Thanks to all who responded to my previous thread regarding upgrading from the D300 to the D610. Now that I have decided that my next camera will be a D610 I need to learn about memory cards. The D300 uses compact flash....single slot but the D610 has dual SD cards slots.
What cards do you recommend for each slot and also if one is going to shoot short video clips how big to these cards need to be. I shoot exclusively in raw format and I have never used SD cards before. I welcome any and all suggestions!!
Hi Paula You'll get a variety of suggestions regarding brands but basically you want to stick to the 'quality' brands like Lexar, SanDisk et al. Speed can be important especially if you're shooting bursts of RAW. I see two types of speed xXXX and mb/s I've used a range of cards at x100 speed and I think 90 mb/s they seem to work fine.
But my main bit of advice would be to get more mid-size cards rather than fewer larger capacity. So I'd aim for 16GB or 32GB rather than 64GB. My reasoning is that it's better not to put too many eggs in one basket. If you lose a large capacity card it's not only more expensive to replace but there's a greater risk of losing a lot of valuable images/footage.
As for setting up your slots. In theory the smart photographer would use Slot 1 as primary and slot 2 for backup. In practice I usually just use Slot 2 for overflow. One day I might regret it but so far so good...
Philip, Just to prove it happens, I shot a 5k with my boss about a month ago where he somehow lost all of my shots in the transfer process. He was very happy to learn I had another copy available...Jackie
Note that SD cards larger than 32 GB are actually SDXC cards. Your D610 will happily use those, but not all card readers (built into the computer or external) will, especially if more than a couple of years old. Fortunately, card readers are pretty inexpensive, but if you plan to get cards larger than 32 GB, just make sure you have a way to read them!
Of course, you can also connect the camera to the computer to download the cards if you prefer.
The D610 Nikon manual should have a table in the back that lists SDHC and SDXC cards that have been tested with the camera. In general, use Class 10 cards from the manufacturers mentioned and you'll avoid any issues.
Enjoy your new D610.
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For what it's worth, this is what I do: I use a 16 Gb card in the top slot, and save NEF images to it. I use an 8 Gb card in the bottom slot, and save jpg to it. The reason for this arrangement is that a card-full of Fine jpgs is about the same as a card-full of NEFs; the jpgs load much faster than NEFs, and are what I use unless I do post; the NEFs are for post. Just a system I came up with for my D7000, and it seems to work pretty well on my D600, without the expense of the really big cards. I don't shoot video. That makes things way different. And, I always use Class 10 cards.
In my D600 I'm using two Lexar Professional SDHC 16GB cards. They're Class 10 with a theoretical speed of 600x. I set Slot1 as the primary and Slot2 as the overflow. I have a card reader built into my computer and use that all the time to download NEF's to my different subject file folders. I also carry two back up 8Gb cards in my bag. I don't do much burst shooting and these cards are plenty fast enough for my style. With the camera set on CL I've never had a problem with the buffer running too slow. Hope this helps. Have fun.
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