What SD card for D750, please?

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  1. Freida macrumors 65816

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    Can I please ask for suggestions for what SD card should I get for Nikon D750?
    I'm thinkin 64gb would be good (maybe 32gb?)
    I assume I should get only class 10 (correct?)

    What is a good quality brand but not too expensive, please?

    Also, I've noticed that the SD cards have sign that says things like 600x, 1000x etc. Is that something that I need to pay attention?

    Any help will be really appreciated. Thank you
     
  2. rocknblogger macrumors 68020

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    I use Lexar cards in my D810 and have no complaints. You can get the 32GB version for $24.95 on Amazon. Other sizes are also available. And yes the x1000 number represents the speed of the card. So if you're shooting in burst mode the faster the card the better the performance. The D750 is a very capable camera and you will benefit from faster cards.
     
  3. Freida thread starter macrumors 65816

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    so would you say that this one is a good call?

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lexar-Profe...8&qid=1456840925&sr=1-2&keywords=sd+card+64gb
     
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  5. Freida thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh sorry, didn't notice that before (or IT didn't load it correctly here). Works on my phone though.
    Thats funny that i picked the same one :))

    Cool, thank you. I will order it tonight :)
     
  6. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    I use a couple of these. image.jpg
    If you shoot RAW (and why wouldn't you ;))
    You will get about 586 images per card. I always have the second slot set to back up the first.
    Write speed is also an important factor if you use burst mode.
     
  7. Padaung macrumors 6502

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    Yup, the same 32Gb Sandisk cards for me too. One in each card slot with slot 2 set to backup slot 1. Got six of these cards and two 16Gb cards. The cards are very affordable now and data is written to them at a good speed which allows the buffer to clear quickly. After buying such an amazing 24Mp camera, its just not worth getting a cheaper slower card after spending £2k on the camera body.

    Sandisk do have a newer card with a faster write speed but they are currently about twice the price. I don't shoot sports or wildlife. If you do, get the fastest card write speed you can. With these cards I sometimes fill the cameras buffer (say a burst of activity at a wedding).
     
  8. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

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    The 600x and 1000x is a stupid holdover from the days of CDROMs. Early on CD writers were advertised as having a 2x, 4x, 8x, etc. speed. The original spec for a CDROM was 150KB/s so a 2x drive would be 300KB/s and a 4x would be 600KB/s. For some reason the flash memory industry embraced this bit of insanity.

    When looking at speeds make sure to dig into the specs. The speed written on the label is typically the read speed. The write speed can be much lower. I've seen cards that claim an 80MB/s read speed struggle to hit 15MB/s write.

    As for the cards listed in this thread they are solid choices. I use a number of Sandisk and Lexar cards. When considering the size of the card go for two 32GB cards instead of a single 64GB card. Unless you are shooting huge time lapse projects it is better to not keep all of your images in one basket. On that note, download your images frequently. Don't keep everything on the cards as some people like to do with the huge cards available today.
     
  9. rocknblogger macrumors 68020

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    Very solid advice!!!
     
  10. monokakata macrumors 68000

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    Yes, I'm with Laird also. I use 32 gb and clean off the card (I dump it into a folder on a backup drive) when it gets maybe 2/3 full.

    Another poster mentioned shooting RAW, and I hope you'll do that. There are many advantages. You might have to adjust your workflow, but once you get used to that, it won't be a big deal at all. A 14 bit RAW image will show you just how good your D750 is.
     
  11. Freida thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is there any specific reason to download frequently? Cause what i do is that i download pictures to computer usually as soon as i get home but then I still keep it on the card as another back up.
    Is there another reason why one should 'rotate' the card cycles?
     
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    If you've put them in your computer you should be good, but cards can become corrupted. I always reformat my cards once they go back in the camera. Of course files on my computer are backed up on two other drives anyway. If your images are important to you, always have at least three copies in two locations. All hard drives fail at some point.
     
  14. Freida thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you guys. I've ordered the Sandisk one you suggested 32gb. That should work fine and for back up i use another one I already have. :)
     
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    Agreed.

    Yes, I remember - to my stupefaction - how the HDD failed on my MBP. Fortunately, the computer was still under AppleCare - in fact, this happened during the third year of the warranty - and Apple replaced it without a whimper. However, lesson learned….stuff vanished into the ether that day that I have never been able to recover.

    In my experience, the SSD drives of the MBA are a lot more stable - and a lot faster - than are the older HDD drives.
     
  16. Padaung macrumors 6502

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    That is a really useful and informative article, thank you posting the link. I've just learnt something new regarding the different card connections in the various generations of camera.

    It was interesting to see that the current top of the range 280Mb/s Sandisk is currently not a good buy at all.
     
  17. Mr Kram macrumors 68000

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    i'm using a sands extreme (not pro) 90 mb/s. i don't see it listed in the test, but i'm guessing performance should be close.
     
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    Regarding the 280 Mb/s card. That is a UHS II card but the D750 is designed for UHS I . The theoretically faster UHSII is wasted in a D750
     
  19. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

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    The Extreme Pro is rated at 95 MB/s read and 90 MB/s write. The Extreme is rated at 90 MB/s read and 40 MB/s write. The Extreme is still a fast card but if your camera can support it the Extreme Pro will be twice as fast saving images.

    Both are solid cards.
     
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    really good info. thanks! now i have to buy new cards. LOL

    edit: one more question, can i use the pro in slot 1 and regular in slot 2 for back up? or is the backup simultaneous?
     
  21. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

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    Haha, unless you are having issues buffering images then there is no reason to upgrade. I have over half a terabyte in SD cards ranging from 8 GB PQI cards to 64 GB Sandisk Extreme Pros and haven't had any speed issues with them, but then again I'm not shooting sports and filling up my buffer.

    The only card I had trouble with was a Walgreen's branded card I purchased because I left everything else at home. It took so long to write the files that I thought the camera (D800) was malfunctioning. After swearing at the camera for a bit and cycling power I realized it was a class 2 card. So it was only rated for 2 MB/s. :(
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    Depends on your camera. On the Nikon's you can set it to write the image to both cards or to overflow from one card to the other. It is all setup in the menus. On the D800 I used to send RAWs to the CF card and JPEGs to the SD card but now I have a bent pin and have been using just SD cards for a couple of years. ;)
     
  22. Padaung macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for clarifying my post. I read that in the article but others here may not have realised. Yes, only a couple of cameras appear to so far be compatible with the UHS-II cards. Time will tell how that progresses.

    In other card related news, Nikonrumors has just posted an article about the new XQD cards compared to CF and SD.
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    If you are writing raw files to both cards then your camera would only be able to clear the buffer at the speed it can write to the slower card (unless the cameras use some other technology such as writing to card slot 1 first (and hence clearing the buffer) and then, in a mirror RAID manner, copy the data from card 1 to card 2).

    As Laird Knox said, if you are writing raw to the faster card and jpegs to the slower card you shouldn't notice any slow down.
     
  23. mofunk macrumors 68000

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    Late to the pool... I have the SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB too. When I got them, I had problems with one of the cards. For some reason in slot 1 the card would not format. So I swapped cards in the slots, and formatted them again. Then swapped them back and formatted them a 4th time. lol After that, no problems with the cards. It was the first time having problems with any of my SanDisk cards.

    If you planning to shoot some video, purchase the 64GB or several 32GB cards.
     
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    The major reason for data loss now is theft of the equipment, not a failed HD. Backing up one SD card to another SD card and keeping them both together does not protect you from the most common way to loose data. Keeping the data at more than one location as soon as possible is the best insurance.
     
  25. bniu macrumors 6502a

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    I try to get my photos onto my phone/ipad/mac asap, so that I can then have them uploaded to iCloud. Once they're up in iCloud, I'm much less concerned about losing them and then go on my merry way :D
     

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