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Old Jul 13, 2004, 1:05 PM   #1
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Anybody know about Lexar 80x Compact Flash availability?


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Old Jul 13, 2004, 2:07 PM   #2
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Well, a quick look at www.bhphoto.com shows that they have them in stock:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=321879&is=REG

1G 80x WA CF card is $ 239.95

So I'd say they are available.

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Old Jul 14, 2004, 11:15 AM   #3
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Yes, they are available!

I can buy Lexar 80x 512MB Compact Flash Card for $229.99 CND in Toronto (HENRY'S).

Lexar 80x 8GB Compact Flash Card is also available but for $6,499.99 CND...


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Old Jul 14, 2004, 9:26 PM   #4
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I was about to buy Lexar 80x 512MB CF as I was discouraged by sales person ...

He told me that my NIKON 5700 will not benefit from Lexar 80x card..?

Can anybody confirm that camera itself is a bottleneck?

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Old Jul 14, 2004, 10:56 PM   #5
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Yes, the sales person is right (Wow, an honest sales person, go back to them! Protect them! Keep them employed!)

The 5700 can't write fast enough to take advantage of that card. It might be slightly faster than say a 12x or 18x card, but the speed improvement won't justify the more than double the cost.

In fact, not many camers in existance can really take advantage of that speed.

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Old Jul 15, 2004, 5:36 AM   #6
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In fact, not many camers in existance can really take advantage of that speed.
May be other manufacturers should follow the Kodak's trend as new cards are constantly being introduced after a camera is designed!

This camera actually optimizes its write cycle to match any cards: http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/mul...?cid=6007-6817

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Maybe its just that I'm tired, but I don't see it saying that it alters the way it writes data to take advantage of different cards (unless I'm missunderstanding what your saying.) That it has a write test is interesting, and I find it funny that its very different from what Rob G. got (although the better-worse order seems to still line up.)

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This is also a benefit when you plug the card into a card reader into your computer, you can download them easier and faster. Expect for something that took 2 minutes on a 24x to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute on a 80x
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Maybe its just that I'm tired, but I don't see it saying that it alters the way it writes data to take advantage of different cards (unless I'm missunderstanding what your saying.) That it has a write test is interesting, and I find it funny that its very different from what Rob G. got (although the better-worse order seems to still line up.)
Check the 4G microdrives that was just released, most cameras do not recognize them and relegate theses to a default write cycles of dead last! Even slower than their older IBM 1G microdrive cousin in some cases; However all Kodak cameras detect them corectly and run theses even faster that the 40x cards... No surprise here since the older Kodak offerings used to have PCMCIA/PC-card as flash


BTW the x-factor is for write cycles, even slow flash reads are plenty fast -> Download time should not be affected that much since theses are read operations. If a manufacturer advertise read cycle they are fooling everyone! :-)
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