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Compact Flash Cards are Sandisk the best ?


pulsar69 10 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 7:20AM

Quote:If you use the cards you have for weddings you make a few bob so why do you want to buy cheaper ones ?


The question is ' for what reason would i want to spend more on something that is the same ? "

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pulsar69 10 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 7:26AM

Quote:They will have photos on them at the end of the day but what makes a wedding any different.

I would reckon that the biggest mistake that photographers make....if they are worried about corrupted cards.....is to use large capacity cards. A corrupted 32gb card has lost more images than a corrupted 8gb card.



What makes a wedding different is that it is likely to end up in a huge insurance claim and possibly in this day and age negative publicity ! , I certainly agree with you on the card size , there are advantages to having more cards ie lost data. However any data lost in a chunk is going to cause a problem and having to change cards 4 times during the day instead of twice is just one more logistic to add to the proceedings.
JJGEE
9 6.4k 18 England
1 May 2013 7:32AM

Quote:A corrupted 32gb card has lost more images than a corrupted 8gb card.

And screwing up the processing of 4 films in a Jobo Tank loses more images than processing one film at a time, but it did save a bit of time if everything went OK ! !
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
1 May 2013 7:48AM
I accidently deleted about 800 photos off one of my Sandisk Extreme Pro cards, and got them all back with the free program that came with the cards, including almost every shot I ever put on the card.

This is just me, here's what I would do; get the best I can find at a reasonable price, considering the durability, and speed; who knows where our photography will take us? It's a good investment imo, because they'll serve you for a lifetime.
alansnap e2
10 529 23 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 9:25AM
I tend to use Sandisk, but they may not be the best anymore. Advanced Photography has a review in this month's edition - go and have a look.
Alan
JackAllTog e2
5 4.0k 58 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 9:35AM
Buying a cheaper, potentially 'clone' card from ebay to run your business on would i think be a risk.

For Cards and Batteries i never buy the cheapest as the image is the most important thing.

I've had the odd CF & SD card not write properly a few times and occasion read failures in the laptop slot, a dedicated reader was
OK. The fails were transcend so I avoid them now but that was 3 years ago.

Sansung, Lexar and Sandisk are my trusted ones, I'll always buy faster ones than i ever expect to use and keep them small - 8 or 16G so i lose less if ever one completely fails as mentioned above.

With such a good camera, it seems a false economy to buy cheap cards - i've even heard of some buying a new card for each event as a permanent backup as well.
pulsar69 10 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 9:42AM
I agree buying a potentially clone card is a risk , last time i purchased from ebay i actually emailed sandisk the seller and serial from the card and they verified it so that risk can be negotiated if done properly and I agree i never buy the cheapest either , BUT there comes a time when you have to ask yourself if you are falling for the marketing hype and there can be something just as good which does the job exactly the same for a lesser price ? in which case why would you pay more ? Going to have a look at the AP mag as suggested and see what they have to say , a Transcend card seems also to be a good option and faster then sandisk for the price ..

It should be noted too that i am using a Canon 5D3 with an sd card in slot 2 as a backup so should something completely fail i should not be lost unless both cards go at once , and even then we use two photographers and are fully insured.
thewilliam e2
6 4.9k
1 May 2013 1:53PM
I read somewhere that over half of the cards labelled Sandisk or Lexar are fakes.

For some time now, I've bought Delkin, Kingston or Transcend and they've been fine. My very first cards were 640MB Delkin and they're still in use something over a decade later when I need to take just a few pix. File sizes have grown somewhat!

In the studio, card speed doesn't seem to matter, perhaps because my cameras have a large buffer and I shoot single frames. A sports photographer would tell a different story.
tomcat e2
9 6.2k 15 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 7:22PM
I have used and abused Sandisk cards for years and not one problem - yetWink
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
1 May 2013 8:03PM

Quote:having to change cards 4 times during the day instead of twice is just one more logistic to add to the proceedings.


I can feel a whole new wedding photographer blog brewing or just pretend I didn't read the above quote. Wink
pulsar69 10 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 10:28PM

Quote:having to change cards 4 times during the day instead of twice is just one more logistic to add to the proceedings.

I can feel a whole new wedding photographer blog brewing or just pretend I didn't read the above quote. Wink



Wedding photography happens to be a lot more taxing than landscape photography so to be able to comment you need to be experienced at both which i am , are you ?
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
1 May 2013 10:30PM
Very. Wink

In fact very, very.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
1 May 2013 10:52PM
Goodness me how the mighty are fallen! Grin Wink
pulsar69 10 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 11:02PM
I guess then Keith you should change your level from 'beginner' and let us see some of your more taxing work ?
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
1 May 2013 11:13PM

Quote:In the market for a new card which will be used mainly for weddings so reliability is very important more so than speed


How about selling off you expensive glass and replacing them with a couple of lensbabys, you will then have loads and loads of spare change left for cards Smile

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