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Old Jul 24, 2003, 11:32 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I have just purchased a Canon A70 and want to buy a 512MB CF card... Having traweled through the forum's and the internet, I have concluded the following:

1. There are too many different brands to choose from.
2. The better brands are SanDisk, Lexar and I think RiData...?
3. That the only way to make an informed decision, is to post a question such as this one in a forum and see what respones come back :lol:

Now, I know that there are faster cards from most, if not all of the manufacturers, but from what I have read (in my case, having an A70), I am only going to benefit from such card when using a CF reader, as per the article (on here) that rates the different cards, but using a SLR style camera. (maybe someone could do a review of the cards using a compact digital camera for plebs

I believe in the saying "You get what you pay for !" and therefore I do not want to waste money on an inferior product... So any advice on this topic would be greatly appreciated.

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Old Jul 25, 2003, 6:58 AM   #2
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I am using a SandiskUltra and a Kingston CF card for my CANON 10D. The camera interface (8x speed) is slower then a cheap CF card.

When reading, my cheap Kingston card is faster then the more expensive SandiskUltra!

Using a XdriveII/40 gb I do not need new CF cards, but if I would buy one, I would buy the cheapest 512 mb CF.

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The average camera doesn't benefit from a card faster than... about 8x or 12x. You really won't see much of a speed improvement even in the card reader. All CF cards read really fast (well, thats probably not true, but if you got a reasonable brand 8 or 12x, it will be plenty fast when read.)

You should also add transcend to that list of reasonable brands.

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Old Jul 25, 2003, 8:51 PM   #4
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Thanx for your responses...

How is the brand Ridata ?
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Old Jul 25, 2003, 9:45 PM   #5
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I was doing some reseach on cf card and prices, and I found a real shocker. I checked crucial.com ( ya know the 'puter memory guys).
115.99 for a 512mb CF card and shipping is free if the order is over 35 bucks
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I found a real shocker. I checked crucial.com ( ya know the 'puter memory guys). 115.99 for a 512mb CF card and shipping is free...
CF card is priced by speed... thoses price are nothing out of the ordinary if they are only run of the mill speed:

(ie $108.00 - $25 rebate = $83.00, Also free shipping)
http://www.ecost.com/ecost/shop/show...=digital_media
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I've heard decent things about Ridata.

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Old Jul 26, 2003, 3:28 AM   #8
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That the only way to make an informed decision, is to post a question such as this one in a forum and see what respones come back
One way to compare cards, asuming they all work when you first get them, is to monitor the bad block count over time as you use them by regularly doing a low level format. It's rather like the BIOS HDD utilities that do a similar thing and warn you when the errors increase and the drive is about to crash!

Unfortunately, you won't find card manufacturers telling you much about this or find utilities that will reveal the info.
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One way to compare cards, asuming they all work when you first get them, is to monitor the bad block count over time as you use them by regularly doing a low level format. It's rather like the BIOS HDD utilities that do a similar thing and warn you when the errors increase and the drive is about to crash!

Unfortunately, you won't find card manufacturers telling you much about this or find utilities that will reveal the info.
That's right thoses cells do wear out and even die from infant birth, just like the CCD (guaranteed) defects that get mapped out during manufacturing! This is the digital world folks... & mass market cheaper and cheaper electronics. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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