Is my A900 dying?

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Is my A900 dying?

Unread postby sury » Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:50 pm

All of a sudden I am noticing very erratic behavior with my A900.
The display takes about 2-3 secs after the click (in jpeg mode). The
flash started acting up (goes into pulse mode) and it suddenly says
my card is no longer usable (it fails to write a file completely) and am
forced to change the card. I had to take my card and do a scan/fix on
my desktop. It froze for the first time where I had to remove the battery
and put it back in. It worked perfectly on my recent trip to Costa Rica
and a visit to local airshow. I have not used the camera for couple of weeks
when I saw this behavior on last Thursday.
It has about 58000+ clicks on it. Any insight?

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Re: Is my A900 dying?

Unread postby Birma » Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:14 pm

I hope it's a passing glitch, Sury. Sounds like a lose connection or damp?
Nex 5, Nex 6 (IR), A7M2, A99 and a bunch of lenses.

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Re: Is my A900 dying?

Unread postby sury » Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:49 pm

I hope so too. When I first noticed it, the battery was real low. I am hoping against hope that it was the root cause. Now I have freshly charged batteries and am going through cycles. Initially there was an issue with flash symbol not coming on. I suspect(ed) loose
contact. Tried putting it back few times and eventually the symbol came on.
Since i came back from CR (where it was damp), the camera worked fine the next day when I went to airshow. That's why I am somewhat concerned.

Unfortunately, missus thinks I am setting her up for new gear purchase since our wedding anniversary is approaching in 6 weeks. :lol:
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Re: Is my A900 dying?

Unread postby bakubo » Tue Oct 28, 2014 12:05 am

sury wrote:Unfortunately, missus thinks I am setting her up for new gear purchase since our wedding anniversary is approaching in 6 weeks. :lol:


Well, in that case I think your A900 has been hosed so you have no choice but to get something new. :lol:

Seriously though, I hope it sorts itself out. The only time I have ever come close to having a dead or broken camera was in 1995. I was wading in the ocean offshore of a tiny uninhabited island north of New Guinea -- you could walk all around it in about 10 minutes. Spent the night there sleeping on the beach. Anyway, I was wading out into the water with my Minolta Alpha 707si. I was trying to time waves so that I could squat down with the lens just barely above the water and get a wide angle shot looking back at the island. While I was squatting down a rogue wave washed over me and I was underwater. I quickly raised the camera over my head while I was still under, but it still had been submerged for a couple of seconds, I guess. I got out of the water and the camera was dead. :( Fortunately, the next day was the end of my month in Irian Jaya aka West Papua New Guinea. I had no fresh water or anything to clean the camera with so I just dried the outside with a t-shirt and figured my camera was a goner. The next day I turned it on just to check and it seemed to work fine! I used that camera for the next few years and never had a single problem with it. I still have it. I hope your A900 will start working again too.

Oh, here is the island as we approached on the outrigger:

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And me on the beach at sunset (by this time my 707si was dead):

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Re: Is my A900 dying?

Unread postby sury » Tue Oct 28, 2014 1:11 am

Thank you Henry. I hope it is just a glitch and I get few more years out of it.
The second image is just fabulous.

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Re: Is my A900 dying?

Unread postby mikeriach » Tue Oct 28, 2014 1:41 pm

Two things for me:

* retry with a fully charged battery
* try a different card

I have had an issue with a third party battery which caused strange effects. I got rid of it and it never happened again.
Also had a card which occasionally lost the plot and showed zero images left when it was nearly empty. Binned that as well.
Touch wood, no issues since then.

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Re: Is my A900 dying?

Unread postby sury » Tue Oct 28, 2014 4:57 pm

Thanks Mike.I removed the battery and let it stay for a day or so and put in the new battery yesterday.
Let me try with a new card that I have. The other card is almost 5 years old and has seen quite a few
insertions and read/write/erase cycles.

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Re: Is my A900 dying?

Unread postby sury » Tue Oct 28, 2014 6:12 pm

Well, I put in a fresh battery and new card and tested the camera.
I took about 100 random shots and it behaved as expected. Looks
like I may have dodged the bullet for now. Thank you all for your
suggestions and support for my quest for new gear. :lol:
I am quite pleased. :)

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Re: Is my A900 dying?

Unread postby mikeriach » Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:04 pm

Sury, try the old card in with the new battery.

Also do you just delete the old files or do you format the card?
After download and backup I always format the card.

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Re: Is my A900 dying?

Unread postby sury » Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:20 pm

Mike,
I normally just delete the files. I never did format the cards after the first time in-camera
formatting. I did not have issues with the cards in the past. Should I always format
after each download?

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Re: Is my A900 dying?

Unread postby mikeriach » Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:50 pm

I was advised to do a format rather than delete but as the cards are either 16 or 32 GB I don't do it very often, maybe once a month or so.
Not sure if it makes a difference but I imagine it would clear out any corrupt files and correct the folder structure if there were any issues which I would hope would minimise any issues.

Anyone else care to comment on the practice of formatting versus deleting files.

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Re: Is my A900 dying?

Unread postby bakubo » Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:01 am

mikeriach wrote:Anyone else care to comment on the practice of formatting versus deleting files.


I have been formatting rather than deleting since I first started using digital cameras. I read many years ago that it was best to format since it would ensure the card's file system was in good shape.

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Re: Is my A900 dying?

Unread postby the_hefay » Sun Nov 02, 2014 5:02 am

Sury, glad you got it working. Maybe I've just been lucky but I've never formatted any card other than the first time it was used. I just delete still pictures via computer and delete the video via the camera.


btw Henry, who wears a white V-neck t-shirt to the beach? :)
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Re: Is my A900 dying?

Unread postby bakubo » Sun Nov 02, 2014 9:28 am

the_hefay wrote:btw Henry, who wears a white V-neck t-shirt to the beach? :)


That photo was taken at the end of a month in Irian Jaya/West Papua New Guinea in 1995. I wrote a trip report about it along with photos:

Irian Jaya/West Papua New Guinea Trip Report

http://www.bakubo.com/Irian%20Jaya/ij-report.htm

Yeah, I sure was white where my shirt had been and sure was brown where it wasn't. :lol:

Just like my feet in Malawi in 1993:

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My apologies to Sury for getting off topic.

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Re: Is my A900 dying?

Unread postby the_hefay » Sun Nov 02, 2014 4:42 pm

:lol: I had the same thing happen to my feet in Mexico many years ago. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, I have no pictures to prove it. :D
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