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FORUMS General Gear Talk Data Storage, Memory Cards & Backup
Thread started 17 Jan 2017 (Tuesday) 09:39
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64GB
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128GB
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10.4%
> 128GB
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What size memory card do you shoot with?

 
KurtB
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Feb 20, 2017 15:28 |  #46

Archibald wrote in post #18276364 (external link)
Not sure how this relates to the size of the memory card or how we should purchase a memory card. My Lexar and SanDisk cards bear none of these acronyms and work great.

For the most part, it doesn't. The speed trade-off is minimal, especially if you don't normally shot a lot of RAW bursts back to back, in which case the bottleneck is usually caused by the camera and not the card.

The real advantage, in my opinion, is reliability/longevity especially if you don't replace cards very often. On occasion, I am still shooting some of the 2/4/8GB cards that I purchased with my brand new (at the time) 30D. I only have my 16gb cards now as a result of stepping up to a 7DmkII and getting tired of swapping the 2gb and 4gb cards that I purchased 10+ years ago.


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medd63
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Mar 01, 2017 07:24 |  #47

My wife and I tend to look at memory cards like rolls of film. We use one (or more) per project, then archive them after downloading. We don't re-use memory cards. Memory is cheap! We typically use 32gb cards.


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pbigelow
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Mar 01, 2017 07:34 |  #48

medd63 wrote in post #18288675 (external link)
My wife and I tend to look at memory cards like rolls of film. We use one (or more) per project, then archive them after downloading. We don't re-use memory cards. Memory is cheap! We typically use 32gb cards.

Just out of curiosity, do you have a quick method to find a specific card if you needed it? Are they numbered and indexed?




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Archibald
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Mar 01, 2017 10:04 |  #49

medd63 wrote in post #18288675 (external link)
My wife and I tend to look at memory cards like rolls of film. We use one (or more) per project, then archive them after downloading. We don't re-use memory cards. Memory is cheap! We typically use 32gb cards.

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DarenM
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Mar 01, 2017 10:47 as a reply to Archibald's post |  #50

An ideal CONSUMER :) Scan disc loves them :) but good idea


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medd63
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Mar 01, 2017 19:47 |  #51

Well, we are amateur nature photographers, so we don't have that many projects. Our cards are less organized than I would like. I haven't lost any pictures on my computer but it's nice to know I have backup. I figure if I spent $1000 on a lens, $15 for a memory card is no big deal. I do download everything on the cards onto my computer.


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RDKirk
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Mar 01, 2017 23:31 |  #52

medd63 wrote in post #18289230 (external link)
Well, we are amateur nature photographers, so we don't have that many projects. Our cards are less organized than I would like. I haven't lost any pictures on my computer but it's nice to know I have backup. I figure if I spent $1000 on a lens, $15 for a memory card is no big deal. I do download everything on the cards onto my computer.

Well, I reuse my cards, but I have multiple geographically distributed back ups to my computer.




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eelnoraa
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Mar 02, 2017 20:18 as a reply to pbigelow's post |  #53

medd63 wrote in post #18288675 (external link)
My wife and I tend to look at memory cards like rolls of film. We use one (or more) per project, then archive them after downloading. We don't re-use memory cards. Memory is cheap! We typically use 32gb cards.

don't think for a second the image in the memory card will necessary be there after a long while. Data retention on flash memory is no where near that of any magnetic medium. How good or bad it is all depends on the card. For cheaper card, they usually use TLC flash, like low end SD cards, don't count on it for long term storage. CF is usually better because most don't use TLC. Today's flash technology is not for long term storage, still not there yet. Most higher end flash product, like SSD, they do have a internal mechanism to reflesh the content. But this scheme doesn't work for memory card because they are most of the time power off. Just something to keep in mind


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Phoenixkh
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Mar 02, 2017 21:29 |  #54

I use 64 GB CF cards in my 1DIV..though the secondary card is only 32 because I'd have to jump through a few hoops to get a 64 SD card to work.

I've never considered using my memory cards as a backup method. That sounds expensive to me.

I format each card after I've uploaded the photos. I have a 2TB external backup HD that I use in addition to my computer. That is cheap backup to me, since it was under $100 and that was a while back. I'll bet they are even cheaper now.


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AMBTL
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Mar 02, 2017 21:44 |  #55

I have a small box for SD cards which I always take with me. I have 5 x 64GB + 1 x128 GB + 1 x 16 GB. When I am travelling, I back up every day to a portable HDD. I usually don't overwrite the cards when travelling, so I return home with the original files on the cards and a backup on the HDD. I also do video and time-lapse, so my consumption can sometimes be relatively high.


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Ltdave
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Jul 01, 2017 08:34 |  #56

i have a pair of 16gb CFs for my 5d3...

only ONE TIME in the 4 years of use, have i ever filled a card. shooting 14 hours during a music/art festival...

ive never machine-gunned any event or activity because i dont have days (or the inclination) to sit behind my computer trying to sort through dozens of virtually identical images. almost always are my images recorded in "single image"...

when traveling, i download each days events to my computer and portable hard drive. wife carries the hard drive in her luggage, my computer in my carryone in case one or the other gets lost. i dont do a lot of heavy editing but i organize the images by site or event...




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Jul 01, 2017 16:32 |  #57

I used a 8GB card for a 10MPixel camera, now I use a 32GB card for a 20MPixel camera. While it might be 'undersized' by some folks' standards, I do not relish the idea of losing too many photos in one fell swoop because the memory card failed.


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Jul 19, 2017 22:25 |  #58

The only reason I use 128GB 2000x cards.....not one is making a 256GB or 512GB....yet. ;-)a




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Perfectly ­ Frank
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Jul 20, 2017 00:38 |  #59

Because I photograph air shows, I use fast SanDisk 64 GB cards. That way I don't have to be concerned about swapping out cards during an aerial performance.

Also, should I get involved in video, the 64 GB cards will provide enough storage.

I got rid of all my smaller cards.


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John ­ from ­ PA
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Jul 20, 2017 07:27 |  #60

MCAsan wrote in post #18406370 (external link)
The only reason I use 128GB 2000x cards.....not one is making a 256GB or 512GB....yet. ;-)a

...and the leader in that technology, Lexar, is no longer making memory cards for retail. The parent company Micron announced this in late June.




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