Z9 and Cfexpress card compability

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KonradE Forum Member • Posts: 55
Z9 and Cfexpress card compability

Is there any problem with the Z9 and other cardbrands than specified in the Z9 manual? I am planning to by thge Delkin Cfexpress 128Mb card which is not specified. Are there other possible issues with the XQD cards than slowish and heating up?

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James Grove
James Grove Senior Member • Posts: 1,537
Re: Z9 and Cfexpress card compability

The speed to for cards you use will be dependant on how you use the camera. Sony Tough, Angelbird SX or SE should all be ok for starters, if you after speed as a use for your camera then you may need to look at the higher cost card which will guarenteed sustained read and write speeds. Note sustained is the key word, here, and their are difference in these rates between the storage options, for example 1 TB cards can be slower than 256 cards. Alas getting this data is almost impossible, with Angelbird and Delkin being the 2 that currently provide the data (Maybe ProGrade as-well)

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phgordon Regular Member • Posts: 176
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I have been using the Delkin Green 128. Just returned from a photo trip without incident.  Never choked using raw H* for BIF.

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Baldclicks Contributing Member • Posts: 542
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I use Prograde Cobalt 325 GB, it has sustained write speed of 1400 mbps.  And no issues so far with the card. Expensive but among the best you can get.

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Re: Z9 and Cfexpress card compability

KonradE wrote:

Is there any problem with the Z9 and other card brands than specified in the Z9 manual? I am planning to by thge Delkin Cfexpress 128Mb card which is not specified.

Nikon tests only a small sampling of cards. Many cards, including those from vendors not listed by Nikon, are compatible with the Z9, including the one you mention.

One source of info are sites that tests CFe cards. like this one. Note that the bes known brands, Lexar and Sandisk, are the worse with regards to temperature and are not the fastest either ...

Another good source of info is the manufacturers' web site itself, which often lists the cameras which are compatible with their products, link to Delkin's (scroll down until you see "Compatible cameras".

Are there other possible issues with the XQD cards than slowish and heating up?

I use one with my Z9 and it works very well. It does not even heat up that much.

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Joel Klein
Joel Klein Senior Member • Posts: 1,307
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Delkin Black is a beast. It delivers.
Angelbird AV was a mistake. It can’t sustain high bursts, more then 1 second. can’t record ProRes. I am very disappointed with it.

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Hifromhere Regular Member • Posts: 241
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Delkin Black 128 GB ...  working very well.

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Cassowary Regular Member • Posts: 196
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I have the Delkin Black 128gb and it's working very well for me.  No issues shooting 15 fps at 45mp.  I have not been shooting video though.

Steve W Veteran Member • Posts: 6,755
Re: Z9 and Cfexpress card compability

KonradE wrote:

Is there any problem with the Z9 and other cardbrands than specified in the Z9 manual? I am planning to by thge Delkin Cfexpress 128Mb card which is not specified. Are there other possible issues with the XQD cards than slowish and heating up?

I’m currently using a pair of Delkin Devices Power (Green) cards in my Z9 with no problems but have not done extensive testing yet.

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Sealtainn Regular Member • Posts: 127
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Joel Klein wrote:

Delkin Black is a beast. It delivers.
Angelbird AV was a mistake. It can’t sustain high bursts, more then 1 second. can’t record ProRes. I am very disappointed with it.

FWIW I have been using the Angelbird AV PRO CFexpress XT MK2 Type B 660 GB, which I purchased direct from Austria before they became in stock in the USA.

It's specs are very impressive compared to other brands and my experience in the z9 is that Angelbird delivers, including sustained high bursts.

My z9 has absolutely no problem recording 4k ProRes 60p in both SDR and NLOG.

Perhaps you bought a lower end card or maybe even one of those that were recently heavily discounted -- those had been reported very early on as being below expectations.

I can't speak to all the MK2 cards but I suspect they perform better than the previous versions.

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EricK214 Senior Member • Posts: 1,444
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You should check out the ProMedia Velocity CINE 128GB card made be Delkin, They run $149-$169 depending on where you get it from and it is made by Delkin for ProMedia. It has a min sustained write speed of 1710MB/s and gets 90 shots on Lossless and 1025 on HE* for me on my Z9. This more then the Cobalt 325GB (which I also have) and the Delkin Black 128GB card that runs $220

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Roland Wooster Senior Member • Posts: 2,350
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I have the Black 512, amazing card, no problems, practically unlimited shooting.

I've used Delkin cards in other cameras and always been very pleased. Sandisk and Lexar have all worked well in the past for me.

The only card brand that I'm skeptical of is AngelBird. I have a CFast2 512 AngelBird card for my Blackmagic camera - after it fills to about 70% it stops working. I don't know if it's backmagic's fault or the memory card, but I sent both back. Angelbird replaced the card, Blackmagic replaced a circuit board - however, even after the replacements, that issue remained. I'm glad to have moved past both and gone to Nikon + Delkin with so far no problems, and who knows, perhaps it's a CFast problem as this was my only card and device for CFast.

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OP KonradE Forum Member • Posts: 55
Re: Z9 and Cfexpress card compability

Thanks for all good advise. I have a few Sony XQD cards which I have planned to use as "sparecards".  Will they be to "slow " for thgat purpose?

atdsatds Junior Member • Posts: 42
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I have the Prograde 325GB as my main card and I am using two old Sony 128GB XQD cards I bought in 2017 with no problem thus far. I haven't done video yet and only short bursts so far.

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Sealtainn Regular Member • Posts: 127
Re: Z9 and Cfexpress card compability

KonradE wrote:

Thanks for all good advise. I have a few Sony XQD cards which I have planned to use as "sparecards". Will they be to "slow " for thgat purpose?

All my Sony XQD cards going back to 2012 work perfectly fine, for photo bursts I observed buffer performance of my "newest" 128GB cards measurably better than what the few early reviews were showing... at least as good as the "worst" CFExpress cards out there. Video was fine too for short testing of compatibility.

While the best performing CFExpress cards may provide far greater buffer duration I would have no problem using them in the z9 if I needed more storage.  If you need to sustain 20fps for prolonged periods without interruption you'll likely need CFExpress, but for single digit second bursts those Sony XQD are more capable than what many have written.

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