Best Compact Flash Card for 5DmkII

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RobMattingley
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:47AM
I decided to get the 5DmkII (thanks for your help folks!) and now I need to figure out which Compact Flash card I should get!  I am guessing that the 5DmkII is probably the most used camera by the people in the forums so I am hoping you can help me out with the decision! 

Some background to help with your suggestions would be that I don't plan on doing a lot of video (at least not at the start) and don't plan on shooting continuously (so I don't need a high-end card that can handle 90MB/s) - and I'm hoping to spend less than $100 if possible (but willing to spend more if needed).

I've done some searching online (Costco, FutureShop, BestBuy) and the following are the ones I am thinking about - the order is based on how I found them not in order of preference:

Transcend 32GB 133x ($48.99)
Transcend 16GB 600x ($99.99)
Kingston 32GB 600x ($99.99)
Kingston 16GB 600x ($62.99)
Lexar 8GB Platinum II 200x ($19.99 on sale)
SanDisk 16GB Extreme 60MB/s ($79.99 on sale but no availability info on BestBuy.ca)
SanDisk 8GB Extreme 60MB/s ($59.99 on sale)
SanDisk 16GB Ultra 30MB/s ($59.99 on sale)
SanDisk 8GB Ultra II ($39.99 on sale)

Based on your experiences with any of these cards, what would you suggest I get? 

Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks,
Rob

ASIDE: I know this question has probably been asked multiple times in the past - but unfortunately when I do a forum search on "Compact Flash" I just get threads about flashes in general and not memory cards - haha!  I did find one that Kelvin asked about four years ago HERE but since that was so long ago, people might now have different opinions.

ETA: I had the wrong link in the "thanks for your help folks" link!  I figure just in case someone stumbles on this thread years from now I'd better not confuse them!


(Edited on 2012-11-12 17:14:40 by RobMattingley)
ClarkandCompany
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:53AM
Always used SanDisk Extreme CF cards with zero problems. Some of them come bundled with Recovery Software which saved my bacon once. Just becareful and buy from a reputable dealer there are a lot of fake cards around.
Feverstockphoto
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:13AM
I have Transcend 133x 16GB and couple of 8GB. Also have couple of Kingston 8GB 133x. Had a couple of Scandisk as well can't remember speed maybe same (one was fake). All are/were fine for still and video. I like Transcend good price and do well on fast shooting buffering and still going strong after several years. Smaller sizes seem to be a bit quicker if needed. I rotate cards as well. Large cards can hold more but also if fail can lose more! .
Whiteway
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:40AM
Transcend 400X 32GB here. I've used them for around a year with no problems.

My habit with memory cards is to leave them in the camera, format them in the camera, and use a USB cord to transfer images to computer. I think that contributes to reliability.
kelvinjay
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:52AM
Rob Galbraith tests

May be useful reference.

I've never had any issues with a variety of Transcend 8 and 16 GB cards some are 120x and others 133x. Never had buffering issues with either. Enjoy your new purchase
RobMattingley
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:24AM
Thanks for the comments so far everyone - very much appreciated!  It sounds like I probably could get away with a cheaper option which is great.  Thankfully my last P&S actually used a CF card so I have a 2GB that will get me by for a couple days - so if anyone else wants to offer their two cents, please do so!

And yes Kelvin, I think I'm definitely going to enjoy my new purchase!!  However, the pressure is now on to come up with some awesome stock concepts to put it to good use! Thankfully the family photo stuff has already started and I'm already seeing a huge difference even just on the three inch screen!
BanksPhotos
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:34PM
I have a bunch of Kingston cards, 4, 8 and a handful of these 16GB which I currently use first in my 5D II.

The 16s are a perfect for me, cheap enough to have many, they work for video and I have never had an issue with reliability.

(Edited on 2012-11-11 21:35:32 by BanksPhotos)
pixelfit
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:57AM
I have sandisk, kingston and transcend cards with different speeds. No problem with any except one old 1gb sandisk extreme II. My opinion is there is no need to buy only expensive cards, my cheaper ones works great.
matthewleesdixon
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:42AM
I use Sandisk 30mb/s 8Gb cards with no problems, never had a corrupt card yet. I use the 60mb/s cards for video.
RobMattingley
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:39AM
Thanks everyone!  I'm very glad to hear that no one has any any issues with the cards I listed above.  I guess I might as well go with either the SanDisk 16GB Ultra 30MB/s ($59.99 on sale) or the Transcend 16GB 133x ($29.99).  Actually, I could always get two of the Transcend ones for the same price as the SanDisk one so I guess I might just go that route.

But from what I am hearing, it sounds like I'd be better off getting two 16GB cards instead of one 32GB card (even if the price is a bit more)?
rafalkrakow
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:51AM
Rob, my two cents... sandisk and lexar has been working good for me. Buy good one, just in case you like the video recording
kelvinjay
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:32PM
Yeah. I'd always go for slightly smaller cards. Eggs and baskets etc.
simazoran
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Posted Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:37AM
+1 for Transcend
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