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Best cards for shooting HD on 7D
Best cards for shooting HD on 7D
by Kyle Galbraith on Apr 20, 2011 at 6:07:01 pm

Hi everyone,

I tried searching this forum for this question, but none of the topics I found really match mine. My question is, I am renting a 7D next week for my first try at DSLR video and the rental comes with one 16gb CF card and one 8gb CF. I am just curious if I should go ahead and buy my one card right now or if these will suffice? I don't know the specs on them. Any help would be great everyone! Thank you.

Re: Best cards for shooting HD on 7D
by Phil Balsdon on Apr 20, 2011 at 9:34:28 pm

That's in total enough for just over an hour of video. If you have a lap top and CF card reader with you you can transfer from a card whilst shooting on the other.

Choose a card that is fast enough for video. 400x or 60MB/s such as Sandisk Extreme. Other users I know use Lexar or Transcend successfully.

Cinematographer, Steadicam Operator, Final Cut Pro Post Production.

Re: Best cards for shooting HD on 7D
by John Neer on Nov 2, 2011 at 7:50:37 pm

I have a Canno 5D...just starting with it. Can I connect the camera to my laptop via hdmi and use the laptop as the monitor as I record video? I don't have a clue how to do such a thing!

Re: Best cards for shooting HD on 7D
by Richard Harrington on Nov 2, 2011 at 8:45:07 pm

That won't work


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Re: Best cards for shooting HD on 7D
by brian klassen on Apr 21, 2011 at 1:24:05 pm

I recently purchased a Sandisk Extreme Pro (90 mb/s). Probably overkill for me, but I got a great price on it. And I want to be able to shoot (RAW)time lapse at a 2 or 3 second frame rate, so wanted to make sure I wouldn't have buffer issues (have the card not be able to process the data as fast as the camera was inputing it). No problems yet. It may still be overkill. I also have a Sandisk Extreme (60 mb/s). That may have been enough. But those two (both 16gb) and an inexpensive Transcend 16gb I feel like I have enough speed, memory and options to do what I want to do.

I'm not quite technically inclined enough to crunch the numbers to know exactly what I can and can't do with the above Sandisk cards. Perhaps someone else more mathematically driven can post some guidelines in that regards. Information I myself would like and benefit from.

I always find that being thoughtful and specific about exactly what I want to accomplish leads me to an informed decision, and keeps me from buying accessories (all of them cool, and probably very useful) I don't need.

Re: Best cards for shooting HD on 7D
by Brent Dunn on Apr 21, 2011 at 8:00:40 pm

I'd buy the Sandisc Extreme. Never had a problem.

I don't recommend Transcend anything. Poor quality control.

32 Gig will give you about 1 hr. 50 min.

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Re: Best cards for shooting HD on 7D
by mike safety on Apr 23, 2011 at 1:55:35 pm

Just about to ask the same question about the cf cards. Just got my 7d. Didn't want to spend any unnecessary money on the cf cards. Thanks

Re: Best cards for shooting HD on 7D
by Clark Cooper on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:31:49 pm

I also stand by SanDisk Extreme. The 90MB/s (600x) cards are probably overkill for the 5D and 7D. Since prices for CF cards continually drop like a rock, I'd get what you need now and if you have heaftier data-rates to deal with in the future (Nanoflash, Gemini, KiPro Mini, Ninja, etc, etc.) you can upgrade (cheaper) later.

I run the SanDisk 60MB/s (400x) cards in my 7D and 5Dii (and in the Nanoflash at 180Mbps) without a hitch.

Clark Cooper
Abbey HD Camera Rentals

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