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Old February 12th, 2011, 09:09 AM   #1
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SDHC cards for the EX series?

I'm thinking of buying an EX1R and I'm wondering about using it with SDHC cards to reduce the cost. Can you recommend a good adapter? And what's your experience with it? Does it keep the quality? Is it reliable?

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Old February 12th, 2011, 09:53 AM   #2
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MxR adaptor.
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Sandisk Class 10 cards. There are others though as you can see from both company's lists. Key is getting professional quality fast cards.
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Old February 12th, 2011, 10:49 AM   #3
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I did a write up on this a while back to try and help EX1 users. It dates from last year and now you should really only be looking at Class 10 cards.

SDHC Cards And Adaptors For The Sony EX1
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Old February 12th, 2011, 01:19 PM   #4
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SDHC cards for the EX series?

Thanks Craig and Marcus, this is great information.

About the actual card, any thought on Lexar? I happen to have 2 of these:
Lexar 32GB Professional 133x SDHC Memory Card LSD32GCRBNA133 B&H
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Old February 12th, 2011, 01:51 PM   #5
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The differences show up to a much greater degree if you frequently shoot video with slow motion. If you don't care for that type of video a lot more cards work very well.

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Old February 12th, 2011, 03:00 PM   #6
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John, did you reply about my Lexar question, or about the difference between SxS and SDHC?

In either case, what are the differences? No, I'm not shooting slow-mo, so you're saying I can stick with the lexar?
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At the risk of re-treading old ground, you get what you pay for and if your footage is of any value to you then consider a premium card such as those offered by ATP and Sandisk. If you are on a budget (although can oddly still manage to fork out 5 grand for the camera so I can't see why an extra £20 would bother people) then take a look at the Patriot cards. Remember SDHC can be reused hundreds of times unlike tape.

In terms of SxS v SDHC, it is really better that you go and look at the forum archives rather than us having to go over it all again. My experience is that a quality SDHC adaptor (such as those sold by MxM) and a premium SDHC card (ATP or Sandisk) is reliable. I've shot hundreds of hours with this combination without any drama.
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Old February 13th, 2011, 05:12 AM   #8
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John, did you reply about my Lexar question, or about the difference between SxS and SDHC?

In either case, what are the differences? No, I'm not shooting slow-mo, so you're saying I can stick with the lexar?
I was replying to the Lexar question. There are 40 User Reviews in your B&H link to the card. I read them and they are all excellent. I use Patriot 32GB cards, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy that one. All my cards go into the older discontinued Kensington adapter. Firmware 1.20 has increased the compatibility for many more cards.

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At the risk of re-treading old ground, you get what you pay for and if your footage is of any value to you then consider a premium card such as those offered by ATP and Sandisk. If you are on a budget (although can oddly still manage to fork out 5 grand for the camera so I can't see why an extra £20 would bother people) then take a look at the Patriot cards. Remember SDHC can be reused hundreds of times unlike tape.

In terms of SxS v SDHC, it is really better that you go and look at the forum archives rather than us having to go over it all again. My experience is that a quality SDHC adaptor (such as those sold by MxM) and a premium SDHC card (ATP or Sandisk) is reliable. I've shot hundreds of hours with this combination without any drama.
And you will find if you read through the archives that the entire quest for cheaper alternatives to SxS began in response to the price gouging Sony was engaged in when they first introduced those proprietary SxS cards for the EX1 camera. Had they avoided that corporate temptation many of us would not have sought a "cheaper" alternative.

There were some on this forum that spent as much and even more than the camera cost to "stock up" on SxS cards giving some long forgotten explanation about "getting what you pay for" and "cheaper than tape in the long run". Competition from SDHC alternatives did what competition always does as opposed to monopoly. It drives the prices down to much more fair price levels.

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Competition from SDHC alternatives did what competition always does as opposed to monopoly. It drives the prices down to much more fair price levels.

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John, I couldn't agree more!!

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Old February 13th, 2011, 05:52 AM   #11
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Here are the Patriot cards Marcus and I were referring to:

Newegg.com - Patriot LX 32GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model PSF32GSDHC10

Given that right now it is $42.99 after a $10 Rebate why not try one as well as the Lexar cards you were interested in. Rebate expires tomorrow. Patriot rebates take about a month to process, but they always pay them.

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Old February 14th, 2011, 10:42 AM   #12
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if you want to be on safe side.

shoot your slo mo on Slot b 8gb sxs

and normal 1080p 24p or 25p depending where your from on slot a.

I use mxm adapters class 10 transcend, sandisk are great too,
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Old February 14th, 2011, 12:07 PM   #13
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If anyone is serious about his EX shooting, he/she should only use the original SxS from Sony, or MxM adapters with MxM approved SDHC cards. I guess I agree with Markus on this.

Not saying MxR is unreliable - just have had much better experience with MxM. Also worth to remember that Hoodman is really MxM, which means a lot...


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if you want to be on safe side.

shoot your slo mo on Slot b 8gb sxs
Just to add to this, I shoot slomo footage on a 8gb SxS card in slot A and then transfer the clips to a 16gb SDHC card in slot B. Now I can wipe the SxS card and start over again, this is the only time I ever use SxS cards. However, I should mention that I don't do a lot of slomo work, if I was doing it n a regular basis then I would invest in 16gb SxS cards. As for SDHC, I have never had any problems with shooting standard frame rate footage.
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Old February 14th, 2011, 05:43 PM   #15
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Yup agree,

looking to get an 8gb sxs so i have two i already have three mxm adapters and class 10.
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