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5D Mark III - Sandisk or Lexar CF Cards
« on: March 07, 2012, 09:41:25 PM »
Im wondering what your opinions are regarding Sandisk and Lexar, I am looking at the 90mbs CF offering's from both company's, I currently have 2 Sandisk 32gm 60mbs cards, but im going to be needing either another two 32gbs cards or one 64gb card. The Lexar being about $100 cheaper, wondering if its quality is the same or if I should just stick with Sandisk. Also will the 60mbs be more than enough for the 5dIII, shooting wedding's (photography) and video (for fun) primarily. Appreciate the comments.
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5D Mark III - Sandisk or Lexar CF Cards
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Re: 5D Mark III - Sandisk or Lexar CF Cards
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2012, 02:52:55 PM »
I use 16GB San Disk Extreme Pro 90mbs cards with my 7D in burst mode and they have been very good.  Very reliable even though they are a bit pricey.  San Disk offers good guarantee for the Extreme Pro cars.
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Re: 5D Mark III - Sandisk or Lexar CF Cards
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2012, 03:06:31 PM »
Im wondering what your opinions are regarding Sandisk and Lexar, I am looking at the 90mbs CF offering's from both company's, I currently have 2 Sandisk 32gm 60mbs cards, but im going to be needing either another two 32gbs cards or one 64gb card. The Lexar being about $100 cheaper, wondering if its quality is the same or if I should just stick with Sandisk. Also will the 60mbs be more than enough for the 5dIII, shooting wedding's (photography) and video (for fun) primarily. Appreciate the comments.

I am using a SanDisk Extreme Pro (64GB/90mbps) in my 1D4 - works very well, I can shoot bursts of RAW+JPEG (both  L) of 20+ pics before it slows down.

Also got a SanDisk Extreme (32GB/60mbps), its very fast as well, using it in my 7D.
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Re: 5D Mark III - Sandisk or Lexar CF Cards
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2012, 06:55:07 PM »
You think its worth getting the 90mbs over the 60mbs for the new 5d3? Im getting 64gb so its a pretty big price difference for someone who just purchased a 5d3, 70-200L IS II, and lightroom all in one month
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Re: 5D Mark III - Sandisk or Lexar CF Cards
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2012, 07:14:15 PM »
Tough question. I am no expert but the slightly lower framerate of the 5D3 in combination with the higher MP should be as demanding as the situation I mentioned on the 1D4.

You could just shoot Raw L and skip the simultaneous JPG recording to lower the data throughput a bit. Also it should depend a lot on what you shoot - only for action, sports, birds, wildlife and other fast moving objects burst shooting and therefore max mbps is relevant.

Moreover, the amount of shots you take in between offloading your CF card determines the capacity. I went for the 64GB version since I like to leave my laptop at home when traveling to countries like Bangladesh for 2 weeks and hence need to be able to take a lot of shots per card.


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Re: 5D Mark III - Sandisk or Lexar CF Cards
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2012, 07:39:16 PM »
I have 2 Lexar 16GB UDMA 400x carda and a similar 8GB CF card  and have no complaints.
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Re: 5D Mark III - Sandisk or Lexar CF Cards
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2012, 08:30:40 PM »
Prices have gone down recently, I have around ten 16GB/32GB Sandisk Extreme cards and I've never had a problem with any of them.  I paid $99 for the first couple but they've dropped down to $50-$60.
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Re: 5D Mark III - Sandisk or Lexar CF Cards
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2012, 11:47:04 PM »
I have been using my old Sandisk 8GB Extreme (30MB/s) CF cards in the 5D3 but have been thinking about getting some larger/faster cards. In all honesty I have not had issue with the 30MB/s (200x) cards but I have yet to really push the new camera. The price difference is $100 for a 32GB 60MB/s card or $160 for the 90MB/s version. Do I really need the faster of the two?

I could also get the 32GB 95MB/s SDHC Sandisk instead or in addition to the above card. Is there any reason the SDHC card slot would be slower than the CF slot in the 5D3?

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Re: 5D Mark III - Sandisk or Lexar CF Cards
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2012, 02:04:25 PM »
I use the Lexar x1000 card for the CF and Sandisk Extreme for the SD (because I already had them).
The Lexar x1000 are the fastest out there and will make a difference to burst mode as the buffer fills up.

