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Old 14-09-2008, 16:15   #1 (permalink)
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Newbi in serch of advice

HI

the first of many dopey questions ,

is it better to have a couple of large SD cards or better to have more small ones . and what make ?? is Crucial any good
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Old 14-09-2008, 16:41   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Newbi in serch of advice

The choice of capacity for your memory cards will depend on what you shot most. Portraits won't need too high a capacity, whereas sport or wildlife will be easier if you are not having to change cards too often.

From a personal point of view, I prefer to use cards that will give me around 200 images. For the sort of photography I do most this is a good compromise between not having to change cards too often and putting all of your eggs in one basket.

With my D70s this equated to 1GB cards and with the D300 this goes up to 4GB cards.

With a very high capacity card you have all of your photos at a higher risk of loss if you loose or damage that card or if it becomes corrupted. Spreading the risk by using more than one card means you won't loose all of your shots from a shoot if there is a problem with one of them.

I tend to only use Sandisk these days - a 4GB CF card is only £17.99 from Play.com

Lexar also have a good reputation and Kingston are a main player in this market. I think the biggest thing with the cheaper/unbranded/unknown cards is not so much if they will work or not - I've never know a card not to work at all, it is more about write speeds. A modern camera with a high frame rate will need a card that will accept data quickly to clear the buffer. However, this requirement is only for consideration if you are going to be using high frame rates for a lot of your shooting.

I've not heard of Crucial, but memory is so cheap now from places like Play, Picstop or the 7dayshop you don't have to use unbranded or unknown cards
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Old 14-09-2008, 18:00   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Newbi in serch of advice

Hi Graham
Crucial are a major player in the computer memory game . I have always used there Ram / DDR when building PC's but know very little about there memory cards . I have dealt with Play before and they seem a good company .. I'll take your advice and order a couple of 4mb sandisk for My EOS 450, at the moment I'm Shooting anything and everything , even the dogs getting cheesed off with the flash i have had to go outside and attempt to photograph my KOI , and i have discovered thats not easy shoting into water even if it is clear
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Re: Newbi in serch of advice

I stick with Sandisk as I've never had one fail, but be careful where you buy from - most card sold as Sandisk on eBay are fake, so get them from a reputable retailer.

Personally I don't use larger than 4GB - too many eggs in one basket and all that, and there's no economy of scale at the moment.
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Old 14-09-2008, 20:06   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Newbi in serch of advice

Thanks have orderd two sandisk Extream III 4GB , should be enough for a day around the fishery .
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Re: Newbi in serch of advice

And you need a polerizer to cut down water reflections if shooting fish.
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Old 17-09-2008, 21:16   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Newbi in serch of advice

Now i know a polarizer is a filter . I know this because i use Polaroid glasses when I'm fishing
can you tell me which is the best one to get for a Sigma 18-200 OS lens please
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It doesn't matter too much about the brand for your polariser but you need to make sure you get a Circular Polariser and not a Linear Polariser. If you get the latter, it will often cause the exposure metering and AF to go awry but a circular polariser is an absolute must for your armoury, especially as you want to shoot into water.

Bear in mind that the optimum angle for using a polariser is about 30 degrees. Don't try shooting straight down into the water as the polariser won't do anything. At 30 degrees you'll be able to rotate the polariser and see the amazing difference it has on cutting out reflections

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Re: Newbi in serch of advice

And the correct filter size, Is it 72mm on the 18-200 ?
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And the correct filter size, Is it 72mm on the 18-200 ?
Yes 72mm for your filter purchases for this lens.
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Re: Newbi in serch of advice

thanks guys i really do appreciate the advice as soon a i can work out how to post some Photographs
i hopefully show you the resulys of the advice
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