Just made an interesting discovery in a blog post expanding on a post on The Online Photographer: apparently, according to an engineer from SanDisk, at any one time around 30% of SanDisk cards ‘in the wild’ are counterfeit.
That’s an incredible number! The articles suggest that many of these counterfeit cards originate from eBay.
I personally use SanDisk Extreme IIIs as my card of choice – I have a couple of 4GB ones that I use in rotation for my 5DMkII. They’re all a couple of years old now… they’re back from my 40D days, when 4GB was a decent size for 10MP RAW files. But they’re all still in perfect working order after having a lot of use made out of them, and I don’t have any real need to upgrade.
The cards I use are currently about £30 on Amazon, but occasionally they go on sale for about £18. I use them because they’re fast enough to keep up with the 5DMkII for video and are generally considered a fairly reliable card.