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Old 06-25-2006, 07:32 PM
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Hello,
Another general question. So I want to use the raw+jpeg mode during my holiday which means I will need more memory.

I am searching the net for 4 GO compact flash discs.

It seems that the best known is sandisk, but if I get like a "pixmania brand" disc, does that make a difference?
Whats the difference between a normal Disc and an extreme one?

Any advise would be appreciated.

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Old 06-25-2006, 08:15 PM
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Hi.
My advise to you is to buy a two or three different CF cards, that way if you get a problem (God forbid) you won't loose all your data.
Also when it comes to downloading you won't have to wait ages to download 300plus files in one go.
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ps any news with that problem with your camera?
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Old 06-25-2006, 09:20 PM
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Hi Karl
Thanks for the advise.
NO news, so far so good. I am out of warranty but I think it may be wise to have the camera checked before I leave. I have to find the Canon technician in Toulouse.
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Old 06-26-2006, 02:33 AM
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There are two potential differences: Performance, and build quality.

Performance, check to see whether the card is listed in the (excellent) resource at RobGalbraith - basically not all cards offer similar performance, so you may find you end up waiting longer after shooting a burst of shots, or that playback is slower, or on cameras with video that the video mode doesn't work properly.

Build quality is very hard to assess without actually looking inside the card (like this), but generally the major brands have a good reputation for a reason...

There is a certain logic to the "don't put all your shots on one card in case there's a problem" argument, but also remember the converse: You can't mislay the card if it's in the camera ;) Of course theft is still a concern.

In reality, if your images are important to you - back them up. Store the backups in different locations, and on different types of storage.

Also, a caveat on 4Gb cards - some of the cheapest are ultraminiature hard disks, "Microdrive" etc, I wouldn't recommend them. Why? Well, being mechanical rather than electronic they're much more susceptable to physical damage. In extreme cases ultra-mini hd's have been known to fail after just one 3cm drop onto a table... Also they usually take more power from the camera, resulting in shorter battery life.
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Old 06-26-2006, 10:29 AM
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Hello Adrian,
And thanks for the info.
So how do I know if a card is a microdrive or not?
So which are the main brands recomended. In Sandisk, there are ultra and extreme types of cards. What is the difference?

Finally, is there anything I can use to load the memorycard directly into a computer so that I dont have to download them with the cable which is time consuming?

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Old 06-26-2006, 02:25 PM
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Salut Daniel,
J'approuve le conseil qui t'a ete donne d'avoir plusieurs petites cartes plutot qu'une grande, en plus les 4GB coutent encore souvent plus cher que deux 2GB.
POur la vitesse, avoir une carte rapide sert surtout a ceux qui font de la rafale, donc de la photo sport. Par contre j'ai vu qq part que la vitesse d'ecriture du 350D ne justifie pas l'achat d'une carte extreme qui est plus chere. Perso j'ai une majorite de cartes normales (sandisk bleues).
Moi je les achete en Suisse ou elles sont moins cheres mais sur le net beaucoup de gens disent du bien de ce site:
http://www.shop4memory.com/
Jean-Yves
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Old 06-26-2006, 06:09 PM
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You can find out if it's flash card or microdrive just by the brand name.
Microdrives are produced by hard disk manufacturers - currently it's Hitachi and Seagate.
Almost every other brand will be real flash based card. If you buy Sandisk, Lexar, Kingston, Transcend you can be sure it's flash card.
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Old 06-29-2006, 01:41 AM
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I really don't know anything about Compact Flash cards but I do know what "extreme" means. A Compact Flash Extreme would mean that it is really fast not only on saving the pictures after taking them, but also fast downloading them to the computer. Extreme memory cards are usually more expensive though. Hope this helped.
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