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Olympus Evolt E-500 Memory Question  
User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4522 posts, RR: 18
Posted (8 years 2 months 2 hours ago) and read 2509 times:

I recently picked up an Olympus Evolt E-500. Not the Cannon I wanted but its what the wife would let me get away with.  Smile

Anyway this camera supports multiple types of memory.

CompactFlash Type I/II, Microdrive and xD-Picture Card

Which is the best to get? I can get a 4 gig CompactFlash card but only 1 gig xD-Picture Card. I know size isn't everything. Supposedly the xD is ultra fast. Is there really a difference between the two? Will I notice the difference? Should I just get a 4 gig CompactFlash card and live happy?

Your input would be appreciated.


Indy = Indianapolis and not Independence Air
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User currently offlineWhyWhyZed From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 914 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 2504 times:

I'd say invest in the large compactflash card, incase you ever jump bandwagon's in the future. Both Canon and Nikon use Compactflash cards also.
Compactflash is quite common to find, with more competition in brands. xd is more "customized" to Olympus and fuji. There aren't too many manufacturers that make xd cards, unlike compactflash who has hundrerds!

xd is only available in smaller sizes. Compactflash is up to 8gb.

Just my opinions...

- Jason DePodesta


User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4522 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 2494 times:

Thanks for your input. After looking around I was leaning toward CompactFlash. I mean I am just an amateur. If I were majorly concerned with super high quality I would have spent $600 more on a higher end camera. This still beats the pants off of my old 3.2 megapixel pocket size camera. I can't wait to get out to the airport to give it a try.


Indy = Indianapolis and not Independence Air
User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 2493 times:

Quoting Indy (Thread starter):
Should I just get a 4 gig CompactFlash card and live happy?

I would buy 4 1 gig cards. That way if your only 4 gig card goes tits up, you are dead in the water. If one of your 1 gig cards fails, you have three more, and have only lost 1 gig or less of photos. Cards fail, but usually not in 3's or 4's.


User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4522 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months ago) and read 2490 times:

Jeff... the biggest problem for me isn't a card going tits up. Its me losing a card  Smile. I know if I buy a more expensive card I am likely to keep better watch of it. I'm not worried about a card breaking. I'm bad about getting images transfered over. Its not uncommon for me to have images that are months old on my camera.


Indy = Indianapolis and not Independence Air
User currently offlineWhyWhyZed From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 914 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2478 times:

Quoting Indy (Reply 4):
Its not uncommon for me to have images that are months old on my camera.

All the more reason to buy seperate cards. Otherwise is the memory card does "go tits up", then you don't lose months worth of photos. Plus, if you do keep them on your memory card for so long... why invest in a 4GB? Just get a 1 or 2GB then.

- Jason DePodesta


User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4522 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2453 times:

I ended up getting a CompactFlash Ultra ][ card. 2 gb card. I'll get another 2 gb card later. I am also looking at the FL-50 flash for the camera. I like the 1/400th of a second shutter speed but when I use the flash on the camera it drops down to 1/160th of a second.


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