Optimal Memory Cards for x100s?

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Steve Rothman
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Optimal Memory Cards for x100s?
Jun 7, 2013

I've just purchased an x100s and wonder about memory cards. The author of Mastering the Art of the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 says that he and many of his colleagues recommend the fastest card available (95 MB/s I think). He says, that especially for bracketing function this is useful. The local camera store guys (Glazers in Seattle) say that there is no advantage to these super fast cards, except for shooting hi-def video. I'm probably not going to do much hi-def video. Do you all believe that the fastest cards are useful for still shooting?

Thanks, Steve (near Seattle)

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In reply to Steve Rothman, Jun 7, 2013

For stills only, I prefer the 95 MB/s speed and 8 gbyte storage card.  It's fairly cheep around $20 USD and allows thousands of pics before you need to move them to a long-term storage/burn to disk option.

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-Class-Memory-SDSDXPA-008G-AFFP/dp/B007NDL542

I find the start up of my X100/X100s to be faster too.

Enjoy.

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muzzlok wrote:

For stills only, I prefer the 95 MB/s speed and 8 gbyte storage card.  It's fairly cheep around $20 USD and allows thousands of pics before you need to move them to a long-term storage/burn to disk option.

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-Class-Memory-SDSDXPA-008G-AFFP/dp/B007NDL542

I find the start up of my X100/X100s to be faster too.

Enjoy.

+1

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In reply to El Chubasco, Jun 7, 2013

+2 with a caveat.  I prefer 32gb size since I can average 100+ frames a day traveling and shoot raw on trips. The XP-1 get 1291 raw images to a 32gb card. For a three week trip I would take three cards.

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In reply to Travelshooter, Jun 9, 2013

Many thanks to both of you for your responses.

Steve

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In reply to Travelshooter, Jun 10, 2013

I agree on the card and the 32GB size. It seems to be the best cost/GB anyways.

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In reply to Steve Rothman, Jun 10, 2013

I treated myself to the 95Mb/s card and did an unscientific test of it against the 45Mb/s card I had been using. I filled the X-Pro1 buffer with each card and timed how long it took to shoot and to clear. The fast card took about half the time—about 20 seconds vs 45-50 seconds.

That said, the slower card never caused the loss of a single exposure. I started out with an ordinary Class 10 card with the X100, followed by the faster cards. Shooting sports or video with a dSLR, there would be a significant advantage, but the Fuji cameras tend to encourage a more contemplative and less machine-gun approach.

On the other hand, with cards being so cheap, why not go for the fastest? If you shoot sequences, they do write to the card more quickly. When you transfer to the hard-drive, they will read more quickly as well. The difference in price is really not significant any more.  When I began moving to digital cameras, a gigabyte of cards (195MB was the biggest) a gigabyte of storage was $2,550US on very slow cards. Not hard to find a gig for a buck now, even with Class 10 speed.

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In reply to Steve Rothman, Jun 10, 2013

With the X100 there was certainly a very large difference in responsiveness and stability when using a fast card.45Mb/s was essential, with only a minor improvement at 95. But 30 or below was horrible.

The X100s however has much faster electronics and a much larger buffer so you may not need a very fast card. However fast cards are not very expensive, and if you buy online there is almost no penalty to getting a 95Mb/s card.

A fast card is never going to slow your camera down, and I would much rather have an 8Gb fast card than a 32Gb slower card. But really we are now only talking about a difference of 20$ on a $1000 camera. It's not like there are a million extras needed for the X100s - go on get a good card.

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In reply to CraigArnold, Jun 11, 2013

I found out there are cards that say 45 MBytes/sec but it is only for READ, in small print the card is slower for write.

However the Sandisk card at 90 MB/sec really *is* 90MB/sec write. Same for their 45 MB/sec card.

In the X-E1 the difference between a real 45MB/sec card and a 90 MB/sec card was small.

But the X-100S is a newer camera and may be able to drive data to the  card faster, so you may be able to take advantage of the speed difference of the 90 MB/sec card.

A cheap way to find out is to get 2 x 8GB cards, one of each. Do the test. Then buy the bigger capacity card. That way you have "emergency" cards which you can use in case the main card bites the dust.

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In reply to CraigArnold, Jun 12, 2013

+1 Well said.

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In reply to Steve Rothman, Jun 12, 2013

32gb or bigger UHS SD

This as you mentionned allows any type of combination FJPEG+RAW, bracketing, large autonomy during a trip

Ideally 2 32GB for flexibility and safety better than 1 64GB

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