Hi, all! Got a general "Whatcha think?" question about a memory card issue I saw just this afternoon.
So, I'm out shooting, warm outside, camera never sitting in the direct sunlight, cards (main and backup, slot B acting as backup for slot A), and suddenly I start getting a flashing "err" on the display. Now, I just installed the second 32G flash last night, reformatted it after installing it; never a single issue with the other camera it was in (D90). Removed that second card, continued shooting.
Fast forward to home: after dumping cards to LR, I popped Slot A, dropped in the "bad" card, reformatted, and it looked fine. But this was when I saw something that made me want to post here...
Slot A card (original): SanDisk Extreme 32G Class 10 card (30MB/s) Slot B card (new-ish): Sony 32G Class 10 card (94mb/s)
The SanDisk shows cap for 899 shots, the Sony 913 shots.
Given the speed differences of the card, could this have been a cause for an issue? Maybe some sort of timeout or checksum internally? I had the slower card in Slot A and the faster in Slot B, so I'd assumed that wouldn't be an issue. Maybe swap the two around so the primary card is the faster of the two? Haven't really read anything about speed differences being an issue in the D7000, but who knows. Just wondering what you guys thought...
#2. "RE: Memory card question (in D7000) re: card speeds" In response to Reply # 1
Thanks for replying!!
Well, I hadn't used it in the D90 that much; really only about 100 actuations (it's relatively new), and never saw a single issue with it. It was formatted once I installed it in the D7000, and I just reformatted it again after d/l'ing the images into LR this afternoon. Anything is possible, I guess, but I haven't seen any indications of any issues thus far.
I could have sworn the Sony was approved, but I'll definately double-check the "official" Nikon list. Thanks for that!
#3. "RE: Memory card question (in D7000) re: card speeds" In response to Reply # 1
Most likely because those cards came out AFTER the D90 was released hence why you won't see it on any approved list. In cases like those, I would go to a camera shop and see if they have a spare I can try or check out forums like here to see if the card in question will work.
2 Weeks ago I replaced the 4G with a Sony 32G HDSC card, which *is* on the approved list. The new card was placed in Slot B, and I reconfig'd the layout for backup/duplication. Shortly thereafter I started seeing the errors that originally reported.
Well, today I started having errors again. I immediately removed the *new* SanDisk from Slot B, and continued shooting. 5 minutes later, an "ERR" popped up! I pulled the Sony out and replaced it with the SanDisk, and continued shooting. No further problems.
I'm thinking that (first) there might have been some kind of sync issue between the two cards during the write operations. Rather than the buffer being written twice, maybe the backup is written from the first?? Dunno...
I'll be replacing the Sony with a SanDisk of the same type and testing further. The Sony will probably be dropped in my small point-and-shoot to see if it's damaged or just questionable.
That's kinda where it sits right now, if anyone is interested! Steve