>Linwood, that is good information based on real life >experience. My new D800E is scheduled for delivery today so I >will hopefully be able to do some tests. I do plan to buy one >"fast" card for action shooting. It is interesting >that you find that the card speed does not make much >difference in shutter action but only in the write times. >Thanks for the input.
Yes. Though it depends. It's about style of shooting.
Here's my oversimplified "which one are you":
You need to just shot a continuous burst, at full speed, for as long as you possibly can. You do it once, then a long (many seconds or minutes) before you need to do it again:
-- Card speed helps very little -- You may not have the right camera, or -- JPG
You shoot action with bursts, but there is "rest" time between. Batters in baseball, plays in football, charges to the basket in basketball, jumping horses. So you may shoot 2-3 seconds of fast bursts, but there is 30 seconds in between.
-- Card speed doesn't matter because there's plenty of time to empty
You shoot something with continuous action in bursts with little recovery time over a long period, like soccer plays that charge the goal from end to end, you shoot 3-4 shoots, pause a second or so, a few more after that pass, brief pause, 4-5 during a defensive challenge, brief pause....
-- In this case card speed matters a LOT. You can get a happy -- medium where you can do this forever, as the pauses allow the -- buffer to empty. Too slow a card, and just as they shoot on goal -- you find you can no longer shoot. As the ball comes to rest -- in the goal, you finally get that next shot off, missing -- all the important stuff.
Don't waste money on expensive cards to solve the first two cases, one it helps very little (though it does a bit), the other you just don't need. But the last case, if you are in that situation, it can help a lot.