Rebel XTi, "Busy" when I am trying to take several pictures in a row
Sometimes, most often when I really am needing to take additional pictures, unable to do so, as the camera is "Busy"..would it have to do with the compact flash card or battery, or do I need to add a flash?
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Not sure, a couple things to check are the memory card you are using. If you have different card give it a try. Also, if you are trying to do burst mode there is a limit for your camera depending upon your settings. When you reach that limit the camera has to wait while all the data is written to the memory card.
It is writing the picture to the memory card, if you know it to be faster when you first used it the memory card may be wearing out replace with a new one. some electronics stores have options of faster cards as well. don't go overboard, but getting the next step up may make a good difference. Yet you may not notice a difference from mid quality to high quality unless we are talking dollars.
This is the camera writing to the CF memory card. Perhaps your card is a lttle slow, so you will see the message. I use the Sandisk Ultra II CF, labelled as 15Mb/sec and it is very very fast indeed - I don't have any lag with my XTi.
Try a different CF, if it is fast enough, the message will go away. Ensure you format the card on the camera too.
If the flash fires a full charge(eg. in a dark environment) then this message will appear whilst it recharges. If the message appears all the time and you cannot take a photo there is most likely a problem. Try taking some pictures without the flash card to eliminate that first.
When you fist connect the camera, the computer performs an initial scan of all the images on the card. This can take a while with slower cards and if there is a lot of images, slower again. Sometimes an error on the card may even slow things down as well. If you manage to get your pictures off the card, try formatting it using the format option in the cameras menu and see if that improves perfomance. Otherwise a better card may be in order.
I just called Canon because I was having the same problem. They suggested putting the camera in the sports mode. The reason it flashes busy is because there is a buffer period after taking pictures where the camera needs to store the information to the disk or if using a flash, then the flash needs to recharge. If you have plenty of natural light, then the full auto (the green square) mode can be selected because the flash won't have to recharge. If you are using the portait mode, then you will have to wait for the buffer period for the flash to recharge and the information to be stored to the disk.
There have been several reports of CF cards that work with all cameras, except the Rebel XTi. It depends on the actual manufacturer of the card. Canon made a change mid-production that affected the data saving. Try another brand of card & you should not have that problem any more.