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Ned_L

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"RE: Now that you have seen the performance difference between the the XQD memory card, and CF memory cards on your Nikon D4, which of the two have you set as your primary memory card in your D4?"

Ned_L Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, especially Travel Photography Charter Member
Wed 06-Feb-13 03:11 AM

Gary you ask a great question. I ran a 30 sec burst test, 3 times each for my 32G XQD, Sandisk Extreme Pro, and Lexar Pro 1000X cards. I ran the burst test because it gives me a measure of what I can do when photographing flying birds, something I do weekly. It would hold for other moving objects too, and birds which are flitting from branch to branch. You keep firing to hopefully get some nice poses.

So I pressed the shutter release down for 30 seconds and counted the number of photos I got, shooting RAW, Lossless Compressed, 14 Bit, in manual mode at 1/640 second of an all black background. Here's what I got.

32G XQD - 157 shots in 30 seconds, 76 shots before it slows down.
32G Sandisk Extreme Pro CF - 145 shots in 30 seconds, 70 shots before it slows down
32G Lexar Pro 1000X CF - 150 shots in 30 seconds, 71 shots before it slows down.

While this won't wow you, I think you'll find once I get to test the new "S series," it will, but let's wait for the test for that.

I had been using the HyperDrive ColorSpace UDMA also, but for a variety of reasons, including ruggedness, and capacity, while I can't just plug in my cards any more, but must use a reader, I'm now using a pair of LaCie Rugged Triple USB 3.0/Firewire 800 1TB drives while traveling. I like the speed of reading the photos from the XQD card. That's a factor to me.

Ned
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