Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
02-07-2013, 08:33 PM   #1
New Member




Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: California
Posts: 21
Any advice on memory card speed? brand?

Hi all. Can anyone offer some advice on what speeds of memory card are recommended for the k-5 ii/iis? I just bought this camera and want to make sure I don't get one that's too slow. The manual doesn't seem to have guidance on this topic.

My use will be 98% pics, 2% movies. I also might want to do the 5x frames/sec on occasion.

Also, are there any brands I should stay away from?

Thanks.

02-07-2013, 08:44 PM - 1 Like   #2
Administrator
Site Webmaster
Adam's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Arizona
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 40,944
QuoteOriginally posted by Kurt Euler Quote
Hi all. Can anyone offer some advice on what speeds of memory card are recommended for the k-5 ii/iis? I just bought this camera and want to make sure I don't get one that's too slow. The manual doesn't seem to have guidance on this topic.

My use will be 98% pics, 2% movies. I also might want to do the 5x frames/sec on occasion.

Also, are there any brands I should stay away from?

Thanks.
Anything 30Mb/s or faster will be fine for the K-5. Here's what I use:

SanDisk 32GB SDHC Memory Card Ultra Class 10 UHS-I

Faster cards will let you download to your PC faster, but you shouldn't see much of a difference during continuous shooting with faster cards. Sandisk has proved to be very reliable, so I prefer to stick with them.

Adam
PentaxForums.com Webmaster (Site Usage Guide | Site Help | My Photography)



PentaxForums.com's high server and development costs are user-supported. You can help cover those costs by donating. Or, buy your photo gear from our affiliates, Adorama, B&H Photo, or Topaz Labs, and get FREE Marketplace access - click here to see how! Trusted Pentax retailers:

02-07-2013, 08:57 PM   #3
New Member




Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: California
Posts: 21
Original Poster
OK, thanks Adam
02-07-2013, 09:13 PM   #4
Veteran Member




Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Fredericton, New Brunswick
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 631
Agreed on the SanDisk UHS-1 cards, actual write speed with my MicroSD(in an adapter) through a USB 3.0 reader/writer is 54MBPS. Far faster than any current camera would be able to write(Not like it would matter, the buffer couldn't clear that fast anyways).

Another brand to look at is "In-House" styles though, usually they carry lifetime warranties with an over the counter trade in(In the event of an issue). Got one from Black's Photography, it writes at 30MBPS(10/MBs advertised, though), it's been my "Always there" card for a while now.(Granted, it's broken twice, but never beyond the point of being able to recover the data, and then go get a new one)

A company to avoid would be WinTec. Had one, burnt out in a week, returned it. Had a friend who got a 64GB card from them, about the same story. If it's too cheap to be true, it probably is!

02-07-2013, 10:17 PM   #5
Pentaxian
Bob from Aus's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Australia
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,080
I would say this is the best deal going from B&H - two quality 16Gb cards for around $36. I have a stack of Sandisk at this speed and never been given a moments trouble.

SanDisk 16GB SDHC Memory Card Extreme Class 10 SDSDX2-016G-X46
02-08-2013, 12:26 AM   #6
Forum Member




Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 64
I use 30MB/s sandisk class 10 card. But I feel K5 takes quite some time to write the data for every shot.

just feeling
02-08-2013, 01:19 AM   #7
Banned




Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: NY/Germany
Posts: 1,183
I do Sandisk extreme in all my equipment now.

I was using a Samsung card and I'm so lucky I offloaded the once-in-a-lifetime pics from NYC I took during my last visit home because the card died a few weeks ago and it was only about a year old. Completely unrecoverable data.

Samsung also tests their cards differently, so expect higher write speeds than much of the competition for the same class.
02-08-2013, 02:27 AM   #8
Site Supporter




Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Singapore
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 900
Use SanDisk. Very reliable brand.

02-08-2013, 04:06 AM   #9
Pentaxian




Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Nelson B.C.
Posts: 3,211
Sandisk extreme pro. They seem to recover a bit quicker after leaning on the shutter button for a while. It doesn't seem to degrade in performance as the card fills up. I have gotten into a habit of formatting when 300+ shots were on the card because the performance degrades so much, but it doesn't seem to be an issue with the extreme pro.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
advice, camera, card, dslr, k-5, k-5 ii, k-5 iis, k5, memory, memory card, pentax k-5
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Memory card speed rlatjsrud Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 2 11-16-2011 08:33 PM
Memory card advice? Roonie Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 16 04-13-2009 06:06 AM
memory card speed jani Photographic Technique 2 06-01-2008 02:23 PM
Memory Card Speed Advantage? spanky12 Pentax DSLR Discussion 5 11-24-2007 10:47 AM
K100D Super memory card speed Antitrust Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 09-10-2007 09:32 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:01 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top