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Post Options Post Options   Quote al Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2012 at 03:45
I buy Sandisk only, and never had any problems with any CF cards, from 256MB to 4GB. The only CF card that gave me problems was a Kingston 8GB elite pro. I got that card with a used A200.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tricky01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2012 at 08:32
I bought a second hand "Photofast G-Monster CompactFlash CF 533X UDMA 32GB". They get good reviews but it kept causing an error on my A900 every 10 or so shots. Turning the A900 off and then on again fixed it for another dozen shots but after a few cycles of doing this I realised it was corrupting most of those shots it appeared to be saving anyway.

I returned the card to the seller and now revert back to using the sandisk and transcend (CF) and Sony and Sandisk (MS) cards that I've always used without fault.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ricardovaste Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 March 2012 at 12:28
I think with my first dSLR, the a100, I had one file develop an error, but that was months after it had been processed, so it was likely a computer problem. And even so, it was with the card that came with the camera.

So I've never had a card fail that I've bought. I've stuck to sandisk extreme and ultra cards. Despite not having a failure, I do still use quite small cards because if a card were to fail with (for example) and entire wedding on, it would not look very professional at all. It doesn't take long to switch cards, 15 seconds? You just need a system for where you store your used cards, where you get your new cards from... and the swap is quick. Perhaps 3 minutes time in total spent over an entire day. Also, you obviously don't use the card right up to FULL - you switch when the time is appropriate, judging for what is around the corner, and how much space you have left on your current card. One final point is the extra card slot on our Alphas, always have a card in here as well so if needed you can make a very quick switch in even shorter time.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sublimity Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 March 2012 at 18:25
I've had a 32GB Transcend 400x fail in my pile of a dozen or so CF cards of various capacities.

I find it interesting that quite a few in this thread comment that Sandisk is faster than Lexar. In my experience, using 300x or 400x cards, Lexar always seemed faster, both when downloading and when clearing the camera buffer.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Silver Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 April 2012 at 08:30
used 1 CompactFlash Sandisk Extreme III 4GB card since 2006 on the Alpha100 and its still working.

Thinking about RAW format sizes and getting the Alpha77
Im now getting 2 SD cards with 32GB :)
can be good to have an extra card, especially if away with no laptop to empty the cards too :)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Epic Win Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 May 2012 at 15:21
i had two trandence 16gb 133x bail out on me slowly after ample warnings. I was about to start a thread on this. Sandisk however is still going strong.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote wetapunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 June 2012 at 02:00
So far I've stuck to Lexar & Sandisk CF cards, and Sony MS cards. My reasoning has always been that after spending thousands on camera gear, and more thousands to get to a foreign destination, saving a few bucks on a cheap card and risking failure, didn't make sense.

The only time I've had a kind of failure is when I uploaded a card onto a portable drive, and the drive failed. Which is why I no longer use a portable drive on trips, but just stock up on cards. This is a lot easier given how much cheaper they are now then when I started.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sigurd Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 March 2013 at 17:32
I have always Bought Patriot LX 32gb 10x cards. I have never had problems with them on the a77 but the a99 will not use them.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote PeterB Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2014 at 08:06
I always user my computers card reader. Never had a card breaking on me .. except the one rolled over wit a chair. I do forget to remove the card from the reader occasionally. Having a Sony memory stick as second card saved the day more than once. I typically reformat the card.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote zbozic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 February 2014 at 20:34
Originally posted by stiuskr stiuskr wrote:



1-Have you ever had a card failure?

2-What size card resides in the camera?

3-Do you download with a card reader or the camera tethered?

4-Do you delete all pics or reformat after downloading?

5-How many frames has the card seen?

From these choices here I'd be most interested in the first two.


1 - no
2 - 32Gb class 10
3 - card reader
4 - reformat always
5 - aprox 1200 raw, 1700 jpg
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Post Options Post Options   Quote sploosher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 February 2014 at 21:05
I always use a card reader on the pc to download images and have never had any problems.

I always format the cards in the camera after doing so.

I have 2 Lexar 8GB Professional UDMA 400x cards and 1 Lexar 4GB Professional UDMA 300x card in my A700.

I also use a Lexar 16GB SDHC UHS-1 400x in the A550.

For my wife and her A350, we have 2 Sony 4GB UDMA 300x cards.

so far all good and no failures.............
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Shelldrake Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 February 2014 at 21:18
I use 16 and 32 Gb Patriot LX class 10; CF and SDHC cards, which I always
download with a card reader and delete after downloading.
I only reformat the card occasionally.
I have never had any sort of problem with these cards used this way.
As an aside I have always been told to use this method in case there is a power surge
or power failure or lightning strike etc, with the camera connected to the computer.
Better to blow a card rather than the camera.
I have actually had a lightning strike on my computer.
Fortunately it blew the first link in the chain which was the modem.
It literally blew the modem chip apart.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote p-unit Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 March 2014 at 19:37
I also use Sandisk exclusively, never had one fail as of yet!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Azurael Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 June 2014 at 14:59
I've worked in photographic retail for a number of years now and certain things do seem to stand out - XD cards (remember those?) are like timebombs - they always seem to fail eventually (I'm guessing that's down to the controllerless cards depending upon the camera to do wear levelling) but aside from cheapo eBay jobs, I've not seen many SD/CF cards actually fail over the years - as others have said, corruption is a different issue and seems to be largely preventable by reformatting the cards after each use. Unless you're buying a Samsung/Toshiba/Sandisk card, it's a bit of a random bet as to who made the flash memory inside it anyway.

Now the casings of SD cards breaking, and bent pins in CF slots - are a different story. For some reason I've had several Sandisk SDs disintegrate on me within the last few years, lucky they've got a lifetime warranty! Perhaps it's just coincidence and there's nothing wrong with the shells of Sandisk cards, but these cards were all far newer than the much abused PNY 16GB card which has been in and out of cameras so much in the ~5 years I've owned it that all the writing on the label has worn away!
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