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  1. #11
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    Re: First time use - what am I doing wrong??

    2 Card reader - okay, but its a pain to have to remove and insert chips all the time....I've been doing this for 10 years and didn't find it painful...I'm afraid some people have got to have a winge over something....What did you do with film..


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  2. #12
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    Re: First time use - what am I doing wrong??

    Quote Originally Posted by pedroj View Post
    2 Card reader - okay, but its a pain to have to remove and insert chips all the time....I've been doing this for 10 years and didn't find it painful.....
    Betcha you did not have Windows 7 ten years ago! I have

    - an internal card reader on my Dell 9200
    - an internal card reader in my Dell monitor
    - a Lexar USB2.0 external card reader
    - multiple SD card

    I see a dozen removable drives, no way to disntinguish which is which, and none of which work. This is why I absolutely hate using the cards in the PC. I am an expert PC user ( since 1983).

    So far, the only way to get photos off the 5100 is to charge the battery, use the USB cable, copy pics as quikcly as possble, and recharge the battery.

    Not a happy customer. Currently very frustrated and dissapointed.

    I of course dont blame Nikon for anythign Win 7 related, but there is no excuse why they cannot fix the battery problems, or provide a wi-fi adaptor.
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    NIKON D5100
    PRIMARY LENS: NIKON AF-S ED VRII DX 18-200 mm f3.5 (with 72mm NC filter)
    MACRO LENS NIKON AF-S ED VRII N 105 mm f/3.5 (with 62mm NC filter)
    LEGACY LENSES: NIKON f1.4 50mm ; f2.8 28mm ; f3.5 43-86 mm Zoom
    MEMORY CARDS:
    2 x LEXAR 16GB SDHC 400X UHS-1 PRO CLASS 10 (60 MB/SEC;20 MB/SEC WRITE) ;
    2 x SANDISK 16 GB EXTREME SDHC CLASS 10 (45MB/s)
    CASE - GRAB-AND-GO: LOEWPRO NOVA 160 AW PHOTO BAG w/ CARRYSAFE 100 Strap

  3. #13
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    Re: First time use - what am I doing wrong??

    I use the usb cable all the time to xfer pics, It's only hooked up 2 or 3 minutes. I doubt that drains any more battery than viewing. I have not experienced any shorter battery life. I shoot hundreds of pics over 2-3 weeks and download often via usb, all within one charge.

    There are many opinions on how to download, all have good and bad points. Constantly removing the card and plugging it into a reader, than back in the camera is a concern of some folks. It's a personal preference I guess.
    Rick

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  4. #14
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    Re: First time use - what am I doing wrong??

    Quote Originally Posted by cnyram View Post
    I use the usb cable all the time to xfer pics, It's only hooked up 2 or 3 minutes. I doubt that drains any more battery than viewing. I have not experienced any shorter battery life. I shoot hundreds of pics over 2-3 weeks and download often via usb, all within one charge.

    There are many opinions on how to download, all have good and bad points. Constantly removing the card and plugging it into a reader, than back in the camera is a concern of some folks. It's a personal preference I guess.
    Thanks, I think the cable is really my only option for now.

    I wonder out loud if my issues with the card in the PC is because of formatting the card on the camera (as suggested earlier in this thread)....
    Last edited by Mediaman09; 05-04-2012 at 01:04 AM.
    Gallery Slideshow
    BODY:
    NIKON D5100
    PRIMARY LENS: NIKON AF-S ED VRII DX 18-200 mm f3.5 (with 72mm NC filter)
    MACRO LENS NIKON AF-S ED VRII N 105 mm f/3.5 (with 62mm NC filter)
    LEGACY LENSES: NIKON f1.4 50mm ; f2.8 28mm ; f3.5 43-86 mm Zoom
    MEMORY CARDS:
    2 x LEXAR 16GB SDHC 400X UHS-1 PRO CLASS 10 (60 MB/SEC;20 MB/SEC WRITE) ;
    2 x SANDISK 16 GB EXTREME SDHC CLASS 10 (45MB/s)
    CASE - GRAB-AND-GO: LOEWPRO NOVA 160 AW PHOTO BAG w/ CARRYSAFE 100 Strap

  5. #15
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    Re: First time use - what am I doing wrong??

