I was recently turned onto this brand of card and have had no issues using one of their fast 4GB cards in either a D2x or D200. The attractive part you mention is that they are what 1/3 the price of SanDisk yet seem to perform the same.
On the other hand, I did pick up a "ProMaster" card when purchasing the D200 just to add some storage room while out and about and would never buy another as it has had issues mentioned here in the D200 forum.
I came accross them on the FM forum (wedding forum I think) and several people remarked that they were good quality.
Did some research and discovered their manufactoring facilty is ISO9002 certified so I purchased (2) 4GB cards. Been using them in my D2Xs for about 5 weeks and don't see any speed difference between them and comparable Sandisk or Lexar cards.
Based on what others have said and the maturity of their facilty, I would recommend them.
>Ridata 8GB 150x Pro CF Card now $145.00 at newegg.com >I just ordered one...Comes with lifetime guarantee to >original purchaser... I bought one for the above price a few weeks ago. I have used it on three extensive photo outings and have had absolutely no problems. The card speed is as good as I have experienced. I have several four-gig cards from other manufactures including SanDisk Ultra II and Lexar 80X but have not used them since I got the Ridata. I'm sure I will use those additiional cards on multi-day sessions but I love having 8-gigs available for all those D2X shots in my single-day shoots.
Don't feel sad, feel glad the price finally dropped as we will always need more memory. I can remember when I bought $1200 memory for my PC @ $30mb just before they went to $40 Now you can get that amount for a few cents.
I just ordered two more 150x 8 gigabyte RiDATA cards yesterday.
Another thing I like about this card is the lip on the top edge makes it easy to get it out of my D2X. I had to use plyers on the $450 Lexar 80x card that was slower than a microdrive so I gave it away.
The Ridata CF Card has a very helpful little raised ridge making it easier to grasp the CF Card when removing it from the camera. Funny how a little item like that helps so much for the fumble finger crowd that I apparently fit into....
Has anyone put one of the 4Gb 15x cards through any extended use and/or tested the limits of environmental specs e.g. shooting in high humidity, high heat, etc.? I'd like to hear more before I jump in on these. Obviously the price is extremely attractive but losing 4Gb of images after a shoot just isn't an alternative for me. Admittedly, I've had both Lexar and Sandisk extreme cards go South too so I don't have a lot of loyalty to anyone as regards CF cards. I also read the reviews of this card on NEWEGG and noted that three out of the twelve reviews had some sort of failure.
Bottom line - is it too good to be true?
After a $15.00 rebate this card ends up costing $55.99 plus shipping......how much better can it get?
I always look at the "low" ratings first to try to determine the basis for the rating. I ordered two, 2GB cards because that is the potential "loss level" I'm willing to live with. I too have had a "name brand" (Lexar Pro-which they promptly replaced with a recertified card) card fail. It did give warning though - some very "interesting" images! I always wonder how much "user induced" failure (especially corrupt cards) are involved with some of the reporters - who are probably far more likely to report problems than those who experience none. That said, I plan to report back here - and there after a bit of workout.
Does it seem that the more the GBs and speed, the more the problems -regardless of brand?
>Has anyone put one of the 4Gb 15x cards through any extended >use and/or tested the limits of environmental specs e.g. >shooting in high humidity, high heat, etc.? I'd like to >hear more before I jump in on these. Obviously the price is >extremely attractive but losing 4Gb of images after a shoot >just isn't an alternative for me. Admittedly, I've had both >Lexar and Sandisk extreme cards go South too so I don't have >a lot of loyalty to anyone as regards CF cards. I also read >the reviews of this card on NEWEGG and noted that three out >of the twelve reviews had some sort of failure. > >Bottom line - is it too good to be true? > >After a $15.00 rebate this card ends up costing $55.99 plus >shipping......how much better can it get? > >Dave
Dave, I have used in high heat...will have to wait for winter for the cold. I have had no problems yet but have only owned the one 4gb 150x card for a couple months. So far so good, I do belong to another forum where several members have used them for years and claim nothing but praise for the brand.
>Has anyone put one of the 4Gb 15x cards through any extended >use and/or tested the limits of environmental specs e.g. >shooting in high humidity, high heat, etc.? > >Dave
I have 4 Ridata 4 gigs and 2 2gigs and at a wedding this weekend had no issues at all with them from a humid church, a long walk out in a drizzling rain while still shooting, and then a boat ride (in and out of a cabin) that by the end the weather had cleared and temps were on the way up. The cards were used both in a D200 and a D2hs.
