Card speeds on my 5DIII

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SHillphoto
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Card speeds on my 5DIII
Apr 25, 2012

So I have my new 5D3 and wanted to get new memory cards.

I currently have the 16mb sandisk Extreme III, Extreme IV, Kingstons 600X.

Wanting both more space and speed I ordered the Sandisk Extreme Pro 32mb CF and SD cards.

In doing real basic speed testing here is what I found. Runing 6 fps untill I hit the buffer.

1. The extreme III is the slowest about 2.2 seconds continuous shooting. slow recovery from a full buffer.

2. the Extreme IV and Kingston are about the same 2.5 seconds continuous about 1.5 shots a second after the buffer not real steady. the kingston is over rated runs like a 300X card.

3. the SD extreme pro card will run about 2.7 seconds and then only about 1 shot every 2 seconds, very slow after the buffer is full, can't use this combo for speed shooting.

4. the extreme pro CF card rocks 3.7 seconds continuous shooting maintains 2 shots a second after that. and with a 1 second break can resume 6fps. very fast card. The 5D3 runs much better with this card than the 7D. The 7D will run 2.7 seconds and then will run hit and miss when the 5D3 just runs steady 2fps and recovers much faster. with a full buffer the 5D3 is much better than the 7D with this card...

So the Sandisk Extreme Pro is a very fast card and money well spent... I think this is the perfect card for the 5D3 for still shooting factoring speed, price and storage.

The SD card, buffer or slot is much slower then a CF card on the 5D3.

The Digic 5 is faster than the Digic 4.

This may be old news but though I would share.

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In reply to SHillphoto, Apr 25, 2012

You probably want to check the database on robgalbraith.com.

http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/camera_wb_multi_page.asp?cid=6007-12452

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Re: Card speeds on my 5DIII
In reply to RichW, Apr 25, 2012

cool, thanks,

I was down to the lexar 1000X or sandisk 600X but when for the space not the speed and made the right choice the extreme pro is fast enough for the 5D3, for stills....

The 7D needs the 1000X...

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Extreme Pro 32 gb 600x is what I got 2 weeks ago
In reply to SHillphoto, Apr 25, 2012

and it does rock

It's about 1/2 the money of the 1000x cards but fine for my purposes

I also found I get 2x the frames if I shoot raw only rather than raw plus Jpeg.

Just a slight pause in shooting with this card and the buffer flushes and you can do it all again!
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In reply to SHillphoto, Apr 25, 2012

RG may have tested them, but it's good to have someone confirm it in the real world.
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It's $100 off at B&H... today only. Just ordered mine.
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In reply to SHillphoto, Apr 25, 2012

Is that extreme pro your talking about UDMA 7? Because I have read those are the fastest.

SHillphoto wrote:

So I have my new 5D3 and wanted to get new memory cards.

I currently have the 16mb sandisk Extreme III, Extreme IV, Kingstons 600X.

Wanting both more space and speed I ordered the Sandisk Extreme Pro 32mb CF and SD cards.

In doing real basic speed testing here is what I found. Runing 6 fps untill I hit the buffer.

1. The extreme III is the slowest about 2.2 seconds continuous shooting. slow recovery from a full buffer.

2. the Extreme IV and Kingston are about the same 2.5 seconds continuous about 1.5 shots a second after the buffer not real steady. the kingston is over rated runs like a 300X card.

3. the SD extreme pro card will run about 2.7 seconds and then only about 1 shot every 2 seconds, very slow after the buffer is full, can't use this combo for speed shooting.

4. the extreme pro CF card rocks 3.7 seconds continuous shooting maintains 2 shots a second after that. and with a 1 second break can resume 6fps. very fast card. The 5D3 runs much better with this card than the 7D. The 7D will run 2.7 seconds and then will run hit and miss when the 5D3 just runs steady 2fps and recovers much faster. with a full buffer the 5D3 is much better than the 7D with this card...

So the Sandisk Extreme Pro is a very fast card and money well spent... I think this is the perfect card for the 5D3 for still shooting factoring speed, price and storage.

The SD card, buffer or slot is much slower then a CF card on the 5D3.

The Digic 5 is faster than the Digic 4.

This may be old news but though I would share.

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In reply to SpartanWarrior, Apr 25, 2012

udma 6, the fastest card out that I know of is the lexar professional 1000X.

But with 6fps and digic 5 I think the sandisk extreme pro 600X is fast enough for stills on the 5D3.

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In reply to SHillphoto, Apr 26, 2012

Thanks;)

SHillphoto wrote:

udma 6, the fastest card out that I know of is the lexar professional 1000X.

But with 6fps and digic 5 I think the sandisk extreme pro 600X is fast enough for stills on the 5D3.

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