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#1 gophillies74

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 11:47 AM

What type and size of memory cards do you use with your D3s? The list of cards on the Nikon site is from 2010. thanks



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Posted 15 August 2015 - 12:08 PM

I would love to help, but the Nikon Canada site doesn't seem to have any DSLR manuals (including the D810!) available for download.  Wonder if a major site update is pending?  If all else fails, perhaps a quick call to your friendly neighbourhood camera store?


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Posted 15 August 2015 - 12:27 PM

Don't know with the D3s, I think Ron has one.

I have gotten current CF cards for my D4, and they work on my D200.

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 03:08 PM

SanDisk ...then Lexar are the top brands. ..size, well the 12mP sensor produces about 25meg NEFs and about 6meg jpg. .so work out the size you need, then speed to suite your shooting and pocket. The Nikon Europe site is up to date with card recommendations. https://nikoneurope-...tail/a_id/60445 good luck.

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Posted 16 August 2015 - 04:14 AM

Still using the D3s/x they life since their first day in service with SanDisk Extreme CF 8GB (60MB/s) UDMA Cards which work flawlessly. Never had performance issues as the CF Cards can take the data faster than the D3s can write it from the buffer. So the only difference is a slightly faster download from the CF-Card (with USB 3.0 cardreader) to your Computer. But even there, it´s a very, very slight speed gain you get. Sizewise i have a handfull of 8GB Cards and swap once they´re filled as it reduces my risk of (possible) data loss with bigger Cards. Taking faster ones (90MB/s) won´t get you any noticeable increase in Speed, be it in camera or in datatransfer. Bottomline: from my experience they´re big and fast enough to be used with the D3s. YMMV


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Posted 16 August 2015 - 10:38 AM

I have a D3X and use just run of the mill San Disk Compact Flash cards, as I mostly shoot landscapes with that camera and have no need for increased processing speed.


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Posted 29 September 2015 - 09:12 AM

I use Sandisk and Lexar cards in my D3S and D3X. I have multiple sizes, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB cards and I always put two similar ones in the camera (it is not a requirement). All these cards work in my old D2X and D700 too.

 

According to Rob Galbraith's tests the top writing speed of D3 series cameras is about 35 MB/s (or 233X in the "times" notation), so using faster does not speed up the camera. Faster cards are naturally faster to read in a card reader when at home, though.

 

Just a little while ago I purchased a dozen Sandisk Ultra 16 GB 50 MB/s (that's 333X) cards at $14.99 apiece (silver/red label). I prefer to use plenty of smaller cards in rotation instead of only a few bigger cards. Highly recommended, if the size isn't too small.

 

 

 

 

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 11:15 AM

I prefer to use plenty of smaller cards in rotation instead of only a few bigger cards. Highly recommended, if the size isn't too small.

 

 

That's my method as well, using multiple 4GB and 8GB cards in my D200s, instead of a 32GB or 64GB. Plus, I don't shoot for quantity.

 

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 12:03 PM

I also believe in more cards. But I do have 32 gig cards. When I only had my D200, I have 4 and 8 gig cards. But, the D4 has the ability to shoot a good burst. 4 gig, if I remember correctly was only about 100 images. I just didn't want to get into 3/4 filled card, then come up to something that I would have to switch cards in the middle. Of course now, I have two card slots, and both are filled when I go on trips like this. I don't know.


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Posted 29 September 2015 - 08:44 PM

FWIW B&H have been selling Lexar 2 pack cards, both CF and SD, some good deals there, 

as long as your not paying with AUD  :(


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Posted 31 December 2015 - 01:54 PM

I use Sandisk 4GB Ultras, 8GB Ultras, 8GB Extremes, 6GB Extreme Pro and Transcend 4GB 133X cards. they all work fine.


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