I noticed the memory cards on B & H today.
They have a Lexar 128GB 1000 available as of June 30! I am interested in that one, the 64GB 1000, and the 64GB XQD.
Are people happy with the XQD performance?
If I go compact flash, would I be better off with two 64's?
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#1. "RE: Which card for my D4?" | In response to Reply # 0MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Mon 01-Jul-13 01:57 AM
It depends on what your priorities are.
If you want to maintain the fastest possible write speed to clear the buffer as fast as possible, the XQD cards should be at the top of your list. The older Sony H series cards are about 1/3 faster than the fastest CF cards (32GB XQD Raw 93.8MB/sec. 110 Burst, 16GB XQD Raw 91.7MB/sec. 108 Burst). The latest S series XQD cards are even faster.
With CF cards, the Lexar 1000X 32GB cards (Raw 61.4MB/sec. 86 burst) have the fastest write speed followed by the 64GB card (Raw 60.3MB/sec. 86 burst) then the 128GB card (Raw 59.4MB/sec. 86 burst).
While the difference in write speed between the 32GB cards and the 128GB cards is small the 64GB cards are more than double the price of the 32GB cards and the 128GB cards are more than double the price of the 64GB cards. For the price of 1 128GB card you could buy 4 32GB cards and have almost $160.00 left in your pocket.
Then some will argue that buying 1 large capacity card is putting all of your eggs in one basket. If the card fails, you risk loosing everything.
Another thing to consider is how many images you plan on shooting before you can download the cards to your computer system.
If you only shoot up to a few hundered images at a time, a 128GB or even a 64GB card might be overkill.
#2. "RE: Which card for my D4?" | In response to Reply # 0dwight200 Registered since 30th Jan 2007Mon 01-Jul-13 09:08 AM | edited Mon 01-Jul-13 09:12 AM by dwight200
I have a 32Gig CF and a 32Gig XQD card in my D4. At present I'm using the CF for stills and the XQD for video, primarily because I haven't bought an XQD reader yet and I don't do much video. I'm waiting to see if someone comes out with a reader for both CF and XQD. Since the D4 is the only camera that uses the XQD card it looks like I'll be waiting a long time.
The 32Gig card allows me to take >1K shots. I download the shots as soon as I can after taking them, and the most shots I've ever taken at one event is ~800, so 32Gig is quite enough for me (YMMV). (With my D3 I generally used 4Gig or 8Gig cards without much hassle). (After downloading, processing, and backing up I reformat the card
so I'm not storing shots on the card).
High capacity cards are pricey, particularly at first introduction. Save your money and use it on lenses.
(I'm NOT saying you don't need a spare card in your kit).
#3. "RE: Which card for my D4?" | In response to Reply # 2M_Jackson Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005Wed 03-Jul-13 10:07 PM
I won't have a definitive answer for you, but can throw out some of my recent experiences.
According to some of the tests, the Series H could buffer around 90 shots in a D4 before slowing down, while a Series S could buffer something like 105 images before slowing down. So, the initial question is how often you shoot more than 90 shots in a burst to warrant needing the little extra speed and the extra expense? The tests are documented somewhere within this forum if you need specifics. For a while, H series cards appeared to be discontinued, so that more or less forced the decision.
Then, Sony Series H 32 gig cards were on sale at B&H for $99.95. I ordered two of them on June 2nd. At the time, the site said they were expecting to ship them in 2-3 business days, but it is now July 3rd and they are still on back order. You could buy three of these for under the price of a single Series S 64 gig card.
I sent a 32 gig Sony Series H card to Sony for repair or replacement. I've done the same with Lexar, Sandisk, and Transcend over the years, and all three promptly replaced a defective card. Sony had my card for two and a half months. I had to call at least nine different times with all kinds of delays and excuses at their end. I finally got to speak with an upper level supervisor and explained all of what I had been going through. Apparently, they had no stock of 32 Gig Series H cards to replace it with, at least towards the end. I told the supervisor I NEEDED a card and I didn't care if it was a 32 Gig H Series, 32 Gig S series or a 64 gig card. After one more call, they agreed to send a 64 gig card and it turned out to be a 64 gig Series S card. Happy ending for a long ordeal.
My 32 gig cards are still on back order at B&H but I have plenty of card space now with a 64 gig in the main slot and 32 gig XQD card handy.
The secondary card is a Lexar 1000x card. Both of my readers are USB 3 and both dump the files to the computer fairly quickly. Both start out copying files very fast and both slow down after a while.
For whatever reason, Lexar's version of the XQD cards are considerably more expensive than a similar Sony card. If the price on them were equal, I'd go with Lexar after my experience and delays with Sony.
I'd prefer to have the largest card I can reasonably afford in the camera. I don't worry about having all of my eggs in one basket. The card seems safer in the camera than in a pouch or case that can get wet or lost. If it gets wet or lost while in the camera, I have a lot of bigger problems. Others might disagree for all of their own reasons.
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