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Old Feb 10, 2004, 10:34 AM   #1
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Default 512 CF Cards on Sale

Last week Staples had the Sandisk 512MB Compact Flash card on sale & I missed out on it. This week, I see where Best Buy basically has the same deal - they list it at $149.00 (they are $114.00 at pcmall.com all the time!) wtih an instant rebate that knocks it down to $109.00. Then I saw a post on another site where Office Max is running the Lexar 512MB CF card for $99.00 with an instant rebate.
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Old Feb 10, 2004, 12:02 PM   #2
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Be very careful which SanDisk and Lexar those are. I don't know if Lexar makes a 1x card, but SanDisk does. They don't have a speed rating, then the card are probably very, very slow.

Ultimate speed doesn't really matter for most people, but really slow does create frustration.

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Old Feb 10, 2004, 3:20 PM   #3
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Thanks for the Heads up tip!
I went to Office Max today in Tupelo - got the sale flyer - the Lexar is a 12x card. I will probably buy one tomorrow (Wed.)
None of my Sandisk cards are marked! - I have 2 - 512's, 2- 256's & a 128. The 512's & 1 256 are for my 300D & the other 2 are for my Minolta S404. I was told that the 300D/Digital Rebel will not work with High speed CF cards - straight from a Canon Tech rep friend.
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Old Feb 10, 2004, 4:33 PM   #4
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The DRebel will certainly work with "high speed CF cards", it just won't take advantage of them. Here is a wonderful review of different CF cards with the DRebel:

http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/mul...?cid=6007-6425

Notice how the standard SanDisk is the second slowest at 736K/sec, while the fastest is 1292K/sec (SanDisk Extreme 1G.)

So you have to decide how much money do you want to spend for little gain. In some cases, the difference is large and noticable, but in other cases it isn't.

The Lexar 12x is not a bad card. Here is an example from that web page:
Lexar Media 256MB 24X Write Acceleration
(Edge stamp, first two digits: 38; WA on front label) Lexar I 2003/10/14 1090K/sec 1087K/sec

Lexar Media 256MB 4X Lexar I 2003/10/14 960K/sec 962K/sec

So the 24x card, which is 6 time faster in theory, is only a bit over 10% faster in practice. This is what I mean about spending more for not much more. We usually recommend about 12x-18x because that is an average where the amount of gain from the faster card isn't in unison with the extra cost.

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Old Feb 10, 2004, 5:27 PM   #5
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Railfire, I would appreciate your reporting your experience back to us after you purchase the Lexar 512mb 12x speed card compared to the No speed rated Sandisk 512mb.

I also have a 300D with the 512mb Sandisk you mention and I would like to know if there is a noticeable difference between that one and a higher speed rated card.

Thanks in advance.
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Old Feb 10, 2004, 9:57 PM   #6
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BTW, I picked up a couple of these at Office Max.

They are $99, but they also have a $20 mail in rebate which makes it $79. Not bad for a 12x card.

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Old Feb 10, 2004, 11:28 PM   #7
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are you sure you didn't pick up the 256mb cards. I just went to the office max website and the $20 rebate is there but the $99 price isn't. However I only saw the 4x speed card advertised not the 12x so maybe it is a local sale.
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Old Feb 11, 2004, 2:35 PM   #8
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It IS the 512 MB CF card! I got mine today - Lexar 12x. And, there is a $20.00 mail-in rebate to boot on top of that!! The ad was in the store & also packed inside the Sunday Tupelo, MS newspaper. Don't know if anyone else is doing this sale or not - I can call/e-mail a friend in Birmingham, AL who is in the computer business to see if his area has it as well.
I will test it when we get some decent weather here! We have Flash flooding predicted tonite & rain ending Thursday. Waiting on Spring!!
Wish I could find a good rebate on a 1 GB CF card!
L8R,
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Default Sounds good, I will have to check out Office Max tomorrow.

THe only thing I can say about the standard Scandisk 512 (which I have) is that it is slow. THis has never been a problem until this weekend when I was photographing my son's Karate Match. THen I could not keep up him and had to wait several seconds for the buffer to dump to the card after taking the four shots. I would think a 12x would be a little better. At $99 you can't beat it, even online.

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Old Feb 11, 2004, 10:38 PM   #10
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Yes, they're 512mb. It's an in-store sale, so you might want to check it out there.

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are you sure you didn't pick up the 256mb cards. I just went to the office max website and the $20 rebate is there but the $99 price isn't. However I only saw the 4x speed card advertised not the 12x so maybe it is a local sale.
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