The Sandisk Ultra is still pretty slow (I think 20x or 25x) compared to the Transcend 30x.Originally posted by Jay
Bought SanDisk Ultra 256MB for $230 about a year ago and SanDisk Ultra 512MB for S$290 about five months ago and there are used on both my Fuji S1 and S2.
Recording is pretty fast when I should at 6MB and above resolution.
Furthermore, I have been using them for data transfer for my work via card reader and PCMCIA.
Never had a problem in any sort ... if this answer the question of reliability.
If this is the choice, suggest purchase the ULTRA instead of the normal as ultimately the recording speed is needed when situation arises (surprisingly often!).
I have been using Transcend CF for some time, quite good, I would have liked a Lexar but it is difficult to get in Singapore (must order online) and quite expensive (CF + shipping).
Besides the 'WA' (Write Acceleration) on the Lexar only works on certain cameras like Nikon (Canon, Fujifilm DSLRs cannot)
For Ridata, heard it's good but rumors of compatibilty with certain devices like X-drive 2 (dunno if true) makes me go back to Transcend.
A 1GB Transcend will cost abt $400 and a 512Mb abt $200. Prices are expected to RISE in a few weeks or a month due to low shortage of memory chips (according to souces)
Don't worry, it's seasonal, like DDR-RAM chips in SLS, their prices will spike in certain months due to short fall in production or high demand and will return to normal a few months later.