sandisk vs ultra II vs extreme III

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  1. DeepSpring

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    Can someone please tell me how the plain sandisk compact flash card will be any different from the ultra II and the extreme III compact flash?

    This will be for a rebel 350 if it makes a difference. Thank you

    oh and what size would be best 1gb to start with?
     
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    I use a 1GB Extreme 3 with my D200. I really like it. It's very fast. I haven't shot a lot with the ultra 2, and I haven't even touched the standard version. Just go with the Etreme 3 witht he biggest memory you can afford.
     
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    Would the extreme III really be much better than the ultra II? I mean i know it is better but that comes with cost. I dont have that much money to spend and dont want to be limited to only 60 pictures on an amazing card when i could get 200 on a pretty good card
     
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    I have a canon350D and use a sandisk ultra2 1gb card - I shoot raw and have just purchased another 2 ultra2s - 1gb & 2gb. I havent tried the others nor do i know the difference but i have been 100% happy with mine. I generally get about 180ish raw shots per 1gb or if you are shooting highest quality jpeg - approx 4-500. hope this helps. x
     
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    don't worry about the extreme III, you won't notice a difference in speed (except for maybe when you're transfering photos to your computer, but only a slight difference) and the ultra II is more than fast enough for your rebel XT. the ultra II is a very good card.
     
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    My Ultra II, Extreme and Extreme III cards are all very fast. Great to use.

    I used to think that slower cards were OK because my camera has a good buffer...and when shooting, it's never really a problem. However, when reviewing...or checking the shot/histogram...I find my other cards are slowing me down.

    On another note; I read that Sandisk has new Extreme IV cards which are twice as fast as anything currently avaliable.
     
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    I use the regular Sandisk 1GB SD card and the Ultra II cards..the only difference is really during burst shooting. I do not know about the Extreme 3, but the difference with the Ultra II is that it is faster for burst shooting, which I do not do a lot of. Other than that, there is no difference is photo quality at all.
     
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    That's right, the ability to store an image file is the same...no difference in quality. Speed is the big difference. I thought that I read somewhere that the Extreme cards were supposed to be more resilient...but just about all cards are very tough. I read a test where they ran a card over with a car and ran it though the washing machine...with no loss of data.
     
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    yep, i dropped my card in a deep puddle of muddy water and it worked fine after I let it dry out for 24 hours. I do want to add though that there have been many complaints to the Ultra II. There have been many people who have complained that some are defective..unfortunately, I got one of the defective ones, but it was replaced for free and I have not had a single problem with my new one (knock on wood).
     
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    Ok well good stuff guys thanks. I'll get a bigger normal card so I can have more memory for the same price and then a smaller ultra II for the occasional burst mode
     
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    Guys,
    I recently got a Kingstone card, as there are no SanDisk cards available in my town (India). I am likely to purchase another carda and would like a suggestion whether I shall wait for a SanDisk or go with Kingstone.
     
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    I did this test just yesterday but with SD cards instead of compact flash. I couldn't tell the regular Sandisk from the Ultra. No difference. The regular was $39 for 2GB after rebate and the Ultra was $60 for 1 GB. I don't need to tell you which I will be buying. For Ravi, I also have a couple of Kingston SD cards and they are the same as the Sandisk.

    Perhaps life is different with compact flash. I don't know. My comments may have no bearing at all on them.
     

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