advice on memory cards please

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Luis ORTEGA
May 28, 2004
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I’m thinking of getting a Nikon d70 and would like to know about the memory cards available.
Do they come in different speeds as well as size?
What are the options among the 1 gigabite cards?
What are the specs that I should be looking for in a card, besides the size, to give me the fastest response times with the camera?
Is there really much of a difference? Are the differences important to the shutter lag? The time it takes to write and make the camera available for the next shot? The ability to use motor drive series of shots? My main interest is is getting the fastest time between pressing the shutter and taking the shot, and then in the time it would take to be ready to take the next shot.
Thanks for any advice.

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Jim
May 28, 2004
"Luis ORTEGA" wrote in message
I’m thinking of getting a Nikon d70 and would like to know about the
memory
cards available.
Do they come in different speeds as well as size?
Yes
What are the options among the 1 gigabite cards?
What are the specs that I should be looking for in a card, besides the
size,
to give me the fastest response times with the camera?
Is there really much of a difference? Are the differences important to the shutter lag?
No because the D70 has an internal buffer.
The time it takes to write and make the camera available for the next shot?
No because the D70 has an interrnal buffer.
The ability to use motor drive series of shots?
Yes, because you will eventually fill the internal buffer. With a fast card, you can shoot at 3fps until you fill the card up.
Jim
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jaSPAMc
May 28, 2004
On Fri, 28 May 2004 19:28:29 +0100, "Luis ORTEGA" found these unused words floating about:

I’m thinking of getting a Nikon d70 and would like to know about the memory cards available.
Do they come in different speeds as well as size?
yes
What are the options among the 1 gigabite cards?
What are the specs that I should be looking for in a card, besides the size, to give me the fastest response times with the camera?
size unimportant as to writing speed (e.g. 20x).
Is there really much of a difference?
If it’s too slow for the camra model – it slows down the write. Too fast and you waste $$
Are the differences important to the
shutter lag?
Camera function only.
The time it takes to write and make the camera available for the next shot?
Can be, depending upon the internal buffer and format you’re shooting.
The ability to use motor drive series of shots?
Buffer + write speed = limit.
My main interest is is getting the fastest time between pressing the shutter and taking the shot, and then in the time it would take to be ready to take the next shot.
Thanks for any advice.
JW
JP White
May 29, 2004
Luis ORTEGA wrote:

I’m thinking of getting a Nikon d70 and would like to know about the memory cards available.
Do they come in different speeds as well as size?

Compact Flash comes in all sizes from 16MB (yuk) up to 4GB. The 4GB card will cost you more than the camera tho 🙁
There are a variety of speeds available. They use ratings such as 32X a little like CdRoms use X ratings. I don’t know if they are equivalent in speed or if the X rating is specific to memory cards.

My main interest is is getting the fastest time between pressing the shutter and taking the shot, and then in the time it would take to be ready to take the next shot.
Thanks for any advice.
Most ‘decent’ cameras allow you to take the next shot while the last few are still being written to the card from the cameras buffer. I would be astounded if the D70 didn’t have that feature. If you plan to take a lot of action shots or use burst mode a lot, then a fast card maybe worth it. If not you’ll be paying extra for something you’d rarely take advantage of.

JP
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RBB
May 29, 2004
i use a microdrive ibm with my d1x because did come
with the camera, and no problem it has the big advantage that was free, and also if you buy it is much more cheaper and big, one giga, i found no problem in speed and aslo is strong enough, does not breake like some people think and i use it a lot,

the speed is not impotant i can take 9 shoots one after another one, you only notice a small diference when going to computer, cf is faster, but is so little and has no importance when is going to computer.

there is ONLY ONE BIG DIFERENCE, that i prefer a cf,
and thats the batery, a good and fast cf takes much more less batery, so what i mean with that is that if you dont care about battery you always win with microdrive because of his price compared with cf, i am going to buy the best lexar cf, but i still find them too expensive, so i may wait another year, i think next year will be much more cheaper than now.

with the microdrive i can shoot about 150 pictures (in raw mode) 300 in jpg fine and then batery is finished.

with a good cf, i can shoot about 400 in raw and about 600 in jpg, thats is the important diference, the rest is not really important
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Tuckfook
May 29, 2004
I get about 20+ shots at 3fps using a 25x kingston 512mb and 40+ shots using a 45x Transcend 1 Gb, all before the buffer fills and the shutter responds with a hiccup. So will you shoot 20 continuous shots or 40 ?

