D70 supports Write Acceleration (WA) on Compact Flash?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Randy Howard, Dec 22, 2004.

  1. Randy Howard

    Randy Howard Guest

    The Lexar website http://www.lexar.com/digfilm/wa_cf.html
    does not list the D70 as supporting WA, but I don't know
    how up to date it is.

    For some reason I have not been able to get to the
    Nikon USA www.nikonusa.com website through my ISP
    for several days now. Some sort of DNS issue, so I can't
    check there.
    Randy Howard, Dec 22, 2004
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    Jeremy Nixon Guest

    Look at this page:


    Note that the buffer in the D70 lets you shoot without waiting for the
    last shot to write out to the card; unless you're shooting sports, or
    are a madman, you won't be waiting to take your next shot even with
    a standard CF card. I put a standard card in mine, not high speed at
    all, and basically never notice it. But I don't shoot sports, and
    am not usually a madman.
    Jeremy Nixon, Dec 22, 2004
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  3. Randy Howard

    Randy Howard Guest

    Well, from that it certainly appears that it does, at least with
    the firmware revision posted there. Thank you very much.
    That is also good news.
    Randy Howard, Dec 22, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Fast write cards fall into the category of "it's there when you need it". You
    might never need it, but like a 200W/channel sound system or a 300 hp engine in
    a touring sedan, the headroom can be comforting (for some).
    Alan Browne, Dec 22, 2004
  5. Randy Howard

    Jeremy Nixon Guest

    Oh, certainly. If all else were equal, I'd be using one. But unfortunately,
    all else (namely, the price) is not equal. :)

    But, as someone who likes having a stupid-fast car, I know what you mean.
    When it comes time to pull out into fast-moving traffic, it really saves
    the day.
    Jeremy Nixon, Dec 22, 2004
  6. According to Nikon, the D70 doesn't support "Write Acceleration".

    It _will_ benefit from faster cards in general, but not specifically from
    WA technology.

    Source: Nikon European Support Centre:


    Graham Holden (g-holden AT dircon DOT co DOT uk)
    Graham Holden, Dec 23, 2004
  7. Randy Howard

    Randy Howard Guest

    The other link that showed test results seemed to show some benefit, although
    perhaps not technically because of "WA" specifically. I'm not clear on exactly
    what "WA" does "under the covers", or how cameras must change their interface
    to take advantage of it.
    Interesting, thanks for the link.
    Randy Howard, Dec 23, 2004
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    C J Campbell Guest

    Why bother? Most reviews of the D70 and various cards demonstrate that the
    Lexar card is among the slowest cards. The SD Ultra II and Extreme compact
    flash cards are much faster and actually do what they promise. Return that
    Lexar garbage and get a real card.
    C J Campbell, Dec 25, 2004
  9. Randy Howard

    Seymore Guest

    Have you got a link for CF comparisons with the D70?
    Seymore, Dec 25, 2004
  10. Randy Howard

    Randy Howard Guest

    What a bunch of BS. This link comparing the various cards on the
    D70: http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=6007-6816

    Shows that the Sandisk cards are approximately 0.1 MB/s faster than
    the lexar w/512MB. With the 1GB cards, the Lexar is actually about
    the same amount faster than either the Extreme or Ultra II.

    With 2GB, the size I purchased, the difference between the Lexar
    and the Sandisk Extreme is 0.005 MB/s, with the Lexar about 0.021
    MB/s faster than the Ultra II.

    Seems pretty much identical from here, plus the Lexar has a lifetime
    replacement warranty.

    If you are going to lie, you should choose to do it about something
    without empirical evidence to contradict you.
    Randy Howard, Dec 27, 2004
  11. Randy Howard

    Randy Howard Guest

    I just posted one, and he made all the crap above up. It's just
    "my brand is better than yours" silliness.
    Randy Howard, Dec 27, 2004
  12. Randy Howard

    C J Campbell Guest

    <sniff> I draw a fine distinction between lying and gross exaggeration.
    Please don't beat me any more. I can't handle it.
    C J Campbell, Dec 28, 2004
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