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UDMA SD card/ MkIIn compatibility?
Jeff Martin, Photographer
wellington | OH | usa | Posted: 8:24 PM on 03.20.09
->> Just got some delkin 8 gb udma SD cards and niether the Mkiin or the MkIII will recognize them. Am I missing something or are they just not compatible?
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David Seelig, Photographer
Hailey | ID | USA | Posted: 8:42 PM on 03.20.09
->> I use the sandisk extreme 111 8 gb udma in my mk 111 no troubles.
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Peter DaSilva, Photographer
Oakland | CA | USA | Posted: 10:25 PM on 03.20.09
->> Check your firmware. May need updating!
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Nick Morris, Photographer
San Marcos | CA | United States | Posted: 1:35 AM on 03.21.09
->> Martin, I heard somewhere back when UMDA first came out that it was only compatible with the newest line of cameras. I know the new Nikon D3 and I believe the Mark IIIs are the only ones that it works with. I was going to buy a few at a show and the rep was explaining to another tog about the benefits and pitfalls (pitfalls being cams it wont work on) I have the Mark III and I don't think they will work on mine. Just what I heard...
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Nigel Farrow, Photographer
Suffolk | UK | United Kingdom | Posted: 6:20 AM on 03.21.09
->> It may be that neither camera will work with SD cards of that size. Though a different manaufacturer, SanDisk state on their site that both cameras are only compatible with SDHC cards up to 4Gb and that to be able to use even that capacity may require a firmware update.

http://www.sandisk.com/Compatibility/
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 8:32 AM on 03.21.09
->> Whoa, Nellie.

There are as yet no UDMA-enabled SD cards. UDMA is supported only by compact flash.

UDMA CF cards will work fine in any camera that supports CF; they're backward-compatible with slower transfer rates.

SD cards larger than 4GB, and most of 4GB size, are the new "SDHC" format which is NOT backward compatible in devices supporting the original SD specification. I'm not aware of any firmware update that can fix this - I'm pretty sure this is hardware dependent. You're basically stuck with 2GB SD cards for these devices.
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Nigel Farrow, Photographer
Suffolk | UK | United Kingdom | Posted: 10:12 AM on 03.21.09
->> The SanDisk site I mentioned above gives a link to a Canon USA page for the firmware update to allow the use of 4Gb SDHC cards. It is given in red at the top of the relevant camera page.

However, and the reason I didn't include it before, was when I tried the link it took me to a page for such downloads but I couldn't see one relevant to either of the cameras Jeff mentioned.

No idea if it works and as Chuck says SDHC format is not backward compatible. I am wondering if it was developed enough at the time to be included in the programming of the MkIIN but the card size at the time didn't require allowing use of cards bigger than 2Gb. I know when I have had problems with SD cards in the past it has always been due to the firmware needing to be updated to allow their use with the device.
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Jana C, Photographer
Ottawa | ON | Canada | Posted: 10:31 AM on 03.21.09
->> I use a 16gB SDHC card in my 1dsMk2, 1Dmk2n and my MK3. They work fine and hold the amount of images a 16gb should hold. Make sure you have the latest firmware updates as Pete mentioned. That is likely the culprit.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 6:32 PM on 03.21.09
->> Jana,

That's interesting news. Thanks for info.

Chuck
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Jeff Martin, Photographer
wellington | OH | usa | Posted: 10:34 AM on 03.23.09
->> Thanks to all who responded. I actually called canon tech support at about 9pm Fri nite. They said only 4 gig cards are supported. The guy didn't sound knowledgeable at all. I'm sure he was just reading of his computer screen. He made a point a saying the larger cards "technically" supposed to be used. Didn't know anything about firmware updates that might help. I look into some of the stuff mentioned above this week. I didn't have time over the week end. Shooting the grade school wrestling championships. About 30 wgt classes, 32 man/boy brackets. Lots to upload.

Thanks again.
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Chad Hipolito, Photographer
Red Deer | AB | Canada | Posted: 2:26 PM on 03.24.09
->> I found out the other day when i purchased a new 8 gb SDHC card for my Mark III that I also need a SDHC compatible card reader. My reader which is only a couple of years old froze my PC. On my Mac the drive didnt even show up. I had no idea. I searched the SanDisc forum to find out why. I needed to get my images off the card and on my computer so i copied them over to my 8 Gb SD card instead. NEver done that before. Temporary fix until I get a new reader. Nice to have the extra storage though.
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