Big Is Best. ?
Posted 05 January 2005 - 10:18 PM
Just read marks write up about the forthcoming availabillity of
Seagate 5 Mb memory cards.
Its not many years ago most peoples computor hard discs would not have allowed this size to down load (my win 98 machine only had 2gb).
Well technology is moving on and todays machines have 60gb / 250gb or bigger.
The question to you all are we heading in the right direction with huge memory cards.
1 use several smaller cards on the same photo shoot, lose 1 or damage 1 & chances are you still have images on the other cards,
shoot all on 1 big card if there's a problem its a huge one !!!
2 The time it takes to upload 5 Gb onto machine.
3 if you use portable storage hard disc drives (I use Phototainer 20 Gb myself) I think it may well make the battery struggle and would not allow 2 @ 5Gb uploads,
My own choice would be 340 / 512mb or 1gb. with fast write speeds, I use 1d mk 2 with CF and SD for back up it works well.
So does anyone allready use these large ( 2gb upwards) memory cards are there any known issues with them ?
would you go out and buy a 5 Gb card ?
Posted 06 January 2005 - 04:17 PM
Posted 10 January 2005 - 08:25 PM
Cameras will only get more pixels and cards will only get larger - 16GB will be available within the next 6 months.
The advantage of all this is that the more modest cards will get cheaper and cheaper - I bought a 256MB card for £40 only 6 months ago - now available for £15.
On a technical note, once you hit 4GB your camera needs to be able to use FAT32 disks.
Posted 11 January 2005 - 01:19 AM
Truly the progress in slr digital cameras is remarkable, and yes bigger file sizes possibly dictate the need for larger memory cards, however with millions of cards being produced to satisfy the digital consumer market
( i.e. look at the cost of 256mb card mentioned above) its pos we may get to a saturation point through over production, and companies like Lexar & Sandisk will be forcing us poor old photographers to accept a new 8 gb 80x card as a free gift. !!!
With the Lexar 8 gb 80x compact flash cards costing approx £600. and decent 2gb cards about £250-£350 i cant see these sizes ever becoming that popular (but i may be totaly wrong).
Think of the choice to make
A NEW 17 to 40 L CANON ZOOM or A NEW COMPACT FLASH CARD. (no contest).
A 20 gb phototainer or flashtrax at approx £250 or vasonic (even cheaper)portable storage has to make a lot of sense.
One other thing to consider do we really need to shoot all our images at max size / max res.
I think not if you are using cameras over 5/6 megapix, you should still get good results, if you only ever need enprints or 7 x 5 why waste space.
I have just had 30" x 20" print done by Photobox.com from a reduced file size image taken on my old d60, quality was amazing.
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