Sat 30-Mar-13 02:20 PM | edited Sat 30-Mar-13 02:26 PM by Jim Sack
I finally made the jump to full frame yesterday when I ordered a refurbished D600 from Cameta Camera. Cathy at Cameta was very helpful with my order. Thanks also to those who have shared their shooting and buying experiences- most helpful, although I'm looking forward to getting back to business priorities that don't involve spending money, as is my wife. My next step is buying memory cards and a reader for the D600. I've always used Lexar CF memory (I know nothing about SD, SDHC, etc.), so I'm looking for suggestions regarding cards, readers, and brands. They will be used with a Macbook Pro Retina that accepts USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt. Anyone?
>I use sandisk extreme pro with mine. > >No complaints
Echo that. I just bought a single SanDisk Extreme Pro 16 GB that writes at 95 MB/s and it kicks a** in transferring RAW 14-bits on CH. It's a little pricey at $40 for 16Gb. I also have a SanDisk Extreme 16GB that has a 45 MB/s transfer rate in slot 2. If you are going to do a fair amount of sports,lots of action etc I'd get a Extreme Pro as your primary. Otherwise you'll be golden with any of the major brand Class 6 or 10 (I've got those too).
Sat 30-Mar-13 10:26 PM | edited Sat 30-Mar-13 10:28 PM by MEMcD
Congratulations on your new D600. Both Lexar and Sandisk make quality products. You won't go wrong with either brand. If you decide to get faster cards, make sure you buy them at a reputable dealer to insure you don't get counterfeits.
Thanks Jim. I like hearing about positive experiences with products I buy- boosts my confidence that I made a wise purchase! My CF cards are all Lexar, some 400X and some faster, but all have been reliable. One thing I do notice is that SD cards are quite a bit cheaper than CF. Jim http://www.jimsack.com
Be sure you buy Series 10 cards. These are the ones marked with a "C" containing the numeral "10" and are the highest speed currently available. The cards are rated numerically 2,4,6, and 10. I don't remember what the numbers signify, and they may not all be available any more, but the 10 series is (or used to be) the fastest. Older, lower image size cameras could get adequate speed with series 6, but your D600 needs the highest performance.
Thanks Tom. I still see series 10 cards, and they seem to have the fastest read/write numbers. I'm not sure sure about the differences between SD, SDHC, SDXC, and UHS-1, though, but the comments posted here are helping my learning curve. Jim http://www.jimsack.com
>I'm not sure sure about >the differences between SD, SDHC, SDXC, and UHS-1, though,
Jim, I'm unsure about UHS-I but the first three simply have to do with size. The Secure Digital committee had to adjust their standards as write sizes increased. Cards up to 2 GB are SD; cards 4 GB to 32 GB are SDHC; cards 64 GB up to a certain maximum are SDXC; then there will be a new standard with a new name for cards larger than that limit.
A camera that works with a given size (like the D600, which will work with SDXC) will work with all the smaller cards.
So just buy a minimum of Class-6 speed in whatever size you want, and let the letters following SD take care of themselves.
Much appreciated Howard! I had no real idea what the letters stood for, although I guessed it was something to do with capacity- high and extra? Also, I had no idea of the breakdown. Good information! Jim http://www.jimsack.com
Thanks Hendrik. I think I'll be going with class 10 cards also. I notice many people are using larger cards. My CF cards are mostly 8 gigs and that got me several hundred shots in raw. Now I'm seeing more photographers using 16, 32, 64, etc. gig cards. Jim http://www.jimsack.com
Jim my CF cards are 4 and 8 GB but that was for my D700 at 12mp with the jump to 24mp I decided I needed a larger card. My D600 shows 292 shots per 16gb card for almost 600 shots combined using RAW only at 14 bit using the lossless compression. The Lexar 400x Professional is a class 10 and like I said seems to work very well. With my D700 I have a mix of Lexar and SanDisk it seems I tend to stay with these two brands they are reliable and well known, not to say others are not good I did have a Kingston class 10 SD card for my P7000 that also was very good but not as fast as the Lexar cards I have.
