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May 12, 2009 13:44 |  #1

So I have a 5D on the way. Right now I have a couple 4GB CF cards that I use with my 40D. Will I want larger cards to accommodate the 5D or will the 4 GB cards work alright?


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May 12, 2009 14:53 |  #2

4GB cards will work just great. Also, you do not need the fastest cards either.. unless you plan on using the whole 3.9fps capability.

That said, when I got mine, I took the opportunity to upgrade my cards to 3 8gb Sandisk Ultimate III and 1 8gb Sandisk Ultimate IV - which have been very very nice.

But, unless you want to upgrade, you certainly don't need to.




  
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May 12, 2009 14:59 |  #3

you're talking about mark II right?
If you are planning to use the full res RAW file, I suggest get a bigger capacity CF...
Right now I'm waiting on a 16gb CF... 4gb will be too small...


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May 12, 2009 15:03 |  #4

Hey Todd. Another Mississippian on POTN! It's almost like Where's Waldo trying to find y'all around here :D

Jeff,
RAW or JPG is important. I don't have a 5DII, but looking at the numbers I'd guess about 150 or so shots in RAW on a 4GB card. If that's enough for you then no problem.




  
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May 12, 2009 15:18 |  #5

At close to 30MB for each raw file, the 5D MKII eats 4GB cards for breakfast. It gets even worse if you plan on using the video feature. I think 8GB cards are good starting point, with 16GB a preferrence and of course 32GB being best if you can swing them and you take alot of video.


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May 12, 2009 15:23 as a reply to  @ BigBlueDodge's post |  #6

I've been using two 16GB cards, as I've been shooting RAW and JPEG combined. They eat up a lot of territory.


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May 12, 2009 15:23 |  #7

Personally I wouldnt work with anything other than 8GB or 16GB cards in that beast! I have nothing but 8GBs and a 16GB for my 5D Mark I and thats comfortable for that body. The 5D Mark II files are huge!


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May 12, 2009 15:25 |  #8

16gb cards are nice but I find that I like the 8gb extreme III sandisk cards - they're decently priced and can handle bursts with ease. Plus you get about 280-300 full resolution images per card with full size raw only. If you shoot video I recommend the 16gb cards...


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May 12, 2009 15:32 |  #9

My rule of thumb with RAW is divide the MP by 4 and buy a card that size.
The 20D was 8 MP, so 8/4=2 and 2 GB cards were reasonable. The 5D is 12 MP, so 12/4 = 3, since they don't make 3 GB cards, I use 4 GB, and that's a convenient number of frames (plus it fits on a single DVD). For the 21 MP 5D II, 21/4=5, so go with 8 GB cards. DS DVD burners are much more common nowadays so the single DVD backup is still possible when you're on the road.


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May 12, 2009 16:18 |  #10

I don't plan on shooting video (but you never know) and I shoot RAW. I'll have to check out prices on the 8 and 16 GB cards. Thanks for the suggestions.


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May 12, 2009 16:35 |  #11

If you're on budget, you're 4GB cards will still work fine, and if you've already got a bunch of them.. you'll just need to swap em more often.

Don't get hung up on having to have 16 or 32 gig cards - they'd be nice, don't get me wrong, but this camera works with 4gb cards just as well as anything else.




  
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May 12, 2009 22:08 |  #12

BigBlueDodge wrote in post #7908119 (external link)
=BigBlueDodge;7908119]At close to 30MB for each raw file, the 5D MKII eats 4GB cards for breakfast. It gets even worse if you plan on using the video feature. I think 8GB cards are good starting point, with 16GB a preferrence and of course 32GB being best if you can swing them and you take alot of video.

i have a 16-gig extreme IV and several 8-gig extreme IVs for my 1ds mark III, which produces the same size file.

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May 12, 2009 22:36 as a reply to  @ ed rader's post |  #13

Depends on how you like to shoot. I shoot portraits and I never mix jobs on a card. I shoot about 100 frames in a portrait session, so I never need a card that holds much more than that. So I'm happy with 4 meg cards with a 5D2.


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May 12, 2009 22:41 as a reply to  @ RDKirk's post |  #14

I never use a flash card bigger than one removable media disk. For DVD-R, that's a 4GB card. If you have a Blu-Ray burner, that's 30GB. I have this limitation for two reasons: 1) don't put all your eggs in one high-GB basket, and 2) one flash card-to-disk backup is logical and easy to manage and recover from.


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May 12, 2009 22:42 |  #15

I have a 40D and several of the 8GB Extreme III 30MB / Sec Cards. That said I just got my 5D Mark II and popped a 8GB in it and couldn't believe how relatively few pics I could take. These files are HUGE 32-33MB in Size (I only shoot RAW) so I ordered on 16GB Extreme III (30MB/Sec), got it in and I can get 270ish RAW only pics with it and now have another one the way. I am sure that I will pick up a couple 32GB Cards when they come down in a few months or there is another nice rebate on them.

Not exactly sure why the pics are so huge seeing that the sensor is only 21MP but these RAW file are all in the 30+ MB size range.

Of course as usual this is personal preference, I know a few people that will only use a card that will give them about 100 pics capacity wise however they shoot and others that want as much space as possible. I obviously am the more space the better and hopefully won't get screwed by a bad card after filling up a card with 270 images at Bryce Canyon or something **Knock on Wood** :-)


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