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01-03-2014, 07:15 PM   #1
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Looking for K-3 SD-Card recommendation

As I wait for shipment to arrive...

I know I need a better SD-Card(s) and a 2nd battery for the K-3. Do you have any recommendations?
Thanks in advance.

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01-03-2014, 07:27 PM   #2
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I just found this, I did a poor job looking!

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/172-pentax-k-3/242330-best-sd-card-k-3-a.html
01-03-2014, 07:30 PM   #3
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Lots of brands, and lots of different quality levels within the brands.

I have standardized on SanDisk ExtremePro, not the cheapest by any means but I've never had problems. Seems to me the memory card is the least expensive part of a camera kit, so why after spending over $1,000 on the camera and lens try to save $10 or 20 by using a cheap card?

Class 10 cards should all work but check the speed as well, I have cards rated at 45mbs and 95mbs.
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Sandisk Extreme Pro. See some measurements in this message:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/172-pentax-k-3/247218-k3-not-faster-than-...ml#post2634866

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I picked up one of these for my K-3:
Amazon.com: SanDisk Extreme Plus 32 GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card 80MB/s (SDSDXS-032G-AFFP): Computers & Accessories
Its not the Extreme Pro that everyone says to use, but it is still fast (80MB/s, Class 10 and UHS 1) and much cheaper.

I, too, am interested in batteries, though. Should I get Pentax brand or is off-brand OK?
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QuoteOriginally posted by zplus Quote
I picked up one of these for my K-3:
Amazon.com: SanDisk Extreme Plus 32 GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card 80MB/s (SDSDXS-032G-AFFP): Computers & Accessories
Its not the Extreme Pro that everyone says to use, but it is still fast (80MB/s, Class 10 and UHS 1) and much cheaper.

I, too, am interested in batteries, though. Should I get Pentax brand or is off-brand OK?
These batteries look promising:
Amazon.com: Wasabi Power Battery for Pentax D-LI90 and Pentax 645D, K-01, K-3, K-5, K-5 II, K-5 IIs, K-7: Camera & Photo
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I have 4 Pentax batteries and two of the Wasabi ones, no difference as far as I can tell. The 2 battery pack with travel charger is nice, the charger is always in my bag.
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Wow,
Fast replies! I am now picking out the cards on Amazon. Sandisk seem the most popular. I need to do a little review reading on the battery.

Thanks!
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QuoteOriginally posted by zplus Quote
I picked up one of these for my K-3:
Amazon.com: SanDisk Extreme Plus 32 GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card 80MB/s (SDSDXS-032G-AFFP): Computers & Accessories
Its not the Extreme Pro that everyone says to use, but it is still fast (80MB/s, Class 10 and UHS 1) and much cheaper.

I, too, am interested in batteries, though. Should I get Pentax brand or is off-brand OK?
I picked up the 16GB version on these cards and am happy with the significantly improved speed.
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If you want the best speed I'd pick up one of these:
Amazon.com: SanDisk Extreme Pro 16 GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card 95MB/s SDSDXPA-016G-AFFP: Electronics

80 Mb/s should work also, but the camera can take advantage of the higher speed of the extreme pro, so files will be written to the card faster.

QuoteOriginally posted by zplus Quote
I, too, am interested in batteries, though. Should I get Pentax brand or is off-brand OK?
It's hit and miss, though I'd personally recommend sticking to the oem batteries as many third party batteries have different voltages/capacities and some aren't able to communicate properly with the camera.

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Thanks for all the feedback.
I ordered 2 of PNY 64GB Amazon.com: PNY Elite Performance 64GB UHS-1 SDXC Flash Card (P-SDX64U1H-GE): Computers & Accessories cards and 2 of the Wasabis & charger. The PNY's had good reviews. If batteries don't work, I am going to test voltage before putting in camera, then I will return & get Pentax only.

This site is really useful. Hopefully I can be of benefit someday. I need to donate to support it.

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I have a Pearstone battery and 2 Wasabis and cannot tell the difference from the Pentax-supplied one except the Wasabis tend to last a little longer. All are good choices. If you get the Wasabi package with included charger, you can put the inconvenient Pentax charger with cord away in a drawer and use the much better, smaller plug-in charger. I stopped carrying that ugly Pentax charger when traveling years ago.

I see you have already ordered cards but will add my "+1" for Sandisk, which is all I will use. I have some old cards of other brands but they are all in my emergency back-up bag and never get used.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kirkmahr Quote
I ordered 2 of PNY 64GB....
Been using these in my K-3 since 5-Dec... one is dedicated to (slot 1) RAW, the other (slot 2) 14Mb *** JPGs... remember to format them in camera before use... no problems, or complaints.

Cheers... M
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Been using these in my K-3 since 5-Dec... one is dedicated to (slot 1) RAW, the other (slot 2) 14Mb *** JPGs... remember to format them in camera before use... no problems, or complaints.

Cheers... M
Thanks for the formatting in camera tip!!

Just got the K-3 today! I will be formatting the SD cards very soon

BTW: I noticed the Wasabi batteries have approx. 25% more charge capacity than the OEM, so that must be why people report they can take more photos with them.
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I've had a 16 gb sandisk extreme pro for quite a while. It just works. Bought a second one, 32 gb. Not inexpensive, but reliable and fast.
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