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Mark D Segal

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« on: November 25, 2006, 08:56:30 AM »

Michael,

Thanks for the revealing review of the new Sandisk cards. I doubt you have been able to test for this, but nonetheless possibly something potential customers may need to consider - could there be backward compatibility issues with various previous generation cameras? I ask because I seem to recall (without remembering the time or the details, so this is fuzzy) that a previous version of an up-graded CF card did not perform well in certain cameras. Hence just for example, if I were to buy an Extreme 4 for my Canon 1Ds (original model now dated over 5 years), could I be facing issues?
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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2006, 05:47:18 PM »

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Thanks for the revealing review of the new Sandisk cards. I doubt you have been able to test for this, but nonetheless possibly something potential customers may need to consider - could there be backward compatibility issues with various previous generation cameras? I ask because I seem to recall (without remembering the time or the details, so this is fuzzy) that a previous version of an up-graded CF card did not perform well in certain cameras. Hence just for example, if I were to buy an Extreme 4 for my Canon 1Ds (original model now dated over 5 years), could I be facing issues?
I know I'm not Michael, but since Rob Galbraith apparently successfully tested the Extreme IV with the 1Ds and SanDisk lists the 1Ds as a compatible device, it seems safe to assume that there shouldn't be any problems.

From a technical point of view, I have a hard time seeing why there should be problems, unless there was a flawed design decision in the CF or SD controller hardware or software in-camera.

Basically, UDMA is a standard that guarantees that compliant devices will be backward compatible; the only effect should be a fallback to the lowest interface speeds. The problems related to UDMA in PCs have been with interface cable signalling and pin compatibility. I can use a UDMA-33 drive just fine on a UDMA-133 capable controller, and a UDMA-133 capable drive on a UDMA-33 controller.
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