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Help, I'm traveling to China for a couple of weeks in May and I don't have a good suppl of SD cards for my Leica Monochrom. I had trouble the first day I got my Monochrom with some rather fast SD cards that I was using in another camera, and I ended up losing almost fifty shots. That was frustrating. I have resorted to using some SanDisk Ultra II 15 MB/s 4GB ones that seem to work OK, but are there better/faster ones that are reliable? Please help!
Being new to the M-E/M9, I had a few SD cards on hand and decided to see if there was any difference in write times. The surprise was the speed of an old 2GB SanDisk Extreme III card, purchased circa 2008. It was twice as fast compared bigger class 6 and class 10. Very surprising. To determine a consistent speed in seconds, videos were taken in both singe shot mode making one photo or taking a series of 5 images while holding the shutter down in continuous mode. Each card was formatted in the camera before testing. The videos were edited so the start of the video was the sound of the shutter as it finished recocking. I used the last audible "tick." In the case of the 5-photo series it's the recocking of the 5th shot. The videos were stopped after the write lamp went dark when the photo(s) finished writing to the card. Below are the measured speeds for single photo and a 5 continuous shots listed fastest slowest in seconds. Single Photo SanDisk 2GB Extreme III 4s Transcend 8GB Class 6 8s 32 GB Sandisk Ultra Class 10 8s Transcend 8gb Class 10 9s Transcend 32GB Class 10 9s 5 Photos on Continuous Mode SanDisk 2GB Extreme III 15-17s (multiple tests run, range in seconds) Transcend 8GB Class 6 28s Transcend 8gb Class 10 29s Transcend 32GB Class 10 UHS-I 33s Sandisk 32GB Ultra Class 10 42-44s (multiple tests run, range in seconds) The full videos are viewable at Transcend 8gb Class 10 5 Photos Leica M-E M9 - YouTube Image attached of the cards tested. I have a 4GB Transcend Class 6 and a SanDisk 4GB Class 6 on the way. Curious to see how those compare.