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Exposure number in Canon does not change

The remaining exposure number in Canon Rebel (using Compact Flash card) does not change as you take more pictures. Using a 4 GB SanDisk Ultra II card the exposure number remains at 999. Other cards, e.g. same brand but only 2 GB, the numbers do change as they should. Any suggestions?

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Due to the age of the camera, the Ultra 2 CF card may be using a different architecture than your other CF cards. In other words, the card is incompatible with the camera.

One other problem may be that the camera is not designed to recognize a card which is of a larger capacity.

As I cannot find the 300D on Canon's site it is difficult to find exact specifications as to the abilities of the camera, as to what type of CF card it will accept, what the largest capacity it will accept, etc.

A more fixable problem would be either that the card is not formatted properly - which may be possible through the camera itself. Please try to navigate the camera's menu to find a format option. If not, you can insert it into a CF card reader and attempt formatting it that way. Please see Here for formatting through a camera.

Also, try Here for yet another possible explanation of your problem, as #6.

If the camera is meant to take the capacity and type of CF card, and is not damaged, the only other explanation is that it is write-protected. As I do not know the exact features of your CF card, I cannot say whether or not it has a manual write-protection switch. If it does, it would be a small sliding piece of plastic or metal on the side of the card which toggles the write-protection feature. It may also be write-protected as a file system, in which case you will need to format it.

If the card refuses to format due to a write-protection, you will need to remove the write-protection from the card first and then format it.

The following picture shows a CF card with a write-protection switch on the left hand side.

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Posted on Dec 16, 2008

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    Dshack Dec 16, 2008

    Grantson's solution follows the same line as the 5th paragraph linking and pointing to an explanation at entry #6.

    Grantson's solution is most probable, and you would need to raise the quality of the shots you take or take enough pictures to lower the gauge down to a point where it would show below 999.

    Hopefully this is the cause.

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With a 2gb compact flash in my canon 300D set to the highest image resolution with no compression I can fit 620 images on the card at iso100 it follows that the 4gb card would fit somewhere in the region of 1200 pictures.

if i set the image size to small with compression a 512MB card will fit 500 images and the 2GB displays the same symptoms as your 4GB card.

The display will show 999 as this is the highest number it can show until there are fewer than 999 exposures remaining at your current settings :)

also tested this on a Canon 30D to find the same thing happens

then with a canon powershot G9
set to 5MP on fine or normal quality a 2gb SD card holds well over 1000 images

Nothing to worry about just plenty of space :D


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