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| p.1 #20 · SanDisk v. Lexar CF Cards |
Lars Johnsson wrote:
He asked about speed and fps burst capability from the cards. Every card is different then. Most times even the same cards/brand in different sizes have a bit different speed. And they have different speed in different bodies. "Cards is Cards. That's like saying Cameras is Cameras and Lenses is Lenses You are a landscape shooter where speed doesn't matter at all. But he specifically asked about speed and fps bursts. If you buy 5 different brands of cards that all say 600x or 90mbs. All those cards will have very different speed in your camera
As long as the card meets or exceeds the specs for your camera, brand differences are basically irrelevant. Memory has pretty much become a commodity item at this point.
There is quite a bit of mythology about memory brands. This thread itself provides a fair amount of evidence in that regard. And a "bit different in speed" when talking about similar and properly- or over-spec'ed cards is hardly significant enough to justify spending any significantly larger amount of money. In particular, there is no evidence that any recognized brand is "more reliable" than other decent brands. About all we have in this regard are subjective feelings from individual users or personal stories about individuals who had a problem with some card and then came to blame it on the brand.
In fact, what most of us who use a lot of cards actually do is more like: buy a decent card that has the specs your camera requires, and buy any brand from a reliable vendor at relatively low price. I haven't purchased a SanDisk or Lexar or other "name brand" card in years.
To some extent your provocative statement about cameras is closer to the truth than you might think, though there certainly can be differences among models within brands, just as there can be significant difference among cards from a manufacturer when they have various levels of specifications.
(By the way, your comment that I am "landscape shooter where speed doesn't matter at all" was probably intended to suggest that you know my work - and I appreciate that you may be familiar with some of it - but it also confirms that you know only some of my photography. ;-)
Edited on Dec 24, 2012 at 01:32 AM · View previous versions