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    So, I finally bagged myself a Canon XF100 from eBay. Hoorah! Assuming it arrives intact I'm going to need some Compact Flash cards. The problem is those that are listed as compatible on the Canon site all appear to have been superseded and the replacements - even though they might have higher specs on paper - aren't always up to the job, according to stuff I've read.

    So my question is basically who here uses a Canon XF series and exactly what CF Cards are you using successfully (by exactly I mean SanDisk Extreme 32GB is not accurate enough - the SDCFX-032G-E61 IS compatible, but the SDCFX-032G-X46 appears to have problems)? I can't email Canon as I don't have the camera (and hence the serial number) yet. And I want to be ready to test it as soon as it arrives.
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    Tim, I have 3 of these babies (XF100!) which are great for live events

    Tell you what I use..... Transcend 32GB 400x. They work, every time, not a single problem ever. I have 14 of them!

    I was also told our Transcend 133x cards would not work, but all of them do. TBH I use the 400x cards first and have never actually needed to use the 133x.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Transcend-32...cend+32GB+400x
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    I also have two of these (works perfectly) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Transcend-10...b+compactflash

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    Thanks David, but Oh Dear! 400x Transcends are one of the cards people are reporting problems with here when filming at 50MBps and/or when shooting at the slo mo settings. The write speed for the x400 32GB is only 45MBps in Transcend's own specs. Do you shoot at the top rate?
    If you use them for live event coverage, I'm guessing that you are often recording for very long stretches at a time. If the cards stand up to that, it's very encouraging.
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    I record everything at 50mbps and have never used any other settings. I have recorded close to 200 events with these cards and never a single glitch.

    For any event that's likely to last more than the 82 mins per 32GB card I'll run in the mode that auto flips from one card to the other once the card is full. For other short events I'm often in dual card (parallel) mode for the added security, but I've never once had a corrupt clip.

    I always always always test new cards fully prior to using them for a pro shoot. I set the camera up looking at the TV and have it record moving pictures and sound and record the entire card. I then take that card, read it off to the computer, make sure all clips are good, then format the card (in camera) and do it all over again. It's time consuming, but does prove the card can be fully written, fully read, erased and over written again with no problems. Every card I have has been through this cycle with zero problems.

    I guess it's the same with everything. If you look hard enough you'll find someone who has a problem with anything you want to buy.

    I bought all the cards through amazon and totally avoid ebay.

    50mbps is only 6.25MBps so the cards have lots of head room in terms of bandwidth.

    I would have thought if there were a genuine compatibility issue I would have found it from 14 cards between three different cameras.



    [edit: Just checked and it's 82 mins per 32GB not 88 in my original post]
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    No SD slots, only CF cards (dual slot CF). I think Tim is looking for people with actual experience of this camera rather than random card suggestions that haven't been tested.

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    Cheers David. I'll certainly take your advice about testing the cards. Those Transcends are a hell of a lot cheaper than the SanDisk Extremes and Extreme Pros.
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    Here's a concise list taken from the ProActive site
    CF Card Compatibility

    Cards whose compatibility has been verified:

    Cards work at all modes:


    SanDisk -
    Extreme Pro - 64GB - SDCFXP‐064G‐J91 - x600(90MB/s)
    32GB - SDCFXP‐032G‐J91 - x600(90MB/s)
    16GB - SDCFXP-016G-J91 - x600(90MB/s)
    Extreme - 32GB - SDCFX‐032G‐J61 - x400(60MB/s)
    16GB - SDCFX-016G-J61 - x400(60MB/s)
    8GB - SDCFX-008G-J61 - x400(60MB/s)

    Hagiwara SYS‐COM -
    Z III - 8GB - HPC‐CF8GZ3U5 - x300(45MB/s)
    4GB - HPC-CF4GZ3U5 - x300(45MB/s)

    Cards work except at slow motion mode:

    Lexar -
    Professional x300 - 16GB - LCF16GBERBJP300 - x300(45MB/s)
    8GB - LCF8GBERBJP300 - x300(45MB/s)
    4GB - LCF4GBERBJP300 - x300(45MB/s)
    Professional x600 - 16GB - LCF16GBCRBJP600 - x600(90MB/s)
    8GB - LCF8GBCRBJP600 - x600(90MB/s)

    Delkin Devices -
    Combat Flash - 32GB - DDCFCOMBAT‐32GB - x625(91MB/s)
    16GB - DDCFCOMBAT‐16GB - x625(91MB/s)
    8GB - DDCFCOMBAT‐8GB - x625(91MB/s)

    Transcend -
    600x Compact Flash Card - 32GB - TS32GCF600 - x600(90MB/s)
    16GB - TS16GCF600 - x600(90MB/s)
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    I guess I should point out I've only ever run on 1080/25p at 50mbps. If there's a specific mode you'd like me to try, let me know.

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    Thanks Zero, but that's the same list I linked to in my original post - those cards all appear to have been superseded.

    David, there's a slo mo mode, I believe - the cards by the last two brands in Zero's list are compatable but not in slow motion mode. But don't worry. I've ordered a Transcend x400 on the basis that they've worked reliably for you and a Lexar Pro 1000x to cover all options (so I can have a play).

    As a supplementary question - a set of ND filters or a variable ND filter? I don't want to spend 300+ on a variable, but I'm happy to spend up to 100 if it's noticably better than a cheapie (we're talking video here not stills)
    Tim

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