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    Some of you may have seen my post requesting help on taking video at a concert with the E-5. In any case, I declined the job to take the video of the concert after the responses I received to my post.

    However, I decided to take my camera to the concert just to see what would happen if I tried to take video. I also thought I may get some nice still shots.

    The first video I took of a song only recorded about a minute and a half and the camera froze up. I shut the camera off and turned it back on again and started taking still shots using natural light.

    There was a young lady doing a dance as part of the concert and I started shooting many shots of the dance. What I didn't realize is the flash had opened up and not only did it ruin all the shots I took, it probably messed up the video taken by a professional of the event.

    I tried taking a couple more videos along with many other still photos. Something happened in the camera and about 1/2 of the shots I took do not appear on the CF card. I assume this had something to do with mixing video and still shots in the same shoot.

    I never liked the idea of having a pop-up flash on what is supposed to be a professional camera, and now I really hate the idea. I am going to tape the flash down on any future shoots I do, or knock the darned thing off with a hammer.

    I also never liked the idea of having video in a DSLR, particularly when it is pretty useless.

    Sorry for the rant, but I am still mad, and I had to tell someone.
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    Default Re: Disaster photo shoot

    Quote Originally Posted by lkeeney View Post
    I never liked the idea of having a pop-up flash on what is supposed to be a professional camera, ......I also never liked the idea of having video in a DSLR, particularly when it is pretty useless.
    In full agreement. This has ALWAYS been my feelings towards them. I have a Canon 5D MK II and OMD E-M5. I don't even know where to turn on the video mode in either of them. Fortunately neither of them have a pop-up flash.

    ​ At least you've gained experience and and knowledge. Something in a few years you'l be able to say, "...let me tell ya 'bout the time I tried doing video and stills..." Hope this helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkeeney View Post
    I never liked the idea of having a pop-up flash on what is supposed to be a professional camera, and now I really hate the idea. I am going to tape the flash down on any future shoots I do, or knock the darned thing off with a hammer.
    I gotta imagine the button got bumped somehow right? The only time I use it is for family snapshots, otherwise its the FL-50 bounced.

    Quote Originally Posted by lkeeney View Post
    I also never liked the idea of having video in a DSLR, particularly when it is pretty useless.
    Couldn't agree more, regardless of whether or not it's useful. If you want a video camera buy a !@#$%^&*() video camera. Leave our @#$%^&*( DSLRs alone. They're STILL CAMERAS.

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    Thanks for letting me cry on your shoulders.

    I'm sure I must have hit the flash release button, but I was one of the first people to get a E-5 when it was released, and this has never happened to me before, and it happened twice during one shoot. Out comes the black electrical tape to tape the flash down.
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    Default Re: Disaster photo shoot

    if you look, I think you are going to find your memory card isnt compatible with shooting video, hence the lockups
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riley View Post
    if you look, I think you are going to find your memory card isnt compatible with shooting video, hence the lockups
    You may well be right about this. However, I did get one full song on video. Two of the other ones are just short clips that were apparently terminated after about 10 seconds of recording.

    I noticed something else strange. I attempted to download all the images from my card with Lightroom, but the last 4 images did not download. I put the card in the camera, and I can view these 4 images there. I am going to check into this further tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkeeney View Post
    Some of you may have seen my post requesting help on taking video at a concert with the E-5. In any case, I declined the job to take the video of the concert after the responses I received to my post.
    Knowing when NOT to accept a job is the true hallmark of a pro, Lawrence. You did well. You may have been disappointed, but you don't have a disappointed client.

    Quote Originally Posted by lkeeney View Post
    I noticed something else strange. I attempted to download all the images from my card with Lightroom, but the last 4 images did not download. I put the card in the camera, and I can view these 4 images there. I am going to check into this further tomorrow.
    Sounds like card issues to me too.
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    Sorry to hear about your troubles...I just hate it when then do go as planned.

    I rarely use the video functions on my E-5, but when I do I expect the following:
    1. a crappy, shaky video
    2. for it to hunt in and out of focus at least 2 times during a 1 minute clip
    3. to hear the rattle snake sound from my 12-60 focusing
    4. to see one of my kids running around doing something silly.

    As you can see from #4, I wouldn't trust it do any serious video work.

    I agree with others though, sounds like your card might not support video.
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    Default Re: Disaster photo shoot

    My understanding is for video you should use the sd card not the cf card. Don't remember where I got the idea but I'm sure sd's are better for video.

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    Look at the notes at the top of page 84 in the E-5 manual. Class 6 SD cards or faster are recommended. There are some other notes there that may be applicable to what you experienced.

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    Very rare I use the on-camera flash and since I scared the $%@%^ off a Roe Deer with the auto flash I have had the flash off and auto pop up disabled ever since.

    Control Panel - flash off - Menu F (at least on the E-30) - bottom entry - auto pop up - OFF - is the safest default.

    Cannot comment on video but "Cardrecovery" software worked great for me when I got a card messed up. I have avoided deleting files in camera (which repeatedly amends the file allocation data) and the card has worked fine since.

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    Default Re: Disaster photo shoot

    Quote Originally Posted by mikebbh View Post
    Very rare I use the on-camera flash and since I scared the $%@%^ off a Roe Deer with the auto flash I have had the flash off and auto pop up disabled ever since.

    Control Panel - flash off - Menu F (at least on the E-30) - bottom entry - auto pop up - OFF - is the safest default.

    Cannot comment on video but "Cardrecovery" software worked great for me when I got a card messed up. I have avoided deleting files in camera (which repeatedly amends the file allocation data) and the card has worked fine since.

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    I went though all the menus on my E-5 and don't see this as an option on this camera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saburns View Post
    Look at the notes at the top of page 84 in the E-5 manual. Class 6 SD cards or faster are recommended. There are some other notes there that may be applicable to what you experienced.
    I shoot video with the E5 and the OM-D. A class 10 SD is highly recommended. The OM-D produces beautiful 1080i HD video!

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    I'm sure the speed of my cards is my problem as the cards do not even show a class on them.
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