Does SD card matter?

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    Does it matter which SD card I get for a camera? I see some that say 'high speed' and all that jazz, but when it comes down to it, does it really matter? It's just the size of the card that you're paying for, isn't it? What size/kind do ya'll recommend?
     
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    It becomes important when you are shooting rapid-sequence. The speed of the card may limit the speed at which your camera writes to the card and, therefore, limits how fast you can acquire images. I'll look around -- somewhere I remember a site that makes card recommendations.
     
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    Thanks icassell.
     
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    Few months ago, I was speaking with B&H guys regarding that. The guy said that in near future all manufacturers will be moving towards SD for the purposes of making cameras smaller size. I can't vouch for validity of that.
     
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    Yep because Nikon and Canon have really cared about the size of their SLRs. /sarcasm (btw The D3 has two CF slots). This makes a lot of sense for small cameras, but many people will buy an SLR because it is big. Every try holding a D40 with a 70-200mm f/2.8? It felt horridly retarded and made my fingers hurt. I would say that it is just sales guys being sales guys.

    Anyway what matters is transfer speed. When it matters is when you have a small buffer and like to shoot quickly. If you shoot sport events and your career depends on being able to photograph every single car without pause as it goes past then a faster card helps. In any other case (i.e. transferring files to a computer) there's always coffee breaks and excuses to get away from your desk for a minute or two :)
     
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    Your Sony only looks to shoot at 2.5 fps. So paying more for a faster SD card won't make a bit of difference for that.
     
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    I didn't say I believed him, especially when both continued making bricks :)
     
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    its for rapid shooting as mentioned!
     
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    There are also variabilities with specific makers. As you look around some of them have a better reputation than others.

    IMO you can't really go wrong with SanDisk.
     
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    That's what I was kind of thinking. That being said, I just got back from Best Buy. While I was there, I was playing with an $1800 Canon that shot 8 frames per second....... All I could say was, "wow!".
     
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    I know sorry man I had a tough day yesterday. I didn't mean to come across as cynical.
     
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    I know Sandisk is pretty reputable, and I sure as hell didn't want to get ripped off with a fake Sandisk, or any other fake card, so I stayed away from Ebay on this one. I went to Newegg, and it came down to a 150x OCz 8gb, or a Transcend speed class 6 8gb, and the OCz was out of stock, so that made my choice easy...
     

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