Lexar will continue producing XQD memory cards and will fulfill B&H’s inventory in a few weeks

Lexar just send me a tweet that they will continue producing XQD memory cards and will fulfill B&H's inventory in a few weeks. This came as a result of my post from two weeks ago about all Lexar XQD memory cards being already listed as discontinued at B&H (Adorama is also sold while some models are still in stock at Amazon).

Update - see also this related post:

More info on Lexar, XQD and CFExpress memory cards compatibility, Hoodman rumored to start making XQD cards

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  • D900

    That’s a good news for sure. It should keep Sony’s XQD price at a reasonable level.

    • TheInfinityPoint

      Yup that’s all I care about. I’ve had bad luck with a few of lexar’s SD cards, several times from time lapse shoots, and after they replaced it under warranty, one photo from my honeymoon in Tahiti. 64 GB card on D800.

      • It’s funny, I’ve put I think 300,000+ images from my D810 and dozens of timelapses tons of hours of film through just one cheap 64gb microsd card. And before people say WHAT I use XQD high speed in my D500.
        That one little cheap monster branded 64gb card works 100% of the time, never an error, and it’s not slow, at least not slow enough to cause me any issues. When something works so unquestionably flawlessly you just never want to **ck with it ever again 🙂

        • Chris

          Statistically people run into problems for sure. On individual level you might not be among those unlucky users.

          The point is, many don’t want to take the risk. Those cards aren’t crazily expensive to own for the peace of mind.

      • akkual

        That’s why you use double cards. Also, remember to check that your camera supporst the cards you put into it. If you fail to do that, you can only blame yourself. There is more than often these kinda issues with cards that are not “supported” officially by the camera. Especially if you put later model card that is bigger and faster that existed when the camera was announced (unless firmware has been updated).

        • TheInfinityPoint

          I’m well aware of that however many of my time lapses are back-to-back frames so writing to 2 cards would ruin the time lapse, because the camera can’t keep up in writing to both cards, and the time lapse would stop.

    • Spy Black

      This isn’t going to do jack for XQD pricing.

      • António

        So, according to your theory it is possible to sell the cake and eat it… if you’re right, what will the chinese company that bought the Lexar brand name say seeing the former owner still using it?

      • Felix_C

        I hope it is Micron and not the new Chinese owner.

      • D900

        What the hell do you care? You don’t even own a D850.

    • Hey T.I.M.
      Just kidding…

  • Ed

    Glad to hear that Lexar is not dead. Will be buying a couple of XQDs for my D850 and D500.

    • Fly Moon

      Same here. I got 1 x 64 and 1 x 128. I want to buy another 128 before Christmas

    • Spy Black

      Well, Micron’s Lexar IS dead, you’re just looking at NOS being dumped. Longsys Lexar will be up and running down the road.

  • Damn, I just bought 4 Sony 128s after waiting two months for my Lexar order not to be fulfilled.

    I wonder if they will be the as good as the originals?

    • Sony are the originals. But yes the lexar are more durable according to opinions of the people using them,

      • António

        Why are the original the ones from Sony if its development is due to the Compactflash Association ?

        • From wikipedia:
          # The format was first announced in November 2010 by SanDisk, Sony and Nikon, and was immediately picked up by the CompactFlash Association for development.
          # In January 2012, the first XQD card was announced by Sony, declaring a 1 Gbit/s read and write speed.[6][7] In July 2012, Lexar announced plans to support the XQD format.

          • António

            Sony may have been the first manufacturer to offer the new card but being the first is far from being the original.

            If you read the last part of he paragraph you took the first quote from you’ll find this “The final specification was announced in December 2011.[4][1]”) and follow the link for (4) the text bellow:

            “Cupertino, California – Dec. 7th, 2011 – The CompactFlash Association (CFA) is pleased to announce the release of the XQD specification as a new high performance memory card. This XQD specification is based on the PCI Express® specification, which provides a solid base for future performance scaling”.

            This may not be of paramount importance but at least it means that if someone wants to produce this cards or the next CFExpress they will negotiate it with the Association and will not depend from Sony’s mood or pay them any royalties.

            • That may be so. But by definition of original, sony fits the bill. Actually you are right.There is nothing like “original” in this case as it is wrong usage of the word. We can use the word “first”.

        • ITN

          XQD is a Sony trademark, the format was later picked up by CFA and Lexar.

          • António

            If you read the previous comments you get easily information about the issue that shows how these cards came to the market and relate different story, starting from the its announcement back in 2011, saying:
            “XQD cards will be shown at the CompactFlash Association booth at CP+ 2012, February 9-12 in Yokohama, Japan.

            Licensing for CFA members will start in early 2012. Please contact the CompactFlash office for more information.”

            So, fair enough if you want to stand with your opinion that a standard’s Association picked it up from Sony and offered its licensing to their members even before Sony introduced their first card to the market (January 2012).

  • bobgrant

    So all the giant babies (LIKE ME!) will get their cards after all. No reason to believe there will be any change in quality. What…you think they’ll retool to make different cards? Cheaper to just continue with what they’re doing.

