Monday, August 1, 2005

We develop some instant photo answers


By David Gewirtz

We get lots of photo-related questions from readers. Often, if we have anything resembling a useful answer, we repay some old karma debts and just type out a quick reply. While of the questions are pretty interesting, it's usually the case that neither the question nor the answer is enough to justify a full article. This week, we've collated three that were lying around our mail folder.

Showing dates on the face of prints for Fujufilm 3800 cameras

Herman wants to date stamp his pictures. He asks:

A question...I have a Fujifilm 3800 Digital it. But I can't figure out how to get the dates to show on the face of prints. There is nothing about it in the manual...only how to set the date in the camera.

Fujifilm tells us that you'll want to look on page 69 of your manual. The digital image files do not store with the date, but the date can be appended automatically when printing to certain types of printing. This uses a technology called DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), which is a format used for recording specifications for images shot with a digital camera. While some printers support date and time imprinting, others do not. You'll want to look at pages 70-73 for the details on turning DPOF on and off for your camera.

Alternatively, you might want to look at a batch image processor like Batch It! from (at This product will add text watermarks (in this case, the date of the picture) on all the images in a set.

Using SD cards in CF card slots

Tony Santare is looking for an interesting gadget. He writes:

Do you know of any adapters available that allow you to use SD Modules in Flash Card devices? All of my cameras either use Type I or Type II Flash cards and I would like to try an SD type to compare speed, etc.

Yeah, no. That sort of thing would be bad. You certainly wouldn't derive any speed benefit by going through a conversion process. Whenever you deal with adapters, there's always some performance degradation, even if it's slight. And since you'd, theoretically, be reading an SD card in a Compact Flash adapter, top speed would be limited by the top speed of the CF interface.

We haven't seen a real big push on speed differences between CF and SD, although you can get faster and slower versions of each. I have an "ultra" variant on one of my CF cards, which does have somewhat better memory write speed than the generic cards I otherwise use. Definitely look at the CF manufacturers and see if they offer faster rated memory, if you're looking for a speed benefit.