Would those of you that have the honor of shooting a D800 for a while now share your wisdom on memory cards. I know the D800 will scream using the Lexar 1000X cards but is it really necessary and what about real world capacity? I have a few 16GB cards for the D3s and D300 but I am guessing 32GB cards will be more realistic for the D800 files.
I am not a pro so absolute speed is not as important to me as some of you but I want quality cards. I currently have 16GB Sandisk Extreme 60MB/s cards for the D3s.
Honestly, I am using the same 16GB cards I use(s) in the D3s. Extreme's and Extreme Pros... at 16GB. The D800 is so much slower, I don't use the motor drive much, and I shoot WAY less. I have yet to hit the buffer and I've shot volleyball, baseball, softball, and now track and field. Real world... it's a non-issue.
>Would those of you that have the honor of shooting a D800 for >a while now share your wisdom on memory cards. I know the D800 >will scream using the Lexar 1000X cards but is it really >necessary and what about real world capacity? I have a few >16GB cards for the D3s and D300 but I am guessing 32GB cards >will be more realistic for the D800 files. > >I am not a pro so absolute speed is not as important to me as >some of you but I want quality cards. I currently have 16GB >Sandisk Extreme 60MB/s cards for the D3s. > >Thanks, > >Chuck > >D3s, D300, 14-24, 24-70, 70-200 VRI and VRIIx2, 80-400 VR, >Sigma 150-500.
Keep your eyes peeled for my next set. I am shooting Track and Field and several of the competitors are preparing for the London Olympic games. I put a new photo in my D800 gallery tonight.
>Thanks Perrone, that's what I needed to know. I will be out >in the boondocks shooting birds and critters or at an air >show, etc. and the trigger finger gets carried away. > >BTW, I have been following your postings. Great photos and >info. You are a real pro in a lot of ways. > >Chuck > >D3s, D300, 14-24, 24-70, 70-200 VRI and VRIIx2, 80-400 VR, >Sigma 150-500.
I've been agonizing over this a lot as I am heading on vacation, and expect to keep a lot of the shots on cards (i.e. no opportunity to download) so am loading up on cards and cost vs. quantity is an issue.
First, let me say, I am paranoid. When I have a chance for a backup, I use it. Never having dual card slots before I never lost an image, but now that I have two, I am loving the idea of duplication, so I have two copies until I can download (and of course then I want two places to keep those!). Oh -- and now in my brief use of the D800 I DID loose images from a CF card (but had them on the SD), so I'm even more paranoid now.
The big surprise to me is how slow the dual card usage was. It's not only the speed of the slower slot, in some (most, all, many -- not consistent) it seems the SUM of the two.
So if you are going to use two cards in backup (not overflow) mode, be aware of that, and get a decent speed for both. But (in that mode) absolutely no benefit of a 1000x card in one and 133x in the other (which is what I tested one day).
Also, if it isn't obvious, for those who shoot-look-delete a lot, the BACKUP is not deleted (unless you really work hard at it, which is not practical). So your backup card needs to be a LOT larger if you are an in-camera-culler.
I just ordered a few CF 64G 60mbs Sandisks and SDXC 128G 40mbs. Those aren't going to be fast, but should be a good blend. I set to store video (which I rarely us) on the SD card, and that way I figure the backup on the SD has all the deleted-on-CF card shots, plus video, and twice the space may be enough.
I have never come anywhere close to filling up the buffer while shooting - sports, concerts, birds, etc. The frame rate being slow, I get about 4-5 seconds of shooting, and that's plenty. 99% of my shooting is one at a time (even if rapidly). Nowhere close to filling the buffer.
HOWEVER... review of shots is flakey while the buffer is dumping. If you are a "shoot a few, take a look" that is the most annoying thing about slower cards. When I have the 133x card in there, it is many seconds before that green light goes out, and the image review is problematic - sometimes it works, sometimes it hangs, sometimes it won't come up. Not surprising given what it is doing, but that, not burst length, is what I find the most annoying thing about very slow cards.
I think anything over 30mbs for single card use, and an average of 40mbs for dual use, will make most people happy. Only those trying to get long, repeated bursts (meaning both long bursts, and more than one in short separation) will find a shooting need for very fast cards.
PS. I will also say I could care less about any reasonable download speed. When I get in, I pop them in a reader, let them download while I unwind. Processing and preview-build time on the computer are much longer than card read time anyway. You may feel otherwise, especially if you are a PJ or anyone on a deadline. Comments above only concern shooting use. Of course for download you only need use one of the two cards.
> “I've been agonizing over this a lot as I am heading on vacation, and expect to keep a lot of the shots on cards (i.e. no opportunity to download) so am loading up on cards and cost vs. quantity is an issue.”
My wife and I load photos to a mini-laptop that costs the same as a fast 32GB CF card and weighs about one kg. We do daily backups to a 500GB USB drive that’s powered from the laptop. One of us has the laptop in the backpack, the other has the USB drive, so even if one backpack is stolen, we still have the photos up to yesterday.
I'm using the same old SanDisk Ultra II cards I used with my D200. 200 Images on an 8 gig card which is good enough for me and I can get 13-15 shots before the camera starts to slow down. To me the way I shoot its a non issue.
With a D800 on back order I have been agonising over which card to buy.
Having a limited budget I took the plunge and purchased a Duracell 32gig Pro 600 90mb delivery for just £43.
Never having heard anyone talk or report on this make it came as a great relief to see Rob Galbraith link putting this card right up with the leaders, and only 3 shots behind the Lexar Pro 1000 burst speed.
Another D800 user and going with the Sandisk Extreme cards with 32GB for both cards. I went to the back of the Nikon manual and looked at the cards they recommended. I am new at the card part and just started getting used to one and now I need 2 cards. I don't follow the different names for the compact flash cards. It's on page 435 of the manual and I use Sandisk and there are 6 different types, starting with standard and then Ultra, etc Going back to our old friend Ken Rockwell, he said he was waiting for a 1000gb card. I will just keep follow the posts which are very helpful. Kent
I'm using my old SanDisk Ultra and Extreme CF cards with no issues so far. I mostly shoot lanscapes on a tripod so speed is not an issue for me. However, they are awfully slow to download to my PC, even with a USB 3.0 reader. Today I ordered a 32GB SanDisk Extreme class 10, 45mbs SD card and will be changing my primamry card slot to the SD. At $39, I couldn't resist and can write approx. 750 Raw files to this card versus 190 files to one of my old 8GB CF cards. Dave Jolley
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