In real life, autofocus will slow you down unless in continuous mode or fixed focus.
JF
Jerry Fensterstock
May 29, 2004
This is from the Nikon web site:

Nikon has tested the following cards and approved their use in the D70 Digital SLR:

SanDisk SDCFB series 16 MB, 48 MB, 80 MB, 96 MB, 128 MB, 160 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB and 1 GB
SanDisk SDCFB (Type II) 192 MB and 300 MB
Sandisk SDCF2B (Type II) 256 MB
Sandisk SDCFH 128 MB, 192 MB, 256 MB, 384 MB, 512 MB and 1 GB Sandisk SDCFX 512 MB and 1 GB

Lexar Media 4x USB series 16 MB, 32 MB and 64 MB
Lexar Media 8x USB series 16 MB, 32 MB, 48 MB, 64 MB, and 80 MB Lexar Media 10x USB series 160 MB
Lexar Media 12x USB series 64 MB, 128 MB, 192 MB, 256 MB and 512 MB Lexar Media 16x USB series 192 MB, 256 MB, 320 MB, 512 MB 640 MB and 1 GB
Lexar Media 24x USB series 256 MB and 512 MB
Lexar Media 24x WA* USB series 256 MB and 512 MB
Lexar Media 32x WA* USB series 1GB
Lexar Media 40x WA* USB series 256 MB, 512 MB, 2 GB, 4 GB

Renesas Technology (Hitachi) Compact Flash HB28C8x 16 MB and 32 MB

Microdrive DSCM 512 MB and 1 GB
Microdrive 3K4 2 GB and 4 GB

Other brands and capacities of cards may work, but Nikon cannot guarantee their operation. Check with the manufacturer of the third-party card for compatibility information. Nikon recommends keeping one of the approved cards available for troubleshooting.

*Lexar Media Write Acceleration (WA) Compact Flash cards are supported in Standard Write Mode only.
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"JP White" wrote in message
Luis ORTEGA wrote:

I’m thinking of getting a Nikon d70 and would like to know about the
memory
cards available.
Do they come in different speeds as well as size?
LO
Luis ORTEGA
May 29, 2004
thanks,
but what does this mean?

"*Lexar Media Write Acceleration (WA) Compact Flash cards are supported in Standard Write Mode only."

how will it affect shooting with the nikon d70?

"Jerry Fensterstock" wrote in message
This is from the Nikon web site:

Nikon has tested the following cards and approved their use in the D70 Digital SLR:

SanDisk SDCFB series 16 MB, 48 MB, 80 MB, 96 MB, 128 MB, 160 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB and 1 GB
SanDisk SDCFB (Type II) 192 MB and 300 MB
Sandisk SDCF2B (Type II) 256 MB
Sandisk SDCFH 128 MB, 192 MB, 256 MB, 384 MB, 512 MB and 1 GB Sandisk SDCFX 512 MB and 1 GB

Lexar Media 4x USB series 16 MB, 32 MB and 64 MB
Lexar Media 8x USB series 16 MB, 32 MB, 48 MB, 64 MB, and 80 MB Lexar Media 10x USB series 160 MB
Lexar Media 12x USB series 64 MB, 128 MB, 192 MB, 256 MB and 512 MB Lexar Media 16x USB series 192 MB, 256 MB, 320 MB, 512 MB 640 MB and 1 GB
Lexar Media 24x USB series 256 MB and 512 MB
Lexar Media 24x WA* USB series 256 MB and 512 MB
Lexar Media 32x WA* USB series 1GB
Lexar Media 40x WA* USB series 256 MB, 512 MB, 2 GB, 4 GB
Renesas Technology (Hitachi) Compact Flash HB28C8x 16 MB and 32 MB
Microdrive DSCM 512 MB and 1 GB
Microdrive 3K4 2 GB and 4 GB

Other brands and capacities of cards may work, but Nikon cannot guarantee their operation. Check with the manufacturer of the third-party card for compatibility information. Nikon recommends keeping one of the approved cards available for troubleshooting.

*Lexar Media Write Acceleration (WA) Compact Flash cards are supported in Standard Write Mode only.
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"JP White" wrote in message
Luis ORTEGA wrote:

I’m thinking of getting a Nikon d70 and would like to know about the
memory
cards available.
Do they come in different speeds as well as size?

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