High speed SD cards worth it?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Oliver Costich, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. I see higher access speed SD cards at premium prices. Does thsi make
    any difference when shooting in terms of shooting speed? Or does it
    just make retrieval from the card faster?
    Oliver Costich, Aug 28, 2007
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  2. Oliver Costich

    Rod Out back Guest

    I discovered a few months ago that my Nikon D200 only transfers data to the card
    at a max of around 9Mb/sec. As a result, there's no point in me buying cards
    any faster than this, which is the Ultra II cards (x66) - 10Mb/sec.
    However, assomeone else pointed out, the faster cards do download faster in a
    dedicated card reader. In my case, I download data from the cards while still in
    the camera, so the speed advantage isnt relevant to how I download images.

    However, it saves me money; the UltraII cards are getting quite cheap, and the
    camera is still accessing them as fast as it can. The longer time to download
    them to computer isnt a concern to me; they are still quite fast.

    Have a look through the specs for your camera, and after a lot of looking, you
    might find the maximum data transfer rate of the camera is. Buying cards faster
    than this isnt likely to give your camera much benefit.
    Rod Out back, Aug 28, 2007
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  3. Oliver Costich

    Somebody Guest

    I have two high speed SD cards and 8 regular speed ones for my Pentax K10D
    and I can't tell much of a difference. I suspect that only very high end
    cameras (several thousand dollars) have the capabilities to even attempt to
    come close to the speed the high speed cards are capable of. I don't think
    they are worth the money myself. But, it is each their own.

    Somebody, Aug 28, 2007
  4. Usually mostly the latter, usually your camera is the bottleneck.

    Wolfgang Weisselberg, Aug 28, 2007
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