High speed vs normal CF memory cards

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Sheldon, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    Has anybody noticed a difference between the new high-speed Compact Flash
    cards vs. the "normal" ones? Are they worth the extra bucks?

    I have a Nikon D70, if that makes a difference.

    Thanks,

    Sheldon
     
    Sheldon, Feb 3, 2005
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  2. Sheldon

    Ron Lacey Guest

    On my 40X Lexar cards the camera write time is noticably shorter than
    on my older cards freeing up the buffer and making the LCD preview
    available quicker. When shooting continuous mode RAW fromat the
    buffer clears faster and sine these days there isn't that much of a
    premium on high speed cards I'd say yes they are worth it. If you
    shoot JPG only in one of the latest SLRs maybe not so much.

    Ron


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    Ron Lacey, Feb 3, 2005
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  3. Sheldon

    Proconsul Guest

    They are, IMO, worth the extra cost and in my experience are much faster
    recording pix which cuts down the time between shots substantially....

    All cameras should benefit, IMO, from using faster cards...

    PC
     
    Proconsul, Feb 3, 2005
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  4. Sheldon

    Stacey Guest

    And if you have a firewire or USB 2.0 reader, shouldn't they also download
    faster?
     
    Stacey, Feb 3, 2005
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    Ed Ruf Guest

    Ed Ruf, Feb 3, 2005
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  6. Sheldon

    Ed Ruf Guest

    Not sure if this is true for all dslrs, but definitely not true of all
    cameras. For example my Nikon 5700 takes 20-22 sec to save to NEF,
    regardless of whether a Lexar 8x or 40xWA card is used. The card in not
    always the limiting component.
     
    Ed Ruf, Feb 3, 2005
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  7. Sheldon

    Alan Browne Guest

    Apparently the D70 and 7D both suffer from a 2.0 interface that runs at 1.1
    speeds...so a faster card won't help. Canon 20D behaves properly. Hopefully
    both Nikon and K-M can fix this in a firmware upgrade.
     
    Alan Browne, Feb 3, 2005
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  8. They certainly /can/ benefit if you put the cards in a faster reader.
    Direct camera connections, though, may indeed be limited by the camera.

    Cheers,
    David
     
    David J Taylor, Feb 3, 2005
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  9. Yes but you can use a SanDisk USB v2.0 Memory card Reader (or similar vendor) and you will
    see the full benefit of the CF's speed. I use the SanDisk 6 -in- 1 USB v2.0 Card Reader and
    SanDisk 1GB UltraII 60x speed cards.

    --
    Dave




    | Stacey wrote:
    | > And if you have a firewire or USB 2.0 reader, shouldn't they also download
    | > faster?
    |
    | Apparently the D70 and 7D both suffer from a 2.0 interface that runs at 1.1
    | speeds...so a faster card won't help. Canon 20D behaves properly. Hopefully
    | both Nikon and K-M can fix this in a firmware upgrade.
    |
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    David H. Lipman, Feb 3, 2005
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  10. Sheldon

    Alan Browne Guest

    I was speaking in terms of camera-to-computer. I didn't read the other post
    carefully enough...
     
    Alan Browne, Feb 3, 2005
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  11. Sheldon

    Alan Browne Guest

    I replied out of context, didn't realize it was card readers at issue.
     
    Alan Browne, Feb 3, 2005
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  12. That's alright. It still adds to the totality of the thread.

    --
    Dave




    | David H. Lipman wrote:
    |
    | > Yes but you can use a SanDisk USB v2.0 Memory card Reader (or similar vendor) and you
    will
    | > see the full benefit of the CF's speed. I use the SanDisk 6 -in- 1 USB v2.0 Card Reader
    and
    | > SanDisk 1GB UltraII 60x speed cards.
    | >
    |
    | I replied out of context, didn't realize it was card readers at issue.
    |
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    | -- e-meil: there's no such thing as a FreeLunch.
     
    David H. Lipman, Feb 3, 2005
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    Mac Tabak Guest

    I use an 80x 1GB Lexar & she flies!!!!! Writes a raw file from the canon 20D
    in 1.3 seconds!!!!!
     
    Mac Tabak, Feb 4, 2005
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  14. Sheldon

    Owamanga Guest

    When photographing stuff:

    ONLY if you are shooting more than 4 (NEF) frames in sequence, or
    about 7 JPEGs. Up until that point, the D70's high-speed buffer will
    hold the images and write them to the card at whatever speed the card
    will work at.

    When downloading images:
    Possibly, if using a high-speed capable card reader. (The D70's USB
    port runs at the slow 1.1 speed) Does this matter that much? No.

    I use 80x stuff, wasn't too expensive and have found myself shooting
    sequences longer than 4 shots on several occasions.
     
    Owamanga, Feb 4, 2005
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  15. What did you pay for the 1GB card ?

    --
    Dave




    |
    | | > Has anybody noticed a difference between the new high-speed Compact Flash
    | > cards vs. the "normal" ones? Are they worth the extra bucks?
    | >
    | > I have a Nikon D70, if that makes a difference.
    | >
    | > Thanks,
    | >
    | > Sheldon
    | >
    |
    | I use an 80x 1GB Lexar & she flies!!!!! Writes a raw file from the canon 20D
    | in 1.3 seconds!!!!!
    |
    |
     
    David H. Lipman, Feb 4, 2005
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  16. Sheldon

    Frank ess Guest

    Last week I got one (Lexar 80x 1.0GB) from Costco.com for $99 - $20
    rebate = $79. Rebate ended yesterday, I think. I've seen them at $89
    pretty consistently at majors like Adorama.
     
    Frank ess, Feb 4, 2005
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  17. Sweet deal !

    --
    Dave




    | David H. Lipman wrote:
    | > What did you pay for the 1GB card ?
    | >
    | >
    |
    | Last week I got one (Lexar 80x 1.0GB) from Costco.com for $99 - $20
    | rebate = $79. Rebate ended yesterday, I think. I've seen them at $89
    | pretty consistently at majors like Adorama.
    |
    |
    | --
    | Frank ess
     
    David H. Lipman, Feb 4, 2005
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