I lay them on a white sheet on their back and stand over them. Works perfect.
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They should have offered you as loaner, I'd contact CPS and complain.
Everyone seems to be agreed that CPS is great, which it is. I am just amazed at how many differences there are.
Do you guys in the US have a limit to the number of free borrows "eval" bodies/lenses you have?
From what some of you are saying it seems as if you do not.
Lucky me, never lost a card in 13 years of heavy daily use. However, I do follow a few rules.
1. I always format in the camera I'm going to use it in.
2. I never delete images off the card "in camera"
3. I never expose the cards to strong fields...meaning I don't put used cards in a pocket with a phone.
4. I replace the cards after 18-24 months.
This may be overkill but my career and professional reputation didn't come cheap. Cards are cheap.
5. I don't drop the cards.
6. I never use the cards in different devices. Canon EOS cameras only.
7. Download the images with a card reader, then extract it. Left in the computer it will continuously access the directory, checking the byte order, to see if there are any changes etc. This action is identical to a write cycle so the life of your card may be reduced.
8. Don’t work on the image while it’s still on the card. You could possibly reduce the life expectancy of the card just by doing that with a single image.
9. Some say it's good practice not to fill a card completely. I've never really worried about it. But it's true for a DVD burn or pushing HDD capacity to the limit.
Half of this might well be pointless mumbo-jumbo, but which half? Who knows...it's worked for me.