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Compact Flash Comparison 1GB

Aug 30, 04:51 PM · from the mouth of Jake

With all the talk about cameras lately I thought I would just throw up a quick link to a comparison of high speed compact flash cards. I know not everyone’s camera uses Compact Flash, but it’s still an interesting read.

p.s. I have the Kingston Elite Pro they mention and it is mighty quick. I’m sure it would be better with a faster camera. It was a steal with a coupon and a rebate to boot.


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  1. Tyler responds with:

    I’ve got a regular 512mb SD card and a 133x 512mb SD card. I haven’t experimented much yet to see if there’s a noticeable difference, but my camera has a buffer in it that lets you keep shooting even while it writes to the card. Word.
    · Aug 30, 06:21 PM
  2. Jim responds with:

    Interesting reading there Iaky.

    To be honest, with most of the high end speedy cards, the bottleneck is usually on the camera CPU and not on the card. Where you can really benefit from the speed of the card is in downloading the pics through a firewire or USB2 external reader, but what’s 45 more seconds to most of us?

    Sarah and I have standardized on SanDisk Extreme III cards and have found that the bottleneck, even on the D70 (which is pretty damn fast), is not at the card. We standardized on these cards for future speed more than current speed; theory has it that someday, we’ll have cameras that have CPUs so fast that they might be able to fully utilize the card’s bandwidth.

    Something else to keep in mind – unless you’re buying bottom-of-the-barrel cards, if you shoot nothing but JPG, you are unlikely to benefit much from the speed anyway. For example, the buffer on the Dx0 is large enough that I have never been able to fill it in JPG mode. When shooting RAW, however, it becomes 4 times easier to fill the buffer, so you might have a chance of needing the card’s bandwidth. But again, the D70’s CPU and buffer bottleneck even before the card does, so it’s all moot anyway – it simply can’t process the images out of the buffer as quickly as the card can take them.

    In fragmented summary – don’t buy cheap shit cards – but don’t get caught up in measurebating the differences in the high end ones, since none of us yet has/can afford a camera that will bottleneck the speedy cards. My D70 can’t tap an Ultra II with 10MB/sec capability as it is, let alone an Extreme III with 20MB/sec capability.
    · Aug 31, 02:08 PM
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