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Title: Memory cards, are they what they're supposed to be?
Post by: Lez60 on May 28, 2012, 10:35:03 PM
Most of us have heard tales of cheap memory cards not being genuine or presenting themselves as having a larger capacity than they actually have. There are many dealers on the net selling fake or mis-represented cards.

I'm currently looking for an SD card, not for my 580 but for an e-book reader and came across this: H2testw v1.4.


What is it? basically it is a freeware programme that checks your memory cards and gives you an idea of whether they are genuine or not.

If you are unlucky enough to buy a fake this might give you a bit of leverage when trying for a refund.

Hope this helps someone.

Les.

Update.

 I did mean counterfeit cards and had originally intended to add 'caveat emptor.'
 Another well used phrase is: "if it looks too good to be true, it generally is."
Title: Re: Memory cards, are they what they're supposed to be?
Post by: chappo1 on May 28, 2012, 11:35:37 PM
Thanks for posting but I wonder at the economics sometimes.  You buy a camera and lens (well some of us have a plurality), and all the other gear and yet want to save a few dollars on an unbranded card.... john 
Title: Re: Memory cards, are they what they're supposed to be?
Post by: markc on May 29, 2012, 08:59:01 AM
I think that the OP is talking about counterfeit cards i.e. ones branded as (say) 64Gb Sandisk that are actually 2Gb no-name.

I could be wrong though.

Cheers,

Mark
Title: Re: Memory cards, are they what they're supposed to be?
Post by: FarmerDave on May 29, 2012, 09:27:41 AM
Yes, it happens a lot in China, my friend thought he is smart when he brought his laptop to check the capacity. It turned out the card reported 32Gb and he was able to read and write some files to it (he only tested 500Mb cause you haven't got all day). The card turned out to be only 2G. Probably rejects from the factory.
Title: Re: Memory cards, are they what they're supposed to be?
Post by: harveyzone on May 29, 2012, 09:34:39 AM
Thanks for posting but I wonder at the economics sometimes.  You buy a camera and lens (well some of us have a plurality), and all the other gear and yet want to save a few dollars on an unbranded card....
Or to turn it around... perhaps you need to save money on the card if you have spent all your hard earned on a camera and lens :-D

Anyway I have no problem with buying cheap/unbranded kit - some of it is just as good as the expensive branded stuff, and at least you know what you are getting - cheap unbranded kit. The problem comes when you buy expensive branded kit and still end up with cheap unbranded kit that has been faked to look expensive. This, I believe, is what Les is referring to.