My new D800 is on it's way; can't wait! I have two 16G & two 32G 600x CF cards. What speed SDXC should I be looking at that will work best with the D800? I have a MacBook Pro with internal SDXC reader, so wondering if starting to collect SDXC cards is a good move or not. Or do I stay with CF (I have a Lexar FW800 CF reader already).
It depends on what you are looking for; speed or convienience. CF cards have better performance while an SXXC card might be more convienient for you since you won't have to use a seporate card reader. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
I recommend filling both slots with faster cards. Clear the buffer quickly and get that little green light to go out.
As cheap insurance I choose backup for the 2nd card. The total write time is the sum of both cards write times because it writes to one then the other. If you use one slow card you will notice the delay.
The added advantage is the faster cards are from quality manufacturers. I choose SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro UHS-I Memory Card 95MB/s 633X.
I did a quick and dirty test to check the cards write speeds. I tried various cards in my camera. Pressed the shutter button, on continuous high speed, until the buffer filled. Then timed how long it took the green light to go off. The 633X speed card was miles quicker.
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Thanks all! I just ordered two 32G 600x Lexar SD cards. I like the D800 option for the 2nd slot = SD; vs whatever the newbie is on the D4. The "newbie" may have more potential for capacity/speed, but not interested in waiting a couple years for that to pan out and bring the prices down to semi-reasonable values... Also, the eyeFi will work in the SD slot in the D800! So don't have to spend $500 for the wirelss! Whoohoo! I've a Lexar FW800 reader for CF on my MacBook Pro, but the laptop has a built-in SD reader, so should be fairly quick (2 year old laptop, so don't think it is direct bus interface, but still hoping it is quick).