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Size and type of memory card for a D800

RSchussel

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RSchussel Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Nov 2008
Sat 05-Jan-13 08:06 PM

I am planning on buying a D800 body in the next few days and have a question about the memory card to use.

1)Since the D800 takes both CF and SDHC memory cards is there any adavantage to using one type over another? I see ScanDisk Extreme Pro
32 SDHC goes for about 65$ while the ScanDisk Extreme PRO CF 1 is over $90.

2) What is the fastest speed that a D800 can keep up with.With my D90 it was a 20 or 30 Meg card. Can the D800 take advantage of a 90 meg card in burst mode.

3) How many pictures in RAW can a 32G card hold?

Your comments are appreciated
Bob

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briantilley

Paignton, UK
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#1. "RE: Size and type of memory card for a D800" | In response to Reply # 0

briantilley Gold Member Deep knowledge of bodies and lens; high level photography skills Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003
Sat 05-Jan-13 08:02 PM

Take a look at this recent thread, which touches on some of the things you're asking about

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RSchussel

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#2. "RE: Size and type of memory card for a D800" | In response to Reply # 1

RSchussel Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Nov 2008
Sat 05-Jan-13 09:05 PM

thank you.
I am still trying to determine the number of RAW pictures that a 32G card can hold .

HBB

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#4. "RE: Size and type of memory card for a D800" | In response to Reply # 2

HBB Moderator Hal is an expert in several areas, including CLS Awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Resources. Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Charter Member
Sat 05-Jan-13 09:56 PM

Robert:

See page 436 of your D800 manual when you get it. There is a chart showing the number of images that can be placed on an 8 GB card, in all of the possible formats.

The 8 GB card will hold 103 Uncompressed FX RAW images at 14 bit color depth (74.4 MB per image). A 32 GB card would likely hold about twice that, or 206.

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RSchussel

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#5. "RE: Size and type of memory card for a D800" | In response to Reply # 4

RSchussel Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Nov 2008
Sat 05-Jan-13 10:33 PM

I think you meant to say a 32G card will hold about about 4 times as much--412

Thank you for your help

Bob

HBB

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#6. "RE: Size and type of memory card for a D800" | In response to Reply # 5

HBB Moderator Hal is an expert in several areas, including CLS Awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Resources. Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Charter Member
Sat 05-Jan-13 11:02 PM

Bob:

Mea Culpa! Senior moment!

Nice catch, my fingers got ahead of my brain ... again.

Enjoy your D800 when it arrives. It is an amazing piece of equipment.

Regards,

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kamputty

Santa Cruz, US
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#7. "RE: Size and type of memory card for a D800" | In response to Reply # 6

kamputty Registered since 04th Jan 2007
Sat 05-Jan-13 11:48 PM

I would suggest the biggest you can afford...remember, you can also take movies!


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RSchussel

Vallejo, US
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#8. "RE: Size and type of memory card for a D800" | In response to Reply # 7

RSchussel Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Nov 2008
Sun 06-Jan-13 12:29 AM

I just pulled the trigger. Amazon had one new D800 for $2796 +$16 postage (for Jan 9 delivery). Also decided to go with a ScanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC 32G.

I didnt expect to get the D800 this quick but could not resist the $200 off.This is the lowest price I have seen from any reputable source.

I would like to thank people for their help.

Bob

icslowmo

Surprise, US
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#9. "RE: Size and type of memory card for a D800" | In response to Reply # 8

icslowmo Registered since 01st Jan 2012
Sun 06-Jan-13 05:03 AM

Have fun with your new camera when you get it....!!!! Also I have that SD card and have tried it by it self for a few moments and didn't seem to really slow the camera down compared to the 32Gb ScanDisk Extreme Pro CF (90mb/sec.). So should work well.

With the SD card, the camera shows it will hold 399 pics. Now I shoot Loss-less RAW and from what I've noticed and seen on here is that when shooting Loss-less, figure about twice as much as what is displayed on the top LCD. So figure the 32Gb cards should hold around 800 pics in Loss-less RAW setting.

32Gb cards I feel are good for longer outings and you'll need the space. I'm thinking about getting a couple of the 1000x Lexar 16Gb CF cards for smaller event coverage and use my 32Gb ScanDisk Ex Pro SD(95/Mbs) as the back up card for both....

Anyways have fun and enjoy,

Chris

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RWCooper

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#10. "RE: Size and type of memory card for a D800" | In response to Reply # 0

RWCooper Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Jul 2004
Sun 06-Jan-13 02:43 PM

You will get at least 400 RAW (probably closer to 450) images on a Sandisk Extreme Pro 32GB. I use the 16GB version and it is faster than the SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB SDHC UHS-I.

Enjoy!

Randy

RWSTARRETT

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#11. "RE: Size and type of memory card for a D800" | In response to Reply # 0

RWSTARRETT Gold Member Nikonian since 03rd Feb 2009
Sun 06-Jan-13 09:34 PM

Is this too simple minded? If I set my D800 for 14bit RAW and put in a 32BG SD card, it shows 400 image capability. Ditto if I put in a 32GB CF card. I realize that that 400 is just an approximation, but it does give an approximate answer to "how many RAW images can I get on my ___ card?"

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gpoole

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#12. "RE: Size and type of memory card for a D800" | In response to Reply # 11

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Mon 07-Jan-13 02:03 AM

No it's not too simple minded. That's what I get from my D800e too. The number shown is an absolute worse case. I found that I get 50-70% more images than shown on the indicator for loss less compressed RAW. This seems to be the case with all Nikon DSLRs.

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