The geek in me kind of lusts after this deal, but the realist in me says that since I got the 4gb Lexar card just two or three months ago in that special offer after rebate for like $42, I'm not even using my two 2gb Kingston cards anymore, or my 1gb card. I just don't need another 8 gigs of storage. Maybe if I decide to go on some fantastic multi-week photography vacation somewhere with no computers, I'll pick up some more storage. And by then, it'll be 16gb cards for $45.
I swear, we may have reached a storage size where the vast majority of people just won't need a whole lot more. It's hard to imagine us going much beyond the 10-12mp range in the consumer/prosumer market for a while, if ever, and the 4 to 8gb cards now out there store hundreds and hundreds of images as it is, thousands and thousands if you shoot jpeg only.
ps: just bought a cheap Nikon coolpix, 7mp P&S camera for my daughter as an 8th Grade graduation present. I picked up a 2gb SD card for it at Costco for like $35, put it in the camera, and on max quality the thing holds like 1100 shots. Seriously, you'd have to recharge the battery two or three times at least before you'd fill up the card.
Also depends on what you are shooting. I am moving up in speed. With the D70 I was Ultra II and when I got the D200 I went to the Extreme III whe nit was a decent deal. Now up to the Extreme IV. I definitely noticed the difference this past weekend shooting my daughters Hip Hop Dance recital. When I was close to filling up the 4GB Extreme IV on 2 of her numbers I switched to the 4GB Extreme III (had to wait for a bit for the camera to finish emptying the buffer to the card before I could switch) and could tell the difference in buffer writes to the card. When yo uare dealing with a 2-3 minute routine the write time is definitely noticeable.
i notice on the nikon website this is the highest approved sandisk listed...SDCFX (Extreme III) 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB - is there any problems/damage that could happen to the camera using the extreme IV 8GB OR 16GB ?
I don’t know; I guess that’s a good question. One of the cards I have been using is a Kingston Elite Pro and I never had a problem with the card. I don’t see how a CF card could damage the D200 but I guess there is always the exception. Maybe Nikon is just referring to the card capturing the image as far as the warranty goes. How could Nikon tell what card was being used in the D200? That's another good question.
If something were to happen it would be that the camera either wouldn't recognize the card, would recognize the card with the wrong capacity or would have problems writing to the card (corruption or no images).
I can't see it causing damage to the camera.
FWIW, the Lexar Professional 8GB 133x card seems to work just fine in my D200.