, 2006
  11. Erik Malte Rasmussen

    zog Guest

    well while you are waiting, the rest of us will just use card readers
    zog, Jun 22, 2006
  12. Erik Malte Rasmussen

    Alan Browne Guest

    No. I do no a lady who somehow managed to insert her card sideways into
    her new D70 and bent most of the pins...

    I know it's not a "great" reason, but it's what I do. I only have one
    card so it's not necessary for me to be popping them anyway.
    Alan Browne, Jun 23, 2006
  13. Erik Malte Rasmussen

    Alan Browne Guest

    Alan Browne wrote:

    DOH!!! "no" a lady? Sigh.
    Alan Browne, Jun 23, 2006
  14. Erik Malte Rasmussen

    Alan Browne Guest

    The 7D is USB 2. There was an initial transfer rate problem that has
    been fixed and released by firmware upgrade (well over a year ago).

    Alan Browne, Jun 23, 2006
  15. :)

    I do that sort of thing myself when typing fast, usually catch it before
    posting but sometimes don't.

    Neil Harrington, Jun 24, 2006
  16. Erik Malte Rasmussen

    Kiwiski Guest

    Actually I "no" a lady who bought 12 cards before she realised they
    were reuseable!

    (I also use a card reader with my 5D - one from Photomax that
    automatically uploads to my on-line photosite as well as leaving a copy
    on the computer - very handy.)

    www.pictureofhealth.myphotomax.com - Free 5Gb of photo storage
    www.pictureofhealth.pictureyourbusiness.com - making sharing those
    pictures a business
    Kiwiski, Jun 27, 2006
  17. <GUFFAW!>
    Reminds me of a camera salesman decades ago who told me about a lady who
    brought a sleeve of used flashbulbs (anyone remember flashbulbs?) into the
    store and said, "I'd like to have these developed."
    Neil Harrington, Jun 27, 2006
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