My D800 arrived right after lunch today! So I am slowly getting acquainted with it. My first realization is how my CF and SD cards are now wwwaaaayyyy small! The largest I have are 16GB and these have Ben fine for my 300s, 5000, 700, 7000, but for the D800... No sir! So now I need to Either make sure I have enought for multiple spares, or buy some bigger cards. Decisions decisions!
But here's a weird math issue for you... With a 16GB CF, and a 32GB SD installed, and saving images as NEF compressed and JPG fine (NEFs going into the CF and JPGs going into the SD) I have space for about 258 images. Without changing image settings, if I pull the SD card the space drops to 166 (understandable), but when I pull the CF card the space *increases* to 313!!! Please explain that to me.
#2. "RE: Huzzah! Mine's Arrived!" In response to Reply # 0
Nothing weird about the math.
258 NEFs will fit in 16GB. So that becomes the limiting factor with 2 cards in. Pull the CF card, and now the system will write both NEF and JPG to the 32GB card. If you were writing NEF only, it would be double 258. But the space is decreased because of the JPGs being written as well.
>But here's a weird math issue for you... With a 16GB CF, and a >32GB SD installed, and saving images as NEF compressed and JPG >fine (NEFs going into the CF and JPGs going into the SD) I >have space for about 258 images. Without changing image >settings, if I pull the SD card the space drops to 166 >(understandable), but when I pull the CF card the space >*increases* to 313!!! Please explain that to me.
#3. "RE: Huzzah! Mine's Arrived!" In response to Reply # 0
You usually get more shots than the camera actually says. For example I have 32gb SD card. I shoot raw only. The camera says I'll get 404 images when I format the card. I skipped down to Nashville for 3 days. Shot 489 frames(can you still say frames when it's not film?)and the camera said I still had 133 shots left to go.
#4. "RE: Huzzah! Mine's Arrived!" In response to Reply # 0
St Petersburg, RU
Congratulations, it appears that the backlog is getting whittled down with increased shipments. Do you really need a lot more space than 16gb, or really need JPGs if you are recording RAW? I find that I take fewer shots with the D800, no safety shots or brackets because I've never seen such reliable AWB, exposure and focusing in any camera. My first CF failed immediately so used the SD cards for a while until I got back home and bought a couple CF's. I really do not see any difference in speed although there should be an advantage with parallel data paths over serial. In practice, there isn't. Tonight will be a test, a long party at a friend's club and he wants everything recorded so I will need a another 16gig card, all my D7000 cards are 4 and 8 gig, 8 of them that I rotate into service. I have a home made battery pack for the SB900, probably no slaves will be used so I should be set. I am finding that my battery charge life is no where near what the D7000 is so I'll take several backups since there is no grip yet. If the past month of D800 use is an indication, I will likely take a lot fewer shots than normal and keep just about all of them. For most, the res is the big deal but I am most amazed by how good the basic functions are like AWB that nails it in the strangest combinations of light temperatures or exposure that is hard to trick into a badly exposed frame. Last night took a few casual snap shots of a young lady who was visiting. The light was a mix of decorative candles, incandescent, late night sun coming in the windows(sun set around midnight last night, 500 miles from the Arctic Circle) and her face was illuminated partly by a florescent reading light. One shot with the D800, no flash and colors looks good, normal. A shot with the D7000 revealed the expected mess of casts, mostly orange. Try it, just great! Stan St Petersburg Russia