Hello, afer shooting years with 35mm,I got myself a D100. I am new to digital generation,lovely camara not studied this model very well,but at first imoressions looks great!. What do you digital users recommend CF Cards,Ibm Microdrive or maybe some newer type of memory in the market?.What abouy readers?. MicroDrive is 100% compatible with D100?. Antbody is familiar with the Memorex CF,memory?. All type of advice would be of great help for me.
...is standard 256 Mbyte CF cards. I use cards from both SimpleTech and SanDisk or whatever else is on sale at the moment. You can usually get them for under $100 apiece. One of my favorite haunts is PCMall.com, but most of the electronics houses are usually having a fire sale on one brand or the other. You can buy the fast (12X, 24X) cards, but your camera has a shot buffer that somewhat minimizes the advantage of the extra write speeds of these more expensive cards. If you do a lot of action photography where you need rapid recycling between continuous shot sequences, then it might be worth owning one or two fast cards. Otherwise I would use the cheaper standard "slow" (4X) cards.
A 256 Mbyte card will hold about 75 fine JPEG and 25 RAW images. I find that I shoot a lot of images in the JPEG mode even though I should probably be saving the more flexible and information-rich RAW files. But when properly exposed, there is nothing much wrong with the JPEG files. There is something to the paranoia about using smaller cards. When a small card fails, you will lose less data. At least it's a good way to rationalize the 256 Mbyte cards! (In reality, I think 512 Mbyte cards would be the ideal size but right now they are more than three times the cost of 256 Mbyte cards.)
I am not too hyped about the microdrives. Potentially too fragile in the field, although many users swear by them. CF cards are rugged, built like a brick $#%!house, and have very low failure rates. I hike to a lot of places I'll probably never get back to, so I won't risk my images to a microdrive. In the studio, where they are not likely to be dropped in a lake or a snowbank or on a rock, they are probably ideal: high-capacity and cheap.
i use sandisk 256 mb cards at about 150 usd. i am a little wary of realy large capacity cards because i have had a kodak card malfunction. i would recommend many smaller cards rather than one very large one. on the d100 i get about 30 raw images and about 100 large fine jpegs for 256 mb. use a card reader to load to your computer and if you are impatient get a fire wire reader. i hope that helps.
NICK " the fox fears not the man who boasts by night, but the man who rises early and goes forth"
You can get sandisk 256 mb cf @ robertsimaging.com for 99.00 usd. I use several in my D-100 along with 340 & 1 gb micordrives..no problems with any, even though the 340 is not endorsed in the Nikon manual.
CF card using battery power less than microdrive. But anyway, D100 battery is not like D1X, it's far better. I'm using microdrive and never had a battery problem. A couple of batteries will be enough for ordinary shooting.
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Simple advertises that their 256 has a transfer rate of 1.5 - 3.0 MB / sec. I just put my D100 in C shooting mode and fired away in the NEF mode. It took 4 shots in the first 2 seconds and then it took 45 seconds per shot! 10 megabytes divided by 1.5 Megabytes / second = 6.67 seconds. What gives? Is the camera that slow? If so, why waste money on faster CF cards. Is Simple's advertising misleading? What am I missing?
you are missing the fact that by default, the d100 is set to shoot COMRESSED raw files. Go to the shooting menu, select image quality, and select RAW instead of compressed raw. Your NEF will now save in 6 seconds (after the first 4 shots), not 45 seconds each.
Further tests reveal that I was hearing voices again. They were telling me to ignore the voices.
D100 reconfigured to shoot NEF without compression: 4 frames in 5 seconds, subsequent frames at 8-9 seconds each until the card is full. And the site you posted is extremely useful for shopping CF cards.