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CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Tue Dec 07, 2004 10:33 pm

I have done a search but came up with no hits.

I have a Canon 10D and was wondering what CF Card everybody uses. Shooting raw uses a lot of memory and I know that there are 2G cards available, at a price to match. I have a 512mb card which only gives me 75 shots at raw+small.
What I need to know is there a difference between Canon CF cards and other brands. Will buying the cheaper brands, such as Sand Disc, Viking etc., have any affect on the quality of the images and can you get reasonably priced 1G and 2G CF Cards.

Thanks

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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Tue Dec 07, 2004 10:44 pm

I used the cheapest ones I could get my hands on until I got the 20D, as it reads/writes faster with high-end CF cards like SanDisk's CompactFlash Ultra.

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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Tue Dec 07, 2004 11:45 pm

Can i ask just one question.... What the difference in shooting in Raw rather than Jpeg..... Whats the advantage seeing as it half the amount of shots available ?????

Just wondered.

Simon C

PS : I use Viking and have had no problems apart from having to do the odd re-format  Smile
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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Tue Dec 07, 2004 11:51 pm

I use a 1Gb CF Card, most expensive that I could afford at the time. I have managed to squeeze 410 images shot with my 300D in the large full quality mode onto it. It's Jessop's own brand, but I've got no complaints about the quality. I think you can get 8Gb or maybe even 10Gb cards, but these are around about a grand each.

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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 12:34 am

Simon, to save us writing out the advantages/disadvantages of JPEG v RAW you best read this http://194.100.88.243/petteri/pont/How_to/o_RAW_workflow/_RAW_workflow.html

Fergul - SanDisk are not classed as cheaper cards, I wouldn't worry about the capacity of the card, the thing to worry about is the write speed especially if you own a camera with a large buffer. Although this won't be much of a problem if you only shoot large lumbering airliners  Smile
I use SanDisk 1GB, 512MB and a 256MB cards. Never had a problem with any of them.

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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 12:37 am



Lexar all the way! Better safe than sorry. SanDisk are the next best thing.
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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 12:39 am

SanDisk 256 & 512

no complaints so far!

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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 12:43 am

Thanks Ian for the link  Big thumbs up
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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 12:47 am

I have a Lexar 256 (old slow 12x type), Silicon Power 256, Sandisk Ultra 512 and a 40 Gb portable harddisk. I haven't used the Sandisk yet, but it's supposed to be much quicker than the other two. Not that it matters to me, as I've never exhausted the 9 frame buffer on the 10D. (I shoot RAW btw)
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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 12:58 am

The Sandisk Ultra II's are great. My wife accidentally washed a pair of pants with one of them in the pocket (in the plastic case) and it's still working perfectly today without problems. I'll buy nothing but Sandisk (Ultra or Extreme) now  Big grin

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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 1:01 am

Lets see. I have 4 256 Lexar 12x, a Sandisk Ultra 256, a Crucial 256, 2 512 Sandisk 40x, and a IBM 1 gig Microdrive.
 
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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 1:08 am

I have a 1GB IBM microdrive, 2 1GB Sandisk Ultra II's, 1 512mb Sandisk Ultra and a Lexar 128mb 8x.

The 2 sandisks are my primary cards. I am soon going to add a few 2GB Sandisk Ultra II's to my bag as i want to start shooting RAW!

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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 1:10 am

Thanks everybody, much appreciated!  Big thumbs up

Thanks Ian for the link, interesting read!

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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 1:11 am

1x Sandisk 256, 1x no brand 256, 1x Kingston 512
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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 1:17 am

1x Lexar 80x 2GB and 2x Lexar 40x 256mb for me  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 1:38 am

3x SanDisk 256 Ultra, 1x Crucial 256, 1x Sandisk Ultra 512..
 
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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 2:46 am

I have 2 SanDisk 1Gb

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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 2:48 am

i use 2 sandisk 1,0 gb cf cards in addition to the nikon one that came with the camera. then again, the nikon card only fits about 1 RAW picture.
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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 3:06 am

I currently have one IBM 1 gig Microdrive and one SanDisk 265.
Planning to get another 1gig in the near future.

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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 3:41 am

Hitachi Microdrive 4GB x 2
IBM Microdrive 1GB x 2
Sandisk 1GB x 2
Lexar 40X 1GB x 2

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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 4:28 am

2X TRANSCENT 256MB 30X

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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 4:40 am

2 Lexar (4x) 256mb
1 Silicon Power 512mb
1 Sandisk Ultra II 1Gb

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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 5:15 am

1GB SanDisk CompactFlash Ultra II with a Canon EOS 20D. RAW images I can fit about 120. I haven't had any issues with write speeds. I'll probably buy another one or even the 2GB version.
 
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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 5:24 am

Chris, you would probably get more Bang for your buck if your got an X-Drive...

Much more economical if you wanna shoot raw...

I got a 1GB SanDisk type I CF, 2x 128mb Vikings. I also purchased a Lexar 1GB 80x Speed Write and was VERY impressed by the writing speeds it gave me.
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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 7:01 am

Kev, i already have an X-Drive! I just like to have loads of space so that if im shooting i can shoot a good few hundred frames and not have to worry about the cards filling for a while.

I am also thinking of the future with my mk2! They need lots of space!

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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 5:37 pm

Morning everybody Big grin

Thanks for all the input on the CF Cards. Can anyone tell me what the difference is between the Sandisk Extreme and the Sandisk Ultra II, both are the same price and can transfer data at the same speed.

One other thing does anybody use the Mobile data safe drives. I know a photographer used one and had problems but it looked like a CD fault. Thanks to Mikephotos who helped him recover most of his images.

This is one I found. I know I don't need to worry about getting one right now as I'm not as expierenced as the majority of you's, but I'm just curious, might need one in the future.

http://www.beststuff.co.uk/hama_mobile_datasafe.htm

Take care

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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 6:27 pm

I would recommend to have a look at this. You will be able to tell which card will serve your equipment best. It is the bible of CF cards.

http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=6007

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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 6:44 pm

The problem with model you point to is that its mains operated ... you'd need to plug it in to a nearby tree  Smile

But there are plenty of genuinely portable devices around - a new one from Epson looks very tasty. You need to decide which features are most important to you as they vary quite a bit in physical size, some offer screens for review of images - nice feature, but a hit on battery life. Some also double up as MP3 devices (or for that matter, some MP3 devices can be used for pics).

On cards - I've got Sandisk 256, Sandisk Ultra and Ultra II. Disk write speeds do have a significant impact on "buffer restricted" cameras like the D60 and 10D - ie, you will notice the difference between slow and fast cards. But as you get to cameras with larger buffers (1Dii and 20D) this difference becomes less apparent - after all, it doesn't really matter how rapidly stuff gets transferred to the card provided you don't run out of room in the buffer.

Currently my largest card is 1mb (x2), but I'll probably buy one or two larger capacity cards in the near future, and keep the cost reasonable by avoiding the fastest types.

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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 7:16 pm

Once again

Thanks to everybody for the info, appreciated Big grin

Thanks Vatche for the link.  Big thumbs up


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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 7:35 pm

ckw, to echo what you said about the camera buffer, i can shoot about 70 frames before the camera starts to "lock up" so to speak. The lexar writes one large fine jpg in under a second...

Very good for constant shooting  Smile
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RE: CF Cards, What Do You Use?

Wed Dec 08, 2004 7:36 pm

Here is some info on the EOS 10D buffering

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos10d/page11.asp

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