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Post Options Post Options   Quote fmajor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2008 at 02:57
I have a Lexar 2GB 133X WA and never a failure or glitch of any kind in 2 years of shooting.
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The cards I have are:
2GB Fuji xD,
2GB Fuji xD,
16MB SD,
32MB SD,
64MB SD,
256MB SD,
1GB SD,
2GB SD x 4,
4GB Lexar SDHC,
256MB Dane-Elec CF,
1GB i-Pro CF,
2GB A-Data CF,
4GB Hitachi MD,
6GB Hitachi MD,
4GB CF,
4GB CF,
4GB CF.
All San-Disk unless marked.

Apart from it being obvious I am unable to discard anything that looks like it might be vaguely useful, I have had the following failures:

0

And that's the truth.

I, too have washed and dried one of the cards, and a 2GB SD card was bent almost in half (creased the case). It still worked, though - I just stopped using it.

I try not to remove a card from a camera - unless, obviously, I'm out and fill a card.
All images are downed from the camera (any camera) via the tether, then immediately backed up (no processing) and I use the camera to format the card immediately.

The cards are generally kept to the same device - although one of the 4GB ExtremeIII cards floats between a700 and 7D with seemingly no ill effects.

Some of the cards have seen thousands and thousands of shots. Some, like the Hitachi MD's are kept purely for emergency back-ups as they're sooooooo ssssslllloooowwww. I do shoot a bit on them and re-format every couple of months just so they don't forget what they are. And I like the noise they make when they wind up ;)


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Shaocaholica Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2008 at 06:51
Originally posted by PhotoTraveler PhotoTraveler wrote:


2) Never by cards from ebay or similar. I still do not understand why folks buy from ebay, of course this isn't just cards, but about anything. Ebay is not a store. It's an action site, it's for used things. If it's new, and it's on ebay, don't buy it. And besides we all know most the cards on ebay now are fake. By them from real place, reputable places like BH, newegg, or best buy.


You must have gotten burned on ebay. I've bought plenty of "new" things on ebay that ended up being "real" and at a steal of a price. Sure there are scammers on ebay just like there are scams everywhere.

I recently bought a Lexar 300x UDMA 8GB card off ebay for $150 new. It came still shrink wrapped with the factory sticker. Packaging was way too fancy to be a knock off. Original warranty papers, etc. Shows up as 8GB in my A700, burst shooting confirms the speed is right and blazingly fast.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote DaFoot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2008 at 12:44
I only have 2x2Gb SanDisk extreme IV.

No problems as yet, but then compared to a lot of folks I'm a very light user
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Ronald Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2008 at 12:58
I'd be more worried about bent contact pins in the camera. Using an in camera USB2 will minimize these kind of errors. On the other hand, you should from time to time pull out the card to avoid corrosion, as the contacts are self-cleaning.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mauricio Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2008 at 13:36
I had a 1Gb Lexar fail when downloading from 5D to portable hard drive after about 8 months trouble free use. It was bought in 2005 and at L60 was an expensive consumable. It was returned to the UK supplier and they replaced it FOC and I've had no further problems with that or my other 2 cards which are Sandisk. Other than away from base, I download direct to my PC and always format in camera. I have a card reader which I take away with me but avoid using it.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote numo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2008 at 13:49
I never had a card fail on me - I use them in cameras, PDA and also as a solid-state device to boot my firewall from. However, none of these was used in a way that would write one place very often - 10000 pictures with 100 pictures on a card only means 100 writes on each place.

I had one card that simply refused to work in a particular device (other ones were fine).

A colleague had one card failed on him. It was none of the big brands (he said it was Apacer, but wasn't too sure).

Other than that I personally do not know anyone who ever had such failure.
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I have 2 Sandisk Ultra II 1Gb CF and 1 Sandisk Ultra II 4Gb CF for my dSLRs and a pile of Sandisk MS duo 512Mb and 1Gb for my cellphones and compact digicam.

I've been using card memorys for at least 10 years now and never ever experienced one single problem.
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1-Have you ever had a card failure? No
2-What size card resides in the camera? Normally Sandisk 1Gb
3-Do you download with a card reader or the camera tethered? Card reader
4-Do you delete all pics or reformat after downloading? Delete all
5-How many frames has the card seen? No idea, but a fair number

I've never had a problem with my cheaper CF cards or smartmedia cards either.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Glyn R Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 April 2008 at 23:03
Never had a CF card failure. Though I did buy just 1gb cards until recently just in case. I use Integral iPro 100x and Sandisk Extreme 3. Now with bigger files I use 2 & 4gb cards. Latest version of Extreme 3 is 30Mbps. I have had Hard drive failures though so now always have external backup drives.
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1-Have you ever had a card failure?
NO

2-What size card resides in the camera?
Usually 4GB, now 8GB

3-Do you download with a card reader or the camera tethered?
Both, primarily card reader now

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

5-How many frames has the card seen?
My 4GB 133x Lexar has probably seen 10K+. I have 2 4GB 300x that I rotate in and now 2 8GB 300x. Also had 1GB Sandisk Extreme III that saw 5K or so with no issues.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ferretracer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 November 2008 at 22:23
I never had a card failure

I've had 1, 2 and 4 Gb cards.

All have been Sanddisk except for 1 Kingston 1gb card.

I download mostly with the CF card slot on the computer.

As for frames, I could only estimate that each has seen around 2-4K each.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fuzzphoto Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2009 at 21:06
Zero failures on CF cards.

Canon branded 32 MB
Kingston elite pro 256 MB
Sandisk Ultra II 1GB
Sandisk Ultra II 4GB
Kingston elite pro 8 GB

One failure on an SD card in a pocket PC (a Dane-elec 128 MB card, ages ago), but card worked fine after that for months.

I sometimes have corrupted files when downloading a card onto my HD, but that's because I always have Win XP run 10-15 apps at the same time, and I use a nickel&dime card reader. I just download them again and they're fine.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2009 at 21:20
Zero failures sofar (since 2006) with ~20000 clicks combined on KM5D and A700. Both cameras still in use.

Pretec 512 MB 80x
Pretec 1 GB 80x
2 x Lexar Platinum II 2 GB 80x
Kingston Ultimate 4 GB 133x (default card for KM5D)
Transcend 8GB 133x (default card for A700)

No other SD or MS failures either

I always take the card out and put in a reader

After I backed up to two external HD I format the card in camera
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