Please comment on the brand of media you are using with your D100. I am curious about the claims being made by Lexar regarding the speed of their media. I currently use Sandisk Ultra and, while I am very new to DSLR & Nikon, I cannot see any shortcomings with this brand. Comments !!!!!!!!!!!!
Although they use C*non DSLR's (and a CP995) in this comparison, the results are quite interesting. I am using Ridata 256MB CF's with my Fuji S1 and am very happy with them. A vast improvement over the Sandisk (both regular and ultra) I was using.
> Where did you get your Ridata cards and for how much if you > don't mind me asking...
I bought my Ridata cards from eBay from a guy with the handle "yourpchero". I paid approx $US 90.00 each for them and I am very happy with them. They come with a 3 year warranty. They also took about 5 business days for them to be delivered from the USA (California).
The IBM is great as long as I'm shooting at JPG Fine or less, which I find is adequite for 80% of what I do . I never have to wait.
BUT, if I'm shooting in TIFF mode there is a substantial lag time writing to the disk and with the limited buffer this can mean standing arround for over a minute or more! AND this gets worse as the disc fills up.
Pros: Lots of storage -- inexpensive compared to the "faster" cards. Great performance in JPG mode.
Cons: Slow in TIFF mode. Slow to download from card reader.
I'd be very interested to hear from anyone who has used the Ridata 512 card. I have had an eye on it for a while but I'm not sure that I trust it. It seems to cheap compared to the competition & nikon don't support it. The 512 would be a backup / supplement to my 1gb microdrive. This drive works very well - no problems, but I am scared to death of dropping it...
I have two 512mb cards, one ridata and one transcend both work fine with my d100.. no problems at all. I don't know if they're slow or fast, but they're quick enough. (I only shoot in raw though, as I cannot comment on jpg or tiff). Sam
I have been using exclusively the 1GB microdrives since I got my D100. My wife uses one in her CoolPix 5700. Never have I experienced any serious speed problems. I note in the manual from Nikon that the TIFF mode will result in image writes taking about 40 seconds each. RAW mode compressed is similar. That is a long time to wait.
I shoot RAW mode uncompressed, which gives me 107 images on a 1GB microdrive, and a full-buffer write time of about 6 seconds. When the images are not critical (snapshots), I use FINE JPEG mode which gives me 318 images per 1 GB microdrive, with a write time of about 2 seconds. I have spent over $750.00 on these three IBM Microdrives. But I notice that the 1GB CF card costs about $695.00 USD, so I would only have one of those for the same money.
What I am wondering is...has anyone in the forum actually compared the write speeds for one of the new 512 MB cards (or the 1 GB CF cards) to the 1GB microdrive? Is there a significant difference?