The new Lexar 1000x PRO CF cards will be shipping in 7-14 days

B&H has updated their website with the new super fast (x1000) Lexar CF cards - they should start shipping in 7-14 days, just in time for the D800. The prices range from $138 for 16GB to $730 for the 128GB versions.

The upcoming Nikon D800 is not expected to support XQD cards like the D4. With a 36MP sensor and improved video recording capabilities, those x1000 Lexar CF cards are probably going to be your best choice for the D800.

Form Lexar's press release:

The new card provides professional photographers and advanced photo and video enthusiasts with blazing-fast 150MB per second minimum guaranteed sustained read speed. The Lexar Professional 1000x CF card will be available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities, and supports the VPG-20 specification, meaning the card has been tested and guaranteed for professional video capture streams at up to 20MB per second, ensuring professional-quality video at high frame rates with no dropped frames. In addition, the Lexar Professional 1000x CF memory card helps accelerate the digital photography workflow, helping clear the camera’s buffer for uninterrupted shooting and quickly transferring images and video from the memory card to the computer, when paired with a UDMA 7-enabled reader such as the Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual Slot Reader.

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  • *sigh* If only I had a D800 to put them into~

    (and QXD cards too)

    • FM2Fan

      take your D4 …

      • MJr

        He was referring to the megapixels > card size

        • Well whatever MP or card size, I just want the D800 : D
          D4 way out of my expense range, I’m not built of money you know!

  • Michael

    Really good. Waiting for my D800.

  • FX DX

    We will need that 128GB card for 36MP files and awesome video, but $730, wow. It makes SSD drives look extremely cheap.

  • $730 for a CF card, sounds like the bad old days. Better not lose it.

    • +1

    • Omar Tan


    • MTP

      $730 is for a pair of 64GB cards so its only half that bad

  • mmutreja@interwoven.

    Arn’t you comparing read speeds with write?

    • Stubie

      Indeed! Lexar only specify 1000X for reads. For writes, all they say is that it has been tested to 20MB/s = 133X. Who knows what speed it really can be pushed to for writes. I’m guessing it’s quite a bit less than 1000X, otherwise I’m sure they’d be heavily promoting that.

      Initial XQD cards from Sony however are specified at 125MB/s = 833X for both reads *and* writes, though they say “up to” 125MB/s (where the Lexar read speed is supposedly a “minimum” sustained speed). That is just Sony’s initial implementation of course. It will scale much higher (about 500MB/s) without requiring further spec changes (unlike CF, which seems to constantly require new UDMA modes to achieve their speed). It of course, remains to be seen whether the D4 will be able to keep up with the speed improvements in future XQD cards.

    • danpe

      Strange to mention sustained read speed, and that it is able to write 20 MB/s. There are pleny of cards out there today that does sustained 30 MB/s write, it will be interesting to see how fast these are (probably depending on the camera).

    • JC

      Yeah, that press release seems to be skirting around that issue. The read speed isn’t nearly as important as the write speed and working pros do notice these things. I bet it’s around 90mbps max write.

  • Mike

    Wow, I’m currently typing this on my MacBook Air which has the same amount of memory as one of these cards.

    • Bob

      Memory and storage space are not the same. Noob.

      • Mike

        The MacBook Air has 64 or 128 GB of storage. How is that different than a CF card of 64 or 128 GB? Other than the boot files. How about you teach “noobies” instead of telling them (insinuating?) they don’t know anything?

        • Jack

          Hope this helps:

          Memory refers to the amount of RAM a PC has; this is its temporary storage for which the CPU uses often.
          Actual storage is the hard drive for which the full files (OS, programs, pictures, etc.) are stored on; the CPU doesn’t access these as often, so it doesn’t need to be as fast.

          Thus, CF cards, HDDs (hard disk drives), and SSDs (solid-state drives) are referred to only as “storage” rather than “memory”.

          To answer your indifference about the storage space, though; your Macbook probably uses a drive the size of your hand. This CF card is about the size of two thumbs. Thus, the CF card has to use a lot denser memory, which equates to higher cost, etc. To have a small CF card with the same amount of storage as a larger 2.5″ (wide) SSD shows how much flash memory has progressed.

        • bob is noob for sure hahaha

  • Emmerson Biggens

    Sorry if this has been asked and answered already but how big of a RAW/NEF file can we expect from a 36MP D800? I’ve looked around a bit and don’t see an answer. My D7000 files are running about 22mb – is is safe to figure more than 2 times that?

    • Myl3s
    • FM2Fan

      D3X creates 50 MB at RAW – which is just a hint. Expect 75 to 80 MB … the 100+ MB for TIFF is a bit high.

      • cpm5280

        Just scanned a bunch of d3x pics of my own, all NEFs, of varying content, all were right around 30mb. Don’t recall if they were 12-bit or 14, shouldn’t make too much difference.

        I am guessing 50MB-ish average for D800 NEFs. I think?

        • FM2Fan

          my D3x produces 50 MB (+/- 5%) NEFs … the 36 MP D800 will likely create 75 MB (unless they write 16 bits) – that would lead to
          90+ MB

  • Will it have to CF slots? Last I heard was SD and CF, not 2xCF.

  • Wonder

    The big ? for me is what to choose for concert with often bad light sources and a 2.8 lense …
    A D 4 or D 800 ?
    Will just have to wait for the final specs for the D 800.

    • FM2Fan

      a 1.4 prime and a d3S are available – best combinations are 24mm and 85mm –
      trouble is: how much can you carry with you and will you need to be really silent … then none of the mirror basd cameras is fulfilling your needs.

      • Take care

        Blues & Rock concerts. No need for silence

  • What no one seems to be pointing out is this card will make a good companion for D4 and the XQD card in the other slot.

    After seeing this price, I’m no longer complaining about how much I have to pay for my XQD card. It’s my guess that the XQD cards will come down in price faster than the Lexar 1000x cards. (and get faster)
    Only a guess.

  • jstcrazy

    xqd starts at 125MB/s as the technology matures it will go much faster, and from what i heard one of the nps guys on that earlier video with scott kelby is that these cards will hold up to 1 terabyte of information

  • derek mtarangas

    Love Lexar I want 4!

  • mikils

    4 of these beauty will cost just as much as the D800! Gulp!

  • “Of course this is great news for the Nikon D800, featuring both CF card slots.”

    Isn’t the D800 suspected to have a CF and an SD card slot? I do hope it will be dual CF though…

  • Moe Jacknally

    No need for big cards.
    I’ll shoot small jpgs with my D800.
    4GB Cf should be plenty…

    And I retouch with MS Paint.
    It’s much better than photoshop.


  • Colorado NikonMan

    As long as there are many comments on the D800 here, I thought I would ask a question directly related to it: I have read that there may be (???) two versions of the camera available– with and without anti-aliasing features. Why would I choose one over the other (or is this a dastardly plot by Nikon to make us purchase two cameras? 🙂

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