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Old January 21st, 2010, 12:08 PM   #1
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Problems with new Transcend 16Gb SDHC cards with EX1

I just bought a bunch of new Transcend 16gb Class 6 SDHC cards from Amazon and the following error occurred on two of the cards:

Media Error Card must be restored (or something like that), but this would happen several times while in the middle of shooting.

Has anyone experienced this problem? What are the best cards to buy for the EX1 with the MxR (gen 1) readers (or any other reader)?

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Old January 21st, 2010, 01:50 PM   #2
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Check this forum for recent threads on exactly this problem. Much of it has to do with pushing recording shortly after stopping as the last recording has not finished writing to the card.

Were you using the MxR adapter you mention above? I have that one as well, though I just ordered the new MxM adapters from Hoodmanusa . I've been using SanDisk Extreme III 30 MB/sec 16GB and Transcend Class 6 (Green stripe) 16 GB. Transcend Red Stripe are infamous for lower quality, but people have been complaining that new Transcend Green Stripe are a problem as well.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 02:06 PM   #3
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Transcends have changed their formula. All 4 I bought from Amazon recently I had to send back. I checked with Abel Cine Tech, they looked into it and ended up sending all their transcends back.
Transcends used to be formulated to work just fine. I have 8 older cards that are still going strong.

I bought the new Sandisk 30mbps cards. I get a very fast green light, aprox 4 seconds. As good as SxS cards in that regard. But they are about $100 a piece.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 03:04 PM   #4
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Transcend just introduced newer, faster Class 10 cards. They are priced around $65, hopefully they will perform well.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 05:33 PM   #5
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I just bought a bunch of new Transcend 16gb Class 6 SDHC cards from Amazon and the following error occurred on two of the cards:

Media Error Card must be restored (or something like that), but this would happen several times while in the middle of shooting.

Has anyone experienced this problem? What are the best cards to buy for the EX1 with the MxR (gen 1) readers (or any other reader)?

Thanks,

Jim
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Transcend 16gb Class 6 cards are no longer suitable for use in the EX1/EX3. Transcend changed the manufacturing process sometime after July of last year and the cards are no longer any good for our uses.

I've been shooting on ATP Pro Max 16gb cards since September without any issues whatsoever. These are also the cards recommended by MxM after their own research. They found the ATP cards to be reliable and very consistent, so much so they now sell them direct via their own website.

I believe certain Sandisks are also suitable, but I'm sticking with the ATP cards. Combined with the MxM lockable adaptors they seem to be a winning combination even if they are pricey.
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