Get them, the price is super and so far in my experience the cards work great! Testing before you use them on the job is always a good choice and the cards should fail then if they are going to.
I've played with my 2GB cards - removed card while reading and writing, inserted with camera on, high-speed shots, heated up, cooled in frig, etc., formatted, erased, reformatted -they work fast and well. I'm confident that they will hold up with time...So far so good.
Well, I've received my 4Gb card. Formatted in camera and ready to roll but no actual experience as yet with the card. However, if product registration on the RiData website toegther with the fact that they use black ink on a black background for the serial number is any indication I'm a little concerned. I wouldn't even hazard a guess as to whether or not I entered the correct serial number, even with a magnifying glass!
Lastly, be sure to read the fine print. You MUST register the card on-line and have proof of purchase in order for the lifetime warranty to be in eeffect.
Now let's see where the rubber meets the road with this card!
I bought two of the 8 Gig 150X cards before heading to Italy this past July. I shot with both my D2x and D200 with out a problem. Came back with ~250 Gig worth of shots, so you can see I filled them up, DL'ed, Formatted, and filled them time and time again. I had no problem with either card the entire trip.
When I bought them I recommended RiData to a friend who was going on the trip also. He was uncomfortable, not knowing the brand, so he bought 2 8 Gig Lexars, which cost almost 3 times what I paid for the RiData's. He had one of his cards completely fail, and the second one started getting flaky, so I ended up loaning him one of my 8 gig cards. He had no problem with it during the rest of the trip.
The camera store is going to replace both his 8 Gig Lexars under warranty, but that doesn't replace his shots in Pisa, and Vatican City that he lost due to faulty gear.
Since returning both the Ridata's were accidentally left in my cousin’s backyard for a week, and they were soaked daily by the sprinklers, before he found them and returned them to me. After letting them dry for a couple of days, they are still in good working order, and I have not experienced any problems with either of them.
So if you haven't picked up on my bias yet, I am totally sold on these cards. Price, speed, and quality, I am very impressed. I hope this helps…
Just bought 2 4GB Riteks 150x cards from Newegg.com 69.99 with a 15.00 Mail in Rebate. Looks like this is the lowest price right now for these cards. Hopefully they will ship from the Memphis warehouse so I will have them tomorrow to try out..
I have now been using an RiData 4gb CF for 5-6 weeks with no issues. I decided to go take a look on NewEgg (where I got this one) to see if the 8gb version announced at Photokina was available, and now it appears they there are NO RiData CF cards listed at all! The did show a couple of SD cards, but not CF's.
I don't think it is a stock issue as they have always shown items carried but out of stock in the past with the appropriate status.
>I have now been using an RiData 4gb CF for 5-6 weeks with no >issues. I decided to go take a look on NewEgg (where I got >this one) to see if the 8gb version announced at Photokina >was available, and now it appears they there are NO RiData >CF cards listed at all! The did show a couple of SD cards, >but not CF's. > >I don't think it is a stock issue as they have always shown >items carried but out of stock in the past with the >appropriate status. > >Has anyone noticed this at any other vendors?
As of 10/28/2006, www.newegg.com has a complete line of RiDATA CF cards again. We must have cleaned them out!
I have a Silver 2gb 150X CF card. I haven't noticed any difference with it and my Sandisk Extreme and Ultra cards. For the money, it makes sense to buy Ridata. They offer a lifetime warranty just like Sandisk.
I just shot 985 shots on the RiData 8 gig 150x card during the recent ANPAT 2006, with no problems at all. The RiData 8 Gig 150x card is very fast, and acts just like a CF card should. I only paid $157.00 USD for mine at newegg.com a few weeks before ANPAT. FYI, RiData has been making low-cost DVD dics for quite a while now.
A friend of mine, and fellow Nikonian, Mule_Patterson, has been using the 8 gig RiData 150x to shoot weddings for a couple of months now, without a problem. In fact, he's the one that turned me on to them in the first place. He uses a D200.
Another friend of mine uses a RiData 2 gig SD card in his D50. He has had zero problems to report.
I recommend them heartily!
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