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    Posted: 16 October 2014 at 11:52
Guy's can you tell me please do both the Compact Flash 1 and 2 memory cards fit in the A700?
Also which brand of memory card would you recommend bearing in mind I'm not bothered about fast speeds or large capacity preferably using the top 3 i.e. SanDisk, Lexar and Kingston.
Thanks in anticipation.....Stu.


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With my A700 I used Sandisk cards - both 30 and 60 Mb/s versions.

You will see 3 advantages with using a faster card

1) Quicker to transfer images to your PC (particularly if you use a fast (USB3 or Firewire) external CF reader)

2) Slightly longer burst mode - if shooting at 5 fps a faster card will allow 1-2 more images in a burst before slowdown (as it gets time to shift images from the buffer to the card during the burst).

3) Possibly faster review speed after shooting - I only really noticed this when I switched to the MS backup card, when the delay in reviewing an image after a burst was significantly longer then when using the faster CF card.

Which reminds me - it's always worth sticking a MS in the backup slot, a4GB MS costs very little, but having it there 'in reserve' for when your main CF becomes full can be priceless!
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Thanks for that info Faldrax, but does both the mk1 and 11 types fit?
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I don't know if type II cards fit - my recollection is that these are mainly the old 'microdrive' cards, and Wikepedia suggests they are a bit thicker, so maybe not.



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Compact Flash 1 card and Sony MS Pro/Pro Duo cards fit the A700. CF cards are very cheap depending on capacity and speed. This info should be in the user manual and the PDF manual which you can download from your regional Sony website with any software/firmware updates.
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Originally posted by Faldrax Faldrax wrote:



Which reminds me - it's always worth sticking a MS in the backup slot, a4GB MS costs very little, but having it there 'in reserve' for when your main CF becomes full can be priceless!


Absolutely a must have item!!! I have them in my A700's and A900. Really comes in handy if you leave a card at home in the reader.
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Directly from the owner's manual, page 170: [Recording Media] CompactFlash card (Type I,II), Microdrive, "Memory Stick Duo".
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I use Lexar Professional 400x 8GB UDMA Compact flash in my A700, very fast and never have to wait when burst shooting
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Thanks very much for all the info Guy's.
Would you say Lexar is as good as SanDisk as they tend to be a bit cheaper ?
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Originally posted by cajokid48 cajokid48 wrote:

Thanks very much for all the info Guy's.
Would you say Lexar is as good as SanDisk as they tend to be a bit cheaper ?

Ahoy!

Don't get bogged down with names per-se, but it's fair to say most are as good as each other and some may have phenomenal write/read speeds, though you'll pay a premium price for top-end cards, so get the best size and speed you can afford, but don't buy anything below 266x as you'll be waiting for ages for the camera to write to the card otherwise and if you're shooting fast action in CAF in sequential mode, you'll need a card that can keep up with the frame rate (I'm sure the A700 is 7 fps, so pretty quick).

Lexar, Transcend, Kingston, Delkin, Fuji, SanDisk etc are all perfectly fine. On thing you need to do is buy a card fast enough for rapid fire sequential shooting so the camera buffer doesn't fill up and slow everything down. I would also encourage you to shoot in RAW as this is the digital negative and JPEG is the processed format for printing or uploading to web space etc.

I've owned virtually every card make a speed rating, though bang for buck, I found the Transcend 32GB 400x UDMA CF card (model TS32GCF400) to be a perfectly decent affordable card, pus you have a lifetime warranty and free image recovery software.



Features

Ultra-fast 400x performance with four-channel support
Manufactured with brand-name MLC NAND Flash chips
Conforms to CF Type I standards
Data transfer rate Read 90MB/sec (Max)
Data transfer rate Write 60MB/sec (Max)
Support high-end DSLR
CompactFlash 4.1 compliant
Built-in hardware ECC technology for detecting and correcting errors
ATA interface
Low power consumption
Multi-platform compatibility
RoHS compliant
EAN: 0760557817178
UPC: 760557817178

Manufacturers tech/specs info page here.

In the UK they're under GBP 30.00 (new/delivered) and USD $43.00. Both prices are from their respective amazon websites, but you find them cheaper elsewhere, but I would advise you don't buy off eBay as there are far too many clones out there being offered as the genuine article. Just put a WTB ad in the Dyxum classifieds section and also repeat on your local private classified websites plus camera sites such as Photoclubalpha, DPReview and Talk Photography for example if you intend to buy used.
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Cheers Pirate, that's useful information, thanks very much everyone.
Don't forget if you live in the Midlands and fancy a meet we can plan now ready for next spring and get off to a flying start.    Stu.
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Some time ago I did a series of comparisons for memory cards in the a700 which can be found here.

The best results I got at the time were for 266x CF cards - faster (300x and up) cards did work, but not as fast as the 266x variants - I think that cards above this level may have unpredictable performance in the a700 due to the version of UMDA gernerally in use (UMDA 6?) at the time the camera was released...
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