which memory card for 20D?

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  1. kwijibo

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    As the title says. I have just ordered my Canon 20D and want a 512MB card for it. Which is the best type to get the best from the speed of this camera?
     
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    I use Sandisk standard in my 300D, just got a Ultra II, but no differance in camera write speed on the 300D...maybe better in your 20D.
    It does write to the PC quicker though
     
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    I'd grab a Sandisk Ultra II. For the few pounds more, you get a faster card adn lifetime warrenty, well worth it imo. Especially if you'll be taking alot of important shots.
     
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    Another thumbs up for the Extreme II here, but i would seriously consider higher capacities if you're going to start thinking about shooting RAW instead of JPeg
     
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    when i get my new camera im gonna probably be shooting raw, as such what kind of size do you recommend? i was looking at 1-2gb in size for cards
     
  6. Johndm

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    Big cards may be convenient, but if it fails or you lose it................. :eek:
    512 and 256's are much cheaper, and you can change a card in seconds.
     
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    thats true, how does the write speed of the smaller cards compare with that or the higher capacity type 2 cards?
     
  8. Johndm

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    Lets not get confused here.......Type 2 cards are not the same as the Ultra type II cards...which are type 1.......I think :suicide:

    have a read here... http://www.compactflash.org/faqs/faq.htm
     
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    ah!!!! talk about confusing things! ok i should have phrased my question slightly different!
    :thumbsup:

    hmmm, its all so confusing!, i got stung with my last camera, it only supported XD cards which as far as i could see, were expensive and the benefits didnt really seem to materialise) plus the closed market between fuji and olympus seemed to equate to very very expensive media!!! when i was looking at media last a 128mb card cost me £40, :suicide:
     
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    If you lose your card whilst in camera, you also lose £1500 of camera and lens........

    And i disagree on price too, it's actually getting to a point now where a 1Gb is about £60inc P&P, and 512mb is about £35 in P&P, so it's cheaper to buy big :smashin: The raw files from the Canon are about 9mb i think, there is no way i would even think about changing the card so often, i figure the more you change it the greater the chance of losing a card etc etc...

    I also think cards are so reliable now, that if one fails, you were destined to lose your pictures in one way or another anyway. Personally speaking, i use a 4Gb microdrive in my camera, which is supposed to be "pretty dodgy" reliability wise, and i have taken over 10,000 shots with no problems. If i was shooting for a living of course, i would use the Canon mk2 and shoot to SD and CF at the same time! (well i can dream can't i?)
     
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    It will only write to one or the other, not both at the same time.....dream on... :laugh: :laugh:
     
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    :oops: i think the card would be the least of your worries, unless of course the card contained pictures of david beckham in a compromising position with a farm yard animal, in that case the value of the photo would far outway most things! :laugh:
     
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    ...and you'll be changing them every 5 minutes if you shoot raw!


    I'd recommend using at least a 1gb card. If you're confident buying from the US off ebay the you can pick up a 1gb Sandisk Ultra II for under 50quid and a 2gb for under a hundred - even adding a tenner or so postage on top you still have a bargain.

    If you'd prefer to source one from the UK then places like http://www.photo-scotland.co.uk and http://www.emartbuy.com are pretty good value.
     
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    Just a quote from a professional photog.................

    Hello all, I have recently purchased a 20D (Highly recommend!) and I shoot weddings with my range of CF cards. However, with my "Lexar 1GB 40x High-Speed" CF there was an error right in the middle of shooting: "Error CF" and "Error 02." I quickly exchanged to another backup card.
    Back at the office I looked in the manual, yes, but when I connected the card reader to the computer all the images were gone.

    Too many eggs in one basket with bigger cards????
     
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    I shot RAW and have a couple of 1GB and single 512K Lexar80X, i normally have a laptop too, so transfer files on the fly if required
     
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    I have the option to shoot both SD and CF at the same time and also swap between the two. I have a 1GB CF card and a 512 SD card which works fine for me.

    Having said that I used to have a 256GB card and use my ipod with an card reader to transfer the files if I ran out of space.
     
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    I've been looking at the X'S-DRIVE II VP2060 for the same idea, anyone tried one of these?
     
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    I read a magazine review a while back and it was praised for the price and functionaliy but slated for the lacking a screen. There was also a review of the Smartdisk flashtrax which was rated much better despite the higher price - 7dayshop are knocking them out at £249 for 20gb and £299 for 40gb.
     
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    I have the 40gb version, and it's OK. It's just that, though. It does work and the battery runs out fairly fast, though it'll see you through a days shooting. As mentioned, there's no screen, and it's apparently a little prone to messing up transfers if theres excessive shaking happening (I've not had a problem with this btw). It's also a little cheaply built, but then it was a lot cheaper than other similar products. Not bad, really.
     
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    Get the San Disk U ltra II 1Gb ~ £60 on ebay. SOME VERY good dealers on ebay. Look for GOOD feedback. Most of the bigger players have 1000+ replies with 99.9% positive. The 0.1% from the bottom of the barrel of ebay.

    The 300D or the 10D weren't fast enough to fully take advantage of the fastest CF but the 20D will.

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