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Old 05-01-2009, 03:55 PM
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845 shots should be enough? :)

Got my new memory card for my 20D today..

An 8gig Compact Flash. In RAW mode, that gives me 845 shots.. More than enough I think?

Makes a nice change from the 1gig i've had for years with the 350D.. even that was 110 raw shots.

The ridiculous thing was the price! Something like $12 off ebay, came from Hong Kong.
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The ridiculous thing was the price! Something like $12 off ebay, came from Hong Kong
I seem to remember reading somewhere that the 20D and will only address a maximum of 2Gb.

I'd be also be running some tests on the card before trusting it for your precious images, cheap cards from Honkers are notorious for having bad bits, poor transfer rates etc.

At $12 you can't really go wrong, unless you lose shots that are irreplaceable.
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Old 05-01-2009, 04:48 PM
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In RAW mode, that gives me 845 shots.. More than enough I think?
You know what they say about storage .. your usage always manages to creep up to fill the media quickly

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The ridiculous thing was the price! Something like $12 off ebay, came from Hong Kong.
Not bad. I feel a bit silly spending just a little over $100 for a fast SD card recently, given that my camera (450D) bottlenecks USB transfers at ~8MB/s anyway. Found that out too late, oops! Cheaper cards in future!
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Old 05-01-2009, 07:26 PM
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Had a bit more of a hunt about the 2Gb limit.

From a memory supplier.

Canon EOS 20D

Canon EOS 20D Memory Cards (Compact Flash) & Accessories

The following memory cards are compatible with your Canon EOS 20D Every memory card we offer is manufactured to the highest standard and carries a 2 year minimum warranty.Your Canon EOS 20D accepts Compact Flash cards.The largest Compact Flash card you can use in your Canon EOS 20D is 2GB
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Old 05-01-2009, 07:33 PM
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I'm waiting for the Sandisk Extreme III 32GB CF card to become available in Oz

They've got them in the UK already... 30MB/s/200x read/write......yum yum

It'll be handy for my NZ hols later this year, when I'll be travelling with just the 40D for three weeks.
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:28 PM
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hmm interesting Phil, thanks. I'll try it out.
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Mike,

You might want to be a bit careful. I've read and heard of plenty of dodgy CompactFlash and SD cards from Hong Kong -- some of them are flashed to show that they've got more than twice the data that they can actually hold.

A friend of mine bought a 2 GB MiniSD card from Hong Kong for $10. I advised him not to do it and to spend the $40-odd dollars and buy it locally (this was over a year ago). He didn't listen. He got the card, it lasted about 3 days before it fizzled.

You get what you pay for.

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Interesting.... I found this conflicting information, on maximum card sizes, on the DPreview forum.

Thanks to everyone that responded. Here is the info I dug out:

What is the maximum size of memory card I can use in my camera?
Note: A SD card which follows the SD standard fully is max 2 GB.

Canon EOS 1000D: all SD and SDHC cards*
Canon EOS 300D: max 8 GB CF (larger than 8 GB if preformatted)
Canon EOS 350D: max 8 GB CF (larger than 8 GB if preformatted)
Canon EOS 400D: all CF cards*
Canon EOS 450D: all SD and SDHC cards*
Canon EOS D30: max 2 GB CF
Canon EOS D60: max 2 GB CF
Canon EOS 10D: max 8 GB CF (larger than 8 GB if preformatted)
Canon EOS 20D: max 8 GB CF (larger than 8 GB if preformatted)
Canon EOS 30D: all CF cards*
Canon EOS 40D: all CF cards*
Canon EOS 50D: all CF cards*

Canon EOS 5D (firmware older than 1.1.1): max 8 GB CF (larger than 8 GB if preformatted)
Canon EOS 5D (firmware 1.1.1 and later): all CF cards*
Canon EOS 5D Mark II: all CF cards*
Canon EOS 1D: max 2 GB CF (4 GB if preformatted as FAT16 with 64K clusters)

Canon EOS 1D Mark II (firmware older than 1.2.6): max 2 GB SD, max 8 GB CF (larger than 8 GB if preformatted)
Canon EOS 1D Mark II (firmware 1.2.6 and later): max 2 GB SD, all SDHC cards*, all CF cards*
Canon EOS 1D Mark II N (firmware older than 1.1.2): max 2 GB SD, max 8 GB CF (larger than 8 GB if preformatted)
Canon EOS 1D Mark II N (firmware 1.1.2 and later): max 2 GB SD, all SDHC cards*, all CF cards*
Canon EOS 1D Mark III: max 2 GB SD, all SDHC cards*, all CF cards*
Canon EOS 1Ds: max 2 GB CF (max 8 GB if preformatted as FAT32)

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II (firmware older than 1.1.6): max 2 GB SD, max 8 GB CF (larger than 8 GB if preformatted)
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II (firmware 1.1.6 and later): max 2 GB SD, all SDHC cards*, all CF cards*
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III: max 2 GB SD, all SDHC cards*, all CF cards*

* Including cards over 8 GB in size.
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Straight from the 20D manual (page 158):

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Type I or II CF card
* Compatible with Microdrive and 2GB or larger CF cards.
I guess it's down to how you might interpret "or larger"....
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i am useing a 8 gig in the 350 and 20D, and in my pentax K10D i am using a 16 gig sd card
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i am useing a 8 gig in the 350 and 20D
Dave, have you ever filled the 8G card completely on the 20D?
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Dave, have you ever filled the 8G card completely on the 20D?
um yes - a few times LOL
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Good to know. Now it's just the quality of my $12 card that's in question
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um yes - a few times LOL
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I've been using my Sandisk 8GB card with my cameras for a v.long time and no issues yet.
I love the convenience of almost 'unlimited' space on the CF to shoot anything I want but you have to remember to delete and format once in a while LOL.

Just be careful of the cheaper cards, I wouldn't trust just any brand.

Also, I'm sure you know already, but it's a good habit to format the CF card in camera, not just delete the images via your computer.

Also I find the 8GB capacity ideal because if you happen to get a memory error or corruption on your card you may loose a LOT of images if it's a full 16GB or higher card.

I like having extra cards rather than one larger card.
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I've taken about 100 photos in burst mode on the 20D, and so far the memory card is working ok.

Unfortunately though, the (cheap hong kong) battery charger I ordered off ebay isn't doing as well. It burnt itself out and so now I have no charger and no full batteries!
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I've taken about 100 photos in burst mode on the 20D, and so far the memory card is working ok.

Unfortunately though, the (cheap hong kong) battery charger I ordered off ebay isn't doing as well. It burnt itself out and so now I have no charger and no full batteries!
do you think it is the connection or the conversion bit that burnt out Mike?
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Hey, for only $12, why not buy one.
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