Got Nikon D40! Now memory card and other questions..

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maxpayne Contributing Member • Posts: 656
Got Nikon D40! Now memory card and other questions..

Howdy all,

Just got a shiny new D40 from Jessops (before you start thinking I'm nuts, I got it for £319, with pickup from shop, IMO a good deal indeed, considering its Jessops), however, when I wanted to buy a memory card from them, I was shoked with the quoted price of a 2gb high speed Sandisk card, £35.

So, I've decided to go online and already found a good deal in PicStop:

http://www.picstop.co.uk/Secure-Digital-SD/SanDisk-Extreme-III-Secure-Digital- (SD)-Card---2GB/dt4609

Just wondering, if 2gb is enough, or too much? Also (I know I sound stingy!) the Sandisk Ultra III looks very fast, I was wondering if anyone has any experience with Ultra II (half the speed), which is a lot cheaper?

Reply quickly, so that I can get a card and start shooting and posting here

Thanks.

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OP maxpayne Contributing Member • Posts: 656
Re: Got Nikon D40! Now memory card and other questions..

Just another thing, can you folks please recommed a travel bag that I can use to carry the D40 around? Nothing too big cause I usually carry my rucksack along.

Thanks.

maxpayne wrote:

Howdy all,

Just got a shiny new D40 from Jessops (before you start thinking
I'm nuts, I got it for £319, with pickup from shop, IMO a good deal
indeed, considering its Jessops), however, when I wanted to buy a
memory card from them, I was shoked with the quoted price of a 2gb
high speed Sandisk card, £35.

So, I've decided to go online and already found a good deal in
PicStop:

http://www.picstop.co.uk/Secure-Digital-SD/SanDisk-Extreme-III-Secure-Digital- (SD)-Card---2GB/dt4609

Just wondering, if 2gb is enough, or too much? Also (I know I sound
stingy!) the Sandisk Ultra III looks very fast, I was wondering if
anyone has any experience with Ultra II (half the speed), which is
a lot cheaper?

Reply quickly, so that I can get a card and start shooting and
posting here

Thanks.

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Logge Senior Member • Posts: 2,564
Re: Got Nikon D40! Now memory card and other questions..

2GB is fine. if you shoot only jpeg 1GB would do as well, but i'd go for 2. as far as UltraII vs Extreme III goes. while shooting the difference won't matter to you. i use both types in my D70 and there is no performance difference between the two. i'd go for extreme III though because having a fast card in the PC is nice, but of course not necessary
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Fragrant Fire Regular Member • Posts: 382
SD cards

I have both the Sandisk Ultra II and Ultra III cards (2 GB). There is no perceivable performance difference between the two when used in my D80. Even my Transcend 80x and 150x cards work just as well as the Ultra III.

maxpayne wrote:

Howdy all,

http://www.picstop.co.uk/Secure-Digital-SD/SanDisk-Extreme-III-Secure-Digital- (SD)-Card---2GB/dt4609

Just wondering, if 2gb is enough, or too much? Also (I know I sound
stingy!) the Sandisk Ultra III looks very fast, I was wondering if
anyone has any experience with Ultra II (half the speed), which is
a lot cheaper?

Reply quickly, so that I can get a card and start shooting and
posting here

Thanks.

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Lupti
Lupti Senior Member • Posts: 1,577
Re: Got Nikon D40! Now memory card and other questions..

A 2 GB card will take around 300 pics in RAW(the counter says 265, it depends a little, sometimes 330, then only 300).

With JPEG highest quality and resolution 600 pix will fill up a 2 GB card.

I use two cheap cards and a Sandisk Extreme III, all 2 GB.

Write and read speed is the same on all, but my Sandisk failed.

An old Kingston with 512 MB was not slower than the 2 GB cards.

Only card that was really slow as a 4 GB 150x Transcend.

I think with a good 2 GB all your needs will be fulfilled.

Get more 2 GB instead of a big one, because if one card fails, you still have an other one(or not, if you have very bad luck).

Stevie G Forum Member • Posts: 99
Re: SD cards

Hi

I think you got a great deal. I paid £450 for D40 kit when it first launched.

