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Old 02-17-2005, 10:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My first post. I am about to go digital with a Canon 20D. For those using it, what recommendations do you have on compact flash cards -- brand and type I or type II? What is the difference between type I and II? Thanks.
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Old 02-17-2005, 10:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The difference between Type I and Type II is the thickness. A Microdrive, for example, is a Type II form factor. Most (all I think?) regular CF cards are Type I form factor.

As far as brands -- most of the major brands are pretty good and you should be able to find them on sale somewhere. Check Amazon -- you'd be surprised what you find and there's often some kind of rebate involved. I use Sandisk. I've had very good luck with them.

The biggest question you have is what size? I use 4 x 512MB cards. I shoot fine JPEG and get 104 images per card. My orignial digital came with a 1GB IBM Microdrive. Mine's working well, but I only use it as a backup. I think most people would tell you DO NOT buy a microdrive. When they first came out they were significantly cheaper than CF Cards and bigger than a CF card could be. That's not true any more. Microdrives have reliability issues (there are moving parts in there) and they are subject to damage if mishandled.

Plan out what you're going to shoot and mow much storage you might need. We had a thread a while back on this forum, and I think most people opted for a large number of smaller cards rather than a small number of larger cards. The thought was that if you "lose" a card (accident, error, whatever) then you don't lose the entire shoot if you have three or four cards. And smaller cards are cheaper. I just bought a Sandisk 512 for $31 (with rebate) -- I think a 2GB CF card is more than $120.

Look in your 20D manual -- there should be a chart of how many images you get on a certain size card depending on the options you pick.

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The kind of thing that fills up MY cards....
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Re: Compact Flash Cards
Old 02-17-2005, 10:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Rod,
I have four Lexar Pro 40x (write-speed) 1GB and love them! Never had a problem and I don't 'baby' them either.
Good Luck!
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Old 02-17-2005, 11:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Realisticly speaking, with a Canon 20D, you should probably be looking a several 1GB cards. You can get some very good deals on them right now (less than $100 each). If you shoot RAW, which gives you the most flexibility, then you are looking at about 100 shot per 1GB card. So multiply by the most shots you will take in a session without having some means to download the cards, and that would be the number of cards to get. I use both the original IBM Microdrive and several Sandisk cards with my 20D. I've never had any problem with any of them. Also get a couple of extra batteries. They can be had for about $12 each for OEMs and they are more powerful than the Canon battery.
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Old 02-17-2005, 11:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm reading Kevin Ames book on Photographing Women and he suggest getting 512 cards because that amount of data fits comfortably on a CD. Since he goes straight from card to two CDs that is handy.

He also shoots RAW, which I'm starting to do. I have 2 Lexar 256MB cards and get about 27 images a card. I think of it as an old school roll of film.:>
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I'm also going to suggest that you stay with 512Mb cards or smaller. It takes a lot less time to change a card than to change a roll of film and that way the entire card will fit on a CD.

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Old 02-18-2005, 06:00 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thank you all for your responses.
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Old 02-18-2005, 07:07 AM   #8 (permalink)
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You've gotten some great advice so far. Let me just add that I have two Lexar 1GB and they have worked great with no problems. They're fast too.

As for deals, watch www.slickdeals.net and www.techbargains.com for great deals on computer related supplies like compact flash cards. If you don't have to have something right this instant, you can pick up some amazing deals.

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get a SanDisk Ultra 2gig card as your primary card and a 1gig as your back up

Don't buy a cheap card and don't EVER get a Micro-drive...
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Old 02-18-2005, 01:21 PM   #10 (permalink)
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go here

http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/mul...e.asp?cid=6007

look for the Canon 20D and see what the best card for that camera is. They test all of them.
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