    Card formatted with the camera uses fat32 file system is fully compatible with windows

    I wouldn't take any notice of the battery level displayed in windows mine says my MP3 player is 100% when its almost flat
    and I actually just plugged my my D3100 into the pc and it said 100% when i have been talking photos using the flash and loads of shots without for the past few days.

    Using the camera as a card read is amazingly slow it would annoy the hell out of me.


    my battery was bad until I charged it a few times

  6. #16
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    Re: First time use - what am I doing wrong??

    Quote Originally Posted by lee786 View Post
    Card formatted with the camera uses fat32 file system is fully compatible with windows

    I wouldn't take any notice of the battery level displayed in windows mine says my MP3 player is 100% when its almost flat
    and I actually just plugged my my D3100 into the pc and it said 100% when i have been talking photos using the flash and loads of shots without for the past few days.

    Using the camera as a card read is amazingly slow it would annoy the hell out of me.


    my battery was bad until I charged it a few times

    Thanks for this observations. I can rely on the camera itself to give me true battery. As to the card, I will need to troubleshoot further why the pc isn't recognizing the cards

    As to slow transfer speed via cable, point taken. I have not personally noticed that yet..... but i have only transferred small quantities of pictures to date.
    Gallery Slideshow
    BODY:
    NIKON D5100
    PRIMARY LENS: NIKON AF-S ED VRII DX 18-200 mm f3.5 (with 72mm NC filter)
    MACRO LENS NIKON AF-S ED VRII N 105 mm f/3.5 (with 62mm NC filter)
    LEGACY LENSES: NIKON f1.4 50mm ; f2.8 28mm ; f3.5 43-86 mm Zoom
    MEMORY CARDS:
    2 x LEXAR 16GB SDHC 400X UHS-1 PRO CLASS 10 (60 MB/SEC;20 MB/SEC WRITE) ;
    2 x SANDISK 16 GB EXTREME SDHC CLASS 10 (45MB/s)
    CASE - GRAB-AND-GO: LOEWPRO NOVA 160 AW PHOTO BAG w/ CARRYSAFE 100 Strap

  7. #17
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    Re: First time use - what am I doing wrong??

    You can buy fast card readers and fast cards...I shoot surfing and ballet sometimes over a 1000 shots raw and fine hook them up to the pc and go and have a mug of coffee...with film we waited up to a week...Just relax it's not a big deal..

    Simple solution....BUY A SPARE BATTERY OR 2

  8. #18
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    Re: First time use - what am I doing wrong??

    I seem to remember having a simlar problem. The pc wouldnt reconise the card from my Olympus E1.
    My freind fixed it for me in 2 miniutes lol. He downloaded fat 32 files into my PC. Problem solved.

  9. #19
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    Re: First time use - what am I doing wrong??

    I did some further research, and have concluded, my issue is newer media vs older hardware. The main media card I have is a 16GB SDHC card. I suspect its as simple as some readers have issues with the capacity.
    After rebooting with a DELL firmeware upgrade for the reader, the internal reader now recognizes the 16GB 400x SDHC card... but the external readers (Dell 2407 monitor, and Lexar USB 2.0 Multi-Card Reader) do not, and I suspect never will.

    I may pick up a another SDHC reader at some point, but for now, with 1 of 3 readers working, its good enough. And I bougtth camera with two batteries so I am good there two re the cable option.

    Thanks again to all who chimed in. Time to figure out the other camera features..
    Gallery Slideshow
    BODY:
    NIKON D5100
    PRIMARY LENS: NIKON AF-S ED VRII DX 18-200 mm f3.5 (with 72mm NC filter)
    MACRO LENS NIKON AF-S ED VRII N 105 mm f/3.5 (with 62mm NC filter)
    LEGACY LENSES: NIKON f1.4 50mm ; f2.8 28mm ; f3.5 43-86 mm Zoom
    MEMORY CARDS:
    2 x LEXAR 16GB SDHC 400X UHS-1 PRO CLASS 10 (60 MB/SEC;20 MB/SEC WRITE) ;
    2 x SANDISK 16 GB EXTREME SDHC CLASS 10 (45MB/s)
    CASE - GRAB-AND-GO: LOEWPRO NOVA 160 AW PHOTO BAG w/ CARRYSAFE 100 Strap

  10. #20

    Re: First time use - what am I doing wrong??

    I always take the card out and download the pix from the card into my pc. That battery life on the camera has been great and so has the availability on the card.





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