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Old Nov 30, 2005, 9:25 AM   #1
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Hello all. I'm buying a Fuji S5200 as a gift for someone and I want to buy a 1 GB card to go with it. What I'm trying to figure out is if the camera's buffer and such can take advantage of a fast card or if I should just go with one of the cheapies. Any guidance on how to calculate this would be much appreciated.
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Old Nov 30, 2005, 6:20 PM   #2
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If I were you I'd simply buy the cheapest card I could find.

You can get a Kingston 1gb card for about $60.

Unless your shooting RAW format, or continous shooting frames per second, you'd hardly notice the wait time to write a singleJPEG to your card.

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That's cool. That's exactly what I did when I bought my Olympus C-7070 for myself. I have a semi-pro photographer friend who says that The Sandisk Ultra II cards are the only ones worth owning. Of course I think he's exaggerating a bit. He is on a 20D and does a lot of concert photography, so thge fast access times are applicable to him. I'm just wondering if there's a scientific way to determine if a given camera can benefit from a fast card.
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I think it comes down to the size of the image taken off the sensor and the camera buffer size.

Obviously if you have a 16mb buffer and your sensor data is 4mb's then you can store up to four photos while the buffer is writing to the card.

Very difficult to get that informatoin on a particular camera.

I have a Canon 20D and I use the Kingston cheapo cards.

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Thank you Terry.
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I need a new CF card and was looking at the mentioned kingston card. I'll be using it for my Canon 350D, do i need a faster card if i shoot RAW?


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I think it comes down to the size of the image taken off the sensor and the camera buffer size.

Obviously if you have a 16mb buffer and your sensor data is 4mb's then you can store up to four photos while the buffer is writing to the card.

Very difficult to get that informatoin on a particular camera.

I have a Canon 20D and I use the Kingston cheapo cards.

-- Terry
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Old Dec 6, 2005, 7:49 AM   #7
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Squadron,

If you actually find it's holding you up as you take pictures, you might consider it.

I find myself only occassionally waiting for the RAW images to write out to the buffer, and usually only if I shoot 2-3 shots continous shooting at 4 fps.

I currently have a 50x card. I haven't tried it with an 80 or a 100x card, but one would assume, if the manufacturer's specs have any bearing on reality, they would write faster.

But personally I don't think it's worth the extra money for the shooting I do.

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i got the kingston 1gb cf card and its working awesome :|
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Old Jan 21, 2006, 6:17 AM   #9
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Hi Terry!

Any usefully information on PQI brand CF cards? As Maybe I will receive as a gift one of this brand?

Thanks so much!

Cheers,

ALEX 007:|
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I havent heard of that brand.

Basically, if you can format the card, take a shot, then review it on the LCD, you should be good!


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