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Old Jan 21, 2012, 6:53 PM   #1
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Default Canon 50D - which CF card?

My current camera is a 500D but I've been given a 50D from someone who's upgrading to a 5D (something or other).

Until now, all my digital cameras (previous P & S plus my present dSLR) have used SD cards but I find that the 50D uses a different type of card, with which I'm not at all familiar. I generally buy San Disk but it's not the brand which I'm concerned about, but the 'quality' or the speed of the card which I need to buy. These cards seem to be more expensive than SD cards, so I don't want to buy the wrong sort. Should I get Ultra? Extreme? Extreme Pro?

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The 50D should work well with "Extreme". You can probably get away with "Ultra" if you don't shoot continuous, video, or RAW.
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The 50D should work well with "Extreme". You can probably get away with "Ultra" if you don't shoot continuous, video, or RAW.
I haven't investigated the camera properly (only had it a couple of days) but I don't think it shoots video. I've never shot RAW (something else, among the myriad other things I have to learn about) but I do shoot continuous sometimes.

Extreme sounds like it might be OK for me. If I were to start shooting RAW, should I get something better than Extreme?

Thank you and sorry for all these newbie questions.
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Old Jan 22, 2012, 5:36 AM   #4
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My current camera is a 500D but I've been given a 50D from someone who's upgrading to a 5D (something or other).
I'm in the same situation. I have a 500D and I have just bought a used
50D.

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These cards seem to be more expensive than SD cards, so I don't want to buy the wrong sort. Should I get Ultra? Extreme? Extreme Pro?
The 50D has a buffer which is big and fast enough to take bursts
of 60-90 shots in JPEG and 16 shots in RAW. I don't think you will
see a big advantage from having a very fast CF card. I have a
Sandisk Ultra 8GB in mine. I don't do any long burst shooting,
so I have never reached the limits of it's performance.
http://www.sandisk.com/products/imag...-compact-flash
Faster UDMA cards will give slightly better performance, but you will
only see the advantage if you take long bursts in RAW or RAW+JPEG.


The 50D doesn't have a video recording feature. The image
sensor and the DIGIC 4 processor are capable of shooting
full HD video. Hacked firmware like Magic Lantern will allow
you to shoot video with the 50D. Your movies will be silent
because the 50D doesn't have a microphone.

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you could try a sd to cf converter
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If I were to start shooting RAW, should I get something better than Extreme?
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Faster UDMA cards will give slightly better performance, but you will only see the advantage if you take long bursts in RAW or RAW+JPEG.
I agree.

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you could try a sd to cf converter
That's an option, but we don't know how fast the SD cards are. If junipa's SD cards are relatively old and slow, then, while an SD to CF converter might be expeditious, it could put a cramp in the 50D's performance.
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The 50D doesn't have a video recording feature. The image
sensor and the DIGIC 4 processor are capable of shooting
full HD video. Hacked firmware like Magic Lantern will allow
you to shoot video with the 50D. Your movies will be silent
because the 50D doesn't have a microphone.
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