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memory cards

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Whats the diff between normal high speed memory card & udma type card.
Also can i use two different cards ( E3 camera ) in the two slots so that when one is full it swaps to the other card.

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Re: memory cards

The E3 has an XD and a CF slot. You can both slots, but the camera will only use one at a time.

UDMA cards allow for faster transfers. Most branded cards (4GB+) support UDMA.

The speed rating means you can transfer faster. E.G. 266x = 39-40MB/s Please note that some cards are faster than others. Also the 600x cards do work in the E3, but are not worth it. Stick to 200-300x cards.

The XD slot is only worth using as a backup. Installing a 1 or 2GB card just incase you forget to put you CF card back or for card failure (Rare).
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Re: memory cards

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So if i am taking rapid pics and using a 300 card on my E3 will it restrict flow at all and on LF setting how many pics approx can i fit on in jpeg format or raw.

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Re: memory cards

Simple answer : NO

Long answer:

The speed rating represents the max speed that a device can write/read to a card. Most devices cannot write/read at the speed specified.

A 300x card is more than sufficient for an E3 or E30 even with RAW+JPG.

The H/L speed rating will not be affected by a 266-600 speed. A 33 or 66 would affect this.

The general calcualtion is speed * 150 = TFR Kilobytes per sec. So divide by 1024 and you get the transfer speed.

The speed rating is not related to its capacity.
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Re: memory cards

Thanks John

Its just that i am using a Lexar 300x UDMA 8gb card for ski shots and thinking of switching to raw and aware that i could do with some more capacity and just trying to find the best buy for the job.

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Re: memory cards

I wouldn't recommend getting the biggest card just because it has the best price per Gigabyte.

I would suggest keeping to 4GB and getting several cards. I one crashes on a photo trip you won't loss the lot.

I stick with 2GB and 4GB cards but have around 20 of them.

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Re: memory cards

I agree with Wreckdiver. I have 2x 4GB Sandisk, 1x Lexar & 1x Sandisk 8GB and 1x16GB Sandisk. Plus the usual XD Cards.
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Re: memory cards

Many thanks to everyone.

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Re: memory cards

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I wouldn't recommend getting the biggest card just because it has the best price per Gigabyte.

I would suggest keeping to 4GB and getting several cards. I one crashes on a photo trip you won't loss the lot.

I stick with 2GB and 4GB cards but have around 20 of them.

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And I have that happen to me! (Sandisk Ultra) 4gig
Just the other day having taken about 20-30 shots the camera went into "Writing" and did not stop
I had to switch off, re-start and every thing I had on the card was scrambled, just imagine, that after a couple of days work all lost.
I always carry spare cards for those "Just in case" times.
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Re: memory cards

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And I have that happen to me! (Sandisk Ultra) 4gig
Just the other day having taken about 20-30 shots the camera went into "Writing" and did not stop
I had to switch off, re-start and every thing I had on the card was scrambled, just imagine, that after a couple of days work all lost.
I always carry spare cards for those "Just in case" times.
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A good procedure to follow minimise card crashes is to always format a card in camera before using it - every time. Don't just delete the files, format it. I never delete files or format the card via PC, fatal move.

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Re: memory cards

That's exactly as I do, Never ever do it on a computer.
I always delete in camera and format in camera.
I also download via USB not a card reader.
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Re: memory cards

Have many people had a card go belly up! Scares the hell out of me, when i have been out in the alps & had a entire ski race (hundreds) on one card.
I have always used scan disk in the past before i purchased my E3 and Ian reccomended a Lexar 300 uda. Are most of the cards that fail budget ones or are they all the same?

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Re: memory cards

Any card can go faulty, but would you believe it, I have had more CF cards go bad than SD versions.
And I don't buy cheap imitations from China the CF card that went bad before this one was a very fast and expensive Sandisk from SRS they did change it for me under the life time warrantee.
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Re: memory cards

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That's exactly as I do, Never ever do it on a computer.
I always delete in camera and format in camera.
I also download via USB not a card reader.
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I always transfer files via card reader. Do you use USB for any specific reason? Some people may argue that is saves wear and tear on the camera's CF slot contacts but then there is also wear and tear on the USB port.

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Re: memory cards

The reason for not using a card reader, is I have seen far to many damaged CF plugs/sockets in cameras, broken pins etc, mainy Canon I have to say.
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