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Old May 17, 2004, 3:58 PM   #1
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Has anyone tried various compactflash cards in the CP8700? I expect the Ultra II 512 or Xtreme 512 by Sandisk will be fast in this camera, but if anyone has actual experience I'd appreciate your opinion. Any opinions on the "speed" of the 4GB Hitachi microdrive would also be appreciated. I know about the debate on reliability. I've had a 1GB microdrive for over 2 years with no problems.

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Old May 19, 2004, 3:30 AM   #2
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hi! im currently using a 4gb lexar ompactfash card. its the 40x with wa technology and it works great! the cf card neveronce froze on me! i too have a nikon 8700 and i can achieve over 1000 pics at eight megapixel on fine mode!i decided not to purchase a microdrive because it contains moving parts thatcouldbreak. i hope this helps you!
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Old May 20, 2004, 9:37 PM   #3
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Thanks for your input. I decided to get a 4GB Microdrive and a 1GB Sandisk Extreme. I saw a friend of my son's last night and spoke to him about what he uses in his digital SLR. He has always used the 1GB microdrive and never noticed any lag time between photos. Maybe, I'd be just fine with a standard speed flashcard, but I'm now all caught up in the speed game, probably unnecessarily. Thanks again.
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The 5700/8700 does not take advantage of WA technology, so unless they are really cheap it's a waste of money. I have a Lexar 4X 1Gig and am very happy with it.
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From what I have read on other site's, The 8700 does take advantage of WA technology the 5700 does not. I use sandisk Ultra II cards so I don't know first hand Myself. Maybe Steve will give us the answer. How about it Steve?????
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Old Jun 15, 2004, 4:15 PM   #6
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Hi there.
I use the Ridata 45X 512mb CFII cards in my 8700 and have had NO PROBLEMS.
As an fyi, I picked up my camera on March 1, 04 and have to date shot over 6800 photos. Absolutely no lockups, freezes, lost images. Nada. Zip.
And they are FAST. I normally shoot my pro work in TIFF and the family stuff in jpeg - always at the highest setting.
Enjoy and I hope this helps.
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Old Jun 15, 2004, 5:01 PM   #7
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Thanks for the information. In the mean time I was able to harvest a 4GB Microdrive from a Muvo2. It worked right away and has been the deal of a lifetime at $199 delivered from Dell.

I really want a fast 1GB solid state card and will check to see if Ridata makes a 1GB card. Thanks again.
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Old Jun 16, 2004, 2:25 PM   #8
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A quote fromthe Nikon Imaging Support web site re: the 8700: "While "WA" (Write Accelerated) cards may be approved for use in this camera, no speed improvements will be noted over non-WA cards.
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Thanks. I did find out that the WA technology is not taken advantage of by the 8700. I have a Sandisk 1GB Ultra II card on its way to me. I will notice a reduction of lag time by using this card. Thanks again.
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with the speed of that camera it is highly unlikely that you will see an actual speed difference in camera to card xfr if you owned the two. just as my 40x lexarpro card acts pretty much like my 60x sandisk ultra IIin my 1Ds.
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