Camera Labs & all - Congrats for your great site and good advice from you and all people in the forums
I just ordered on-line the EOS 400D w/ the standard 18-55mm kit for 1,013 Swiss Francs/CHF (~$813, Euro 629 Euro, GBP 414). Your excellent reviews helped me a lot. Finally, the in-store hands-on experience was key to choose as the EOS 400D felt much better in my hands than other rival 10 megapixel cameras. Anyway, I was looking what Compact Flash card to buy (CF I,II) and I am confused with the product offerings - I would appreciate your perspective. Specifically:
1) I am not sure how much difference in timings a CF I vs CF II type makes, especially, for single shots (are we talking seconds or miliseconds?). I am not so much into the continuous frames shooting nor interested in "saving" 1-2 minutes in faster uploads to PC as I believe a USB 2.0 CF card reader will not make so much big difference between type I and II
2) Type II CF are now typically sell at 20% premium vs Type I of same size/brand in Switzerland (e.g. SanDisk Ultra II 4GB vs 2GB) and I wonder whether it is better to use this money for a bigger size Type I CF, e.g. 4GB Type I vs 2GB Type II. Sandisk Type I 4GB sells currently at +60% premium vs Ultra 2GB Type II). I am not sure also if a bigger size card (of the same type) becomes slower when uploaded with pictures in the camera, thus, it would be better to have 2 X 2GB vs 1 X 4GB.
3) Another puzzle is the brand name. Considering SanDisk Ultra 4GB Type II as index 100 (in their site they mention min. 10mb/sec), there is also FujiFilm High Performance (80x -I don't know what speed is that) at a price index of 116 and Kingston Ultimate (100x - I think this must be ~15mb/s) at price index of 120. Note also that Kingston Ultimate CF Type II at 2GB is selling in Switzerland at an index of 151 vs SanDisk Ultra Type II 2GB, i.e. 109 CHF vs 72 CHF (or $87 vs $58)!
I know the price differences between all these types and speeds may not seem material enough (e.g. +/- 20-30 USD), considering that someone has spent $800 for the camera itself, but I am frustrated
with the companies because they make very difficult for the consumer to compare and decide how much to pay relative to his needs - it was difficult to find detailed information on the performance of these cards. For me, the average user, who focuses on nature and family event photography, 2-4 films per instance/excursion, I don't want to pay any extra of what I really need (as I try to do with my camera and lens purchases, however, available camera/lens reviews like yours help sunstantially in that area).
Right now, I am more into getting the SanDisk Ultra Type II 2GB (at 72 CHF, i.e, $58, Euro 45, GBP 29) and wait 6 or more months for an additional CF Type II at 4GB when prices will drop further. I believe that it is the wisest to do but not sure
. What Type, Size, Brand CF card would you recommend? Any experience and watch-out(s) for specific brands, sizes?