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SanDisk High-speed SD card price drops!
Posted By: Adam, 05-02-2016, 03:59 AM

Adorama has posted lots of SanDisk memory card price drops. Now's a great time to get a high-speed card if you've been holding off on expanding your storage. Details below:

SanDisk Class 10 U3 Extreme SDHC/SDXC UHS-I Memory Cards (90MB/s Read, 40MB/s Write)

2-Pack of 16GB $21.95: SanDisk 16GB Class 10 U3 Extreme SDHC UHS-I Memory Card, 2 Pack SDSDXNE-016G-GNCI2
32GB $16.95: SanDisk 32GB Class 10 U3 Extreme SDHC UHS-I Memory Card SDSDXNE-032G-ANCIN
2-Pack of 32GB: SanDisk 32GB Class 10 U3 Extreme SDHC UHS-I Memory Card, 2 Pack SDSDXNE-032G-GNCI2

SanDisk Class 10 ExtremePRO SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards, U3 (95MB/s Read Speed)
16GB $16.95: SanDisk 16GB ExtremePRO UHS-1 SDHC Memory Card SDSDXP-016G-A46
32GB $22.95: SanDisk 32GB ExtremePRO Class 10 UHS-I U3 SDHC Memory Card SDSDXP-032G-A46
64GB $34.95: SanDisk 64GB ExtremePro Class 10 UHS-I U3 SDXC Memory Card SDSDXP-064G-A46
128GB $64.95: SanDisk 128GB ExtremePRO Pro UHS-1 SDXC Memory Card SDSDXP-128G-A46
256GB $129.95: SanDisk 256GB ExtremePRO Class 10 UHS-I U3 SDXC Memory Card SDSDXP-256G-A46
512GB $299.95: SanDisk 512GB ExtremePro Class 10 UHS-I U3 SDXC Memory Card SDSDXP-512G-A46


SanDisk ExtremePRO UHS II SDHC Memory Cards (250MB/s Write Speed - only on UHS-II bodies)
32GB $59.95: SanDisk 32GB ExtremePro UHS-II U3 SDHC Memory Card SDSDXPB-032G-A46
64GB $99.95: SanDisk 64GB ExtremePro UHS-II U3 SDXC Memory Card SDSDXPB-064G-A46



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05-02-2016, 07:25 AM   #2
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Thanks Adam, great prices!
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Just curious but does even the K-1 take advantage of such speeds? Seems like recording 4K video is pretty much the only time 95 mbps is recommended. I was thinking of eventually picking up a 64 gb 80 mbps card for my future K-1 which are noticeably cheaper. Wouldn't such a card be more than capable?
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QuoteOriginally posted by LeRolls Quote
Just curious but does even the K-1 take advantage of such speeds? ... Wouldn't such a card be more than capable?
I have a dozen SanDisk cards, and none have failed me, so far, and I do have 3-4 year old cards of different speeds.
I suspect there is very little practical difference in the field between the 80-95 cards, although I have never really tested.
SanDisk marketing creates all these labels: Extreme, Extreme Pro, Ultra - but what do they mean?
Perhaps someone more knowledgable would point out the differences between the different cards.
Here is a overview of the available cards if that helps.

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Extreme, Extreme Pro, Ultra - but what do they mean?
Ultra: the cheapest series, but still decently fast
Extreme: faster read and write with a guaranteed minimum sustained write speed of 30 Mb/s (U3, required for HD video)
Extreme pro: the fastest read and write speeds available
Extreme pro UHS II: the fastest read and write speeds available for UHS-II compatible devices (card has two rows of data pins)

All extreme cards have a lifetime limited warranty AFAIK.

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Thanks Adam, now it all makes sense.
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QuoteOriginally posted by LeRolls Quote
Just curious but does even the K-1 take advantage of such speeds? Seems like recording 4K video is pretty much the only time 95 mbps is recommended. I was thinking of eventually picking up a 64 gb 80 mbps card for my future K-1 which are noticeably cheaper. Wouldn't such a card be more than capable?
I have several 64GB Extreme Pro 95MB cards and it doesn't appear that the K-1 can write fast enough to really take advantage. I was hoping for UHS-II hardware, but that didn't happen. With 250MBs write speeds you really don't need much of a buffer, but it would take one hell of an image processor to move that much data that quick.
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If you shoot RAW bursts, there's a minimal difference - on the K3- with the 90MB/s vs 45MB/s in how fast the shots can be taken after the buffer is full. I'm not saying it's significant, but it's there. At least, trying this just now with a 90MB/s 32GB vs a 45MB/s one. No difference in the number of shots before the buffer is full (or if there is, it's a single shot and I can't count). I'm also sure I get better transfer speeds reading from the card, with up to 60MB/s on the 90s and 45 on the 45s. Can't corroborate that, though, without serious testing. Most of the issue, there, though, is card readers and poor USB3 implementations.

I found the K3 write speed on the 45 cards too slow with a HSM 70-200 and fast-moving fireworks.

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I get the full 95 Mb/s read speed when transferring through my new laptop's on-board card reader- it's a high-end "gaming" machine, though. A huge upgrade over my old laptop, where I'd get maybe 40 Mb/s.

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