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08/19/2003 11:36:08 PM · #1
I just ordered a Canon 10D and now I'm looking at memory. Does anyone have an opinion between a 1 GB Compact Flash card and a 1 GB IBM Microdrive???

Any input would be appreciated.
(I'm leaning towards the microdrive)

JD Anderson
08/19/2003 11:48:47 PM · #2
why did you go with the 10D the Sony 828 is out!
08/19/2003 11:51:17 PM · #3
CF is fine,leasts longer, microdrive can die on you and photos are gone!
08/19/2003 11:52:21 PM · #4
microdrive sucks...too fragile. mine busted after two months
08/20/2003 12:56:00 AM · #5
stick with a CF card....Microdrives are battery hogs and slow...

if the 1gig CF card is too expensive try going with 2 512 CF cards.....thats what I did

James
08/20/2003 01:02:03 AM · #6
CF card!!!

Personaly, I would recomend not putting all your eggs in one basket. Meaning dont go with a one gig card if thats all you hqve cash for. Go with 2 512 cards or 4 256 cards. If one breaks or gets lost you can get by if you have to. If however you have one 1gig card and shoot a birthday party and loose or break the card. Well then you out of luck...

Message edited by author 2003-08-20 01:02:52.
08/20/2003 01:02:30 AM · #7
I agree, get the CF. There's no reason to get a microdrive since the CF is 1gig. Microdrive (the 1gig) was popular BEFORE there were 1gig CF cards. :)
08/20/2003 05:20:38 AM · #8
As a contrary opinion - don't know what you guys did to your Microdrives, but mine was bullet-proof. Got hauled all round Europe, got wet, worked always, temperatures upto 43C - think that's about 110 in funny temp scales - and the killer: it's way faster than CF. It'd be my choice every time, if i needed a whole Gb of storage.

Ed
08/20/2003 05:30:24 AM · #9
I have 2 1 gig Microdrives, which are serving me extremely well, I haven't done any comparison with the 1 gig CF because I don't have one. I am sure that they are both up to the job, the speed at which photos are moved from the camera buffer to the memory card depends on the photo format (jpeg, raw) and is also camera relevant.

I have a Nikon D100 and find when I take raw photos the speed to card is terrible, so unless I am taking some very critical shots I use jpeg format, which for most non-commercial purposes are perfectly acceptable.
08/20/2003 06:05:45 AM · #10
I've had a 1gig Microdrive for a year and haven't lost a single shot, which is more than I can say for the CF in my A40 which has given me the occasional corrupted file.

Having said that, if I was choosing now I would go for 2x512 or 4x256 CF cards. When I bought the MD it was faster, bigger and cheaper than the available CF options. Now it's just cheaper.

Message edited by author 2003-08-20 06:06:25.
08/20/2003 06:16:29 AM · #11
My microdrive (now stolen) was faster than my 12xCF card. In a 602 that is.

Ed
08/20/2003 06:26:55 AM · #12
Originally posted by e301:

My microdrive (now stolen) was faster than my 12xCF card. In a 602 that is.

That's good to hear : )
I've rarely had to use my CF in the 602 so couldn't compare speeds.

Couple of links which may be of interest:
//www.d-store.com/d-store/microtech/ibmmicrodrive/microdrive_or_compaxctflash.htm
//www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=6007
08/20/2003 06:28:18 AM · #13
Check //www.robgalbraith.com for info on the different CF and drives in the D10. I found this after I had several CF's for my D30 and it's quite accurate. It seems that not all CFs are the fastest in all cameras. In my D30, I find both the 1gb and 340mb microdrives to be slower than my Kingston and Lexar 256 cards. If you are shooting action, you want the fastest CF for your camera. An example was this 4th of July, I started with the 1gb drive for storage, but was missing so many bursts that I switched to my 256mb kingston CF. On the other hand though, for this weekend's hot air balloon festival, I shot all morning long with the 1gb drive. Speed wasn't an issue.

