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Which brand do you use?

Sandisk
59 (46.8%)
Delkin
1 (0.8%)
Hoodman
2 (1.6%)
Kingston
24 (19%)
Lexar
20 (15.9%)
Sony
3 (2.4%)
i-Pro
1 (0.8%)
Toshiba
3 (2.4%)
PNY-Optima
3 (2.4%)
Hitachi
0 (0%)
Ridata
0 (0%)
ATP
0 (0%)
Transcend
6 (4.8%)
A-Data
2 (1.6%)
Hama
0 (0%)
Caulmet
2 (1.6%)
Pretec
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 68

Author Topic: Which brand of memory card do you use?  (Read 9032 times)

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« on: July 06, 2009, 02:45 »
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You can choose more than one option, but which do you use?

for some reason i started out using Sandisk and have never switched.  

My first card was a 512mb I think.  I have been happy with Sandisk.  I only ever had problems with 2 cards, both of which died at the same time and were in two different cameras.  Very strange.  I was taking pictures at a concert - perhaps it was the magnetic interference from a speaker or something??  Very strange that two cards would go corrupt at the same time in two different cameras.  


« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2009, 03:28 »
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Pretty incomplete since i-Pro and Toshiba (the ones I have) are not on there.

« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2009, 04:01 »
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ok, added.  I just looked at bhphoto and took the brands they had.  i guess they are missing a few.

« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2009, 04:08 »
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I also use Sandisk. They have always been very reliable, and the speed is good according to some independent tests.

« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2009, 04:16 »
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I also use Sandisk. They have always been very reliable, and the speed is good according to some independent tests.


Yeah, now that you mention it, I had considered switching brands a couple times while buying and checked out this performance test
http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=6007
and found that Sandisk was the best price / speed / reliability.

I hadn't checked the list for the 5D mark II though (before now).  It seems that Lexar has some pretty good cards as well.
Canon 5D mark II memory card speed tests
« Last Edit: July 06, 2009, 04:18 by leaf »

« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2009, 04:18 »
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I had a very small sony U10 1.3mp camera with a 8mb sony memorystick with it.
Does it count to ???   LOL

I stick now with sandisk or lexar (only for sony)

RT


« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2009, 04:30 »
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I hadn't checked the list for the 5D mark II though (before now).  It seems that Lexar has some pretty good cards as well.
Canon 5D mark II memory card speed tests


Don't buy a Lexar card to use in a 5D Mark2, sometimes they don't work, at least two of them didn't work in mine and after a bit of Google searching I discovered that Lexar and Canon cameras don't have the best relationship!
I've never had a problem with any Sandisk cards though.

« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2009, 04:46 »
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I used to 'always use Sandisk' until I realised that the last two 4GB cards I'd bought from eBay were actually fake! By that time I'd used them hundreds of times without any problems over about 18 months.

I'm actually fairly sceptical that the supposed differences in performance are worth the money. They all seem to be the same to me. There's no moving parts (other than electrons) and they are probably all manufactured in a very small number of plants worldwide. You may be surprised to know that there are only two plants that produce all the world's ethylene glycol (antifreeze) and it's the same with granular salt (for your dishwasher).

Currently my main cards are 3 x 8GB, one Sandisk and two Kingston.

« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2009, 04:55 »
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I agree with you to some extent gostwyck, but they DO make improvements in memory cards so to think that the $20 card is as good as the $200 card is a bit of a stretch.  To do the test yourself, find your oldest card (assuming you have one about 5 years old) and take a few pictures in rapid fire mode and see how long it takes to save them.  For me I saw a big difference. 



« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2009, 05:09 »
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That's a good idea __ I will try it out to see what happens.

In reality I usually buy the card one below the very latest model, Sandisk III rather than Sandisk IV for example. I assume I'm getting most of the performance for a lot less money.

I only rarely shoot high-speed sports, etc and have always assumed that the main limitation is the camera's own processing speed rather than the card itself. I note that when Canon specify the camera's capability of 9 fps or whatever they never add a clause "when used with such and such type of card".

« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2009, 05:14 »
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I use Kingston. I never had problems with Kingston memory. The only memory sard I had problem with was Acer.

« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2009, 05:37 »
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That's a good idea __ I will try it out to see what happens.

In reality I usually buy the card one below the very latest model, Sandisk III rather than Sandisk IV for example. I assume I'm getting most of the performance for a lot less money.

I only rarely shoot high-speed sports, etc and have always assumed that the main limitation is the camera's own processing speed rather than the card itself. I note that when Canon specify the camera's capability of 9 fps or whatever they never add a clause "when used with such and such type of card".

Even an Ultra II is more than enough for most purposes. For Sports not of course... But the camera has anyway a buffer so you can take the first few images in the highest speed possible, no matter how fast the card.
I use Sandisk as well, never had a problem and they are reasonable priced.

« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2009, 07:24 »
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I have Extreme III, Ultra IIs and some Kingstons.  Kingstons are painfully slow to write and read, while I have zero complaints about the Sandisk cards.  I wouldn't go to any other maker than Sandisk after trying the Extremes.


« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2009, 07:48 »
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CF Hoodman RAW Pro 300x


« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2009, 08:32 »
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Primarily I use Sandisk, but have also used Kingston and Toshiba.

« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2009, 10:08 »
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I mainly use Sandisk, but I wait to buy them on sale because they are expensive.  I have also used Transcend and Kingston though with no problems from either.  

Transcend are a really good bargain and seem to read and write fast and have held up for about a year of regular use (so far, and still going), so I would recommend them.

« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2009, 10:49 »
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I have just two memory cards. One of them is 1GB Sandisk and the other is a 2GB generic brand. Both have worked well for over a year. I don't usually do any action or sports photography, so I haven't really assessed the speed of either.

« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2009, 12:11 »
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I imagine there is one maybe two places where they are made in the world.

« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2009, 13:50 »
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Fastest at the moment. I guess underneath they use common flash memories. Is there any media manufacturer info available like for DVDs and CDs?

Squat

  • If you think you know, you know squat
« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2009, 14:05 »
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I guess I am the odd man out. I use a Panasonic Class 6 SDHC 16 gig. I had a great deal on it when I bought my camera . Been using it regularly and of course, my 2 battery paks run out before I can even fill up my mem card , even shooting RAW and RAW+ , Ext Dyn ISO combined of 200 and 400 ,sequential drive,with my 14.6MP cam.
« Last Edit: July 06, 2009, 14:10 by tan510jomast »

« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2009, 15:32 »
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I use SanDisk only, here my choice:

2x Sandisk Extreme IV 16GB
2x Sandisk Extreme III 32GB

bye!

Squat

  • If you think you know, you know squat
« Reply #21 on: July 06, 2009, 16:43 »
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I agree with you to some extent gostwyck, but they DO make improvements in memory cards so to think that the $20 card is as good as the $200 card is a bit of a stretch.  To do the test yourself, find your oldest card (assuming you have one about 5 years old) and take a few pictures in rapid fire mode and see how long it takes to save them.  For me I saw a big difference. 


I have to agree with Tyler. With my K20D using the Panasonic 16 g Class 6 SDHC, I can do RAW and RAW+ rapid firing to create similar time lapse motion slides shooting over 40 -50 frames with only a short wait. With my older Olympus E3 which is only 7MP and uses the older Class 2 or 4 (I think, since it's 5 years old) CF card, I can't even shoot off sequential shots without having to wait till I fall asleep.
(exaggeration, .. lol.. but I think you catch my drift). It will work if I shoot SQ or HQ jpg, but not with RAW. (there is no option for RAW+ either . If it did, I am sure it will be even slower , since it has to process 2 images each time).

« Reply #22 on: July 06, 2009, 16:44 »
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When I purchased the camera at Calumet, they did not have a huge variety of CF cards and I bought their brand (name??), 4GB.  Then I purchased a Sandisk Extreme II 4GB.  I never had any issue with either one.

In my A620, I use Kingston, SD 1GB. I have two memories, and one of them has a fault that make me always lose one frame.  I wonder why formatting doesn't mark that particular areas as faulty?