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Re: 5D Mark III - Sandisk or Lexar CF Cards
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2012, 02:34:21 PM »
Im wondering what your opinions are regarding Sandisk and Lexar, I am looking at the 90mbs CF offering's from both company's, I currently have 2 Sandisk 32gm 60mbs cards, but im going to be needing either another two 32gbs cards or one 64gb card. The Lexar being about $100 cheaper, wondering if its quality is the same or if I should just stick with Sandisk. Also will the 60mbs be more than enough for the 5dIII, shooting wedding's (photography) and video (for fun) primarily. Appreciate the comments.

For weddings and video, the cards you mention will be fine.  for those shooting high frames per second, faster cards will clear the buffer more quickly, but for video, it does not speed up the capture process.
 
One thing to consider is how long you are willing to wait for a 60gb card full of video to download to your computer.  A very fast card and fast reader will greatly speed that up, but if you are willing to go away and do something else for while, a USB 2 reader will work.
 
I'm planning to get a new PC with USB 3 this fall when windows 8 comes out, so I'm using usb2 right now.  I sold my firewire 800 readers for far more than I paid for them to help finance my 5D MK III.  I had not used them for over a year anyway.

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Re: 5D Mark III - Sandisk or Lexar CF Cards
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2012, 04:18:07 PM »
Interesting you mention faster readers, I saw a post somewhere that mentioned their reader did not support the newer Extreme Pro cards. I have a four year old Transcend card reader and am considering tacking on the Sandisk USB 3.0 card reader that indicates it supports all of current high speed protocols such as UDMA 6 and 7, UHS-1.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/810152-REG/SanDisk_SDDR_289_A20_ImageMate_All_in_One_USB_3_0.html

My main system is a laptop running XP Pro, which I need for some legacy software but USB 3.0 is the better way to go from a future proofing standpoint.

Anyone have any experience with the Sandisk "SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer" mentioned above or could you recommend one that has similar features?

BTW, here si the Rob Galbraith test results for CF and SDHC cards for the 5D3.
http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/camera_wb_multi_page.asp?cid=6007-12452&sort_col=burst&sort_dir=DESC
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Re: 5D Mark III - Sandisk or Lexar CF Cards
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2012, 05:00:24 AM »
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Re: 5D Mark III - Sandisk or Lexar CF Cards
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2012, 05:10:48 AM »
i'm sandisk, but think it is a bit of a canon/ nikon kind of question..

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Re: 5D Mark III - Sandisk or Lexar CF Cards
« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2012, 06:42:26 AM »
Over the years, anecdotally Lexar products have presented more problems and glitches than Sandisk. Having dipped into Transcend, Lexar and the very good Ridata, Sandisk is the card that has been consistently 100% stable in my experience, all the way from the 64Mb & huge 128Mb cards of a decade ago through to the 32Gb Sandisk Extreme cards that have become my current standard card.

Cards are something you never want to have to have the slightest concern about. Sandisk has the most stable reputation. I've even washed and tumble dried them in jeans pockets and they have just come back cleaner.

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Re: 5D Mark III - Sandisk or Lexar CF Cards
« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2012, 07:00:02 AM »
Anyone have any experience with the Sandisk "SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader / Writer" mentioned above or could you recommend one that has similar features?


More Lexar vs Sandisk here... My first USB-3 reader was Lexar and it was as unstable as hell on my system. Half the time it would not "show" as a drive unless you unplugged it and plugged it back in again. Often it returned reads at below USB-2 speeds. What a piece of garbage. It works OK as a USB-2 reader and now lives in my laptop bag.

Last week I bought the Sandisk. http://www.sandisk.com/products/readers-accessories/imagemate-all-in-one-usb-30-reader

Thankfully that vulgar "look at me" stand detaches easily (magnetic). It's very compact and so far there have been no connectivity issues. Speed is around the same as the Lexar when it worked. But to be honest, I see the major flaw in the design comes from Sandisk's desire to keep the reader very compact. The insert depth from the front of the reader to the gold pins is the shallowest I have ever seen. CF cards can be fiddly to align and it's disturbingly easy to bend the pins in the reader. I've straightened mine twice in the fortnight I've had it. More depth in the "mouth" helps steer the card accurately for a clean docking.

Frankly I'd look further than Lexar or Sandisk for a new USB-3 reader.

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« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2012, 07:00:02 AM »