Choosing Memory Cards

  

Personally, I prefer multiple smaller cards. I also prefer Sandisk cards. I use the Ultra IIs in pairs; I have several pairs of 1GB cards, 2GB and 4GB cards. Having an Olympus xD card in my E-510 and E-30 cameras has saved my bacon more than once ...

I find that the smaller cards fit my digital workflow better, as 2x1GB cards nicely fit on a DVDR; and so do each of the 2x2GB cards. With the 4GB (or larger) cards, I upload images to my computer as a job progresses, or at the end of a day.

Another benefit of this strategy is that if a card goes bad (this has never happened to me with Sandisk; but has with other no-name cards ... ), you do not lose the lot ... It also warns you when you are at the "half-empty" point, because you have to change the card ...

The new Sandisk Ultra IIs are also faster at 15MB/s. My card reader says 14.9MB/s. I reckon that is close enough. The old Sandisk Ultra IIs in the same card reader run at 11.4MB/s. Not really a huge difference, imho. My newer Ultra IIs are 30 MB/s, faster than any of my card readers.

Many at DP Review forums have found that the Kingston, Lexar and Transcend memory cards are also excellent.

You should also give some thought to backup strategies and some sort of device for uploading the entire card sets to a laptop each night (or some such).

The new Intel Atom based baby PCs are starting to look *very* attractive for photographers to use; tiny, reasonable HDD space and RAM. Should be able to run some sort of imaging software, even if only for Olympus Master/Studio (Photoshop may be too much of an ask ... ). AND you can also use one or two portable USB HDDs for backup. These portable HDDs can be carried in your camera bag ... This is what I do (but do not have the Atom-based PC - yet ... )

DO NOT BUY CARDS ON FLEA-BAY. Most are dodgy fakes, and will not work with your Olympus camera ...

 

Regards, john from Melbourne, Australia.

 

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