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Old Mar 18, 2017, 2:47 PM   #1
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Default Memory cards and spare batteries for D8xx

About to pull the trigger on my first Nikon D8XX and was wondering :

1. Should you have both CF and SD cards esp of shooting sports ?
2. What CF and SD cards do you use inc size 16GB or 32GB and speeds?
3. Batteries - always nikon or other brands ?

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1. Should you have both CF and SD cards esp of shooting sports ?
I'd say there's no reason not to have both. You can store to both simultaneously, split your RAWs and JPEGs between them, or automatically switch from one to the other as they fill. Why not take advantage of that flexibility.

The only hassle might be keeping track of what shots are on what cards.

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2. What CF and SD cards do you use inc size 16GB or 32GB and speeds?
As a minor consideration, smaller cards are faster than larger cards of the same kind, but the difference is slight.

In general, CF cards are faster than SD cards of the same kind.

Always get the fastest cards you can get. In general, the advertised speed of Lexar and SanDisk cards is reliable. Other brands, not so much.

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3. Batteries - always nikon or other brands ?
Nikon only, and make sure they're really Nikon.
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Thanks for the replies .. esp on the batteries and its good to know to stick to Nikon for those. I've seen a Panasonic D8XX series replacement battery but there were no reviews on it.

I was wondering if having both CF and SD cards being written to at the same time would slow the camera down esp when say in burst mode at 4fps ? I'm likely to be shooting RAW + low res jpegs. cardwise.. I'm looking to get the Lexar or the Sandisk, as I've got those for my Oly E3 and never had any probs with them.

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I was wondering if having both CF and SD cards being written to at the same time would slow the camera down esp when say in burst mode at 4fps ? I'm likely to be shooting RAW + low res jpegs. cardwise..
If you're going to be shooting 36MP RAW in 4fps burst mode, I'd say that simultaneously capturing low-res JPEGs won't make a dent in the speed you'll experience.
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Hello Hartj,

I use CF SD, both 64Gb.
As brand I prefer Transcend, I do have very good experience with these.
It is nice to see to concider a D8xx, you will be very happy with it.

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