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D800 Card Slots / Performance

SirPuttsAlot

Poughquag, US
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SirPuttsAlot Registered since 26th Sep 2011
Tue 23-Oct-12 05:09 PM | edited Tue 23-Oct-12 05:09 PM by SirPuttsAlot

I have recently upgraded from a D7K to the D800 and have 4 Lexar Professional 32GB Class 10 (133x) cards laying around. Not exactly the fastest things on the planet with the D800. I am about to pull the trigger on a 2 pack of Lexar 32GB 1000x CF cards and was curious about dual card usage.

On my D7K I always had it set to backup and wanted to do the same with my D800. My question is:
Does the fact that the SD card is considerably slower than CF card mean that I will only see the benefit of my new CF in reading from the card but writing will be equal to the slowest card when Secondary Slot is set to Backup? Or does the camera clear the buffer after it writes to the CF and then it's a secondary write from the CF to the SD card, or something else.

Just wanted to make sure I didn't have to upgrade my SD cards also.

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