Inspired by the Sports Jounalism thread I was reminded of an issue that I've been facing in various situations lately, the last was even in a normal studio shooting: When I shoot many frames in a row, I often end up with the camera being busy writing to the card and the shutter button being blocked, which is *very* humiliating and frustrating.
Yes, I "only" have 30MB/s cards (San Disk Extreme III CF and San Disk Ultra Class 10 SDHC), but I just looked it up in my camera manual, and it says the buffer can hold 17 RAW images (14 bit lossless compression full frame, which I use when I use RAW), and up to 100 JPEG in the setting I use when I use JPEG. This is more than should I ever touch, and yet I've had the above problems.
I for the first time checked the value on the display that tells you how big the remaining space is of the buffer (how many images), and what in the world??? It said: 7! The camera hadn't been used for over 24 hours and it's on the JPEG full-frame NORM setting (manual says: 100 images buffer size).
But it gets better: I held down the shutter, the camera took 7 pictures, the remaining buffer value went down to 0 of course, and then built back up to... 5! Now it's still at 5. What on earth is wrong with my camera buffer??? And what can I do?