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32 gb memory card vs 2 x 16 gb memory cards? Opinions please?
« on: February 22, 2014, 05:22:35 PM »
Hi all,

I just wanted to get people's opinions on which is better: getting 1 x 32gb memory cards vs 2 x 16gb memory cards?

These cards are compact flash and there about $90 in price difference.

How do you guys have your workflow set up? What are people's opinions?

Thanks in advance!

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32 gb memory card vs 2 x 16 gb memory cards? Opinions please?
« on: February 22, 2014, 05:22:35 PM »

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Re: 32 gb memory card vs 2 x 16 gb memory cards? Opinions please?
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2014, 05:38:22 PM »
How many images do you need to capture in a session/day/whatever?   Personally, with cameras that have a single card slot, I have two equal-sized cards, when one is full I swap them, transfer the images to the computer, and leave them on the second card until they're backed up from the computer. That means have two copies of each image from the time I first transfer them.  I format each card when it goes back in the camera.  That way, I also have an emergency extra card.

So, if 16 GB covers a shooting period, IMO 2 x 16 GB is better.
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Re: 32 gb memory card vs 2 x 16 gb memory cards? Opinions please?
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2014, 08:28:09 PM »
My 2 main cameras have 2 card slots, one CF and one SD.  I have 64GB CF cards and 32GB SD cards, and one back up set.  RAW goes onto the CF, jpeg goes to SD.  This lets me shoot a ton and download/switch when I want, not when I am forced to.  Having the RAW and jpeg on 2 different cards also makes it faster to dump photos into the right folders.

Some photographers like having 2+ smaller cards and switching during the shoot so if one card is bad there is not a loss of everything.  To me this leads to lost cards, but for some it might work.

So I'd say one 32GB, or better yet one 32 and a 16, or 32 as a back-up.  But that is just me.

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Re: 32 gb memory card vs 2 x 16 gb memory cards? Opinions please?
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2014, 08:57:59 PM »
Never put all your eggs in one basket...it's a bad idea. Go with 2 smaller cards.

Not sure if you are shooting for fun or for jobs. I shoot jobs and maintain 12 8gb CF cards and 4 16Gb CF cards currently. They get rotated out as I shoot a job, download it, and post images. The shot cards don't get rotated back into service until the job is done and backed up on external drives. Redundancy = Security.

I also purposefully use smaller cards so that I have to change cards more often. I hate to have too many images on a single card....makes me nervous. I prefer to break up a long day/shoot over several cards just in the case of disaster.
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Re: 32 gb memory card vs 2 x 16 gb memory cards? Opinions please?
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2014, 09:32:48 PM »
How many images do you need to capture in a session/day/whatever?   Personally, with cameras that have a single card slot, I have two equal-sized cards, when one is full I swap them, transfer the images to the computer, and leave them on the second card until they're backed up from the computer. That means have two copies of each image from the time I first transfer them.  I format each card when it goes back in the camera.  That way, I also have an emergency extra card.

So, if 16 GB covers a shooting period, IMO 2 x 16 GB is better.

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As Neuro said, it really depends on what you shoot, its "value" to you and how much you shoot between download opportunities.

I have only ever had one card issue, but multiple cards means you can still get on with your shoot even if it means being a bit more conservative with your shots.  Only after I have multiple "off-card" copies do I even consider re-using the card.

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Re: 32 gb memory card vs 2 x 16 gb memory cards? Opinions please?
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2014, 01:24:29 AM »
Sorry to make things harder for you...
No card had failed on me, but on my 400D the eject lever did. I had to use a multitool to jerk the card out.
So for me, a bigger card and eject it as little as possible.
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Re: 32 gb memory card vs 2 x 16 gb memory cards? Opinions please?
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2014, 01:33:30 AM »
Hi all,

I shoot a range of things from events, weddings and at times sports.
I recently shot a wedding and loved that I had a 32gb card in my rental second body.
Hence my question about the memory cards. Before I got my 5d3 I use to only have SD cards and only went with 16gb to "play it safe" but have the ability to shoot double was great... Didn't change cards once on my wedding shoot.
It was nice to just shoot and not worry that I would run out any minute...

