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Jeanne Griffith

Image Lag with Digital

I am new to digital, and the Canon 10D seems to have a lag from what I see in the viewfinder and what is recorded. Is this normal? It is difficult to get used to transferring from 35mm film.

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5/18/2004 5:33:47 PM

Dave Cross   Hi Jeanne. There seems to be several people with a similar "problem." The 10D should have no delay between you hitting the shutter release fully down and the shutter actually opening. The image recorded is about 20ms after what you are seeing as the viewfinder blacks out (as the mirror lifts). If you are seeing a noticeable delay, check the custom function settings, particularly mirror-lock, and reset everything to default and try again. What type of camera are you coming from? If you moved from EOS film SLR, your 10D should behave exactly the same. Cheers.

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5/19/2004 12:29:07 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  How much of a lag are you talking about? You mean a 1/10th of a second or the two second lag that the digital cameras where you use the monitor as a view finder have? I'm used to the EOS system too.
To answer your other question.You can turn of the shutdown, or at make the period where it stays on before shutting down longer. To wake it up only takes a second when you push the button half way down.
replying to your email to me came back as undeliverable.

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5/25/2004 11:34:09 AM

Peter K. Burian
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2004
  Yeah, the shutter lag is very short with the 10D.

However, it does take time for the camera to find focus. In low light, that may take a full second.

The same applies to 35mm EOS cameras, of course.

Cheers! Peter Burian

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5/26/2004 6:17:35 AM

RoxAnne E. Franklin   Luck dog, a 10D, my next camera.
I shoot eos7e, and 7n have both, the 7n isnt that much different from the e, the price was right and I do weddings.
How do you like the 10D? is it similar to the SLR's?
Would love to have one.
Where did you purchase it? The prices havent come down all that much yet.

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6/8/2004 11:34:49 AM

Peter K. Burian
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2004
  RoxAnne: The newer EOS Digital Rebel is a similar camera in many respects and costs $1000 US.

There are some disadvantages to digital capture (especially with the affordable cameras.) e.g. You can only shoot four frames in a single burst before a 3 second pause. With a 35mm EOS camera, you can shoot up to 36 frames in a series.

Cheers! Peter Burian

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6/8/2004 12:13:14 PM

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