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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · What's the XQD Card of Choice Right Now?


I've been using a 64Gb Lexar in my D500 . I needed another as a spare but as they were unavailable at the time from B&H I bought a Sony instead. I've tried it in my D500 and Lexar reader and it works fine. As Lexar is now owned by another company I hope they can maintain the same quality.


Sep 10, 2017 at 01:35 PM
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rjk55425 wrote:
Seems intuitive but how many shots in a burst do you take? I usually take short bursts and doubt I would ever run out of buffer, even with a backup SD.



I would say normally 2-3s burst which would be about 20+ shots. But it depends, sometimes I might do
4-5s bursts or longer like when I am waiting for the bird to take off or a bird flying from its resting branch to its nest, hopefully to catch the bird as it flies into its nest for example.
Earlier this year on Antarctica trip, I let my D500 went into overtime when I took pictures of penguins swimming and breaching surface as our zodiac happened to be right at the same speed with the penguins. that was a lot of fun. I think somebody mentioned somewhere that D850 will take about 7s to empty the buffer and write to the XQD once you fill its buffer. It would be much slower if SD card is in the equation which may or may not be a big deal depending on what you are doing, I think.



Sep 10, 2017 at 01:48 PM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · What's the XQD Card of Choice Right Now?


Have 3 Sony and 3 Lexar XQD's, whichever one I grab is the "right choice"


Sep 10, 2017 at 03:24 PM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · What's the XQD Card of Choice Right Now?


Anybody tests D850 SD card UHS-I vs UHS-II write speed? I have tested on D500 and I didn't see noticeable different so it's not worth to use UHS-II on D500, that's just for me and now I'm curious about D850.


Sep 13, 2017 at 06:18 PM
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p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · What's the XQD Card of Choice Right Now?


The supply of the Lexar cards have all but dried up in Australia and very little stock remaining. Sony XQD G series are about the best value if you can find any. I was fortunate to find a Sony 128GB G series and there is no more stock for about few weeks. I have a couple of UHS II SD cards for backup now.


Sep 13, 2017 at 09:45 PM
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p.2 #6 · p.2 #6 · What's the XQD Card of Choice Right Now?


Prapanpong wrote:
Anybody tests D850 SD card UHS-I vs UHS-II write speed? I have tested on D500 and I didn't see noticeable different so it's not worth to use UHS-II on D500, that's just for me and now I'm curious about D850.


you must be joking. there is a fairly large difference in the D500 using UHS 1 vs 2. the buffer crawls to a halt because throughput is choked using 1



Sep 23, 2017 at 12:22 PM
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p.2 #7 · p.2 #7 · What's the XQD Card of Choice Right Now?


trenchmonkey wrote:
Have 3 Sony and 3 Lexar XQD's, whichever one I grab is the "right choice"





Sep 23, 2017 at 01:25 PM
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I am not joking, I test sandisk 95mb UHS I vs 280mb UHS II and the different after buffer filled to clear buffer is about 2-2.5 sec different, that when Lexar 2933x card in slot one for raw and SD slot ffor JPG. Maybe I do something wrong but that what I did and found out UHS II is not worth to me at that time and return it.

https://www.cameramemoryspeed.com/nikon-d500/sd-and-xqd-card-speed-test/

SanDisk Extreme Pro 280MB/s UHS-II 32GB Write speed 138.7 MB/s

SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s 32GB Write speed 84.3 MB/s

How much in the real world you will see different between 84 and 138, I don't think you will see much, since D500 can't take advantage for full speed of UHS II.



Sep 24, 2017 at 01:08 AM
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Prapanpong wrote:
I am not joking, I test sandisk 95mb UHS I vs 280mb UHS II and the different after buffer filled to clear buffer is about 2-2.5 sec different, that when Lexar 2933x card in slot one for raw and SD slot ffor JPG. Maybe I do something wrong but that what I did and found out UHS II is not worth to me at that time and return it.

https://www.cameramemoryspeed.com/nikon-d500/sd-and-xqd-card-speed-test/

SanDisk Extreme Pro 280MB/s UHS-II 32GB Write speed 138.7 MB/s

SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s 32GB Write speed 84.3 MB/s

How much in the real world you will see different between 84
...Show more

If you are only shooting jpeg to the SD then it probably isn't that much of a difference. Try shooting RAW to the different speed SD cards and there will be a big hit on the # of shots till FPS slows.



Sep 24, 2017 at 01:34 AM
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p.2 #10 · p.2 #10 · What's the XQD Card of Choice Right Now?