PS: I believe Caulmet is Calumet?  But it is not the name of my memory.

« Reply #23 on: July 06, 2009, 17:05 »
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Wow. I am surprised how large a market share sandisk has.

« Reply #24 on: July 06, 2009, 17:12 »
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in my house (so not just me) we've had 1 pny and 5 ebay cheapies (2 different 'brands' of these) sdcards die.  we had 7 sandisk from there basic to ultra II's and not one of them every had a problem.

after changing system I bought 16gb kingston, 8gb transcend, and sony memory stick, seem ok but havent really used enough.  

« Reply #25 on: July 06, 2009, 17:54 »
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In reality I usually buy the card one below the very latest model, Sandisk III rather than Sandisk IV for example. I assume I'm getting most of the performance for a lot less money.


I do exactly the same.  I use  mainly  a 8gb Sandisk Extreme III  and I am looking for a 16gb same kind.

Don't forget that video may require much more speed and capacity on your next card!

Claude

KB

« Reply #26 on: July 06, 2009, 18:18 »
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Kingston, Lexar, Sandisk, and Transcend.

The only card I've ever had a problem with has been the Sandisk. It doesn't play nice with the 5D II video mode; freezes the camera often. Others have reported the same problem, but Sandisk doesn't seem to acknowledge it. (A quick google search would clue them in.)

ETA: Don't get me wrong, though. Not all Sandisk cards have this problem. It seems to happen mostly with Sandisk 8GB Extreme IIIs, the 30MBS version.

rinderart

« Reply #27 on: July 06, 2009, 19:27 »
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CF Hoodman RAW Pro 300x



DITTO, 2 16's for the D3

« Reply #28 on: July 07, 2009, 01:23 »
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An interesting comparison (a bit old):

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJhjLLoSa1A[/youtube]

RacePhoto

« Reply #29 on: July 15, 2009, 13:25 »
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So the guy has a fake Sandisk card?  ;D

Back a few years I was looking up the serial numbers on some cards to see how fast they were, and who really made them. Interesting was that most of the cards come from the same factory and have different plastic and labels, but inside are the identical chips.

Sorry to say that aside from the fakes, the chips in the cards may only come from three sources, which means the card brand is hardly as important as some people would think it is.

I have a number of "cheap" Walgreen's SD cards that I got on sale. They work fine. I suspect they are private label Scandisk cards.

http://wiki.forum.nokia.com/index.php/TSS000728_-_Retrieving_memory_card_unique_ID

Can't find the one that listed who really makes the various brands of cards.

Fake Scandisk card thread, with some identification tips.

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/archive/index.php/t-198298.html

Last of all and have some fun. How to spot a fake memory card.

http://www.overclockers.com.au/wiki/Fake_Memory_Cards

« Last Edit: July 15, 2009, 13:47 by RacePhoto »

grp_photo

« Reply #30 on: July 15, 2009, 14:08 »
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Always the cheapest! (many of them are from kingston and toshiba some are noname etc). Once I had the bad idea to buy an expensive one (260,- Euro) from sandisk which was the only I had an unrecoverable Data-Loss send it back to Sandisk took ages to get it back, with the message they couldn't find an error on the card, put it an another camera again data-loss and the same mistake. I collected over 100 Cards over the last 8 years and the cheap ones have been always reliable under all circumstances (bending them put them in the washing-machine by mistake etc). DON'T BUY SANDISK!

« Reply #31 on: July 16, 2009, 07:17 »
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I use Sandisk Ultra, and prefer smaller 2-4 gig disk. I change disk after each important shoot or session. I believe it better to have many smaller disks than one large disk. Just in case one bites the ghost, lost, washer, or etc.

« Reply #32 on: July 16, 2009, 16:28 »
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I did mark Delkin because I caught some on sale a few years ago and they have performed well. Still alive and kicking. Otherwise I usually go Sandisk Ultra.

« Reply #33 on: July 17, 2009, 01:19 »
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Im using sandisk
But now i like using V-GEN, because its cheap and you can trade-in for a bigger capacity  ;D


 

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