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Old 09-09-2006, 23:09   #1 (permalink)
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Memory Card size

Hello All
I am wondering what anyones thought is on the size of memory cards. I a have a couple of 256mb cards for my Olympus E300 camera, would I be better getting a couple more of that size or smaller or would it be better to go for larger cards say either 1 or 2 GB.
I ask this as I am worried that if I use a larger card I run the risk {if the card malfunctions} of loosing all of my pictures but I do not wish to spend a lot of time swapping memory cards back and forth
What do the people on here think, which way should I go?

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Re: Memory Card size

I think it all comes down to what you feel comfortable with compaired with what your shooting requirements are, then decide on a size that dosn't compromise either too much. Lots of photographers don't want/need to risk going over 1Gb, other's that regularly shoot lot's of frames need the higher capacity so go up to 4Gb cards (a 4Gb card fit's nicely on a blank dvd if you carry a laptop ).
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Re: Memory Card size

As Sonsey said, plus it depends on how often you download to PC. I think 256 is a bit small and you'd be better with a couple of 1Gb. If you have a 2 or 4Gb card and you wait 'til they are full before d/l then you are at risk (small) of losing shots.

I use a 256, 512 and 1Gb but I always d/l after a shoot not when the card is full. Having said the above I do have a 2Gb Microdrive but only use it for video on my S602.
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Re: Memory Card size

I have about eight or so 1gb cards in my bag kinda collected them over time I'm happy with swaping cards if I'm having a long day after it only takes a few seconds anyway.

Using a bigger card size may become more of an issue if you continuely shoot RAW images as a 1gb card is just not good enough for the job.

I've found that I can get 1gb cards for as little as 17.99 for a 133x their own brand but I have one and it works fine for me. Site URL below.
http://www.mymemory.co.uk/

When 2gb cards get down to around this sort of price I think I might change but until then I'll use 1gb cards.
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Old 10-09-2006, 11:56   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Memory Card size

I mainly use 1gb cards, but I find for sports photography 2gb cards are more useful. This is because of the large numbers of photos taken in a short space of time thus decreasing the time spent changing cards.

But for everything else I find 1gb is the optimum.
I have one 512 card but rarly use it as it's just aint big enough when shooting at high resolution.
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Re: Memory Card size

I use 1gb pretty much all of the time. I always download at the earliest opportunity (no laptop) when I get back to base, even if there are only a few images. I never use 'in use' cards for storage.
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Re: Memory Card size

Personally I have several 1G cards with a couple of 512 and find they suit my needs perfectly.
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Re: Memory Card size

I Thank you all for the advice you have posted as I said I was concerned about using larger memory cards but you have all put my mind at rest. I admit I am unsure as to microdrives as I have read they do need a lot more care when being used so I think I will go for a couple {to start with} 1GB memory cards and see how I go from there.
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Re: Memory Card size

Glad you are sorted. Now that there are 2, 4 and 8 Gb CF cards I'm surprised if you'll find any MDs. As an MD has a moving disk then, yes it is more susceptible to damage but mine's been going strong for a couple of years, no trouble.
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Before you buy, Sparhawk, you might want to have a look at this thread.
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Re: Memory Card size

Thank You Stepheno
This looks an great place and the prices are so much better than the local main stream and independant local photografic suppliers that I normaly use. I have save it to favorites and will be trawling through it over the next couple of days.
I am so happy that I found this site as it is so helpful to a relative newcomer to Digital photography, in the past I have looked at other sites but have found that unless you want advanced information they do seem to shun you
Keep up the GREAT job you are doing
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Another place to find cheap memory cards is here...
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Re: Memory Card size

Thank you for that one Nick,once again that looks a good site
To me it is handy having people on here that are willing to help out beginners like me.
I thank you and ALL of the other posters that have given me plenty to go on with for the moment
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