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Old Sep 4, 2006, 7:46 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any suggestions on what type of SD card to get for the Pentax DL?
Specifically what is the maximum capacity(GB) and what is the hightest speed (ie, 40x, 133x, 150x) SD card the DL uses?
I've looked for a compatibility webpage as suggested by the manual but am having a difficult time finding it.
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Old Sep 4, 2006, 8:16 PM   #2
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2 GB is the maximum size card. I wouldn't worry about "fast" SD cards, as you probably won't notice a difference. As a matter of fact, the 1 GB SanDisk card I just got seems faster than a so-called 60X card of a different brand that I have.
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HI Ksurfer

Welcome To the Forum. I agree with Yog-Sothoth On one thing. That Is the max Size of The SD Card is 2G.
I respectfully disagree On the Speed. While, With In Camera use on My DS the higher Speed card really Is not nessacary (Cannot Hurt though). I Do notice a large speed difference While D/L the pictures from my Card reader.
Therefore I only use Sandisk Ultra II cards and IMHO I only use a Max size of 1 gig.
I Subscribe to the Theory that If you lose a Large Capacity Card or that card goes bad you lose all. If you are using several smaller cards you won't lose your all your pictures.

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Old Sep 4, 2006, 10:32 PM   #4
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Yog-Sothoth said:

"I wouldn't worry about "fast" SD cards, as you probably won't notice a difference. As a matter of fact, the 1 GB SanDisk card I just got seems faster than a so-called 60X card of a different brand that I have."

I don't necessarily agree. Although digital cameras in general don't have very high write speeds now, and usually anything over 60x is "wasted", higher speed cards read faster when copying files to your computer hard drives -- especially with a fast card reader. Also, since it's a "durable" media, the assumption is that you'll be using it for years to come. Why not spend a few extra bucks (and it's usually literally only a few bucks, if even that) and plan for the future when cameras (and who knows what else you might be using that card for) might use or need that extra speed?

I personally don't buy unspecified speed cards, and only look at those with lifetime warrantees. This way, sometime in the future, if the card doesn't meet the speed spec that I need, but it should by stated spec, the warrantee should cover its performance shortcomings -- an unlikely scenario, but at least I'm covered (or at least I'm able to tell myself I am).

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Old Sep 5, 2006, 4:31 AM   #5
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While, With In Camera use on My DS the higher Speed card really Is not nessacary (Cannot Hurt though). I Do notice a large speed difference While D/L the pictures from my Card reader.
Only really makes a difference with UBS2 - if you've only go a USB 1 port, I would recommend fitting a USBs PCI adapter card.
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i have a standard and a 80x card. i thought there was no difference in write speed. recently i used up the space of the 80x and had to switch to the standard card. the 80x write speeds were quite a bit faster at writing 5 shot bursts of raw images..

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OT maybe. How does one test the speed of the card?
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I have no problem using a 4GB 150x SD card except you can't format it in camera. I found out it's my Dell laptop's card reader that can't read the 4GB SD card.

Shooting with RAW exclusively (you don't know what you're missing if you shooting Jpeg only), a large SD card is a must (381 photos only on a 4GB card).
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OT maybe. How does one test the speed of the card?
Try copy large files to and from the SD card when you mounted on PC. Not all the card readers are made equal. Some have very slow read/write speed even mounted on USB 2.0. So make sure you're not limited by the reader itself.
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OT maybe. How does one test the speed of the card?
Try copy large files to and from the SD card when you mounted on PC. Not all the card readers are made equal. Some have very slow read/write speed even mounted on USB 2.0. So make sure you're not limited by the reader itself.
The USBCard Reader has to be USB2 compliant - I should have mentioned that in my earlier reply (but I thought it was a tad obvious).
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