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Question about 5D mark II and storage.

 
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Feb 10, 2012 13:29 |  #1

I don't know if this is something anyone can answer, or if there are charts out there anywhere, but I'm wondering what the averages are in the number of pictures capable of being stored depending on CF card size for RAW files. I'm wondering specifically with the 5D mark II since I will be purchasing one within the next week or two.

For example, I'm wondering how many RAW photos I could take on a 4GB CF card, 8GB, 16, etc...

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Feb 10, 2012 13:39 |  #2

Each RAW shot is about 25MB, so just divide that into the capacity of your card, more or less. If you look in the 5D2 manual online, there's a list of cards and numbers of shots possible at any RAW or JPEG setting.


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Feb 10, 2012 13:43 |  #3

High ISO shots take up more room than low ISO shots...

Skews the curve a little bit.


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Feb 10, 2012 13:45 |  #4

Awesome!! Thank you both so much for your help! :D


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Feb 10, 2012 20:20 |  #5

My suggestion is do yourself a favor and get no smaller than 16GB cards for use with the 5D2.


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Feb 10, 2012 20:37 |  #6

Yes, get either a 16GB or better yet, a 32GB. I have a 32GB in my 5D2 and a 16GB in my 7D.


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Feb 10, 2012 20:57 |  #7

+2 on 16GB (or larger) cards

I bought a two-pack of the Lexar 16GB 400x CF cards from Adorama.

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Feb 10, 2012 21:11 as a reply to  @ KoalaCowboy's post |  #8

I purchased 2 packs of 32GB 400x for the 5DII and 600x for the 7D. With two 32GB cards for each body, I know that I will not max out a card on even the longest day of shooting raw files. Naturely those cards are downloaded in the evening to my laptop (in the field) or desktop (if at home). I never keep multple days of shooting on a card.




  
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Feb 10, 2012 21:30 |  #9

I get about 280 shots out of a 8gb card,


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Feb 10, 2012 22:57 |  #10

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Yes, get either a 16GB or better yet, a 32GB. I have a 32GB in my 5D2 and a 16GB in my 7D.

Same here, I pretty much only use my 32GB cards in my 5D2 now.


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Feb 11, 2012 05:18 as a reply to  @ ben_r_'s post |  #11

I shoot with nothing larger than 8GB cards in my 5D2...manage to get several hundred (300 give or take) on each card. After much sampling, I've settled on Sandisk Extreme...never had a card failure, and some of the cards are going on several years old. Prefer these over the mega-capacity cards due to the random failure nature of CF cards...would hate to lose 32GB of images should something happen. Also, if one's habit is to download images from a card every day after shooting, I doubt that he or she would even come close to filling a 32GB card in a single day...which would seem to make a mega card a bit of overkill IMO. If someone is shooting enough images in a single outing to fill a 32GB card, my guess is that there's a lot of "spraying and praying" going on. ;)


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Feb 11, 2012 06:42 |  #12

I use two 4GB cards and they are perfectly adaquate for my needs over a weekend away "at the races" and thats using full RAW. The camera tells me I could manage 145 on each, thats almost 300 and I've never taken that many in a MotoGP,F1or British Superbike weekend in my life.


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Feb 11, 2012 10:14 |  #13

I appreciate everyone's advice very much! I think I'm in a similar situation as Argyle and Lowner. I'll probably spring for a lower-capacity card to start out, and if my needs change, I'll grab a bigger one later. Thank you. :)


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Feb 11, 2012 11:10 |  #14

mosesport wrote in post #13868038 (external link)
I appreciate everyone's advice very much! I think I'm in a similar situation as Argyle and Lowner. I'll probably spring for a lower-capacity card to start out, and if my needs change, I'll grab a bigger one later. Thank you. :)

Sounds good. BTW, congratulations on getting a 5D MII. That's awesome! You're going to love that camera!

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Feb 11, 2012 11:15 |  #15

Thank you! :D


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