This is what Nikon recommends for the D200: The following cards have been tested and approved for use in the D200: • SanDisk Corporation SDCFB 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB SDCFB (Type II) 300MB SDCF2B (Type II) 256MB SDCFH (Ultra II) 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB SDCFX (Extreme III) 1GB, 2GB, 4GB • Microdrive™ 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 6GB • Lexar Media Corporation Entry-level CompactFlash cards 128MB, 256MB, 512MB High speed 40× with Write Acceleration (WA) 256MB, 512MB, 1GB Professional 40× with WA 8GB Professional 80× with WA 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB Professional 80× with WA and LockTight technology 512MB, 2GB Operation is not guaranteed with other makes of card. For more details on the above cards, please contact the manufacturer.
Good price on these cars is from newegg.com. The 80X lexar is 188 + 4.81 in shipping.
I highly recommend the Lexar Pro cards. I've had fantastic service from them and had cards replaced no questions asked. They even upgraded three of my 1GB cards to the latest fastest model at no charge. The Pro cards usually include Image Rescue, too.
Question for you in the digital world from someone who is considering a large plunge into this segment of photography. Would it be more advisable to purchase 4-1 gig cards versus 1-4 gig card, or 2-1 gig cards versus 1-2 gig card, etc.? It might be a bit more expensive, but if a card failed, at least there would be some backups. I understand these cards very seldom fail, but Murphy's law would say it would fail when you are hundreds of miles from someplace that sells these high-speed cards.
As far as the added cost, per Newegg.com, a 2-gig Lexar 80X is $188.00, plus $5.00 shipping (price on buy.com is $197.00 with free shipping), while the price for a 1-gig is $94.50, or %189.00 for two.
I'm from the school of thought that multiple cards are better than one. I'll buy two 1 Gb cards before I buy one 2 Gb card for the reason you stated -- IF there is a failure (or loss), you've only lost half of your work. As you point out, there may be a small premium to pay for that security.
The other school says that more frequent swapping cards provides more opportunity for failure (or loss) of the cards.
To them I say "I've been shooting with small cards and haven't had a failure yet." To which they reply "Then how do you justify your fear of the failure of a larger card." To which I reply..."Good question."
I started with Lexar 40x Professional cards and have used Sandisk Ultra IIs in the more recent past.. no problems with either to report. I shoot a D2H and D70 (and am on a waiting list for a D200 that will use these cards, too.)
Another thought with multiple small cards vs a larger one is keeping them organized. In the heat of battle, it could be disastrous to reformat and shoot with an filled card. Some type of portable storage device could be an answer. This was always a problem with shooting film with leader out. Was the roll used or not. For my D-200, I will use some combination of 1,2, and 4 gig cards.
Since I only care about landscape, there is no "heat in battle," for me, but that is a good thought for someone shooting fast action. I guess I'm more worried about failure, than loss of a card. So, I'll probably go with multiple cards.
I guess the wt-3 would be the thing to use since you could download and save to a computer as you shoot. An assistant could also evaluate your shots on the computer and advise you as to their acceptability.
"Give me the luxuries of life, and I will gladly forgo the necessities!"
I bought two 2GB 80X WA Lexar and more recently one 2GB Extreme III Sandisk CompactFlash cards. Each gives me well over 100 D2X RAW images and both read and write very fast, and keep on doing it as long as I re-format after downloading.
The Lexar has a 12MB/second transfer rate but apparently a lower failure record and it keeps up very well with continuous shooting from the D2X.
I did not buy 4GB cards because I wanted to have the ability to keep on shooting while downloading one card on the images tank. That ability was not really needed with the 40GB Epson P2000 data storage. Much faster than what has been reported from a Nikon Coolwalker MSV-01.
The Sandisk has a 20MB/second sequential read and write speed. I have not had a chance to try that Sandisk CF card yet.
I have used the Lexar cards since I went digital 3 years ago. I currently use 2G and 4G Lexar Pro 80X with WA cards with my D2x and D70. They work great and i have never had a problem with any of the Lexar cards.
Thank all of you for all of your info! After getting some outside info (sometimes I find it hard to believe, but there is a world outside of Nikonians) from my brother who´s wise in the way of electronics, I ordered two 2 GB Sandisk Extreme cards. Now if that camera would just arrive... . I´m really getting into that excited Christmas spirit...
Sharpness is a bourgeois concept. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Personally, I simply prefer to have a card that writes and reads reliably. It does not matter to me how fast it is because the camera has a large enough buffer to hold any fast sequence of shots that I might take given my style of photography. It is nice to have faster download times though so a compromise is good. I've found that the 40x lexar cards are no faster in camera than the kingston value cards, which does not justify the price difference for me (512 $35 vs. $99 when I bought them). This time I bought a kingston again, a 50x I think, for about $80 less than the lexar 80x.
AFAIK there are performance differences among some of the cards, but certainly not all of them. Reliability? I haven't heard a bad thing about any CF company...not that I'm looking for bad news though.
>Being a newbie to digital photography and eagerly awaiting >the delivery of the D200, I´ll have to ask the experienced >amongst you: What compact flash card does the D200 justice? > >I guess it needs to be fast, but how fast? Is there a >noticeable difference between brand-name cards and other >manufacturers? What size is best? > >Questions, questions, but I guess some of you will already >have a wealth of experience. So, please share it with a >hopeful babe in the woods...
Sandisk Extreme III series. Either the 2 GB or 4 GB model. I own 2 of the 4 GB models. They are fast and reliable.
Well, after all the hand-wringing over one 4gb card vs. two 2gb cards, which brands and speeds, etc. to get, I ordered two Kingston Elite Pro 50x 2gb cards from Newegg.com for $112 each, and they arrived today.
Getting the memory cards is refocusing me on the fact that the digital camera to put them into may be here in less than two weeks. It's getting exciting.
Anyhow, there was a lot of talk about compact flash cards in this and some other threads in this forum, I thought I should mention in the end how I chose to resolve the need. I haven't owned a DSLR before so I was starting from scratch buying some memory.
I decided, even after defending the idea of a single 4 gb card against the logic of using two 2 gb cards instead, to buy two 2gb cards because I respect the opinions of you all who are already experienced in the use of DSLRs, and it seemed the majority opinion was to go for two 2 gb cards. Nobody can say I'm not open-minded.
I decided to go with the Kingston Elite Pro because they were way, way cheaper than the Sandisk Ultra 2s and cheaper still than the Ultra 3s. After checking out Rob Galbraith's flash card testing pages, it seemed that the Kingston Elite Pro cards were slower than the fastest ones, but not hugely slower, and I figured they performed fast enough for my uses. Saving $60 per card really helped, because with the MB-D200 grip and the Tamron 90mm DI macro also having been ordered with the D200, this is putting a bigtime dent in the finances. If I could save $120 by compromising a small amount of flash card speed, for my purposes it was a no-brainer. Kingston has a big enough name and has been around long enough selling memory that I have no worries about the quality of their product compared to the quality of the other companies.