    • TheInfinityPoint

      I seem to recall the Chinese company only bought the marketing name, not the assembly plant. If anyone has any more info where and who is producing the new batch of cards let me know…

      • MB

        Longsys bought Lexar brand name and technology, but Lexar didn’t own an assembly plants, cards were made by Chinese OEMs as most things are these days …
        Memory chips were made at Micron plant in Lehi, Utah, but I am sure that Micron will be more than happy to sell them to Longsys now … just as Sony will be more than happy to sell them assembly parts required for XQD cards manufacturing and made only by Sony 🙂

        • Thom Hogan

          Yes. What was sold was basically the branding.

          What we simply don’t know yet is whether a post-Micron Lexar XQD card will be the same as before, as the parts and manufacturing may be different.

          But my understanding is that the deal also including all the WIP/inventory, and that what’s coming soon is that.

  • Proto

    Nice! Please tweet to jump start D850 delivery : )

  • TheMeckMan

    With CFexpress already out XQD is a dying standard. While the form factor will live on Nikon should have supported both the XQD 2.0 and CFexpress 1.0 standards in the 850s slot. If they went with a 2 lane PCIe 3 compatible bus it would have been a relatively minor issue to backwards support Xqd 2.0. Native CFexpress and backwards compatibility for the dying Xqd standard that would, now have at least extended the life span of the D850 as far as storage options go.

    • MB

      Nikon should have actually made D850 an 150Mpix camera and activate it in firmware when that kind of resolution becomes available by others … that would definitely extend the life span of the D850 … ;>

    • akkual

      Depending on how Nikon has implemented the XQD writing, there is (slight) possibility to upgrade it later with firmware to support CFExpress. Or by service, just like you can swap CF to XQD in D5. However, CFExpress is not really out yet. There is not any real devices using it. That said, the difference between XQD and CFExpress is only in the controller chip, so one can easily build both on same assembly line. Hence, I am not surprised Lexar with its new owner will still continue with XQD, as they can easily start make CFExpresses on that same manufacturing line, when those hit the market.

    • Spy Black

      Get ready to be crucified by the XQD posse…

      • Thom Hogan

        Not really. But saying that CFexpress is already out is a stretch. The standards were ratified, but it’s unclear who, if anyone, will be using it. The CF Association is a political mess. They ratify things that are competitive with one another and then argue over which is right.

        • br0xibear

          No cameras yet, but two card manufactures now, Delkin and Rego. Canon, Nikon or Sony…one will jump first, but which one? lol.

          • Thom Hogan

            Have an issue with your use of the word “now.” Sampling with a future production date is not actually availability, it’s fishing for manufacturers. The fact that neither SanDisk nor Sony is doing the same is a little bit of an indicator.

            • br0xibear

              OK, not “available now”, but at least two different manufactures are going to manufacture them, according to them.
              SanDisk never did XQD and Sony never did CFast, they both might make CFexpress ?…or maybe they won’t, I don’t know.
              There doesn’t seem to be any other new card format talked about. CFexpress can handle the bandwith issues you talked about in previous posts.
              Personally, I’d rather they all just got together and used one card in all their cameras…I couldn’t care less which card format it was, as long as it was readily available at reasonable prices.

            • Thom Hogan

              I agree. SD clearly is the low-end card, but what’s the high-end card? Or is it just an SSD?

              The problem is that it’s a multi-way political fight. On the one hand you have the media companies all fighting over standards, on the other hand you have the camera companies (still and video) arguing over standards. There’s virtually no agreement, and hasn’t been for some time in the CF world. There needs to be.

    • bobgrant

      XQD will be around long enough to support the life of the D850. Your post makes zero sense.

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    • ITN

      Well the D850s will be dead long before XQD cards stop being available.

  • Clifford Martin

    Kevin Kilbuck, the US Sales Manager for Longsys (new owner of Lexar brand) send me an email and said that the XQD cards and other products will all have different UPC product numbers than the old Lexar cards had. The reason for this is that the Manufacturer ID is embedded within the UPC product number and the new numbers will reflect Longsys as the Manufacturer ID instead of Micron. Thus all prior UPC codes will show as discontinued.

    He further said that they will resume shipments to B&H, Adorama, Berger Bros. Camera and other dealers within a couple of weeks.

    • Fly Moon

      Makes sense.

    • AlphaStatuz

      Headed into 4 weeks fairly soon. Almost perfect timing for me… My 850 will be with me on 11/30. I was hoping to avoid buying a Sony card and anticipated the return of the Lexar ones would drive prices down somewhat (or at least afford me the opportunity to buy a less expensive lexar card).

  • decentrist

    Lexar, when your images aren’t all that important!

    • Vince Vinnyp

      There are an a fair few pro photographers who’s images are definitely more important than mine who use Lexar. A lot of rental companies supply them so they are probably OK. It’s almost impossible to get accurate data on reliability for flash memory unlike SSD and HDD.

      I used only SanDisk before XQD and V90, now I use a bigger mix including Lexar because SanDisk don’t make what I need. I have had failures with SanDisk. I am sure I will with others.
      I think I just went with what I knew with SanDisk in the past even when I knew other cards performed slightly better or were more durable. I was almost certainly wrong.

  • Fly Moon

    That’s good news.

  • br0xibear
  • Amir

    April’s fools?

  • Gilboa

    Very good news! And a bit of a relief too.

  • CERO

    Well, amazing that they had to step up!

  • SkyMeow

    Oh no, XQD buyers won’t have to kiss Sony’s backside.

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