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    cheapest memory cards for dSLRs?

    I've googled a bit, and I know about NewEgg, but I was wondering if anyone knew of any good sites for cheap memory cards? I just bought a dSLR, and I'm having so much fun with it, but it has movie mode, and 8 gigs only gives me 50 minutes in movie mode. I heard there's a 32 gig card coming out but it's going to be around 300 bucks I just want to get one more card for now, preferably 16 or 32 gig.

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    What format card are you looking for?

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    The one I have says San Disk Extreme SDHC, with a ten in a little circle, and says it's 30mb/sec, so.. something like that I guess?
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    I've always liked www.techbargains.com

    If you look down the column on the left you can select specific hard drives, RAM , cpu's, or memory cards.

    Looks like you can get a 16 GB for $30 or 32 GB for $80
    http://techbargains.pricegrabber.com.../rd=1/st=query

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    Staples was cheaper than that a few months ago

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    Thanks guys I'm kind of not sure which one to buy, because the ones linked to, the ones that transfer data at 6mb/s, are so cheap - under 50 bucks for 16 gigs. But when I bought my camera at Best Buy, the guy sold me the SanDisk Extreme ones that transfer data at 30 mb/s, and it's SO fast when I upload my pics to the laptop, even tho they're huge. I don't know how much of a drop in performance I'd get, going from 30mb/s to 6 mb/s. Also, I don't want this extra storage for pics - my 8 gig Extreme card is plenty enough for that. I want the 16 gig more for taking video, and I'm pretty sure for HD video (which my camera takes), you need a faster write speed than 6mb/s, right? Any thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 9mmprincess View Post
    Thanks guys I'm kind of not sure which one to buy, because the ones linked to, the ones that transfer data at 6mb/s, are so cheap - under 50 bucks for 16 gigs. But when I bought my camera at Best Buy, the guy sold me the SanDisk Extreme ones that transfer data at 30 mb/s, and it's SO fast when I upload my pics to the laptop, even tho they're huge. I don't know how much of a drop in performance I'd get, going from 30mb/s to 6 mb/s. Also, I don't want this extra storage for pics - my 8 gig Extreme card is plenty enough for that. I want the 16 gig more for taking video, and I'm pretty sure for HD video (which my camera takes), you need a faster write speed than 6mb/s, right? Any thoughts?
    I might be wrong but I assume the speed has much more to do with the speed your camera writes the data rather than what speed it will transfer it to a computer at. Not sure though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humboldt View Post
    I might be wrong but I assume the speed has much more to do with the speed your camera writes the data rather than what speed it will transfer it to a computer at. Not sure though.
    Oh I know that, I only mentioned the fast upload-to-computer speed because I liked it. Like I said, Im thinking the faster write speed will be necessary to record video, and that the slower (6mb/s) speeds wont be good enough, which is why I hesitate to buy those cheaper memory cards. I was wondering if anyone here had tried to record video on a DSLR with one of the slower cards.

    Quote Originally Posted by Humboldt View Post
    Thanks for that.. didn't really find anything germaine to my problem though. I still don't know if the slower cards will be ok for video.
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    from what I've read, there are 4 speed class ratings for memory cards, your T1i manual says use at least a class 6 rating, the card you have with the #10 circled is the new class 10 speed rating Also in your T1i manual if you use a 16gb card recording at 1280x720, which I think you would want to use to get 30 fps, you will get 1hr. 13min. record time. so definately get at least a class 6 rated card.

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    The faster speed cards are good for when you are using the sports mode on your camera.

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    Thanks for all yr help guys I guess I could just buy a cheapie card and see how it goes...
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    Find any good class 10?

    Going through this myself now, looking at the class 2 and 4 and 6. Now of course I'm looking at class 10

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    Just thought I'd update this - bought a 16 gig class 10 on Amazon for around 100 bucks, it's on it's way to me right now. I've heard the T1i prefers SanDisk so that's what I got. I'd still like one more 16 gig, but for now, 1 16 gig class 10, one 8 gig class 10, and one 4 gig class 4 will have to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 9mmprincess View Post
    Thanks guys . But when I bought my camera at Best Buy, t
    which model camera do you have ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    which model camera do you have ?



    I've heard the T1i prefers SanDisk so that's what I got.

    I believe she has the Canon T1i

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    Quote Originally Posted by cybotron r_9 View Post
    I believe she has the Canon T1i
    LOL I don't always read all of the posts,I should !

    thanks

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