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1. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 7y

I've been using 2 Kingston SD cards (2 GB each), and finally, in preparation for my trip next month, wanted to buy a bigger one. Are there any significant differences between brands of memory cards, or any recommendations? I'll probably get an 8GB card. Or go crazy and get a 16GB one :)

2. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 7y

If you are happy with the way that your Kingston's perform, then why not stick with them. Unless you are a professional I doubt if you will notice a difference between the brands. I used 3 different sorts and no difference.

Personally I would limit it to 2gb or 4gb, I always worry that if I don't change my card and lose my camera, I have lost ALL my photos! Just a thought!

3. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 7y

Hmm. The reason I asked was because a friend, who's a professional photographer, told me that the Kingston cards are the worst..that they get a lot of electric faults (roughly translated) but I didn't want to say anything before I got some opinions ;) Just thought if the more pro-people here have a preference!

Quoting baluba

Personally I would limit it to 2gb or 4gb, I always worry that if I don't change my card and lose my camera, I have lost ALL my photos! Just a thought!

Sure, that's why I've used 2gb cards, but recently I've started taking about 300-400 pics per day, so the last thing I want is to run out of memory- there's nothing more annoying than going through your photos, trying to quickly decide what to delete before your photo opportunity walks by

4. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

I don't know about any particular brand, though it has been known for some budget cards to fail.

Find a good deal and get a brand name like Sandisk or Lexar.

If I'm allowed to say, then I've used these people several times in the past.
http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/default.php?cPath=777

5. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 7y

one big card has its own obvious dangers, we took several 2GB cards, also kingston, they were fine. They seem to be really cheap to buy over the internet from jersey.

6. Posted by stevenwong (Full Member 28 posts) 7y

its usually better to buy many small cards just in case anything goes wrong.

7. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Quoting sovarn

its usually better to buy many small cards just in case anything goes wrong.

Absolutely - and they should match the camera with a manageable amount of pictures, bearing in mind what we are prepared to lose.

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Aug-2009, at 05:01 by fabyomama ]

8. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 7y

Quoting fabyomama

So, how many pictures are we prepared to lose?

Hmm. So far I've not yet lost one. I tend to keep a 2gb card in the camera on daily basis, but if I set off to particularly take pictures, the 2gb fills up before lunch time (I sometimes shoot in raw as well, so it takes up a lot more space). I'll probably get another 2gb card, and an 8gb one for those special photography days :)

9. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

I have to admit I chose mine (4gb) as they were a fairly neat fit onto a dvd. Carries around 250 pictures - more than I'm prepared to lose if a card failed really.

10. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Another 'image security' issue is theft of the camera itself.

A huge card with 1000's of images means a huge loss.