memory cards : CF v Microdrive

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Walter Mitty, Aug 19, 2005.

  1. Walter Mitty

    Walter Mitty Guest

    Does anyone have any first hand experiences with CF & MD cards for a
    digital camera (D70 in this case).

    I can buy a 4Gig MD for the same price as a 2Gig CF card. I assume that
    there is a speed difference and probably reliability?

    Any real life stories appreciated.
    Walter Mitty, Aug 19, 2005
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    JME Guest

    I have had bad experience with micro drives..IF you jar them or drop them
    you can loose data..
    JME, Aug 19, 2005
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  3. From: "Walter Mitty" <>

    | Does anyone have any first hand experiences with CF & MD cards for a
    | digital camera (D70 in this case).
    | I can buy a 4Gig MD for the same price as a 2Gig CF card. I assume that
    | there is a speed difference and probably reliability?
    | Any real life stories appreciated.

    Get a CF Flash RAM card and not a micro-drive. They are litterally sub-minature hard disks
    and and are mecahnical devices subject to G-forces which can break them and kill data. They
    are much less reliable then purely electronic Flash RAM devices.
    David H. Lipman, Aug 19, 2005
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    Rob Novak Guest

    I've seen more people have microdrive failures at bad times.

    4GB of photos is a lot to lose. I'd get a larger number of smaller
    cards than put all of my eggs in a fragile, easily lose-able basket.

    Flash memory is definitely the more reliable of the two, but I've also
    had RAM cards go bad at very inopportune moments. I'd say buy the
    size memory card that'll hold about 100 photos in your chosen format
    (JPEG or RAW) and then buy enough of those to hold the contents of
    your average shoot. That way - you lose one, it dies, you have a
    dumbass attack and accidentally erase it, etc. you don't lose a whole
    day's work or a whole vacation's photos.
    Rob Novak, Aug 19, 2005
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    birdman Guest

    I think microdrive prices are dropping because they are being closed out as
    compact flash card prices drop and capacities increase. Compact flash is
    superior to microdrive in every way.
    Since changing to all digital (amateur only) I find myself taking many more
    exposures using bracketing or alternate views because the tyranny of film
    cost is eliminated. On extended trips it is most conventient to carry 1 to 2
    gb cf cards for use shooting raw with a D70. CF cards are even easier to
    lose track of then film. You can tell when a film cannister has been used
    since the take up leader is rolled in. But even if you try to keep them
    organized it is difficult to keep track of which cf cards are fully used,
    partly used, etc.
    birdman, Aug 19, 2005
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    Bruce Chang Guest

    Maybe I'm missing something but I have no problems keeping track of which
    cards are completely used or partly used. Part of that may be attributed to
    having different compact flash cards, size and make.

    If you ignore that part, I'm confused because I just put the card in my
    camera and it immediately tells me how many shots I have left on the card
    and if it didn't have that, it at least shows me how many pictures I have
    taken and I know roughly how many pictures can be stored per Gig. Does the
    D70 not have a picture count?

    I'm typically also aware of how much is left on my compact flash cards even
    weeks at a time when I don't get a chance to download my pictures to my
    computer. If I run out of space on one card, I'll know if I have another
    card with room on it even if it's already been used previously.
    Bruce Chang, Aug 19, 2005
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    Steve West Guest

    I have had problems with a microdrive failing - they are not as
    reliable as solid state devices, but also their performance is not
    very good compared to fast CF cards and depending on the type of
    photography you do this can make a difference.

    Yes - the D70 has great continuous shooting performance using the
    internal buffer but 'recovers' much faster after a burst of shots with
    a fast CF card - so if you photograph sports or moving objects this
    can be important.

    To conclude I bought a couple of 1 Gig Sandisk Ultra II cards and
    would not use anything else now you can shoot dozens of shots with
    almost no delay except when shooting RAW.
    Steve West, Aug 19, 2005
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    Kitt Guest

    I'll echo the sentiments of others. CF cards selected to suit your
    personal shooting habits are the way to go. I've discovered that I
    usually shoot no more than three hundred shots in a single outing as a
    rule, so a 1 gig CF card is just about right for me. I always move my
    shots to the hard drive at the end of the day, so keeping track of
    cards isn't that big a deal. Even the few times that I've had shots on
    more than one card, it's been pretty easy to keep everything straight
    just by assigning slots in my little card holder for 'used' and 'not
    used'. As someone else pointed out, I know as soon as I put a 1 gig
    card in my D70 where I stand because an empty one always shows 291
    shots remaining on my particular camera. If you're really concerned
    about the failure of even the CF cards, you may want to break that down
    to two or more smaller cards to minimize loss in case of failure. If
    you watch the sales and rebates, you can quickly get a pretty good
    collection of cards for pretty reasonable cost. Cards using sales and
    rebates are usually cheaper, they are more reliable and faster. You
    Kitt, Aug 21, 2005
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