A couple of questions.
1. Does it really matter whether or not someone uses a 12x speed or greater smartcard. Is one brand better than another??
2. I'm going into digital to avoid X-Ray problems at airports, I hope this works......any thoughts?? Ideas?? Concerns ??
#1. "RE: digital film ( smartcards )" | In response to Reply # 0foodle Registered since 24th Jul 2002Tue 30-Jul-02 03:45 AM
>1. Does it really matter whether or not someone uses a 12x
>speed or greater smartcard. Is one brand better than
Maybe. It depends a lot on the camera. Look at dpreview's review of a bunch of compact flash cards. Hard to say what the D100 can do without specific tests.
>2. I'm going into digital to avoid X-Ray problems at
>airports, I hope this works......any thoughts?? Ideas??
Uh, did you suffer x-ray problems with film? Do you use lots of high ISO film? Do you travel places where they will not hand-inspect your film? I think that x-ray problem avoidance is a very minor reason to switch to digital. Then again, there are a whole lot of major reasons to switch ...
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#2. "RE: digital film ( smartcards )" | In response to Reply # 0RRowlett Charter MemberTue 30-Jul-02 10:13 AM
Using the faster cards may give you little or no performance boost depending on how you use the camera. For the D100 and similar cameras, there is a frame buffer that can hold up to 6 shots depending on the image size and quality selected. The speed of the CF card only determines how fast that buffer will clear out. Even with the fastest CF cards you can fill the frame buffer many times faster than you can clear it out. What the faster CF cards will buy you is a slightly faster recycle time. If you do a lot of shooting in continuous frames mode, you might find faster memory useful to "re-arm" the camera for another series of frames quicker. On the other hand, if you are a macro or landscape shooter who typically takes one frame at a time, you will never realize the benefits of a faster CF card. I am in the latter category, and as a result purchase the cheapest CF cards. Even with such a card, I can fire off 3-6 continuous shots every 30 seconds or so, suitable enough to shoot hummingbirds feeding at a feeder, for example.
CF cards are at least as resistant as (or more so than) low-speed film to X-rays. I shoot both film and digital, and don't worry too much about it either way. It's easier to pocket CF cards than 20 rolls of film, though.