I'm looking forward to being able to shoot 76 shot NEF bursts on my XQD card Which sounds like to me, having a camera where I will basically never fill the buffer - great!
I think initially I am just going to get a single 16GB XQD which is probably close enough to fit most shoots for me. I read somewhere that according to the standard that XQDs can go double current speed in future so I'll add XQDs slowly in hopes that faster cards are on the horizon.
I may not get the XQD reader since my iMac only has USB2 or Firewire 800. Probably no point, hmmm. I need to see a test using that reader and USB2. This would mean I'd be relegated to using the camera and USB2 cable to do XQD downloads...
>I may not get the XQD reader since my iMac only has USB2 or >Firewire 800. Probably no point, hmmm. I need to see a test >using that reader and USB2. This would mean I'd be relegated >to using the camera and USB2 cable to do XQD downloads...
Since you will be limited to the USB 2.0 port on your computer anyway, I would get the XQD Card Reader just to eliminate the additional wear and tear on the camera body and battery. Then when you upgrade your computer you will be ready to go. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
I did order the USB card reader and the 32G XQD card. I was struggling with CF downloading on my Macbook Pro because I didn't own a Firewire 800 reader. But I found a German company started having them made again. (A Canadian store carries them) But, if I decide I need to use the CF as overflow, I'll need to read the card. I don't care for using the camera battery to download via wired connection. I plan on using the XQD to speed write times, but download from the CF card, most of the time.
I agree with you Steve about the future XQD cards being much faster. That is if the format doesn't die from lack of devices. I'd guess the D400 will use it and Sony products as well, then perhaps Canon will jump on board.
Is anyone concerned that at present Sony is the only manufacturer of the XQD card? I am having deja vu all over again with the Sony Memory Stick.
I am also questioning why two different cards in a pro-level camera? This means more stuff to carry (readers, cables) and more cost. My CF cards work just fine and I like the fact that I have several CF card manufacturers to choose from. This also makes their pricing more competitive.
I would prefer more than one supplier, but one is enough. My bigger concern is that when I get my D4 hopefully about a week after the March 15 ship date, that Sony won't be shipping XQD card yet. I wonder if the delay in the D4 was really a Sony delay instead of a firmware delay.
If you ordered both a D4 and a D800 as I did, you have three cards to deal with. Card capacity and speed are issues if you are working at the limits of the D4. That really means that you need 600X or faster cards. I only have two of those, so over time there will be an investment in newer and faster and larger memory cards anyway.
It is hard to complain about the cost of faster cards when I have spent $10,000 on new cameras and batteries. Waiting a year would probably have saved more $$$, but who wants to wait.
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Although the XQD is relatively new, I believe that the D4 users will appreciate the speed that it offers to match the performance of the D4. Two years from now, we will be asking for dual XQD card slots.
Sun 04-Mar-12 01:58 PM | edited Sun 04-Mar-12 02:02 PM by PaintedRays
>I would prefer more than one supplier, but one is enough. My >bigger concern is that when I get my D4 hopefully about a week >after the March 15 ship date, that Sony won't be shipping XQD >card yet.
You just answered Mike's comment of why 2 different card formats. Nikon couldn't rely on the XQD shipping, so they gave us the old standard and what they hope will be the new standard. What I don't get is why the D800 didn't have the XQD/SD combo which would have pushed the new format along. If Nikon expects Canon to push the format, we could all be screwed with a format that is dead in a new camera. If Nikon forced the format, Sandisk and Lexar would be developing the cards as we speak.
Steve, I'm not sure about Firewire 800 being dead, but as someone coming from consumer level cameras (D90, D7000) I didn't own a CF reader. I was really upset that by the time I jumped in, the standard fast readers (Lexar, Sandisk FW) were off the market. I have no Thunderbolt and USB3 on my Mac. I was fortunate to find a new Firewire 800 reader from DeLock. These are brand new. I understand it isn't compatable with some older Cf cards, but I tested with a new Sandisk 32GB Extreme Pro and it is really fast. Most of my friends ask "Whats the big deal waiting for USB2?", but I'm too impatient.
The XQD is going to be the best since sliced bread. Sony couldn't possible be wrong again after, lemme see…Beta rings a bell, and someone mentioned memory stick. Seems like another bad bet in there somewhere. It'll come to me.
Sun 30-Mar-14 06:47 PM | edited Sun 30-Mar-14 06:50 PM by Nikon300Bob
I have 2 Sony 32GB XQD Series S cards being delivered by Purolator on Monday. They will be my prime cards with the Lexar 32GB CF 1000x used for over flow and for JPEG when shooting RAW + JPEG. I plan to buy an XQD reader soon. Using with the D4s.
I can't wait to see what cards the D800S is going to have in it - how would you like to be that product manager
Possibilities: - dual XQD. Too soon for that I guess…
- Punt: 1 CF and 1 SD
- Wiggle: 1 XQD and 1 CF. - Wiggle2: 1 XQD and 1 SD.
My sense is that before too long… we will see a Canon camera with an XQD in it. Maybe the rumoured 3D competitor to the D800. If a new Canon body has XQD in it, we are safe and XQD is the future. If it has CF FAST 2.0 (or whatever it is called), we are in for a bloodbath and we all lose.
Thus went the D4s (i.e. a punt, certainly no dual XQD to double down)
>If a new Canon body has XQD in it, we are safe and XQD >is the future. If it has CF FAST 2.0 (or whatever it is >called), we are in for a bloodbath and we all lose.
I think 2 years without another XQD camera (the D4s doesn't really count) is just too long. Good or bad aside, a product manager today looking for a flash card solution to deploy in a year and last for 5 years or so would have to be extremely gutsy to choose something no one else chose in that time.
Imagine the adds:
"Our newest flagship camera, with the XQD technology."
"Our newest flagship camera, with the latest standard CF Fast technology on the cutting edge of Fast."
Really, what do they say, now, about XQD to make a splash. "Fast and proven technology" may be the best you can say. "Niche", "Widely ignored" and "expensive and available from few suppliers" is what reviewers will write.
Would you be the product manager gutsy enough to take that leap of faith?