I haven't shot with anything larger than a 4GB memory card for years...but I know that won't handle RAW files in the D800E I expect to have in the field by mid April...and I've been looking at prices for various brands...So if anyone who's already been in the field with an 800 model.. I'd appreciate suggestions on appropriate size cards for this monster.. And I realize it can vary greatly depending on your shooting program...I'm pretty selective about pulling the trigger and maybe on a busy day shoot 150 frames...max. Probably going to be even more conservative when I'm working with the 800E.
#1. "RE: Memory Cards for D800E" | In response to Reply # 0icslowmo Registered since 01st Jan 2012Fri 30-Mar-12 01:36 AM
Well Nikon states 8gb cards will hold about 108ish pics. So I would recommend a 16gb card from either Sandisk or Lexar.... Buffer clearing speed depends on how fast a card you get... I would recommend a least a 60mb/sec card... Still waiting on my D800E... I have 32gb Sandisk 90mb/sec CF card waiting....
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#2. "RE: Memory Cards for D800E" | In response to Reply # 0DigitalDarrell Charter MemberFri 30-Mar-12 03:07 AM | edited Fri 30-Mar-12 03:09 AM by DigitalDarrell
For weddings and commercial events I use only SanDisk Extreme cards.
However, for personal use I have been testing the Transcend brand, low cost but seems reliable for several months now. I have used one in my D300S for about 6 months with heavy shooting. My wife also has done the same with her D7000. No problems yet!
I have a 32 Gig CF and SD card that I run as pairs now in my D800. Low cost cards. A 133x Transcend CF card is less than US$40 on Amazon.com. Similar pricing for class 10 SD card. Not speed demons but plenty fast for personal use. I like trying out these low cost brands and if I find one that works well for several thousand images, usually stick with the brand.
For commercial shooting where there can absolutely be no problems, use SanDisk Extreme. For non-commerical shooting, I recommend Transcend.
A 32 GB card holds a little over 400 lossless-compressed NEF files and about 975 Fine JPEGS on my D800.
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#3. "RE: Memory Cards for D800E" | In response to Reply # 2Antero52 Nikonian since 07th Jul 2009Fri 30-Mar-12 06:38 AM
As I am about to get my first camera that accepts CF cards, or two different cards of any format, I would like to know if there are any inherent benefits in either card type (assuming that I have a card reader for both formats). CF cards have traditionally been faster but now there appear to be SD cards surpassing the speeds of CF cards.
#4. "RE: Memory Cards for D800E" | In response to Reply # 3psf914 Registered since 10th Oct 2007Fri 30-Mar-12 10:23 AM
I've shot with both... regardless of speed I prefer CF cards...just like the build and feel of them...seem more solid.. maybe that's old school but also, Promaster, if you use them, have a lifetime warranty on their cards. That doesn't help if it fails and you lose a bunch of pictures but I know they can recover data. One of the guys at Colonial Photo and Hobby in Orlando where I've bought most of my gear over the years said a customer came in with a Promaster CF card that got put thru the washing machine in his pants pocket and they were able to recover the files.
I'm still looking and pricing.. thanks to everyone for the feedback. I'm probably going to work with 16GB CF card based on what I've read here and heard from friends.