Have used Lexar 2933's exclusively with no probs until they became scarce. Now using Sony "G" cards and again, zero probs.


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p.2 #11 · p.2 #11 · What's the XQD Card of Choice Right Now?


Lexar XQD's supply is pretty much effectively gone. It's gone to stupidity prices.
At one retailer the 32GB price went almost to 64GB prices. And 128's look like they're gone.

So only Sony's G series is the only game left.

The main reason why people liked Lexar, it was cheaper and Just as fast as Sony's top offering. Maybe faster but 2-3% difference might of been just on paper.

We'll see if Delkin's "CFExpress/CFX" card is XQD 2.0 compatible in the future.



Sep 25, 2017 at 07:58 PM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · What's the XQD Card of Choice Right Now?


Industrial CFexpress is the merging of two standards:   XQD® 2.0 and CFAST® 2.0, into a new standard that uses the popular PCIe® interface, and the NVM Express® protocol.


Sep 26, 2017 at 11:44 AM
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p.2 #13 · p.2 #13 · What's the XQD Card of Choice Right Now?


I picked up a "used/open box" Sony 256gb G XQD for $250 from Adorama... hoping it doesn't blow up on me! 😬


Sep 26, 2017 at 09:52 PM
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p.2 #14 · p.2 #14 · What's the XQD Card of Choice Right Now?


Best Buy has ship to store available in my area for the Sony 64gb XQD cards. They are also offering 25% off with the purchase of three accessories so you can pick up 3 for around $88 each with tax.

It looks like 32gb and 128gb are sold out but keep checking. It seems to change daily.

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Sep 28, 2017 at 03:57 PM
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p.2 #15 · p.2 #15 · What's the XQD Card of Choice Right Now?


Thanks for the heads up! Really wish they carried the 256gb Sony!

stuuke wrote:
Best Buy has ship to store available in my area for the Sony 64gb XQD cards. They are also offering 25% off with the purchase of three accessories so you can pick up 3 for around $88 each with tax.




Sep 28, 2017 at 04:20 PM
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p.2 #16 · p.2 #16 · What's the XQD Card of Choice Right Now?


Just a general question. Is there any need to get the fastest cards available if my normal setting is to use the xqd for the main and the sd card for backup?
Thanks for any thoughts, I have been on the site for a while now, learning what I can.



Jan 01, 2018 at 02:56 PM
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p.2 #17 · p.2 #17 · What's the XQD Card of Choice Right Now?


the faster the card the faster the buffer dump thus a more consistent flow closer to the infinite buffer that many seek. now the killer in this is the SD card. in order to insure that the flow goes w/o being slowed one must try to get a SD card that is as close to XQD equivalent that is out there. that would be a UHS II card that at minimum is 260MB/s xfr.

now all this is irrelevant to a point if you limit your burst rate (continuous shooting) and really don't need the speed.

a D850 pushes pretty large files.
i haven't done BU files in my secondary slot since i used the D4s and D500. just overflow. even then i rarely hit on that card. the difference in prices between highest speed XQD and the next one down isn't that great. regular SD cards have a considerable affect on high speed bursts if used.

http://www.cameramemoryspeed.com/nikon-d500/sd-and-xqd-card-speed-test/

waiting on D850 results



Jan 01, 2018 at 03:12 PM
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p.2 #18 · p.2 #18 · What's the XQD Card of Choice Right Now?


I'd get the Lexar 3000x and the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II. Those are to my knowledge the most reliable variants for each slot.


arbitrage wrote:
I wonder why the UHS-II slot on the D500 is only able to write at 150MB/s? The best cards can handle double that. You apparently confuse read and write speed.

And I know no current camera that manages more than about 150 MB/s to a UHS-II slot. The Fujifilm X-T2 for example aint faster either: https://alikgriffin.com/fastest-memory-cards-for-the-fujifilm-x-t2/




Jan 01, 2018 at 04:11 PM
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p.2 #19 · p.2 #19 · What's the XQD Card of Choice Right Now?


SD and its variations have always been the "also ran". full of promise short on fulfilment. 163MB/s on a D500 is at least a bit above 150MB/s.

if your really not after consistent performance get into SD. you are guaranteed not to get it



Jan 01, 2018 at 05:29 PM
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p.2 #20 · p.2 #20 · What's the XQD Card of Choice Right Now?


More and more it looks like the D500 will NEVER utilize UHSII, stuck forever at UHSI. Nikon disabled UHSII because of errors. Is somebody working on enabling UHSII? Maybe the D600 will use UHSII?


Jan 01, 2018 at 05:39 PM
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