You will love it the cam. 2GB card is ideal. Shoot all day. Ultra II or Extreme III? I have both and can't tell a blind bit of difference! Try amazon btw.

Bag- I have the crumpler That Nikon bag. Fits D40 kit + 55-200 + other bits and bobs. Doesn't look too much like a cam bag.

Have fun!

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OP maxpayne Contributing Member • Posts: 656
Re: SD cards

Thanks folks! Much apprciated feedback.

The bottom line seems to be I should go for a card known for reliablity, speed isn't that much of an issue.

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BBright Junior Member • Posts: 33
Re: SD cards

Steve,

Which model Crumpler bag do you have? Your setup sounds similar to mine. I want a bag that will hold the D40, kit lens, 55-200, and the SB400 flash.

Thanks,
Bob

Logge Senior Member • Posts: 2,564
Re: SD cards

it's call ed crumpler "That" the sidebag here:

http://www.europe-nikon.com/news_room/news.html?locale=de_CH&bandwidth=broad&id=565&type_index=2
it's basically another design of a Pretty Boy XL

i have this one too, as small bag when i don't need my Lowepro computrekker backpack.

the crumpler holds D70 with 18-70, 55-200 and sigma 10-20
or i replace one of the lenses with SB600
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Re: Got Nikon D40! Now memory card and other questions..
Chris Elliott Veteran Member • Posts: 3,979
Re: SD cards

maxpayne wrote:

Thanks folks! Much apprciated feedback.
The bottom line seems to be I should go for a card known for
reliablity, speed isn't that much of an issue.

Not sure I agree. If you ever want to do continuos shooting or to use RAW the buffer will take twice as long to empty using Ultra II as Extreme III.

Probably worth the few extra pounds for your "main" card but not others.

Take a look at these figures:

http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=6007-8531

then look at the figures for the D50. What cameras are those advising you shooting?

I quote from the D40 review on this site:

"For an 'entry level' digital SLR the D40's continuous shooting performance was very impressive. With a fast card, in JPEG mode it can shoot continuously until the card is full. In RAW slowing to just under two frames per second once the buffer is full (around six shots)."

Hope that helps.
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Fragrant Fire Regular Member • Posts: 382
Good point...ultra III is faster

I just did my own test. I seldom shoot in burst mode, but if you do, the Ultra III is almost twice as fast.

Shooting in raw+jpeg (large/fine), my D80 buffer shows room for 5 shots (r05). The ultra III card took around 7 secs to completely write out all the buffered shoots. Under the same shooting conditions, the Ultra II took 13 secs. (I started the timer once the D80 slowed down due to a full buffer and stopped it once the buffer read r05 again)

FWIW:

Transcend 150x took 8 secs
Transcend 80x took 12 secs

Chris Elliott wrote:

Not sure I agree. If you ever want to do continuos shooting or to
use RAW the buffer will take twice as long to empty using Ultra II
as Extreme III.

Probably worth the few extra pounds for your "main" card but not
others.

Take a look at these figures:

http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=6007-8531

then look at the figures for the D50. What cameras are those
advising you shooting?

I quote from the D40 review on this site:

"For an 'entry level' digital SLR the D40's continuous shooting
performance was very impressive. With a fast card, in JPEG mode it
can shoot continuously until the card is full. In RAW slowing to
just under two frames per second once the buffer is full (around
six shots)."

Hope that helps.
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OP maxpayne Contributing Member • Posts: 656
Re: Good point...ultra III is faster

Thanks for the feedback.

FYI, I settled on a SanDisk Extreme III 2GB at the end.

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Chris Elliott Veteran Member • Posts: 3,979
Re: Good point...ultra III is faster

Thanks for taking the trouble to come back. Not everybody bothers.

Enjoy your camera. Hope there is some sunshine for your weekend shoot and my barbecue.
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OP maxpayne Contributing Member • Posts: 656
Re: Good point...ultra III is faster

No probs... here's my first set of shots with the D40:
http://picasaweb.google.com/nikondforty

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