I am in the process of getting a D7000 in the near future. I have always used SanDisc extreme pro cards. With the camera having 2 card slots do I need to have 2 cards in at the same and if so are 16gb class 10 of the Pro Extreme cards ok for normal use and some video.I do not mind stepping up to 32gb cards if needed. Probally 80% photos and 20% video.I do not want to be caught short if out on a long weekend of wildlife and bird shooting. Thanks
#1. "RE: D7000 card slots" In response to Reply # 0 Wed 05-Sep-12 12:45 AM by RockyIII
You do not need to use two cards unless you want to. You can leave slot 2 empty or use a card in it for overflow or backup (either RAW or JPG). You can also use slot 1 for stills and slot 2 for videos.
I also use SanDisk Extreme Pro cards. Here is some test data comparing the speeds of various cards:
#3. "RE: D7000 card slots" In response to Reply # 0 Sun 16-Sep-12 06:43 PM by berk
If you go only for a weekend 2x 16gb SanDisc class 10 should be OK in terms of amount of data and speed even if you are into bird & wildlife photography where you are likely to take a lot of shots (Jpg Large Fine, Raw). As poster Rocky already mentioned you don’t have to use both slots but I always use both where second card serves as a backup. I would go for at least one 32gb card though – the price difference is not that huge and it may come handy especially if you go for more days trip.
I also wouldn’t go out without a spare battery as I think you are likely to run out of battery power sooner than of a space on your memory cards.
#4. "RE: D7000 card slots" In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonians! Each of us has our own uniqrequirementsnts based on our shooting style and the subject we shoot. Some of us can easily shoot thousands of frames in a weekend, others well under a hundred. Personally I keep two cards in my cameras that have two slots and carry at least 4 extra cards for each body. If you often find yourself waitng for the buffer to clear, investing in faster cards is more than likely worth the additional investment. If you never fill the buffer you can save quite a bit by buying slower cards. In my older bodies I continue to use older 4GB & 8GB cards. In my newer bodies I use 16GB & 32GB cards.