Using SD Cards

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  1. MohaimenK

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    Are you guys mostly using name brand SD cards or would you go with cheaper brands? I see some like "adata" for significantly cheaper price. I had a 2gb using from my old camera but wow, this thing can only take less than 40 pix RAW
     
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    You may or may not know (just going to throw this out there anyway) but find out what class of SD card you need for your camera. I know that with the T1i, for example, they recommend that you not use anything lower than Class 6, especially if you intend to record videos. Having said that, I have used my Class 2 cards in a pinch, but only for photos.

    As far as brand - I do think your mileage may vary. I have 4 SanDisk 2GB Class 2 SD cards, which have never given me an issue, and 2 OCZ (think: RAM overclocking mfr) 4GB Class 6 SD cards. Again, no issues at all.

    I think i've seen some of the adata cards you mentioned, but I sorta stayed clear of them. Check tigerdirect and newegg for reviews.
     
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    You won't save money buying off brand memory cards, because you'll just end up throwing them away to buy a name brand anyway. A few years ago, I decided to buy a new memory card, but thought I'd give an off brand a try to save $30 or something like that. Every other shoot I used it on, it would corrupt images. I was able to retrieve most of them using photo recovery software, but that cost me another $25. I tossed it and just bought a name brand. Like everything, you get what you pay for.
     
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    you may want to also consider the idea of paring down your capacity in case something bad happens. That way, you only lose 4 or 8 gigs of photos instead of 16gb. Obviously, worst case scenario, but something to think about.
     
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    I see. I might end up getting Kensington. It's a good brand, have used their products for years.

    Second, you're right, that's a thought. I will think about that also. Man RAW takes a lot of space!
     
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    Yes like if you happen to wash your SD card that has your sisters wedding photos on it... Happened to me today.:confused: I still need to see if it works. But all is good, i already have a backup of the card.

    I love backups!!!! Backups>:hugs:<me
     
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    damn that sux man! I've never had that happen to me except once with my sony camera, had like 2 pix and im using a chinese brand card for it. But that was once since then I've been shooting left n right w/ it, no problem. Although since day one it always gives me a warning that how the card is not compatible :lol: but you just press ok and that's that. Been takin pic for a year now, no problem
     
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    I have been using SanDisk SD cards for my limited SD card use...they wash and dry quite well. I have run a couple through the Warm Wash/Cool Rinse Permanent Press wash cycle and the Less Dry Medium heat dryer cycle with stellar results!!! Based on their stellar performance in the washer and dryer, I reccommend SanDisk SD Cards. (seriously)
     
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    The card i use... and apparently wash:lol: is a 16GB Sandisk extreme. I only got the 16 over the 8 because it was on sale for less.:mrgreen:

    It has held strong through everything i put it through... We will see if it stands up with being washed.:p

    But its FAST and reliable. never lost a file.

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    So i should be safe.:peacesign:
     
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    I was wondering for all you guys out there what size cards do you usually take with you and how many do you take with you.
     
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    How many shots do you expect to take when out ??

    Know how many shots each card will give you and take along about twice that.. :lol:

    Seriously - with a 5d, I get about 250 shots on a 4gig card. I like that if anything goes wrong, I don't lose much, and I can change cards when the scenes or subjects change.. I always have a Pelican pack in the bag with 4 cards and the one in the camera.
     

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