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Compact Flash 256 ultra 2 OR NORMAL CARD? Which one?

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  1. matrixsc

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    Going to buy a compact flash card 256meg. Was looking at the scan disc ultra 2 card. But i'm wondering am i going to notice alot of difference by using this card rather than a normal run of the mill card?.
    Think i've read that the ultra 2 is 66x fast and 8 times fastre than most cards?

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    Most cameras won't use the extra speed at all. I have some PQI F1 cards for my Canon A80 but don't notice any real difference over a normal card. When you do see the difference is downloading to the PC through a card reader!
     
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    .....or when takeing a lot of shots in quick succession. If the camera runs out of internal memory because it is still trying to write to the card then you wont be able to take any more pics until it has finished. Obviously a faster card can be written to faster, subject to the specs of the camera.

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    Surprisingly I'm not sure that makes much difference, most low/mid range cameras can't use the full potential of a fast card so writing speed in this instance isn't improved and thus wouldn't help in that example.

    Of course this may be different for some cameras but on the ones I've tried I've never seen a marked improvement from using faster cards.
     
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    Thats why I did say 'subject to the specs of the camera'.
    I've got an old canon S30 and the faster cards do make a difference to that, but it was a higher end camera at the time. As you say the cheap £100 type cameras are very unlikely to speed up with the cards.

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    So theres a good chance i won't notice any big diffrence with a fast card on my pentax then. Or thats what i'm thinking after reading what you guys have posted. Is that right?


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    Ok thanks just another quick question been looking on ebay for cards. If i bought one in usa will it be ok on my camera. I mean it's theres no cards that are PAL are there?

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    Memory cards are universal - don't forget to add in any p+p and customs charges and post office handling charges when comparing prices.
     
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    Thanks mate Have just looked at the site you gave me just waiting for my password to come through my mail box.

    Thanks again.
     
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    Thanks for that Gary, although those are higher spec cameras being tested there.
     

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