03-19-2014 04:47 PM
I am considering buying a 5DM3 to compliment a 6D and want to use only SD cards in the Compact Flash slot.
Can a Compact Flash to SD Card adapter be used if the SD cards are SanDisk Class 10 cards like I use on my HD XA20 and G20 cams?
Here is the adapter I am considering SD CARD ADAPTER
Thanks in advance for those who respond.
03-19-2014 06:39 PM
Just because you can, I don't think you should. If you already spend almost 3k for 5DMIII, then just pay a bit more to buy some CF card instead of using adapter.
03-19-2014 07:25 PM - edited 03-19-2014 07:45 PM
I don't really ascribe to the theroy that if they didn't give you one, you shouldn't have one. What I mean is a second SD slot instead of a CF slot. Most every vendor now markets fast SD cards at a fraction of the price of CF media. What might once have been a clearly superior media, CF no longer holds big advantages for most users.
I think the CF slot is a legacy thing on the 5DM3. It is there for all the loyal Canon users that have a big investment in CF cards, not because it offers any particular benefit.
Frankly, the pin system that CF cards use I find worrisome. I am always mindful of bending a pin and the one thing I really like about the CF to SC adapter shown is that once installed, it can be left in place because the SD card uses push-push insertion and ejection.
Just my $.02
03-19-2014 10:25 PM
Thanks to all for this help. I too don't subscribe to the Compact Flash like I first did previously. In the past, SD cards were very unreliable but of late they are totally awesome. Easy to carry, easy to find, and low cost is totally awesome.
I personally think that the 5DM3 has a CF slot becuase there were two things . . 1) CF designers were trying to upgrade the speed of the CF card in the hope of competing with the newer faster SD cards and then Canon opted not to give the CF slot that NEW SPEED and 2) just to appease many low end 5DM2'ers who thought that unless it was CF it wasn't reliable. In the latter case, Canon could have put 3 or 4 SD card slots and mirrored for safety net and would have made me happy :-)
Just look at the newer 6D . . it is SD card. Thus, I think I will buy the 6D and wait to see if there is another full framer from Canon forthcoming perhaps in the near future instead of getting the "slight upgrade" of the 5DM3.
Thanks to all for the help. :-)
03-20-2014 12:54 AM
Keep in mind that the SD slot in the 5D III is not the high-speed "UHS 1" type slot. If you want high-speed write performance, then you'll need to use the CF slot for that.
The new fast "UHS 1" SD cards are only fast if they're in a UHS 1 slot.
03-20-2014 03:54 AM
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03-20-2014 10:50 PM
True, what you write about the reviewers and their preferences. But I don't know anyone who isn't biased in one form or another.
Ultimately, I don't think the question is "What's the right camera?" I think it's "What's the right camera for you?".