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Old May 13, 2013, 11:05 AM   #1
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I want to replace the slower than slow Xd cards that came with my E-3 when I bought it. I can't seem to find the card speed I need in the manual. Would a card capable of writing/reading 40MB/s be enough when shooting RAW files? I'm thinking so but want to make sure before I order from B&H. Thanks
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Old May 13, 2013, 12:02 PM   #2
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You should be fine with a 40 mb/s speed card. The CF cards are going to be a lot faster than any of the old xD cards. A good card reader can also make a difference when downloading to your computer.
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Any of the Lexar Premium Series or the SanDisk Extreme 3 CF cards should be more than fast enough - I've got both sets and have never had an issue with either make. Also the Kingston Ultimate x100 CF cards aren't bad either.
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Thanks guys. I'm going to get a couple of San Disk Extreme 4MB cards rated at 30MB/s. B&H has them for 22.95 and free shipping. I doubt if the E-3 can write any faster than that. I don't even think UDMA cards were even available when the E-3 came out.
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I have used CF cards a lot, for years, in a Marantz digital audio recorder. Sandisk cards are extremely reliable. It took a few years of daily use to wear out a pair. (Flash memory cards have a finite amount of read/write cycles before they stop working.)
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Thanks Mr T.
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Never had one problen with the scan disc cards over the years. 4 Gig cards seem just right, for me. At RAW, ORF, you still get something like 400 shots. I usually dump my shots to the computer after a session and wipe the card.
I format regularly "In the camera"
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Never had one problen with the scan disc cards over the years. 4 Gig cards seem just right, for me. At RAW, ORF, you still get something like 400 shots. I usually dump my shots to the computer after a session and wipe the card.
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Ken, you're using an E-5XX right? His RAW files in the E-3 are substantially larger than yours.
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I'm good with a card that can store 200 files. I don't shoot too many pics at any event I might go to. I'd rather have two or three 4GB cards than one larger capacity card.
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James, you'll get 220-250 RAW files per 4GB card and possibly a little more.
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