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What's the D700's read and write speeds?

NikonMark37814

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NikonMark37814 Registered since 20th May 2010
Wed 27-Feb-13 12:37 PM

I've been using 8gb Sandisk Extreme cards. I recently picked up 16gb Kingston Ultimate 600x cards. Can the D700 take advantage of the faster read/write speeds? I believe the Sandisk's are 400x.

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JPJ

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#1. "RE: What's the D700's read and write speeds?" | In response to Reply # 0

JPJ Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Aug 2009
Wed 27-Feb-13 07:14 PM | edited Wed 27-Feb-13 07:17 PM by JPJ

It appears if you have the most up to date firmware the answer is theoretically yes. The D700 apparently used to top out at 30mb/second write speed, however it now appears the top end is around 42 mb/second using the most up to date Lexar 1000x cards.

Rob Galbraith keeps a database for a number of cards tested with specific cameras. Here is the up to date page on the D700:

http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/camera_multi_page.asp?cid=6007-9550

Note, the cards all have stated read/write speeds: The Sandisk Extreme is 60/mb per second, your Kingston card is theoretically 90mb/second - but you never actually acheive that speed.

You can see from his chart that the Kingston card performs no where near its specified speed, finishing well below the Sandisk.

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NikonMark37814

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#2. "RE: What's the D700's read and write speeds?" | In response to Reply # 1

NikonMark37814 Registered since 20th May 2010
Wed 27-Feb-13 11:58 PM

Wow, looks like Kingston inflates their read/write speeds. I'm gonna keep the one's I ordered. They should be fine for situations where I don't need fast cards and when I do I'll go back to my 8gb Sandisk Extremes which was quite fast!

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mirek21

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#3. "RE: What's the D700's read and write speeds?" | In response to Reply # 0

mirek21 Registered since 05th Mar 2013
Tue 05-Mar-13 01:59 PM

It definitely can. The difference is noticeable. My 60mb/s Sandisk Extreme effectively gives me 5 additional frames of buffer capacity and 1 extra fps when buffer is full over 30 mb/s Sandisk Extreme III card.

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