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    Memory cards

    I currently have a PNY Elite Performance 64GB card and I was playing with some photo stacking using arsenal and it appeared the camera was maxing the card out. What cards are you guys using and whatever write speeds?


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    Re: Memory cards

    Quote Originally Posted by jonritter View Post
    I currently have a PNY Elite Performance 64GB card and I was playing with some photo stacking using arsenal and it appeared the camera was maxing the card out. What cards are you guys using and whatever write speeds?
    A lot of us around here use SanDisk Extreme Pro SD cards. They have maximum write speed of 95MB/s for UHS-I rated cards. Your D7200 is rated for UHS-II cards, however, so you should look for cards that support that spec if you want/need maximum throughput. The SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II will have a write speed somewhere around 260MB/s.

    You might want to prepare yourself for a wee bit of "sticker shock" however... These premium cards don't come cheap.


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    Re: Memory cards

    Memory cards
    I tested it and it is great. It is in Slot1

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    I also have a SanDisk Extreme Pro SD card 32 GB in Slot2

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    Re: Memory cards

    My current card has a write speed of 80-90. I was looking at those 260-300. Would that be beneficial when just shooting photos and no video?

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    Re: Memory cards

    Quote Originally Posted by jonritter View Post
    My current card has a write speed of 80-90. I was looking at those 260-300. Would that be beneficial when just shooting photos and no video?
    Well I mentioned UHS-II because your camera supports it, and because you said your Arsenal was, "maxing out" your current SD card; I took that to mean you were out-stripping the camera's buffer. Higher speed cards will definitely help with that.

    If you don't need all that extra speed I can't really recommend paying for it.
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    Re: Memory cards

    You read it better than I explained it. I meant the buffer, but thats the only time and its more me being impatient so I think you guys answered my question! Thank you.

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    I'm back and want to ask one more dumb question because I think I understand my problem now. I was shooting some 9 shot bursts RAW format. I did 4 rounds of 9 shots remote trigger. I brought my camera back in the house and pulled the card and loaded to my computer and the camera had only written 18 of the shots. Is that the gap between the buffer speed and the card write speed? I'm guessing I left it out there a minute after the last shot was fired. If so would the 260-300 write speed card make that big of difference?

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    Re: Memory cards

    Quote Originally Posted by jonritter View Post
    I'm back and want to ask one more dumb question because I think I understand my problem now. I was shooting some 9 shot bursts RAW format. I did 4 rounds of 9 shots remote trigger. I brought my camera back in the house and pulled the card and loaded to my computer and the camera had only written 18 of the shots. Is that the gap between the buffer speed and the card write speed? I'm guessing I left it out there a minute after the last shot was fired. If so would the 260-300 write speed card make that big of difference?
    In diving into this a little deeper it turns out your D7200 does NOT support UHS-II as I stated it did previously. My apologies for the error; I would have bet money on that but I was clearly incorrect. That being the case, take UHS-II rated cards off your list of options. Looking at this site: Memory Card Speed Tests should answer most of your questions. In short, it appears the D7200 buffer maxes out at a write speed of roughly 75MB/s so you're going to want cards that support, or exceed, that write speed.

    More specifically, and in regards to your last shooting session with the lost photos, are you sure you allowed the buffer to clear the first nine shots you took before shooting the next nine? If the green light on the back of the camera is illuminated, that means the buffer is still transferring data/writing to the SD card. If you took additional shots while the buffer was still clearing it might explain why you didn't come home with all the shots you were expecting.
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    Re: Memory cards

    Quote Originally Posted by Horoscope Fish View Post
    If you took additional shots while the buffer was still clearing it might explain why you didn't come home with all the shots you were expecting.
    Paul, when I took drama photos, I encountered one instance where the green light stayed lit on the back...forever, it seemed. Yet I wasn't taking bursts. Because the light was on, I couldn't actuate the shutter. And I also couldn't turn off the body. Not sure if my issue is related to the write speed, or if the OP's body will act the same way my D7100 did. Since I don't shoot in bursts, I don't know if what I encountered is the same as a filled buffer. Just throwing this out there....

    In other words, I'm not he could have written new images without the old ones finishing writing first.
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    Re: Memory cards

    Ha Ha, you ought to see my D100 trying to save a couple of raw's. Coffee break time.
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