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Old 19th of March 2006 (Sun)   #1
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Default Sandisk Ultra II vs Extreme III?

I have a canon digital rebel 300d. I also have a Sandisk Ultra II 512mb. I would like more speed, but can my camera handle that? If I get the Sandisk Extreme III 1 gig, will I see a big performance jump on my camera specifically?
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Old 19th of March 2006 (Sun)   #2
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Default Re: Sandisk Ultra II vs Extreme III?

You will see no difference. The Ultra II's are all you need for your 300D and all that I need for my 20D.
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Default Re: Sandisk Ultra II vs Extreme III?

No. The camera is the limitation.

I use Extreme III, but tests usually show that Ultra II's are just as fast, if not faster.
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Default Re: Sandisk Ultra II vs Extreme III?

Ultra II - minimum write speed of 9 megabytes per second (MB/sec.) and a minimum read speed of 10MB/sec.

Extreme III - minimum write and read speeds of 20 megabytes per second.

Let me see if got this right. If you're shooting jpeg at 2.5fps and your file sizes are like 2-3 megs then a CF card writing at 9MB/sec is enough even with a full buffer.

You might notice a difference in shooting RAW. Not sure how big the file sizes are but let's say they're 5mb each at 2.5fps and your buffer fills up... well you're gonna need a CF card that writes at 12.5mb/sec minimum to cover that burst. Either way, Ultra II should be enough for that camera.
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Default Re: Sandisk Ultra II vs Extreme III?

Great answer.. I was thinking a faster write would save me the 5 sec or so wait I experience with my 300D ans Ultra II
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Default Re: Sandisk Ultra II vs Extreme III?

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the test results I read. stated that the Extreams are about twice as fast as the Ultra. What I dislike about my 300D with the Ultra II, is when I take a series of photos I need to wait 5 sec or more for the photos to load on to the CF card. I was hoping a faster cf card would make a differance.
But, you state different than the what I have read eariler.. I need more input...
The Extremes are fast, it's just that the 300D can't take advantage of the speed. It's a camera limitation, not a Ultra II limitation.
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Default Re: Sandisk Ultra II vs Extreme III?

Rob Galbraith's tested a variety of CF cards in the 300D. None of them are blazing fast, because the camera can't push out the data fast enough.
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I just bought a 5D. I'm guessing this will require an Extreme III?
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Rob's tested the 5D as well. Interestingly, a Lexar 133x was the fastest,and the 2 GB Ultra II fared better than the Extreme III.
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and the 2 GB Ultra II fared better than the Extreme III.
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I just bought a 5D. I'm guessing this will require an Extreme III?
Require? The camera will write images to the cheapest card you can find!

CF card speed really comes into play when shooting bursts. I don't think a lot of people use the 5D for a lot of really long bursts since it's limited to 3FPS. Most sports/wildlife shooters use the 20D or 1D Mark II.
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Require? The camera will write images to the cheapest card you can find!
What poor wording of me. Of course I know this. But 3fps for 10mb images (If I were to do that) would mean that there may be less of a block-up I suppose.
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You know I've been trying to get a 2GB Ultra II for almost three weeks ago but everytime I go to Costco they're sold out! Must be because they just dropped from 230 to 100 bucks so if you're in Canada invest.
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He's referring to this page: http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/mul...?cid=6007-8198

Rob Galbraith does extensive tests of different CF cards in different cameras. It lets you see exactly how much performance gain (or loss) you're getting for the money with your particular equipment.
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So the Extreme III is faster than the Ultra II for RAW files, but not the JPEG images. How does this make sense?
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