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What compact flash for Canon 5d?

 
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Jun 01, 2018 12:49 |  #1

Just got myself a Canon 5d mk 1 and didn't realise I needed a different type of memory card to what I'm used to with more modern cameras. Can anyone point me in the direction of something that's compatible in terms of memory size and read/write speeds?




  
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Jun 02, 2018 14:11 |  #2

Sandisk CompactFlash (external link) cards are good. The Ultra series is plenty, you can get extreme if you really want to. The latest firmware apparently supports 32GB memory cards, but 16GB should be plenty for that camera, maybe even less.


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Jun 02, 2018 16:21 |  #3

These days the 5D1 is very undemanding on memory cards- just go for a good well known maker - such as Sandisk/Lexar/Transcen​d and get a 200x or better card. The 5D1 files are not huge and the frame rate is low so you don't need a BIG capacity card. I found 8GB fine but a 16GB or two might be handy if you are thinking of holidays.

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Jun 05, 2018 23:14 |  #4

johnf3f wrote in post #18637864 (external link)
....and get a 200x or better card.

Can anyone explain what that actually means? Is it 200x the speed of light or maybe just 200x faster than my first car (a dilapidated vw beatle) could move? My Sandisk CF cards have speed listed in MB/s but my Lexar SD cards are shown as 1000x (and also state 150MB/s). Is this an actual measure of something or just marketing speak?

Probably be a good idea for the OP to check the transfer speed of the camera as it is probably slower than current models. No point in buying top of the range high speed cards if the camera can't make use of the speed due to an slower max data transfer.


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Jun 05, 2018 23:34 |  #5

Dan Marchant wrote in post #18640016 (external link)
Can anyone explain what that actually means? Is it 200x the speed of light or maybe just 200x faster than my first car (a dilapidated vw beatle) could move? My Sandisk CF cards have speed listed in MB/s but my Lexar SD cards are shown as 1000x (and also state 150MB/s). Is this an actual measure of something or just marketing speak?

Probably be a good idea for the OP to check the transfer speed of the camera as it is probably slower than current models. No point in buying top of the range high speed cards if the camera can't make use of the speed due to an slower max data transfer.

is a rather outdated way of expressing the max read speed. It is based on the read speed of audio CDs at 150 KB/s. You can figure out how fast an 200x card is in KB/s by multiplying 150 by 200 and convert KB/s to MB/s by dividing by 1,000


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Jun 06, 2018 18:19 |  #6

Dan Marchant wrote in post #18640016 (external link)
No point in buying top of the range high speed cards if the camera can't make use of the speed due to an slower max data transfer.

That was what I was suggesting!


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Jun 07, 2018 08:27 |  #7

d4z0mg wrote in post #18637226 (external link)
Just got myself a Canon 5d mk 1 and didn't realise I needed a different type of memory card to what I'm used to with more modern cameras. Can anyone point me in the direction of something that's compatible in terms of memory size and read/write speeds?

I have a number of extra CF cards from about 2-8GB size which I had on hand as extras (and almost never actually used), for my Canon 40D, Send PM if you have interest, and I will take inventory of what I would part with.


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Jun 11, 2018 22:31 |  #8

16GB is the max capacity 5D1 can support. I have been using 8GB on mine. I would say don't worry about the speed. Just about any CF today will be faster enough for 5D1.


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Jun 12, 2018 21:03 |  #9

eelnoraa wrote in post #18643632 (external link)
I would say don't worry about the speed. Just about any CF today will be faster enough for 5D1.

I think the comments about speed were less about the card being too slow and more about it not being worth paying extra for the fastest cards when the 5D1 write speed is slower than the max write speed of the card - you would just be wasting money.


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Jun 14, 2018 08:44 |  #10

eelnoraa wrote in post #18643632 (external link)
16GB is the max capacity 5D1 can support. I have been using 8GB on mine. I would say don't worry about the speed. Just about any CF today will be faster enough for 5D1.

I'm not sure about this statement. I have a 5D "Classic" and I'm using a SanDisk Extreme (120 MB/s) 32GB CF Card for years now and have never had any problems.


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Jun 14, 2018 09:31 |  #11

Write speed may not matter but faster cards let you copy the photos to your computer faster. For some people that is a benefit.


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Jun 27, 2018 07:48 |  #12

bpalermini wrote in post #18645178 (external link)
Write speed may not matter but faster cards let you copy the photos to your computer faster. For some people that is a benefit.

+1 on that, also erase and formatting ....

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