Confused over CompactFlash card...

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  1. majorstare

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    Want to try out CompactFlash cards due to problems with XD cards.

    Camera is Fuji S9600 and Fuji recommend a FujiFilm 1GB x100 Card.

    Looking on Amazon/e-Bay etc, there are loads of different brands... Kingston, SanDisk, Fuji.

    Any recomendations or brands to avoid as costs vary considerably:confused:
     
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    You can't go wrong with Sandisk Ultra II, or the Extreme III.

    I have 2GB CF Ultra II for my point & shoot & SD Extreme III for DSLR. Got them from PicStop.
     
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    i always stick to sandisk. i'm sure ones like fuji and lexar are good as well
     
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    It's worth buying reputable brands from reputable suppliers. I personally use Sandisk Ultra II and get them from 7dayshop.com. Used to use Crucial cards but they haven't been listing CF cards lately. With memory prices reasonable these days it isn't worth risking precious pictures on questionable cards.
     
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    Again, i would recommend sandisk and either the ultra 2 or extreme 3. Can't really go wrong with them, and you get either a 5 or 10 year guarantee with them aswell.
     
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    Yep,

    Use both Sandisk, Ultra II ane Extreme III.

    Can't fault them at all.

    Plus I got a snazzy little keychain / card holder with the Extreme III!
     
  8. majorstare

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    Cheers guys.

    The difference between the Sandisk Ultra II and Extreme III is just the write speed?

    FUJI recommend 1GB x100 write speed, i cannot find if the Scandisk writes at this speed !?:confused::rolleyes:
     
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    From Fujifilm Website:

    The 100x CompactFlash™ card is designed for the professional who can't afford to wait for their card to catch up with them. With a write speed of 15MB/sec and available sizes of up to 4GB, the 100x CompactFlash™ card is ideal for any working professional. Includes a lifetime limited guarantee.

    From Sandisk site:

    Ultra 2


    Advanced Features:

    * Minimum of 10MB/second** sequential read speed for ultra-fast image viewing and data transfer
    * Minimum 9MB/second** sequential write speed lets you capture large image files faster
    * Backed by a lifetime limited warranty***
    * Low power consumption for longer battery life


    Extreme III


    Advanced Features:

    * Designed to meet the critical speed and performance needs of serious professional photographers—lets you quickly capture, view, upload and transfer large image files
    * Ideal for demanding photo shoots under severe weather conditions—heat, cold, wind, rain, snow, etc.
    * Built to perform in the most extreme environments and temperatures—from
    -13º F to 185º F
    -25º C to 85º C
    * Min 20MB/second** sequential read and write
    * Durable, reliable and thoroughly tested—temperature tested (heat and cold); shock and vibration tested (industrial-grade RTV included for CompactFlash)
    * Data recovery software—ensures your photos will always be there (even if you delete them accidentally)
    * Dedicated, priority technical support hotline for direct customers of SanDisk Extreme products
    * Included travel case keeps your memory cards organized
    * Lifetime limited warranty***


    Check the read/write speed of your camera as getting a card that is significantly faster than the camera is overkill (unless you will use the card for other applications)
    So you pays your money you make your choice :)
     
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    You have to check prices for the sizes, type and make you are going to buy. One card can be good value on one site and appalling on another but a different size or type can see the situation reversed. Definitely worth researching what you want as the prices can vary widely.

    Some real life tests are at http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=6007. These seem to indicate that with current equipment the ExtremeIII cards may not be worth the extra, unless of course someone is doing them on special offer.
     
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    Cheers everyone, i'll do some research and make a purchase soon :smashin:
     
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    It hasnt been updated in a while though.
    With the Fujifilm 9600 it may not matter. And certainly not on the Canon 350D

    On Say a Canon 30D it certainly does especially with RAW and shooting at 5fps
    Conversely the difference between the Extreme IV and III is less than the Ultra II and Extreme III on the same camera
    The 400D with its 10Mp files may show some difference too
    With all the read speed to PC via card reader is much easier to demonstrate especially given that a 2Gb Extreme III now costs nearer £15 than £20.My first one cost £80:eek:!
     
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    Well spotted. To decide what speed of card anyone requires depends on what sort of shooting they do. If you want to use the camera in burst mode then card write speed could be more important than if you only use one shot mode. I assume it's quite difficult to estimate what speed is required as you also have to take into account the size and speed of the cameras internal buffer?

    Horses for courses of course and, as you say, if you can find the faster cards for not much more than why not.
     

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