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Dilemma On Flash Cards
Old 01-20-2005, 06:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been using IBMs Micro Drive Cards in my Nikon D1X. I am very disappointed with them. The reason is, is because if I shoot say 5 consecutive pictures some of them end up looking like they are doubled exposed.
Well, anyway my dilemma is I can't decide whether I want to go with 1-1GB Lexar 80-x flash card or do I want to go with 2-512 Lexar 80-x flash cards.
Can anyone help me decide which way to go?
Thanks for your help.
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Re: Dilemma On Flash Cards
Old 01-20-2005, 06:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i ain't 100% convinced your problem is the flash card. could be the camera. but that aside, i use sandisk and have been--for the most part--happy with them. i did have one that got corrupted after about a year and a lot of images, but they're warranted for 5 years so i simply exhanged it.
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Old 01-20-2005, 06:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd suggest the 2 - 512's , the simple reason for me would be, its better to have a backup if needed.


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I suggest 512's. They are on sale a lot and you don't loose as much if lost or failure. I also think they are more manageable to work with in PhotoShop and they fit on a 700MB CD just fine. -Jim



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Re: Dilemma On Flash Cards
Old 01-20-2005, 09:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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N ot to mention that if you accidentally lose one of the 512 MB cards on a shoot (drop, step on, cat steals it, etc.) then you're not completely out of the running.

Besides, down here, I can almost buy three 512 MBcards for what I'd pay for a 1 GB card, at least at my local Sam's Club.
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Old 01-20-2005, 10:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The larger cards bog down your camera too much as they get filled. Takes too long to get shot recovery. That's the reason I'd recommend the 512's. I'd have to agree with JimmyD, the XXposures are probably your camera, not your flash cards, unless the card itself has gotten wet, been corrupted, or used a lot. Another thing I've discovered, no matter how good, and no matter how well you take care of them. If you use them a lot, they'll wear out. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
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Re: Dilemma On Flash Cards
Old 01-21-2005, 12:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I've been using Lexar Pro 512MB & 1GB 40x cards for quite a while now with no problems at all. I shoot with a D100 and used them with the S2 before I sold it to buy the D100..

An advantage to using 512MB cards is that one card roughly equals one CD when you're making backups.. A disadvantage of 512MB cards is you have to swap cards twice as often, which isn't a real issue for the most part unless your shooting sports.

In my experience with the D100, the 1GB cards work fine.. I shoot until I fill the cards up, most of the time with RAW files.

Some feel that going with 1GB cards is putting all of your eggs in one basket and that there is a greater risk of losing all of your images.. I don't know that I've actually met anyone that has ever had this happen to them because of a problem with the card..

Something else to think about, when you shot film did you buy the cheapest you could find and expect great results? Why go for the cheapest flash cards? To lower the price past a certain point something has to give. Many times it's quality that gets the axe...


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Re: Dilemma On Flash Cards
Old 01-21-2005, 02:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Using 512mb cards may have been a good deal in the last generation of Digital SLRs, but they are not very usable for the later 8 mega pixel and above DSLRs. The reason is simple, if you shoot RAW, and more and more people are doing that, then you can get 50 or so shots on a 512mb card. So if you're on a model shoot and you shoot 300 to 500 shots which is not unusal, then you may need 6 to 10 of the 512mb cards. It is very easy to start losing 1 or more of that many cards. I makes much more sense to buy the 1gig and 2 gig cards. I have been seeing the 1 gig cards for $75 and the 2 gig for $125, and typically the 512mb are selling for $45-$50. Add it up, the 1 and 2 gig cards are less expensive.
By the way, I tested my 1 gig microdrive on the Canon 20D and shot a burst of 20 shots at 5 shots a second. Everyone of them was recorded to the microdrive perfectly. I've had the drive for 3 years and never one problem. I also use the SanDisk 1 gig cards which I picked up at about $75 each.

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you should check out this site to look and see which write the fastest for your camera.

http://www.robgalbraith.com

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