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Swapan Chaudhuri , Mar 17, 2008; 12:57 a.m.

Will my 1Ds MK II read it and use it as 32 GB ? So, far, the highest one I used was 8 GB. Do I need a firmwire upgrade ? Is one available ?

Planning to buy a couple. Any suggestions ? A Data built quality is terrible from my experience . Never used PNY/Transcend etc. I normally use Sandisk and Lexar ( 8 GB )

Any user of a 32 GB CF on 1Ds MK II ? Suggestions please!




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Jeff Owen , Mar 17, 2008; 07:25 a.m.

I have no experience of these very large cards but my advice (for what it is worth) is use several smaller cards. Not only is it cheaper but in the event of a card problem your losses will be less. The main issue is to have a strict routine for handling lots of cards so you do not overwrite shots you have just taken.

Mike Godwin , Mar 17, 2008; 08:42 a.m.

I'd have to agree with Jeff. I'd rather lose 1 1Gb card and all it's photos then 1 32Gb card and all it's photos. Can you image shooting a whole wedding on 1 card and have it going corrupt at the end of the shoot?

Anthony Zipple , Mar 17, 2008; 09:10 a.m.

Actually, 8 GB cards are perfect for your camera. Unless you have a special need (like unattended time lapse photography), I would stick with them.

G Dan Mitchell , Mar 17, 2008; 09:47 a.m.

I'm not ready to go for 32GB cards yet, but there are downsides to the smaller cards as well. The odds that you'll lose a card increase as you add more cards. I'd be willing to bet that it is far more likely that you'll lose _some_ cards/photos if you carry around a ton of 2 GB cards than if you carry one or two large cards.

It is important to reformat cards in camera between use and to be very careful about offloading and backing up card data.

32 GB seems like a bit too much at this point. I don't know how it works out on your camera, but on my 5D I can store well over 400 RAW images on a 8GB card. If your files are a bit larger, 32 GB would still likely hold something like 1500-1600 files or more.


M Barbu , Mar 17, 2008; 09:57 a.m.

I use the Sandisk Extreme III 16 GB and haven't yet run into a capacity limitation. Also, the only time I've lost data on a CF card is when I was using a Hitachi Microdrive. I've had the Ultra II in 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB capacities, also, without problems. Having said that, I'm not aware of whether or not a 32 GB card would work in your scenario.

Donald Weston , Mar 17, 2008; 10:21 a.m.

I just bought a 32GB Transcend and use it on my 5D. So far so good....Now I know we all tend to be skeptical about large cards but in all honesty how many of us have had a failure? I still have my first 340Mb Microdrive and it works fine. We all felt the same way buying our first 1 or 2 gb cards, how many failures have there been with those? What are the chances? A 32GB card can be used for different things, with a small card reader it can also be used for backing up those 4-8 gb cards that we didn't trust at first either....

Jonny Mac , Mar 17, 2008; 10:26 a.m.


Regardless of the chance of it happening, and I agree it is slim, if you have a once in a lifetime opportunity and all of your pictures are on that card, then if something happens you are going to be very sorry. Whether you are a professional shooting a wedding, or an amateur going on your African Safari, I would be very nervous about losing ALL of my pictures.

M Barbu , Mar 17, 2008; 10:35 a.m.

For what it's worth, even with the Microdrive, the times I've had failures, it's been a handful of images, not the entire card. Jonny, do you know anyone that has lost an entire non-Microdrive compact flash card?

John Bellenis , Mar 17, 2008; 11:50 a.m.

I think we do possibly tend to be overcautious - I only use 4 Gig cards, am fastidious about reformatting in camera and I back up like there's no tomorrow. Even though I have never had any digital data losses I will continue to assume that one is imminent as my living depends on my images.

Now where I DID have losses was with film! I have lost images through film falling off clips in dip/dunk processors and sitting for 1/2 hour in the first dev, through assistants turning darkroom lights on during loading, dirty rollers in roller transport processors scratching films, from third world airport's ancient x-ray machines fogging 100 ISO film, from assistants opening film magazines and dark slides without being cautious, and fogging exposed film, etc. etc. Over a 25 year film career there were all too many "data losses". Luckily never anything terminal as I was always extremely careful (paranoid?) about covering myself in shooting and processing practices.

The reality is that as much as we distrust, and are nervous of, our digital recording media, with just a few sensible precautions, we've never had it so good!

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