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Old Sep 15, 2002, 3:20 PM   #1
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Default 4500- fastest card?

I am my handle so I'm looking for the quickest bang for the buck in CF cards. Before you re-direct me here I've found there can be significant differences based on camera as my 990 hated the Kingston 256 and the 995 in the review loved it (I even tried two different cards).

So I'm looking for folks with a few cards and a 4500 to give me their results.

Perhaps the best thing would be to list time from full press (from half press to get focus lock out of the way) for a full sized FINE .jpg image.

I've seen a report of 2.5 seconds for the Viking 256.

I have a Lexar 10x 160MB card that gives me about four seconds from button depress to the 'writing to card' image to go away.
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Old Sep 15, 2002, 3:28 PM   #2
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i own a D7i. i usually shoot RAW which averages about 9MB per image. i use 3 brands of cards
ridata 512MB- avg 9sec
delkin 256MB- avg 9.5-10sec
sandisk ultra 256- avg 12-16sec per card.

if your shooting jpg there will be differences due to these factors
1- the card itself . the controller
2- your cameras buffer size
3- your cameras processor priorities in the firmware and the bus setup
in jpg it compresses and is then sent along the pipeline. this will vary due to 3.
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Old Sep 17, 2002, 8:44 AM   #3
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CP4500, jpg fine setting, using a SanDisk Ultra 128mb Card takes 12 seconds.

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Old Sep 20, 2002, 7:19 PM   #4
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***CP4500, jpg fine setting, using a Viking 256mb Card takes 9 seconds

(card bought in mid July 02)





*****same CP4500, jpg fine setting, using another Viking 256mb Card takes 5 seconds

(card bought beg. August 02)

Isn't that funny? Viking says both should be identical, except the production date. They offered that I may return the one bought in July.
I am happy the other one is so fast.
I will probably accept their offer, they have 5 year warranty i believe.

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Old Sep 21, 2002, 4:10 PM   #5
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***CP4500, jpg fine setting, using a Viking 256mb Card takes 9 seconds
(card bought in mid July 02)

*****same CP4500, jpg fine setting, using another Viking 256mb Card takes 5 seconds
(card bought beg. August 02)
Interesting.

Did you take the same photo (same subject, same zoom, same distance away)?

Also, can you post the numbers on your CF cards? I just got a Viking and my 4500 stubbornly refuses to recognize the card no matter what I do.
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Old Sep 21, 2002, 7:33 PM   #6
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I have a 4500 with a 256 Viking as well, but I didn't time it. Are you all using highest res, fine, jpeg?

I'll time a shot with flash and see how long this card takes.

Are you starting from pressing the shutter or when the green record light pops up?
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Old Sep 21, 2002, 7:44 PM   #7
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At the highest res, in manual mode, using red eye reduction flash, on the fine jpeg setting, it took 5 seconds from the shutter press with a prior focus lock to the green write sign disappearing.

Same situation, but with the quality setting on high it took 23 seconds for the process to finish in the tiff format. Ouch.
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Old Sep 22, 2002, 8:33 PM   #8
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***CP4500, jpg fine setting, using a Viking 256mb Card takes 9 seconds
(card bought in mid July 02)

*****same CP4500, jpg fine setting, using another Viking 256mb Card takes 5 seconds
(card bought beg. August 02)
Interesting.

Did you take the same photo (same subject, same zoom, same distance away)?

Also, can you post the numbers on your CF cards? I just got a Viking and my 4500 stubbornly refuses to recognize the card no matter what I do.
Same phote, smae subject, same zoom,
same resolution, same quality, each time flash off.

As for the no. of pictures on the card,
I know what you mean and it is a very good question (the same way full harddisks get slower when they are full).
But nope, all my tests have been done with cards deleted by the camera and then added one photo to prepare the test and the second picture got timed ( I didn't want to have the influence of the Nikon folders being created).
So the answer is: 2 ! The test picture was always the 2nd one.

What's the size of your CF card that got rejected by the 4500, is it also one of the 256 MB cards?

Have fun!
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Old Sep 23, 2002, 2:06 AM   #9
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What's the size of your CF card that got rejected by the 4500, is it also one of the 256 MB cards?
Yep, 256. Got in on the Amazon deal for them ($70 after rebate). I have a ticket opened with Viking and I might send it back. The card reads in my card reader just fine and I can format it from my computer and copy stuff onto it, but the 4500 refuses to use it or let me format it.
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As for the no. of pictures on the card,
I know what you mean...
Sorry, I wasn't clear, so I don't think you know what I mean.



I meant the number printed on the side of the CF card. Mine reads:

THNCF256MMA (T00AB) JAPAN 0230KK

I also have a small white sticker next to the serial number that reads:
910TS256CF

Are your two cards identical in regards to these numbers?

Good point about the number of pictures on the card though. I hadn't thought of that, but I think you're right about a possible slow down for the last few images.
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