I've used the regular sandisk class 10 that came with my friend's D600 costco bundle, sandisk ultra 30mb, and lexar pro 400x (which is supposed to be like 60mb) and I can tell the difference in the speed that the D600 writes to the buffer. So if this is important to you(sports shooting), I would not get anything less than a sandisk ultra/extreme 45mb.
Thanks! Your insights do help. I ordered 2 16 gig Sandisk Ultra Extreme Pro cards with the fastest read/write speeds available. I've always used Lexar cards but these should be faster and had fantastic reviews on B&H. Jim http://www.jimsack.com
>Thanks! Your insights do help. I ordered 2 16 gig Sandisk >Ultra Extreme Pro cards with the fastest read/write speeds >available. I've always used Lexar cards but these should be >faster and had fantastic reviews on B&H. >Jim >http://www.jimsack.com
Visit Those are 90mb right? So you are good to go! Can you do an experiment when you have some time? Since you have 2 fast cards, I've always wondered if you wrote raw on the 1st card and jpg on the 2nd card if it makes a diff in write performance and clearing the buffer. Thx!1
It may take a while, but I'll see what I can do. I'm off to a difficult start. I just added to the post about buying a refurbished D600 from Adorama. My deal with Cameta didn't work out and I ordered one from Adorama today, and was told I'll get it tomorrow. I received an email asking me to shoot a dog agility event Sat. morning. My D300S can't handle the indoor lighting very well, so it looks like I'll have a very short time to get ready with the D600!
>It may take a while, but I'll see what I can do. I'm off to a >difficult start. I just added to the post about buying a >refurbished D600 from Adorama. My deal with Cameta didn't work >out and I ordered one from Adorama today, and was told I'll >get it tomorrow. I received an email asking me to shoot a dog >agility event Sat. morning. My D300S can't handle the indoor >lighting very well, so it looks like I'll have a very short >time to get ready with the D600! > >Jim >http://www.jimsack.com
Visit Np, no rush. Good luck with the dogs. I shot my son's bball game with an 85 1.8g and to keep 500th shutter speed, auto iso would bump up to 6400iso. the pics were great.
Well, it was interesting. Dog agility is tough enough, but the combination of new camera, an indoor setup with relatively poor lighting (some windows are covered to prevent shadows from being distractions to the dogs), and using a lens with a 5.6 maximum aperture made for an interesting shoot. I don't mind what I can't control, but I made some mistakes- focusing strategies, background choices, etc.- that were just foolish. The D600 really impressed me, though. Now I have to learn to use it! Jim http://www.jimsack.com
Thu 11-Apr-13 03:42 PM | edited Thu 11-Apr-13 03:44 PM by arv
>Well, it was interesting. Dog agility is tough enough, but >the combination of new camera, an indoor setup with relatively >poor lighting (some windows are covered to prevent shadows >from being distractions to the dogs), and using a lens with a >5.6 maximum aperture made for an interesting shoot. I don't >mind what I can't control, but I made some mistakes- focusing >strategies, background choices, etc.- that were just foolish. >The D600 really impressed me, though. Now I have to learn to >use it! >Jim >http://www.jimsack.com
Visit Jim, It sounds like what I went through the first time I used my d600 to shoot my son's basketball game (of course it was the first time for me to shoot bb), yeah there's a lot of stuff to learn on the D600 specially if you came from a dino D70 like I did. Luckily the 85 1.8G had enough reach for me (used the 50 1.8 the 1st time but found it too short) so I highly reccommend that lens for low light action if its going to be long enough for your app. I have a 70-200 2.8 but in middle/high school gyms that are dimly lit, I had to shoot wide open at 1.8. I also had to tweak my settings for max. burst and AF tracking and speed so if you need those settings I'll be glad to share those with you. And perhaps you can give me feedback on how to improve them.
Sat 06-Apr-13 12:46 AM | edited Sat 06-Apr-13 12:53 PM by bill_enh
I believe that you want the fastest card you can buy, even if the camera can't take advantage of all that speed because you still need to import all those files into your computer, and a plain old Class 10 card isn't all that fast.