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A900 freezes after multiple photos
« on: July 18, 2012, 07:14:02 AM »
I recently bought a used a900 from B&H photo. I have used the camera and noticed that after I take multiple photos the red led stays lit and the screen stays black and freezes. The only way that the screen will come back on is to take the battery out. Any ideas on what could be causing this issue? The camera is an a900 and the card I have in it is a Kingston 32gb ultimate 266x CF.

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Re: A900 freezes after multiple photos
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2012, 07:20:52 AM »
If it never finishes accessing the card however long you wait I'd try a different card and then if it's still the same send it back to B&H photo.
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Re: A900 freezes after multiple photos
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2012, 07:21:02 AM »

Freezes for how long? A few seconds (which could just be the buffer writing), or indefinitely?
And in all shooting modes?

First thing I'd do is try a different CF card - preferably a good (genuine!) SanDisk or Lexar. I'd guess that the kingston card is more likely to be the problem than the a900, and its easy to eliminate... (also, is the card genuine? was it also from B&H, or ebay........)

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Re: A900 freezes after multiple photos
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2012, 07:41:50 AM »
It doesn't do it all the time but when it does the last frame says unable to display. I'll try a different card and see what happens. Has anyone ever experienced this with their a900's

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Re: A900 freezes after multiple photos
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2012, 08:35:02 AM »
If you have one, also try using a Memory Stick in the alternate slot.
It will be slower than CF, but if the problem occurs on one and not the other it may indicate where the problem lies.
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Re: A900 freezes after multiple photos
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2012, 09:32:07 AM »
Also I'm not sure if this is a factor resulting from the card I am using but the battery loses juice fairly quickly compared to my a580. Could this be a result of the card that I am using?

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Re: A900 freezes after multiple photos
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2012, 09:36:40 AM »

hmm, maybe, if the card is not writing properly and the buffer is moving slower than it should.... but I suspect the a900 would be more draining on the battery than the a580 anyway (I'd guess - I have no evidence for this ;))

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Re: A900 freezes after multiple photos
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2012, 09:46:41 AM »
Sometimes i get also the masage (Unable to display) mostly on a77 1 per 2000 shots and the other are OK but this depend on if you have formated the card in the camera or in the computer and if you in between the shots you have deleted many pictures.

What i said above is not 100% sure but they can appear such problems if you don't format the card in the camera or delete many pictures in between  shooting
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Re: A900 freezes after multiple photos
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2012, 03:31:06 AM »
Well I went and bought a different card. I chose a sandisk 32gb extreme 60 mb/s and the camera seems to be working a lot better. I haven't  received that message and the buffering rate is shorter it seems. Thanks everyone for the advice to ditch that crappy card and get a better one.

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Re: A900 freezes after multiple photos
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2012, 03:39:50 AM »
Glad it is sorted and welcome...john
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Re: A900 freezes after multiple photos
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2012, 09:29:03 AM »
You can take about 14 frames in high speed before a900 starts looooooooow gear ...

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Re: A900 freezes after multiple photos
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2012, 06:18:38 PM »
I get about 10-11 shots on my 133x CF card.  I don't do a lot of bursts shooting so that is fine,  it takes about 8-10 sec to get the buffer cleared.  But I usually don't get there that often so it works fine for me.

Glad you got an A900.  You'll love it.  Yes it's not new and fancy like the a77 or the new ones from Canon and Nikon but to me, I WOULD NEVER TRADE IT FOR ANYTHING!  It's just works.   my friends Canon 5D stopped working in the extreme heat, my A900 just kept trucking onward.  It just feels right in the hand and it's fun to be the only Sony shooter around in a sea of Canon's and Nikon's.

You'll enjoy the a900. it's a wonderful workhorse of a camera.
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Re: A900 freezes after multiple photos
« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2012, 09:47:59 AM »
Thanks for the welcome everyone. I sometimes wonder if I should have went canikon but the Sony stuff is nice and works well. I went on a shoot today and had no problems with the camera so I am very happy with the a900 and the cz24-70

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Re: A900 freezes after multiple photos
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2012, 09:53:05 AM »
The A900 + CZ24-70 is a great combination, and stands up well against the alternatives.

If you can find one at a reasonable price, the vertical grip is a good addition, particularly with heavier lenses.
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Re: A900 freezes after multiple photos
« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2012, 01:05:16 PM »
We're glad to help. Glad you didn't go canikon, yes Sony is behind those two but I'd rather have it that way. We have Minolta's great heritage and superb lenses to use as well. I love telling people I'm using a Sony and not the generic canon rebel or Nikon entry level body because the look of confusion I get from them is priceless. Haha with the Sony/Minolta group, you are getting a large group of dedicated shooters who are winning to help. It's a breath of fresh air.

You won't be sorry, you'll enjoy the a900. It's a great body. Welcome again.
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