Sandisk Extreme 16GB CompactFlash Memory Card
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- Power core controller delivers unsurpassed speed
- Up to 60MB/s write speeds for exceptional burst-mode performance
- Durable design
- High storage capacity
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Description for Sandisk Extreme CompactFlash Memory Card
The SanDisk Extreme CompactFlash memory card delivers superior read/write speeds to catch fast action shots and enable fast post capture transfer. Ideal for use with DSLR cameras and HD camcorders. The 64GB card also features Video Performance Guarantee (VPG) to deliver a minimum sustained recording data rate of 20 MB/s, to support superior Full HD video (1080p) recording performance. You'll have what it takes to bring your ideas to life.
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One last thing to help clear confusion on the card naming format: the 133X and 300X and all that simply means the speed that the card can write data. SanDisk doesn't use that prominently in their marketing, they tend to say "30mb/sec" or "60mb/sec", like that. Lexar uses the ###X format all the time. So when shopping around, keep this in mind:
SanDisk Ultra II: 15mb/sec (the original version) - Lexar calls it 100X (this older model SanDisk is NON-UDMA)
SanDisk Ultra II: 20mb/sec (the updated version) - Lexar calls it 133X (this older model SanDisk is NON-UDMA)
(Thanks Uri for the correction in Comments!)
SanDisk Extreme III: 20mb/sec (the original version) - Lexar calls it 133X (this older model SanDisk is NON-UDMA)
SanDisk Extreme III: 30mb/sec (the updated version) - Lexar calls it 200X (this discontinued model SanDisk is UDMA enabled)
(Thanks David for the correction in Comments!)
SanDisk Extreme IV: 45mb/sec - Lexar calls it 300X (The discontinued SanDisk Ducati line is also 45mb/sec and UDMA enabled)
SanDisk's New Extreme: 60mb/sec - Lexar calls it 400X
SanDisk's New Extreme Pro: TRUE 90mb/sec Read & Write - Lexar calls it 600X
Hope that helps understand all of this!
UPDATE (12-29-2009): I also wanted to mention that I've owned nearly 15 SanDisk CF cards since 2005 and I have never had ONE fail on me. I learned a trick from a pro: after you COPY (not MOVE) your images onto your PC, always format the card IN-CAMERA before you shoot again. Don't use Windows to delete your images off the card. The CF cards get grumpy for some reason (no matter what brand you use). I've shot 20,000 images on four different camera bodies, and never one card failure in four years.
UPDATE (3-30-2011): My two 16GB cards sre still my workhorse memory, use them almost daily, not one failure. This 60mb/sec line of cards is probably the best value for your buck, you get speed, reliability and storage room for not a lot of money (ha, you'd think I work for SanDisk, lol! Just a happy customer.)
UPDATE (7-12-2011): I did it... I splurged for a red/gold SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro CF memory card - UDMA 90MB/s 600x (SDCFXP-032G-A91, US Retail Package). Wow, the write and copy speeds are even faster, amazing. It's been my main card these past couple months. But honestly, the red/black Extreme cards that are reviewed here are fast enough (even for video) and MUCH more affordable. As always, SanDisk cards are as stable as ever. Again, just make sure you COPY from the card to your computer, never delete images off the card using your PC. Then, format the card IN-CAMERA before each new use, and your cards will work and last a very long time. I know, I already wrote this in my first update, I can't stress it enough!
UPDATE (8/7/2012): Another year and 10,000+ more images shot including a wedding two weeks ago, and the SanDisk CFs keep running at 100%, ZERO failures. They do get stress tested between photos and video on my 5D2, and sometimes it get so hot here in Phoenix that the camera actually hangs due to overheating, yet the cards don't fail. Even if one did at this point it's irrelevant, I'm a SanDisk user for the long haul. In fact, I now have my editing PC running on a SanDisk Extreme SSD 120 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-120G-G25. Sorry if this sounds like a commercial, I REALLY don't work for them, lol! I just appreciate quality stuff.
UPDATE, 7/5/2013: Only the new Lexar 1000x cards are faster than the SanDisk Extreme Pro! The new Lexar 800x series cards can READ fast, but the write speeds are WAY slower than the SanDisk Extreme. That's why they are half the price of the 1000x. The 1000X are really fast, I use a few in my 5D Mark III and coupled with UDMA 7, we're talking 29 RAW images at 6 fps before the buffer kicks in. BUT, you will NOT see that kind of speed in earlier models that aren't UDMA 7. Therefore, The SanDisks are still the fastest in slightly older cameras like the 5D Mark II. Also, 5D Mark III owners, get this: The Lexar 1000X do scream at 140mb/sec in the 5D3, but only the 32GB and 64GB cards! The 16GB are 95mb/sec which is the same as the SanDisk. Weird, huh? The Lexar line is quirky, you have to know what you're getting. SanDisk is tried and true, and when they say 90mb/sec, they mean it, for both read and write speeds. Side Note: their Extreme II SSD in my PC is REALLY fast. ;-)
So, after I'd picked my jaw off the floor, I came across this card. It's still UDMA (where the card does some of the processing, not just the camera, resulting in better speeds), still faster than any of the older Extreme (and Ultra) series cards including the Extreme IV's by a noticeable margin, and my money buys me much more storage space, at significantly lower cost. But... would it be fast 'enough'?
Well, I was still hesitant... but at almost 1/3 the cost (and since having no memory card makes my camera a little useless), I decided to pull the trigger. I dropped it in, fired it up, and put it to the test. I was expecting shutter lag... or the dreaded "busy" light flashing at me when I really let it fly on full speed. Much to my pleasant surprise, this never happened! I was able to rip away at full speed without any issues at all.
If you're thinking about buying a memory card for this camera (or another high-megapixel DSLR) and you want as much memory AND speed as your dollars can afford, with out sacrificing camera performance... this series of card is for you. I, personally, see no reason to require the MUCH more expensive Extreme Pro for use in this camera... well... unless you have money just burning a hole in your pocket. :)
The 16GB size is both a plus and a minus. You can store an amazing number of images, but the downside is that if the card goes bad, you can also lose a lot.
My first indication that the card was having issues came when I shot a couple of hundred images of wildlife in a wetland area. When I attempted to download the images, the downloader display showed only about 12 thumbnails. All of the rest of the thumbnails were blank, with an indicator that said the download was still in progress. No matter how long I waited or what tricks I tried, I couldn't download any of the images from the card. Finally, in the camera, I deleted all of the images except the ones showing thumbnails. That allowed me to download the dozen or so that did have thumbnails.
I then reformatted the card and tried using it again. This time, it worked, and I was able to download all images. Great, I thought, problem solved. That was the last time the card worked for me. After that, the first scenario repeated itself several times and I scrapped the card.
I owned the card for 27 months and probably captured and downloaded 15,000 images during that time. I don't know if that is a typical life for one of these cards, but I expected it to last longer.
I've also been rethinking the size of my CF cards. A professional photographer friend of mine (shoots with Canon 5D II) told me that he never uses CF cards with a capacity greater than 4 GB because he doesn't want to risk losing everything if the card goes bad. During an event, he shoots with 2 cameras and has an assistant who continually changes the CF cards. I'm a long way from that level of use, but the same idea applies to me. If I spend a day shooting, I would prefer to change the card a couple of times to taking a chance on losing everything I've done. I'm replacing this card with several of smaller capacity.