CF memory cards are relativly inexpensive now, especially in microcenter. You can always check specials in Staples or Office Depot. >$25 for 2GB..
I use cards made by Lexar and Sandisk..
I prefer to have couple memory cards instead of 1 giant. In case of card failure You will have spare memory card to use..
Since I use DSLR for long time I have 10 CF memory cards now 20GB total..
I like to tell people that they should get the fastest card they can get - the camera won't notice any difference but when you download to your computer you'll notice a big difference. To get the best speed you need to get a special card reader as well - I have an older Sandisk Extreme III and with a Sandisk card reader I get 15 to 20 mb/s versus 4 or 5 mb/s downloading from the camera directly. That's the difference between 2 or 3 seconds for a RAW file to transfer versus 2 or 3 RAW files a second. The Extreme IV is twice as fast again, so that would be 4 RAW files a second. Which is a fantastic thing when you've got 200 RAW files on your card ..
I use the Sandisk Extreme III in my A200. You can get about 1000 JPEGS on that card. Personally, I off load my images way before that most of the time. The only exception is if I am on vacation, you can use up a lot of memory. I would prefer 2 or more smaller cards to one large one..
As far as speed, I read a review on the Sony where they used two different memory cards, the Sandisk and I believe a Lexxar. THA SANDISK shot continuous images until they got tired of holding the button but the buffer filled up after anout twenty shots on the slower card>..
Hi again. Yes, I've heard the Sandisk flash cards are good. But when I went to order it didn't seem that simple. There were two different 4 GB SanDisk Extreme III cards. One, SDCFX3-4096-901 is listed as "Flash Memory Card, Compact Flash card" and has a read/write speed of 20 MB/sec. The other is SDCFX3-004G-A31 and is described as "Compact Flash Card, ESP Technology" and has a R/W speed of 30 MB/sec.
Just want to make sure it will fit..
Also, do I need a special flash card reader even if my computer will accept flash cards?.
If your computer will read flash cards, it'll be fine..
I like 8 gig cards personally. That way when I go overseas, I can take several and not run out. On a daily trip, I won't use much, but so what..
I like Sandisk Extreme IIIs and IVs. When I only shoot RAW and I can get between 350 and 400 images on an 8 gig card. 347 images if I shoot RAW and basic JPEG. Since I bought Lightroom, I'm shooting only RAW now; no need for JPEG.Cheers, Craig..