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Old Dec 15, 2004, 12:40 PM   #1
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When looking at Compact Flash media, is it worth it paying the extra $ for a Write Accelerated (WA) or fast card (e.g. Ultra II, Extreme, etc...)? Will the A200 take advantage of the faster writing speeds or should I simply settle for the basic 4x CF card?
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Old Dec 15, 2004, 2:09 PM   #2
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Do not settle for a 4X card.

Dave at imaging resource tried a slow card and the A2 cycle time went from 5.2 seconds to 33 seconds after the buffer was full. He used a Lexar 80X to get the 5.2 seconds and a Lexar 40X gave him 7.8 seconds. So the camera slowed from 80X to 40X. Don't get a 4X.

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I agree, although I've seen (somewhere) that Minolta doesn't support the Write Accelerated(WA) card format. Slipe is right about the 40X/80X cards.
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Old Dec 21, 2004, 2:58 PM   #4
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I can concur with Kalypso that Konica Minolta do not subscribe to the Write Acceleration scheme, while this may seem enough to not justify buying Lexar 40X or 80X, Slipe is right about the cycle times of the A2 with Lexar80X/40X, hereare the full test results.http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/A2/A2A7.HTM

Unfortunately, no test on the A200 yet, but should give you an indication. I have been using 40X because of the cost to performance difference, but am now about to buy a Lexar 80X as they seem to have stopped producing the 40X. It's amazing how the prices drop !! Six months ago my two 512mb 40x cost £80.00 and £65.00 just a couple of weeks apart, and tomorrow I will be picking up a 1gb 80X for £71.00 !!

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