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Old 11-24-2003, 12:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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New to the forum (at least to posting). Are the Lexar Pro 40x CompactFlash Cards worth the extra money? vs the normal speed CFCs? I'm using a Sigma SD9.
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Old 11-24-2003, 04:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome Jon from another FNG, I've been wondering the same thing. In my case I'm dealing with a D-100 and have bought 2 Sandisk ultraII 512MB cards, but have no comparrison to go on, and have read conflicting reports. It would seem that for a given camera, that quality and speed would only benefit to a point at which the cameras capability would be maxed out, or short of that, that the gains would be low enough to not be cost effective. Kinda like putting $3.00/gal. racing fuel in a stock mini-van.
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Being from buford many moons ago (70-74) I will attempt to answer. First, I do not have a Sigma so what I say may not pertain to your situation. Second, my results are not from any scientific research.

I have a Canon D60 that I use various cards in ranging from 128k to 1 gig in size. I can say that the 512k Ridata 30x appears to be much faster than any of the other cards when writing.

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Old 11-24-2003, 09:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The following site has good data for many CF cards in various equipment: CF Database


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Old 11-24-2003, 12:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The lexar 40x WA cards write faster than other cards in the newer Nikon Cameras. But the Sandisk Ultra II cards are faster in card readers. I'm more interested in camera write speed so I'm keeping the 40xWA's for now. With the Lexar 40xWA cards I get an 8 frame burst instead of 6 frame fine/jpeg with my D100.

There are lots of new cards so you might want to check www.robgalbraith.com and look at the compact flash database.

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Old 11-24-2003, 02:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Someone posted a link to Rob Galbraith's CF Database. You need to check on your specific camera in that database because some older cameras just don't have the software to take advantage of faster cards. For example while the Lexar 40x cards are a fair bit faster than the Lexar 24x on my D1x, the difference is much much greater on the newer 14n which takes full advantage of newer drivers and firmware.

Also keep in mind that the bigger the card, the slower it's going to be, and STILL the 40x 1gig is significantly faster than the 512 24x in my D1x. Lexar makes the best cards by far. I've never lost a single image (knock on wood). I wouldn't be caught dead with some of the garbage that's out there in my camera. I have 2 1gig 40x and 1 512 24x, and wouldn't use anything else.
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I too have 2 SanDisk Ultra 512 cards, they write very quickly. I remember when I was first in the market for CompactFlash cards after doing a lot of research I found that the SanDisk Ultra wrote the fastest and was most reliable. I am not sure if things have changed in the market - but I have stuck with the SanDisk Ultra and have found that the price is great. Just my 2 cents...
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Old 11-26-2003, 12:27 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replys. I will besure to check out the sites that several of you pointed me too.

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Old 11-26-2003, 06:43 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks all, including you Jon, for bringing it up.
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