SNBA319 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2003, 298 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2225 times:
I am a very amateur photographer for starters. Last year i spent 3 months flying around Europe, equipped with a Canon powershot A70. It had some default brand CF-card of 32MB. I made many pics, and zipped through them quite often to endulge. Very often however i got 'corrupt data' or 'memory error' warnings, and many photos were lost or appeared 'split'.
Now i am going to buy my own camera, Powershot A75, and need to choose CF-card. I am going away for three weeks soon (nearly 40 hours around airplanes for travel ), without chance of uploading to a computer, so i will need to rely on my CF-card not to mess up like that last one did. There are many reviews, but i still can't make up my mind. As i am a member of this forum i thought i'd ask the pros, maybe someone has tips for this amateur photographer . I am looking to buy at least one 256MB card, maybe a second one(smaller). My criteria are not especially speed, but more reliability and stability. I expect to do alot of browsing though the pics in the meantime, i hope this does not damage the stored photos. choices in NL are Kingston, lexar, Dane-Elec, Sandisk (ultraII) and transcend.
IL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2236 posts, RR: 50 Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2200 times:
People will probably advise you to buy the fastest, A-brand CF card on the market. And it makes sense. There are plenty of test reports on the internet showing you the performance of these cards.
I have 2 cards: A 256 Lexar (older 8x type) and a "Silicon Power" 256. The last one I had never heard of before when I bought it and I still have never seen any other than my own. But they both work fine. They are not super fast, but with the 10D's buffer of 9 shots, I've never ran into any problems. Both of them have handled almost 9000 shots in about a years time. No errors. No need to re-format. I bought the 'Silicon Power' (question to others: Does anybody know this brand?) quite cheap in september (+/- 50 Euro's), but prices have dropped since then.
Just search on the net and compare some prices. The well-known brands are probably all ok. The differences are quite minor (unless you have a EOS 1 mkII )
SNBA319 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2003, 298 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2179 times:
i have spent all day trying to compare prices and models . I will probably buy one 256MB (Sandisk ultraII 256), and a second card of either 256 or 128 MB(Dane-Elec). Is it worth buying one of those ultra cards that the manufacturers offer? And how about the 'world service' that Dane-Elec offers?
I gues 384MB should be enough to capture at least 500-600 pics in 1600*1200 right?
Bronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 805 posts, RR: 12 Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2173 times:
I don't believe the A75 has any kind of shot buffer, so it would make some sense to purchase a faster CF card IF the cameras read/write controller will actually take advantage of the faster write speeds.
Personally, I would go for a larger card, than a faster if the cost were the same.