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Are all flash cards made the same?

Discussion in 'Nikon DX DSLR Forum' started by dx379, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. dx379


    Jul 9, 2008
    Tulsa, OK

    When I purchased my camera it came with a no-name 4gb memory card. I have been looking at replacing it with a name brand - but wasn't sure if there was any difference between one name to the next. Any advice? (For a D300)

  2. adaml


    Feb 21, 2006
    Sandisk and Lexar are the biggest sellers in memory cards because in my experience they are the most reliable.

    A memory card is the weakest link in the image capture chain. Don't lose your images because you took them on an unreliable memory card.
  3. fks


    Apr 30, 2005
    sf bay area
    hi jonny-

    a good place to start is rob galbraith's database of memory cards, which focuses on read and write speeds for specific DSLR's. this is one of the main differences between the different cards and the reason why some cards cost more than others of the same capacity.

    i don't know of a site that tests reliability, which is another concern when it comes to memory. i personally stick to lexar and sandisk because of their reputation and performance.

  4. dx379


    Jul 9, 2008
    Tulsa, OK
    Thank you both very much. I will look into that.

  5. digitalzed


    May 14, 2006
    N. Cal
    I'm hesitant to stray away from the big two also. They have a deserved reputation for good products with lifetime warranties. Both companies also have recovery software that's sometimes free or at a decent price. And they're always offering rebates, you just need to look around. You may not need the fastest card, but stick with a good name that you can trust.
  6. Kqw1208

    Kqw1208 Guest

    Sandisk Extreme IV cards are what I use.
  7. Micky


    Feb 29, 2008
    Just don't buy them off eBay...

    Make sure you get genuine cards from a reputable dealer.
    Faster is always better...
  8. I have Sandisk, Lexar, Transcend, and A-Data in 2's, 4's, and 16's. The only difference I see between them, other than write speed to the computer, is price.
  9. rgordin


    Jun 3, 2008
    Washington, DC
    The better Sandisk CF and SD disks now have substantial rebates. The proportionate amount of the rebate increases with the number of cards that you buy. See, for example, the prices at Adorama: http://www.adorama.com/Search-Results.tpl?page=searchresults&searchinfo=sandisk extreme If you download the rebate form, it will list the participating dealers. Be careful when you fill out the rebate form. Last time Sandisk did this, you had a choice of the rebate amount (which came in a Visa debit card) or a slightly higher credit that had to be used at the dealer.

    Question - Is there really much advantage in the Extreme IV over the Extreme III ? There is quite a difference in price.
  10. topher04r1

    topher04r1 Guest

    when it comes to cards you get what you pay for .... seriously...
  11. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    I only use San Disk.
  12. ANDS


    Aug 2, 2008
    While you do get what you pay for, like anything sometimes more isnt better. For the great majority of people a 20 dollar 4GIG Kingston 133X flash will more than suffice their needs. If you are genuinely shooting subjects that will tax the WRITE speed of your card, then for sure go for those premium cards (or if you want to "impress" clients, by all means sweeten them up by letting them know you ONLY use "high quality" 8GIG Extreme IV Sandisks). For those doing simple portrait work, or in this for the hobbyist side of things, really how FAST do you need the camera to dump a full buffer, and when have you ever actually filled the buffer? The D300 has a buffer of what 30 for RAW images (and increases as you dial down the quality). More than enough for the majority of users.
  13. fks


    Apr 30, 2005
    sf bay area
    i've washed a couple of CF cards, but they were out of the washer on the same day, not fourteen months later!

    out of all the memory cards formats that i've used, the one that i consider the most robust is CF. i doubt that SD would survive in those same conditions.


  14. dx379


    Jul 9, 2008
    Tulsa, OK
    Thank you everyone for your responses :smile:

  15. CF cards are the one thing I will never cheap out on.
  16. fivegrand

    fivegrand Guest

    I buy the cheapest 100x (or faster) cards that I can find.

    Interestingly enough, the brand is most often the brand name of the manufacturer that makes the cards for BOTH Sandisk and Lexar.
  17. I'm in the electronics assembly industry, and many of the card makers are my customers. I specialize in controlling static electricity (ESD). I can tell you, you get what you pay for which is why I use SanDisk. I've never had a problem after about 200,000 images. You paid thousands for your gear, why would you buy a cheap card? Like putting cheap tires on a Porsche.
  18. KeithR


    Jun 21, 2008
  19. ANDS


    Aug 2, 2008
    "Cheap" does not neccesarily mean low quality and "prone to splosions". Sandisk and Lexar have done quite a number on the marketing of their product. I bet given the resources, I could find just as many dissatisfied Sandisk users as Transcend or RiData.
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