In my D3s I always use both card slots, one for the main and one for backup.
Now with the D4 I have to get new XQD cards but I already have CF cards. From what I can see the XQD is in slot Number one and I want to have that as the main card so that it will go faster to download to my computer. I have two 32GB Lexar CF Pro cards and two 16GB Lexar Pro CF cards I want to use those CF cards as back ups
I want to buy a 64Gb XQD card to be used with the two 32GB CF cards and one 32GB XQD card to be used with the two 16GB CF cards.
My question is this:
If I had the 64GB XQD card in slot number one and then a 32GB CF card in slot number two for backup, will the camera tell me that slot number two is full once I took 32GB of photos or will it continue to take pictures and only put them on the 64GB card ?
having my D4 now for about 6 months and after having taken more than 15.000 pictures with it I can tell you the D4 won't tell you when it switches from XQD to CF. The manual tells you on page 95 how to use the second card not how it counts the pictures.
Yes that is true when you have your camera set up to fill one card then move on to the other. The OP, though was setting up his camera to backup mode so that the image was placed on both cards upon capture. In that case, the D4 will stop taking pictures when one of the cards gets full.
Mon 23-Dec-13 10:42 AM | edited Mon 23-Dec-13 01:44 PM by Ineluki
>>I have the CF as backup. When the XQD is full the camera >>starts writing on the CF without pause. > >I don't have a D4 to check, but with the card slots set up as >primary and backup, my D3S and D800 both work in the way Mick >describes.
I have a D4 and it happens every time when the XQD card is full. D4 is a D4 no D3s or D800. You can truly trust me
>Mick, > >I have the CF as backup. When the XQD is full the camera >starts writing on the CF without pause. You are right that the >camera stops taking pictures when both cards are full. But >that is pretty normal > >Egbert
I think you are confusing the term "backup" with "overflow".
It sounds like you have your D4 set to overflow (as do I)- once the primary card is full, images are stored on the secondary card until it is full, then the camera will no record any more pictures. So if you have, for example, a 32GB card in each slot, your get 64GB of images.
In backup mode, each image is stored simultaneously on both cards, so you have duplicate files. Again, if you are using 2 32 GB cards, you will get only 32 GB of images. If you use a 32 GB card in the primary slot, and a 16 GB card in the secondary slot, the camera will stop taking pictures once the 16 GB secondary card is full, because it cannot make the backup file. Once you swap a empty card into the secondary slot, it will start recording images again until either the secondary or primary card gets full.
I downloaded the German-language manual to compare with the English-language one. My German is not good, but (as one would expect) the two seem to say the same thing.
For the English "backup", in German read "Sicherungskopie", and for "overflow", in German read "Reserve". You must be using overflow/Reserve mode, whereas the original question was about backup/Sicherungskopie.
I am using "Reserve" since I am having the D4. It is sometimes important to take more than 3000 photos in a row I do not want to discuss what German words mean in English. I am native German. So it could be my fault in translation or it wasn`t my fault. I don`t care. We cleared it and it is now fine for me. Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Btw switched the D4 to English and it says "overflow" according to the German word "Reserve". But overflow means something different in German. It is "Überfluss". World is complicated
Mick is correct - in the mode that you're asking about, the camera will not allow you to take new shots once the card allocated as "backup" is full.
Before that stage is reached, the remaining shots counter will be based on the space remaining on the smaller card, so checking that will give you advance warning of the need to swap out the CF card and replace it with a second one. You can then resume shooting, and the second CF card should fill up at about the same time as the XQD card
when two cards are full it should be clear that you can't any photos unless you change at least one card. Btw I didn't find anything that the second card needs to be smaller than the first one. Could you please explain?
>Btw I didn't find anything that the second card needs >to be smaller than the first one. Could you please explain?
The second card does not need to be smaller, and no-one said it did. My answer was in relation to the situation described by Jaques, where his secondary CF cards would be half the capacity of his primary XQD card.
>>Btw I didn't find anything that the second card needs >>to be smaller than the first one. Could you please >explain? > >The second card does not need to be smaller, and no-one >said it did. My answer was in relation to the situation >described by Jaques, where his secondary CF cards would be >half the capacity of his primary XQD card.