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Old Jan 2, 2006, 12:20 AM   #1
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Just bought a 5D to replace my 7000 - need some advice on the compact flash. I am not a professional, and amateur is a stretch...

Would I really see a huge benefit going with a scandisk extreme CF card? I would like nothing smaller than a 1Gb and could get a Crucial Compact Flash around $50. Just looking for a good price on mid-performance memory...

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Old Jan 2, 2006, 6:52 AM   #2
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Sandisk Ultra II is perfect and Extreme is not worth of his price.
You can check some results of CF cards here.
http://www.dyxum.com/reviews/cfcard/index.asp
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Old Jan 2, 2006, 3:03 PM   #3
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Would I really see a huge benefit going with a scandisk extreme CF card?
The benefits you get from a faster card are:
- It's quicker for the camera to write picture data, so...
.... the time you have to wait between shots is shorter.
.... the camera can take more shots in a "burst" on continuous shooting
- Faster cards are a bit more economical, because it requires less time to store data on the card, so will require less from the battery.
- When you come to copy the pictures off the camera onto your computer, whether you use a reader or just link to the camera, it will be quicker.

I have a fast SD card in my current camera, and to me the benefits are small, but I think worthwhile. I like the fact that it takes a few minutes less to transfer 256Mb to my computer, and being able to shoot a couple of extra shots in a row on a DigiCam has been quite useful to me.

I wouldn't bother with anything faster than Sandisk Ultra II because you pay significantly more for a marginal increase in performance. I'd also look at online computer retailers rather than camera shops for your memory cards - I've seen memory card selling for almost 3x the cost in camera shops compared to online computer stores.

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http://www.anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.aspx?i=2654

This article may be of some help. I just ordered the Transcend 80X card for $58 + $5 shipping from Newegg.com for my new 5D based off their recommendation. It compares very well to the top stuff from Lexar and Sandisk for quite a bit less. They make a 2GB version as well for $125 which seems like a good deal.


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the ultra II will have no problems keeping up with your camera, so no need really getting the extreme III if you are going with sandisk..

as someone mentioned, there a few lower cost options as well.. kingston and transcend both make 1gb cards with fast write times for around $60 on newegg. i have never used the kingston, but hear good things about it. i have the transcend 80x 1gb as a backup to my lexar 80xpro 2gb card and really can't tell any difference between the two in speed.. so i would definately get another transcend without hesistation, esp at about 1/2 the price for the same 12mb/sec speed..
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Thanks for the informative post. I also like your new avatar.

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Old Jan 2, 2006, 8:49 PM   #7
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Great feedback - thanks everyone. The links were great too...I've trusted anandtech for years.

It's between the Scandisk and Transcend...Not familiar with Transcend, but the tests and prices are solid.

Thanks again!
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