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03-20-2011, 09:14 PM   #1
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SD cards what brand?

What are the more affordable but reliable SD cards out there... I'm looking for 16gb and 32gb... I am reading reviews about the cheaper ones and they don't sound reliable enough.


03-20-2011, 09:23 PM   #2
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I've had very good success with Silicon Power's (10) 16/32 SDHC cards.
I've used them in both the K20 and K-5 and they seem to match the more expensive Sandisk Extreme III's.
03-20-2011, 10:40 PM   #3
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I'm a San Disk fan myself. I do have a couple of Kingston's that seem okay but by far the San Disk extreme cards I have are much better, faster. Tip, they can be had for cheaper and often with no shipping fees on Amazon. I have bought one recently from a local store, but that was the exception to the rule. I definitely prefer Amazon for that. They're inevitably far cheaper than most places around here, and they have 2 packs as well, which I never see offline. I saved a lot of money buying my new San Disk cards there.
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I'm using an 8Gb and 16 Gb Silicon Power class 10 SD cards, they are a lot cheaper than the sandisk, and I've had no problems with them so far. The local shop owner says he has not had any returns with them yet, and they do have a lifetime warranty. The local shop selling them moves a lot of them for people putting them into their Nikon GoPro mini video cameras for skiing snowmobiling etc.

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Sandisk. The Extreme III are not cheap but excellent performances and worry-free.
03-21-2011, 01:51 AM   #6
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Sandisk, Patriot and Kingston are all good. I have used all 3 with absolutely no problems.
03-21-2011, 02:26 AM   #7
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I'm using a Sandisk Class 6 8gb one. And it's working perfectly fine with my K-r.
03-21-2011, 03:10 AM   #8
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Sandisk for me generally but Integral are also pretty good.


03-21-2011, 03:50 AM   #9
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Sandisk extreme III, only the best will do.
03-21-2011, 06:07 AM   #10
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This question gets asked so often. Choosing An SD Card might help provide an answer.
03-21-2011, 06:19 AM   #11
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Transcend has been a cheaper brand I have been happy with. Testing one's cards before putting them to use should go a long way towards trouble free use (this is the best thing for Windows I have come across so far, a couple of rounds with 'badblocks' should be somewhat better still, but available to Linux (Unix) only ...).

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03-21-2011, 06:33 AM   #12
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Don't leave out the Lexar Professional grade cards... Can be hard to find but they are ROCK solid.
03-21-2011, 07:21 AM   #13
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Just don't buy a SD card off ebay. There have been too many accounts of people reflashing a memory card and telling the 512Mb card its a 32GB card, restickering it and selling them. Then when you go to use it, the card when blank says 32Gb and all is fine, until it tries to read or write data past its 512 Mb limit.. Then it errors and you just loose all your data. So be VERY leery of ebay sellers of almost all forms of storage memory.
03-21-2011, 07:36 AM   #14
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Plague of fake Sandisk cards

Yes indeed - especially from auction sites, including eBay. Usually smaller fake cards but incredibly good counterfeits that can be hard to spot. Almost always much smaller than labeled but embedded software to fool the user. Many folks have authored web pages with guidance on how to spot these - Google is your friend!

Fake batteries are another common problem - but that's another story!

Usually avoided if you buy from a reputable source.

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I think people who sell these fake cards, should have ebay and pay-pal etc give out their home addresses so they can be "dealt with"

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