>Did I make the right choice, I mainly shoot JPEG. I need your >input and help. Thanks, Les
That's kind of like saying "I bought a Honda Civic, did I make the right choice". I don't think it's the wrong choice as it is from a quality supplier and works in the camera. But whether it is right depends on your need. Someone shooting huge numbers of shots may find it small, someone shooting without bursts (and who is not in a hurry to download) may find it faster ($$) than really needed.
It depends. It's a good choice, but only your needs determine if it is right.
hi Les, only you can determine if it is the "right" choice. I use the 8GB card with my D300 with a 4GB spare card and it is the "right " set up for me. If I get a D800 I will try the 16GB card with a 8GB spare. If that does not work after trying it for a while, I would then move up to a 32GB card. Oh, I shoot Raw and I am not a pro .
Hi Don, I am going to start shooting Raw with the D800 as well as my D3s and I wanted more resolution and size of the prints with cropping usage. I have quite a bit of learning to do. Thanks for your interest, Les
For what it is worth, the counter on my D800 with a 32 GB card says that I will get about 400 lossless compressed 14 bit NEF files (without jpgs).
RAW + FINE is 310
1300 FINE .jpgs
Assuming the scaling is more or less linear, 650 .jpgs would seem to be getting close to a reasonable expectation of your battery life. So if you stick to .jpg, 16 GB would seem to be fine for you.
If you switch to raw, I think you will find that 150-200 shots is too few. I hate feeling like I have to limit my shooting because of available memory card space - or worse, start deleting in camera.
32 GB cards are coming down in price - I have seen a number of specials (I watch on dealcatcher) for 32 GB Sandisk Ultra (the 30 m/s cards) for under $50. At that price, it might be worth getting a larger card and keeping the 16 as a backup.
I'm not sure how space constrained your archive system is, but you may want to consider shooting RAW + jpg immediately. You can stick with the .jpgs for now, if you wish. And once you get comfortable with raw files (and if you use Aperture or Lightroom, the comfort takes all of 12 seconds to achieve - other than needing to export as a .jpg to share with people, there isn't any additional overhead on your part) you may start kicking yourself when you see the flexibility that is lost in a jpg compared to a raw file
I have two of those cards left over from my D7K. They work great. Now whats wrong with shooting jpeg's with a D800?? I shoot raw + jpeg look at the jpeg's and if I see a picture I want to change a little I can run it through CS5 or more often DXO.
Regardless of the brand and speed you get, I recommend that you get a matched set of CF and SD in terms of capacity. I use 32 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro 90 MB/s and SanDisk 32 GB SD as in-camera backup. That way, my backup does not fill up before my primary fills up. I do use my older 16 GB 60 MB/s SanDisk Extreme CF cards if I fill all of my 32 GB cards, but I have started throwing away all of my oldest CF cards since I had an older one fail last week. It was three years old; 8 GB SanDisk Extreme IV.