Originally Posted by xxxx
I see you can get a 4 GB microdrive for about the same price as a 2GB CF card. I have never used a microdrive...anyone ever used them? Was your luck good or bad?
I've been using a 1gb IBM microdrive for many years and four different cameras. I bought it at the same time as I bought the just introduced Canon G2. So that will tell you how old it is. It still works like a champ. Just used it yesterday for a major shoot for a large catalog and newspaper. I also have a 2gb Hitachi (it only cost $67 new with rebate). I've used it for about 6 months. No problems.
But that being said, I am only buying solid state cards for future use, because common sense tells me that a device with a spinning platter and moving head is bound to be more fragile than the solid state cards. Also the drives do have a altitude limit, so that can be a problem if you take it on a mountain climb.
As for cost, I've found that the 2gb and 1gb solidstate cards are now so cheap that there really isn't much of a cost difference. I prefer to have cards in the 1gb to 2gb range since it tends to not put as many eggs in one basket as a 4gb. With the Canon 20D, I can get 212 RAW images on the 2gb card, and I rarely shoot more than 500 shots during a day's work, so with 3 1gb cards and 1 2gb card, I have plenty of space. The 1 gb fast cards can currently be found for around $30 if you shop around. So you're getting 4gb for about $120 (usually rebates are involved).
Here's one of my old shots using the IBM microdrive: