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  1. #1
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    Xqd vs Cfexpress in D500

    Has anyone did the upgrade yet? If you have, have you used the Cfexpress cards? Any issues or better yet, have there been any speed/ buffer increases? I expect not from what I have heard, but just wanted some users to tell us their observations. Thanks.

    P.S. I have not done the upgrade yet but will at some point.

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    Re: Xqd vs Cfexpress in D500

    I haven't, but I can shoot about 300-320 raw files in CH mode before I fill the buffer with m XQD card, so as long as it doesn't slow down...

    No plans on switching at this point.
    (formerly backdoorhippie)

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    Re: Xqd vs Cfexpress in D500

    The Z cameras have had this option in an update for a while. I ran the update for the other items included with the update to CFexpress. I just do still photography 99% of the time and I can see no reason to invest in the CFExpress cards. If I were just getting started and did not have any XQD it may be different.

    I think as things stand right now the only reason you need a CFExpress card is if you do video or you do really huge shoots and need the space. The cards were supposed to be cheaper than XQD, but I have not seen that yet.

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    Re: Xqd vs Cfexpress in D500

    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    ...The cards were supposed to be cheaper than XQD, but I have not seen that yet.
    I purchased an XQD card and reader before Nikon released the option to use CF. As Danno mentioned, I haven't seen the prices of CF cards to be less than XQD cards - I only remember seeing prices that were higher. For first time buyers, then it might make sense to do the upgrade. And as Jake mentioned, the speed with the XQD cards is really fast.
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    Re: Xqd vs Cfexpress in D500

    I've seen lower priced CFExpress cards, but only in huge capacities. I have no need for a 128 or 256 card for photography. Still glad for the firmware update in case I need new cards in the future and can't get XQD.

    I have no data on how they perform in the D500, so I can't help you with that, bandit993.
    Woody Green

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