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Old Mar 23, 2004, 10:00 PM   #1
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Default Compact Flash 40x - 80x or Microdrive

I will soon end up with a D70 or D100 and have a question about storage. I see that a new 80x CF card will be coming out soon.

Is there a point where the speed of the card doesnt matter anymore or is the faster the better always the case.

Are the latest cards for the newer cameras or will they also improve the performance of say a 2 year old D100?

Also what about a microdrive? Are they as fast as say a 40x CF card?
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Old Mar 23, 2004, 10:25 PM   #2
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Think I found my answer here:

http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/mul...?cid=6007-6020
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Also what about a microdrive? Are they as fast as say a 40x CF card?
It depends on what camera is used (ie the camera is the limiting factor): http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/mul...?cid=6007-6817
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I guess that leads me to this question.

How will the difference in write speed show up in real use?

Will it only be seen it rapid shooting of action such as sports photography.

Will the camera pause while it unloads its buffer?

I see the D100 write speed for jpg and raw is 1807K/sec 2025K/sec while the D70 is 4267K/sec 4670K/sec using the SanDisk Ultra II. THe D70 is twice as fast, but like I said where and how will I see it in using the camera?
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How will the difference in write speed show up in real use?
In JPEG you won't!... the files are too small to make a difference since most cameras can buffer up the shots internally to the camera's memory before writing it to the flashes or microdrives.

In RAW however the files are much larger and can easily overwhelm the camera's buffer, what this translates to is a wait of several seconds in multi-shot burst for the camera to empty its buffer in the raw mode.

If you never shoot multiple bursts then you probably never run into the writes limitation either way!
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Thanks for taking the time to post very easy to understand down to earth decsription !!!
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So far no one has posted any figures... Thats what would be helpful here...Not heresay...

1 GB Microdrive = 13.3 Mbps
http://www.buy.com/retail/product.as...1&loc=101&sp=1

512 Mb Lexar Flash Memory 40x = 40X=6.0MB/sec
http://www.buy.com/retail/product.as...2378&loc=15579

Something to look out for it "burst speed" versus "write speed"

Also what is the ma write speed of the camer in question? Do the manf post that info?
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So far no one has posted any figures... Thats what would be helpful here...Not heresay...

1 GB Microdrive = 13.3 Mbps
http://www.buy.com/retail/product.as...1&loc=101&sp=1

512 Mb Lexar Flash Memory 40x = 40X=6.0MB/sec
http://www.buy.com/retail/product.as...2378&loc=15579

Something to look out for it "burst speed" versus "write speed"

Also what is the max write speed of the camera in question? Do the manf post that info?
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