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Apr 02, 2008 17:21 |  #1

I have looked over all of the specs and cannot find a definitive answer.

I have a great deal on the following.

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  • 5 GB capacity
  • Type II CF+ interface
  • 3600 RPM speed
  • 2 MB buffer
  • 16.0 ms average seek time (Read)
  • 8.3 ms average latency
Seagate ST1 5 GB CompactFlash Card.

Will the 40D work with this card.
I have been unable to get a reply from canon and there is no real info on it.
Plus the forum searches here revealed nothing.

So do the experts here have any clues for this lost one.

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Apr 02, 2008 17:30 |  #2

Yes it will work, but I'd wonder why anyone would want to mess around with a Microdrive these days. Actual flash memory is dirt cheap, a lot faster, and (anecdotally) more reliable.




  
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Apr 02, 2008 17:35 |  #3

If I remember right the ST1 was considered a micro drive, and these drives have the same pin layout as standard CF cards. I used one years ago with a Nikon D1H and worked fine with that. My thought is that the micro drives are like hard drives that they have a platter system that it records on, and that would make more prone to damage then CF cards.


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Apr 02, 2008 17:39 as a reply to  @ gromeo's post |  #4

I would pass on the Microdrive--slow and not very energy efficient.


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Apr 02, 2008 19:28 |  #5

Pass - Seagate makes MicroDrives with 2 different interfaces, and it's never easy to be sure you're getting the right one. The wrong one will fit, but not work. And, as others have said, Microdrives may be less durable and are slower than flash memory cards. Also note that Canon specifically says not to mix Live View and microdrives.


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Apr 02, 2008 20:05 |  #6

I hear if you drop them they are trash


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Apr 02, 2008 21:00 |  #7

Jon wrote in post #5248033 (external link)
Pass - Seagate makes MicroDrives with 2 different interfaces, and it's never easy to be sure you're getting the right one. The wrong one will fit, but not work. And, as others have said, Microdrives may be less durable and are slower than flash memory cards. Also note that Canon specifically says not to mix Live View and microdrives.

Jon is absolutley correct! Micro-drive's run hot anyway so any additional heat will slow down Live-View or it could stop working all together!:confused:


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Apr 02, 2008 21:02 |  #8

Pass. I prefer to use cards I can drop because it's pretty much guaranteed I will drop them.


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Apr 02, 2008 21:04 as a reply to  @ cdifoto's post |  #9

Microdrives have moving parts. Flash memory does not have moving parts. Moving parts fail sooner. :lol:


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Apr 02, 2008 21:04 |  #10

Yikes.. Pass=Microdrives

Made sense a few years back, but not with the new CF cards efficency and SPEEEEEEEEED


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Apr 03, 2008 01:47 |  #11

Your better off with the flash card from Sandisk... http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …eme_III_Compact​Flash.html (external link)


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Apr 03, 2008 16:47 |  #12

Yep, found a good price for some Sandisk Ultra II 2 GB cards.
Planning on picking up about 10 of them, I figure its better to have 2 gigs of picture lost if the card goes nuts then to have an 8 gig card crap out.


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Apr 03, 2008 17:39 |  #13

Costco was selling the 4GB SANDISK Ultra II last week for $28 at the counter with the instant rebate. Can't beat that, so I bought another...

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Apr 03, 2008 19:13 as a reply to  @ m3rdpwr's post |  #14

I had a 4GB Seagate on my 20D for a while, it ceased working after a firmware upgrade, and had known issues with most of the current Canon DSLRs at the time.

The other thing was I was really paranoid about it, it was just not nice to have around, always concerned it would get bumped to hard, squeezed to tight etc.

In the end I got my money back as Seagate at the time did not have a fix for the firmware issue.

On the 5GB cards, most don't actually support the CF functions, only ATA so don't work in cameras.


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