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What size memory card with new D800 purchase?

NikonMark37814

Morristown, US
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NikonMark37814 Registered since 20th May 2010
Fri 22-Mar-13 12:03 AM

I'm planning to buy a D800 and would like your recommendations for memory cards. With my D700 and D300s I used 8gb Sandisk Extreme CF and SD with the D300s. What size do you recommend for general photography? Subjects would be landscapes and wildlife that's pretty much stationary. I don't plan to use the D800 for sports or flying/moving subjects, for that I have the D700 where the frame rate is better suited.

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mawyatt1

US
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#1. "RE: What size memory card with new D800 purchase?" | In response to Reply # 0

mawyatt1 Registered since 11th Feb 2012
Thu 21-Mar-13 11:57 PM

I use a Lexar 32G SD card and 16G CF card. No problems to report with these.

danshep

Olympia, US
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danshep Gold Member Charter Member
Fri 22-Mar-13 02:05 AM


My D700 has a Sandisk 32GB.



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Rohinton_Mehta

Mumbai, IN
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#3. "RE: What size memory card with new D800 purchase?" | In response to Reply # 0

Rohinton_Mehta Silver Member Nikonian since 16th Feb 2002
Fri 22-Mar-13 08:45 AM

I am very happy with my SanDisk 32GB 90MB/sec SD cards and also the SanDisk 4GB and 8GB CF cards which are slower.

I also have 16GB Kingston CF cards but they don't work at all on my D800. You shut the card slot door but the light stays on forever. This happens only with the Kingston 16GB CF cards.

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Henry64

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Henry64 Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Jan 2008
Fri 22-Mar-13 08:58 AM

I suggest Lexar or Sandisk 90mb/s - 16GB will serve you well if shooting JPEG, go for 32GB if you are into RAW (aren't we all these days?)

Why not checkout the performance and go for the fastest 90mb/s card, 1000x cards are still to expensive and won't perform so much better that it justifies the extra price IMHO.

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jamesvoortman

Durban, ZA
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#5. "RE: What size memory card with new D800 purchase?" | In response to Reply # 1

jamesvoortman Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Sep 2004
Fri 22-Mar-13 10:34 AM

Same capacities but with Sandisk Extreme cards. I have not experienced buffer problems or lack of storage capacity to date.

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MEMcD

US
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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Fri 22-Mar-13 10:39 AM

Hi Mark,

I use Lexar 32GB 1000X cards though since you don't seem to need the speed you could use your 8GB Sandisk Extreme series cards if you want to.

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NikonMark37814

Morristown, US
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NikonMark37814 Registered since 20th May 2010
Fri 22-Mar-13 10:46 AM

Thanks for the recommendations, I'm going with 32gb Sandisk cards.

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Richcower

US
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Richcower Registered since 22nd Jan 2013
Fri 22-Mar-13 12:32 PM

I've been using a Sandisk 32G SD card and 16G CF card. Both work fine.

nwcs

Knoxville, US
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nwcs Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Landscape and Wildlife Photography Registered since 15th Jan 2006
Fri 22-Mar-13 02:31 PM

I'm happy with my 4, 8, and 16 GB cards. Especially when on vacation. I don't like having all my pictures on one card. I also like matching sizes of SD and CF so that on vacation I can mirror shots to have a built in backup.

mborn1

Taunton, US
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mborn1 Gold Member Nikonian since 20th Nov 2008
Fri 22-Mar-13 06:15 PM

I use 16 and 32 G cards both CF and SD and purposely do not fill the cards

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