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Any Good deals on 16 gb CF cards... just lost 2

 
psxindo
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May 01, 2011 12:40 |  #1

I just lost 2 x 16gb CF cards at a wedding.

Any good deals out there right now.
Preferably Sandisk, Lexar, or Kingston.

Thanks


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May 01, 2011 18:04 |  #2

Honestly I don't find it worth waiting for a good deal on CF Cards. You either need them now or later - and it's better to just bite the bullet and buy them at full price. They're not going to be significantly cheaper if you're looking for a good one.


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May 01, 2011 18:17 |  #3

If you're willing to go Transcend, there are decent prices on Amazon all the time. Sandisk I usually find the best deals on B&H or Adorama.


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May 01, 2011 21:18 |  #4

This memory card price table (external link) is pretty useful and organized. It only tracks sandisk/lexar though, no transcend.




  
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May 02, 2011 11:32 |  #5

the 3 pack lexar 16gb for $100 on adorama was a good deal


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May 02, 2011 12:19 |  #6

Transcend 32 GB Compact Flash Card 400X $74.50 (external link)

Transcend 400X - 16 GB Compact Flash Memory Card $53.50 (external link)

These have positive reviews and I've had good luck with my 32 GB card, although I'm ready to go back to Sandisk if I hear of any problems with them.


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May 04, 2011 04:28 |  #7

Still going:
http://www.adorama.com​/ILXCF16GB2P3.html (external link)


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May 04, 2011 13:15 |  #8

was in the market to upgrade my 4gb card as well. I'm assuming the differences between class si speed?




  
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May 04, 2011 13:57 |  #9

yes, write speed.


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May 04, 2011 14:23 |  #10

stukovx wrote in post #12346849 (external link)
was in the market to upgrade my 4gb card as well. I'm assuming the differences between class si speed?

But from what I've heard, manufacturers are pretty loose with their speed ratings. The 400X Transcend cards may or may not be twice as fast as the 200X Lexars.

Not very scientific but I bought the Transcends because of the buzz on a few of the hardware oriented websites like Anandtech. They seemed pretty excited when the Transcend cards became available at such a low price and when I saw reviews on Amazon and NewEgg like this:

"I am a Systems administrator (15 years) and an amateur photographer (10 years). I tested this card's speed using a benchmark utility and it performs faster than more expensive cards of its class. I use this in my Canon 7D and it performs flawlessly. I purchased a 16GB Trancend 400X card last year and it performs perfect. I can record HD video at the highest resolution with no errors. I can take pictures RAW+JPEG at 8 frames per second at the highest resolution with no hesitation or errors. If you want a fast CF card for your camera, buy this card, you can’t go wrong."


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May 04, 2011 14:33 |  #11

even better I had it show up in my Amazon gold box for $70.50 yesterday.



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May 04, 2011 16:19 |  #12

HyperYagami wrote in post #12347328 (external link)
even better I had it show up in my Amazon gold box for $70.50 yesterday.

I really have to learn how to control my Gold Box better. I bought a video game for a nephew once and all I get are discounts on books (because of my wife's Kindle) and video games. Ok, I just looked at my Gold Box and I have two expired Jewelry deals and a wireless phone deal. Seems just random. :confused:


Replacing my Canon 7D, Tokina 12-24mm, Canon 17-55mm, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4, and 150-500mm with a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. I still have the 17-55 and the 30 available for sale.

  
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May 04, 2011 16:35 as a reply to  @ cacawcacaw's post |  #13

I can take pictures RAW+JPEG at 8 frames per second at the highest resolution with no hesitation or errors.

That is just not possible, not at the moment. Not with that Transcend, not even with Sandisk. A 7D generates nearly 200MB/sec when shooting at full burst RAW. There is NO card on the planet at the moment that can sustain that speed.

HOWEVER, the card's speed doesn't matter until you fill the in-camera buffer. As long as that buffer is not full (which is 2 sec or so, or 16 pictures at that rate), you can shoot at 8fps. But you can do that with a 200x Sandisk or a 133x Kingston too. A 400x however lets you shoot faster than a 200x would, once you go past that in-camera buffer (1 per sec Vs 2 per sec). If you are not into AK47-type shooting with your 7D, save some money buying slower cards: or spend that money on more capacity (than more speed). Videos are way too easier on cards compared to burst RAW mode.

One word of caution about Transcend 400x cards: the 16GB (and smaller) versions are not 400x for "write" (which is what you need for in-camera use). The 32GB version is 400x. This is from Transcend's own web site.


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May 05, 2011 11:47 |  #14

nemesis47 wrote in post #12348053 (external link)
That is just not possible, ...There is NO card on the planet at the moment that can sustain that speed.
...If you are not into AK47-type shooting with your 7D, save some money buying slower cards: or spend that money on more capacity (than more speed). Videos are way too easier on cards compared to burst RAW mode.

One word of caution about Transcend 400x cards: the 16GB (and smaller) versions are not 400x for "write" (which is what you need for in-camera use). The 32GB version is 400x. This is from Transcend's own web site.

Thanks, that's really good information. (There's always the possibility that reviews on Amazon and NewEgg are planted, and claiming impossible performance is a good clue.)

On Amazon, the only cheaper alternative is another Transcend product, the 32GB 133X card (external link) at $54.49. For $20 would you get this card instead? Or, would it be a better move to get a slower card with a brand name for about the same price? For example, how about the Kingston 32GB 133X card for $69.95?

How slow can I go on a 7D and still have reasonable performance? Would you recommend getting a slower and smaller SanDisk card just for the proven reliability? The Transcend 32GB card seems like the best deal out there but the name doesn't inspire the same confidence as SanDisk.


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May 05, 2011 12:23 |  #15

cacawcacaw wrote in post #12352643 (external link)
How slow can I go on a 7D and still have reasonable performance? Would you recommend getting a slower and smaller SanDisk card just for the proven reliability? The Transcend 32GB card seems like the best deal out there but the name doesn't inspire the same confidence as SanDisk.

I have a Transcend SDHC card that I have been using for 3 years now in my Camcorder. Never had any problems. If it helps, they have "Lifetime warranty" on their 400x CF cards.

For my DSLR, I have used Lexar 80x, Kingston 133x and Sandisk 200x (i.e. 30MBps). On my 50D, they are all fast enough for me. When I shoot RAW bursts, I dont shoot more than 3-4 at a time. All those cards will keep up as long as my bursts are 15-16 (which is close to 2.5 seconds). I don't see myself shooting a high fps that long. The most recent card I bought was the Sandisk 16GB (30MBps) version. When I bought it, the Transcend 400x 16GB was available at a slightly lower price, but I went with Sandisk's slower speed, but better overall reliability.

7D has in-camera buffer for 15 frames, if remember right. That is good for 2seconds of RAW burst (and "for ever" of jpg-only burst). Beyond that, the rate will drop no matter which card you use. The fastest cards will let you shoot at 4 per sec, the slowe 30MBps would let you at around 1 per sec. But if you never shoot 15 continously to start with, buy the brand you think is more reliable (they all fail, eventually and randomly :))

I wont be too concerned about buying Transcend if there is a good deal. "Lifetime warranty" must mean something :)


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