CF and SD cards for a D300s
I'm looking to replace my 2 1/2 year old CF and SD cards in my D300s. Any recommendations on good/better/best 16GB CF and SD cards?
According to Nikon, firmware version 1.01 lets me use up to 32GB cards but I don't need that much. I'm currently using 8GB and they're OK. I'd like to go up to 16GB just to have that little extra wiggle room.
Another question. Has anyone noticed image degradation when using older cards?
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#1. "RE: CF and SD cards for a D300s" | In response to Reply # 0Floridian Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007Tue 03-Sep-13 03:40 PM
I use Sandisk cards in my cameras, which have never failed. I don't have an opinion on other brands, because I've only used Sandisk.
Why do you want to replace your cards? Your image cannot degrade due to older cards. They store information digitally, so the information either is there or it is not. Cards can fail, but a working card will not cause images to degrade as the card ages.
When I bought my D50 in 2005 and my D300 in 2007, I bought new cards to use in them, and I am still using the exact same cards with no problems.
If you want more cards, or faster cards, or higher capacity cards, those are all reasons to buy more. If your current cards are working and doing what you need (big enough, fast enough), your images will not look any different if you replace them.
#2. "RE: CF and SD cards for a D300s" | In response to Reply # 1Tue 03-Sep-13 07:24 PM
Thanks for the reply Randy.
I also prefer SanDisk cards. My main purpose for ordering cards is to replace my current ones with 16GB and use the current cards as backup. I do have backups now but they don't have near the capacity.
My main purpose for this query is that Nikon seems to be behind the times on memory card approvals. Example, there are no Extreme IV or Extreme III SanDisk cards, among the ones approved by Nikon, available unless one goes to say, eBay or Craigslist or similar sites. It's Extreme or Extreme Pro now. So I was wondering what people use these days.
So the discussion on card degradation is probably a moot discussion. As you say, they either work or they don't, apparently. I know there is a check digit, computed through a standard algorithm (in this case a memory card process algorithm), added to each character written to a disk/card. When the character is read back and the check digit recomputed by the reader that check digit should match what was originally written. If it doesn't then that character is corrupted and therefore dropped. So, in imaging, a dropped character would mean a missing pixel(s) on a screen, which would be somewhat apparent on the screen/print. That is the basis of my "image degradation" question. If at least one character becomes corrupted does the whole card fail?
#3. "RE: CF and SD cards for a D300s" | In response to Reply # 2MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Tue 03-Sep-13 07:48 PM
You can't go wrong with either Sandisk or Lexar. Both build reliable memory cards.
I don't have a D300s but, I have been using Sandisk 8GB Extreme Ducati (45MB/sec.) and Extreme IV (45MB/sec.) cards in my D300 since it was introduced without issues. I have also used the current Sandisk Extreme(60MB/sec.) 32GB CF cards in the D300 without issues.
#4. "RE: CF and SD cards for a D300s" | In response to Reply # 3marsmail Registered since 27th Aug 2010Fri 20-Sep-13 01:36 PM
The question of write speed is relevant here.
As has been mentioned in other posts on here, the maximum write speed of the D300s is about 30Mb/s, so any card faster than that will gain you no advantage as far as clearing the buffer quicker. The faster cards' advantage comes when put into a reader to transfer to a computer when the faster read speed is an advantage.
Over the years I have had 2 different Trancend CF cards go bad on me, so now I stick to Lexar or Sandisk (Touch wood, no more card failures to date!)
#5. "RE: CF and SD cards for a D300s" | In response to Reply # 0
What I have saved by not buying Sandisk has paid for some nice meals. My card supply looks like a catalog of whatever was on sale cheap when the urge to buy hit.
I had one card fail, and I killed that one by removing it in mid-write. I took it back and Sam's Club replaced it.
I don't worry about speed. I don't shoot sports, so bursts and such don't bother me.
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