Sun 25-Jul-10 01:00 PM | edited Sun 25-Jul-10 01:06 PM by gkaiseril
My crystal ball if foggy from all the rain and humidity in the Midwest, so I can not see the post you are referring to and if they had links to the Nikon USA Support page, How do I have my D3 memory buffer upgraded?.
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Sun 25-Jul-10 01:41 PM | edited Sun 25-Jul-10 01:48 PM by RRRoger
I waited till my D3 needed it's first sensor cleaning (over one year). I still have buffer overruns so the upgrade was nearly worthless for me. It is not going to turn your camera into the hot rod I thought it would.
Camera settings can slow you down even with the extra on-board memory.
It would have been a lot more cost effective to use the $500 toward a camera upgrade to the D3s. I hit 6400 ISO a lot more often than I overrun the buffer.
It is not a sensor upgrade, this is for adding memory for the image buffer, which holds the image data waiting to be written the media card.
Thus is only adding more ram memory for the image buffer. It does not speed up image processing or writing images to the media card. It only allows one to have more images in the buffer before they have to be written to the media card.
So unless you are making your living shooting sports and need a larger image buffer, it is probably not cost effective. And if that is the case, selling the D3 and replacing the camera with a D3s might be the most cost effective solution.
I'm sorry, I was being sarcastic. I know that the buffer upgrade is to improve image capture space, but the upgrade, as Roger points out, is probably not a great improvement, yet if Nikon offered a sensor upgrade to a D3S sensor for $500, I would be all in...
"life is a lesson, you learn it when you're through" f. durst
there's no way selling your D3 (current used prices at $3k) would be equal to getting a D3s (currently $5200). . .
I'm considering the upgrade myself once after I use my D3 at a few events this week/weekend - the D3 was such a huge upgrade for me, I think spending $500 on 4 32GB CF Cards from Sandisk (the new 60 MB/s ones, UDMA) would be a wiser decision. . .(and maybe for the OP). . .
Sun 25-Jul-10 08:26 PM | edited Sun 25-Jul-10 08:39 PM by gkaiseril
Well if you are are in the professional photography business the larger buffer and faster frame rate may very well be worth the cost of the move. This is especially true if you are shooting sports or other fast action events.
It might not be as expensive as you believe because one would be selling business equipment. The lose incurred would be deductible would be deductible since the camera is business property and not personal property, for which no tax deductible loss would be allowed. And since the loss is a deduction from your income, Uncle Sugar is underwriting the part of the cost.
I do not think the write to the media card would be that much faster in moving to a UDMA card. The UDMA card's big benefit is when downloading to the computer when you have a UDMA reader connected to a fire wire port.
Sun 25-Jul-10 08:45 PM | edited Sun 25-Jul-10 09:01 PM by RRRoger
I do shoot motorcycles and sports and generally grab my second camera when the buffer fills at the start of a race.
Most of my flash cards are Sandisk 30mbs. I "think" but not sure that the D3 can not utilize more than 35mbs. Top write speed on Rob Galbraith's chart is 32mbs. I have a Transcend 300x and 600x that I use for 5D2 video. They did not seem to speed up the Nikon D3 at all.
How fast is fast enough? I was totally blown away when the D3 first came out. It exceeded everything on my wish list. Now we want more. Wait for the D4?
Yeah after much deliberation, I ended up just getting a pair of the new SanDisk Ultra CF's rated at 200x or 30MB/s.
Rob G and the Sportsphotoguy showed that the "newer" SanDisk Extreme CF's rated at 60MB/s are in fact SLOWER than the older SanDisk 30MB/s ones. . .so it made sense for me to just get a pair of cards that could at least write at 25MB/s for $50 a pop for 16GB (man how memory has become cheap). . .
Hopefully it'll come before my wedding shoot this weekend!