I do agree though, don't have just one device. Split it into 4 256 or 2 512 cards. I've had my camera freak out with one card in the middle of a shoot and just lock-up. I just pop another card in and keep going.
08/20/2003 06:31:33 AM · #14
One more thing - Microdrives do use more power than CF, but I've come close to filling mine on a single set of NimH AA's so it ain't that much of a problem.
08/20/2003 09:29:01 AM · #15
I agree -- go with the CF card. I'm very happy with my 1GB CF card, and am glad to not have to worry about having a miniature hard drive with spinning platters in my camera or camera bag.

I've read of numerous CF cards going through the wash from being inadvertently left in a pocket and coming out just fine, pictures and all. Heard some horror stories about failing microdrives from things that wouldn't affect a CF card (like accidentally dropping one from just a couple feet.)
08/20/2003 09:40:26 AM · #16
md's are faster, but use more power

i have been using a 1gb md since 2001 with no worries.

i also think diversqs suggestion of multiple smaller cards to avoid losing vast amts of data is a good one


08/20/2003 10:01:47 AM · #17
I use a 1GB CF card and even shooting servo in RAW format I've seldom had to wait at all for a shot. I did shoot some action shots where I was testing the card but never have been dissatisfied. Mines a 32x. The 512MB are generally 40x or possibly faster now.

Can't compare the speed of a CF and a MD as I've never used an MD. My decision was based on what I heard about battery consumption with the MD's and the idea that the MD is a mechanical tool (hmmmmm, challenge topic??). I haven't had any problems with corrupt files so far but I've only had mine a month (about 5000 photos so far).
08/20/2003 01:17:34 PM · #18
Keep in mind you won't see much improvement (10D camera write speed) going from a 12/16x card to a 40x card. Of course, if you don't care that your camera is the bottleneck and still want breakneck read speeds when transfering to another storage device (USB 2.0 or firewire a must) then maybe a 30-50% increase in price is worth it.

Why not limit yourself to your camera write speed and buy more cards for the same money?
08/27/2003 07:12:46 PM · #19
I got a good "package deal" at 42nd St Photo for my 10D, and the package advertised a uDrive but they swapped it for a 1GB CF card instead at no additional charge. I asked if that saved them money, and they said no, quite the contrary. I expect they give CF when they can, because nobody returns broken CF cards.

I've used CF-backed devices ever since CF first came out, both for PDAs and several digital cameras. I dislike any other format of memory: it's proprietary or it's fragile or it's too small.

Since I've never lost a card with all that swapping back and forth, I don't go for that "all your eggs" argument, but some people lose anything that's not bolted down. I figure that if my ONLY card is IN my camera, and I'm damn well not going to go misplacing a $2000 camera rig, it's safer than a pocket full of smaller cards.
08/27/2003 07:18:28 PM · #20
I bought the 40x anyway, looking to the future. Next DSLR I upgrade to will probably utilize the faster write speeds. By the time I get this one paid off, CF may be obsolete!!

Originally posted by dwoolridge:

Keep in mind you won't see much improvement (10D camera write speed) going from a 12/16x card to a 40x card. Of course, if you don't care that your camera is the bottleneck and still want breakneck read speeds when transfering to another storage device (USB 2.0 or firewire a must) then maybe a 30-50% increase in price is worth it.

Why not limit yourself to your camera write speed and buy more cards for the same money?

08/27/2003 07:48:58 PM · #21
Instead of spending a bunch of money on memory cards, I bought two 512MB CF cards and a 30GB Super Digibin (digital wallet/portable harddrive). The Digibin has a CF slot for downloading images on location, then you can reuse the card (instead of going home).
JD ANderson
08/27/2003 07:56:10 PM · #22
I have a SanDisk 512 Ultra and it's very snappy in my 10D...much faster than the MS Pro in my Sony.
08/27/2003 08:25:37 PM · #23
I just bought a 20GB XDrive II. Charged it last night and haven't had a chance to try it out yet.
08/27/2003 09:37:41 PM · #24
Microdrives are mechanical drives. Mechanical drives cannot reach or sustain speeds that solid state memory can. Having a stack of HDDs in my computer is enough for me.
08/27/2003 09:53:17 PM · #25
Here's a fun toy that can hold 200,000 pictures and more fun stuff.

Message edited by author 2003-08-27 21:54:28.
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