Compact Flash media recommendations?

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  1. johnstac

    johnstac TPF Noob!

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    I am still using the same 1024MB Elite Pro Kingston that I bought when I purchased my Canon 20D a couple of years ago. I am looking to upgrade to a larger flash card. Lately I have been seeing more errors on at least one of these cards so it may be time to buy a new one. I would hate to think it's the camera.

    Anyways, I went to newegg and narrowed the search to just CF cards and there are still 57 choices. Can I get some recommendations from you guys? What has worked well for you? What sizes are you using?

    Thanks

    John
     
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    Any big reputable brand names like Sandisk and Kingston. Sandisk seems to be the big one.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I recommend Sandisk Ultra II cards. They have a good speed and a good price.

    If you wanted to get something a little faster (& maybe more durable) the Extreme III or IV from Sandisk are very good.
     
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    I freaking love Kingstons cards...
     
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    There all the same make anyway. Just different branding. All manufactured from the same maker in Taiwan or China.
     
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    I couldnt disgree more.

    there are very big differences.

    MLC and SLC flash to start,
    this makes a huge difference since one is faster and one is slower but
    wont last as long (for industrial uses)

    MLC flash lasts longer, but can hold less info and is usually slower
    Anything under 45X is prob MLC flash.

    SLC is high speed, and still lasts a long time, were talking 1000000
    write rewrite cycles vs 100000, still years of use either way

    Also, it does not come from the same place in china.

    there are basically 2 huge makers for flash, Samsung, and Toshiba
    Although Hynix is getting big too.

    Then the raw wafers ship to their prospective companies
    and final production happens, which is usually china or tawain but
    prob 50% of the production is allready done by that point and
    whats happening is packing the wafer and chips together

    sandisk uses samsung, and Kingston uses Toshiba and hynix

    Hynix is in Korea,
    Samsung is in Korea,
    Toshiba is in Japan

    Its a vast and complicated process, but its naive to say they
    all are the same.
    Packaged and manifactured are totally different things
    as you will find errors most likely to come from irregular or "dirty"
    wafers rather then in packing the wafers and chips

    youll hear about off brands like danalec etc... dropping shots.
    who knows what they use and what standards they package with.
    this is every pros fear, save money and you get slow speed card and it drops your shots, so no they are not all the same.....
     

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