I purchased a Rebel XTi about 2 months ago now. I am VERY happy with the pictures I have been able to get so far. I am by no means an expert photographer, but love to shoot pics anyway. So I figured this camera would be a good balance between advanced features, and noob ability.
Now, for my problem.
I am finding that when I first turn it on I am able to snap rapid shots for about 10 - 15 pictures with no problem. The whole while my "max burst shot" counter never goes off from "9". Its my understanding that if I can no longer shoot as many pics that counter will go down. And I have in fact seen it do that on more than one occasion.
For some reason though, after my first quick burst of pics I can only snap one picture, then it says "BUSY" on the screen and in the viewfinder. It stays like that for what seems like a long time. Anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute.
If I hold the shutter half way it will still focus the shot, but refuse to snap a pic. The "CF" light on the back is NOT blinking at all. At first I thought it was because I am using a "slower" memory card. And that its taking time to transfer my first burst to the card. But I would guess no light means no transfer.
I have tried different settings on the camera itself. Even reverted to default settings. If I shut the camera off then wait 1 minute and turn it back on I can still only shoot one pic at a time followed by a LONG "busy", then when it goes away I can shoot one more pic, followed by more busy.
I tried looking through the manual to see what it says about this, and to my surorise nothing is shown at all about it. It does not even say what the busy display shows for. So I have no where to even start guessing.
I have found that I get the error worse when I shoot in low light, or if I am using ANY lens on the closer zoom settings.
If my subject is near, and the zoom is back off as far as possible in good light, I seem to have no problems at all.
I have also tried charging the battery to full figuring it was waiting for the flash, but that does not seem to make a difference. And the flash seems to have no problem bursting for the first 20 shots, why would it take 30 seconds to charge for ever after that??
Any help is greatly appreciated. I have missed a few good shots all ready for this busy sign. And with Christmas only a few days away I would HATE to have to wait for the camera. One of the reasons I bought this was because of the speed of pics. My A610 worked great, but could not shoot as many shots as this one in a row, and was VERY slow to start up.