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Re: 32 gb memory card vs 2 x 16 gb memory cards? Opinions please?
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2014, 01:33:30 AM »

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Re: 32 gb memory card vs 2 x 16 gb memory cards? Opinions please?
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2014, 09:39:21 PM »
I no longer buy anything smaller than 64GB.  I have a CF and a SD that I use in my 5D MK III.  I do use a 16GB card in my old 40D.  That way, I can shoot a entire evenings worth of images plus a few short video clips without worrying about card space.  I typically use about 40Gb..

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Re: 32 gb memory card vs 2 x 16 gb memory cards? Opinions please?
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2014, 11:33:11 PM »
I just wanted to get people's opinions on which is better: getting 1 x 32gb memory cards vs 2 x 16gb memory cards?

Choose whichever allows you to pay attention to your photography rather than worry about your memory cards.  If this is high-value (e.g. paid) work, use a body with two card slots, and have all files written to both, or possibly use WiFi as a backup if the situation allows.  If this is for personal use then it gets a little murkier; however, I always give one piece of advice related to choosing memory cards: test before you trust.  Don't use a newly-purchased card in a high-value situation until you've tested it thoroughly.  Here's my previous post on a similar topic.

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=5444.msg105529#msg105529

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Re: 32 gb memory card vs 2 x 16 gb memory cards? Opinions please?
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2014, 11:41:14 PM »
I had 15 memory cards that spans 1 decade. I have started to sell all of them to consolidate my cards to one 64GB capacity per body.

Reliability has improved so much that mishandling and misplacing these cards are more of a problem to me. Another problem is missing out on the decisive moment due to the memory cards filling up too fast or due to clearing the buffer.

My preference are 128GB cards but no one sells them for under-$150.
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Re: 32 gb memory card vs 2 x 16 gb memory cards? Opinions please?
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2014, 12:22:48 AM »
Never put all your eggs in one basket...it's a bad idea. Go with 2 smaller cards.
I also purposefully use smaller cards so that I have to change cards more often. I hate to have too many images on a single card....makes me nervous.
This line of thinking belongs to another era. Some cards and particularly the dreaded Microdrives used to deliver dubious reliability. But that's way in the past. Back when CF cards hit a massive 1Gb, the Nervous Nellies freaked saying they'd much prefer the safety of four 256Mb cards. When 8Gb cards started shipping the Nervous Nellies were out again saying they'd much prefer eight 1Gb cards...it's safer. And so on. Shooting daily onto CF since 2001 I've never lost a card to corruption or damage. I routinely retire them every couple of years and get the latest...
I no longer buy anything smaller than 64GB.  I have a CF and a SD that I use in my 5D MK III.  I do use a 16GB card in my old 40D.  That way, I can shoot a entire evenings worth of images plus a few short video clips without worrying about card space.  I typically use about 40Gb...
...and like Mt Spokane, I no longer buy anything smaller than 64Gb. Next year that might read smaller than 128Gb. So gshocked, I'd just get the biggest high quality card you can afford. Personally I'd be nervous about missing an important shot because my tiny card was full, not to mention the avoidable logistics of managing of a pocketful of filled-up cards AND the increased potential of over-writing a card you haven't yet downloaded.

Come to think of it, gimme the 128Gb.

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Re: 32 gb memory card vs 2 x 16 gb memory cards? Opinions please?
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2014, 01:34:17 AM »
I have two 16 GB CF cards and 1 64 GB SD card.  I only shoot raw and change out the CF cards when full.  I write all images to both cards so that my SD card is my redundant backup.  So far I havent't had any issues with the SD card's slower write speed.  If I was shooting something where I needed more fps, I would remove the SD card and backup the CF cards on my colorspace.
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Re: 32 gb memory card vs 2 x 16 gb memory cards? Opinions please?
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2014, 03:12:22 AM »
Hi all,

I just wanted to get people's opinions on which is better: getting 1 x 32gb memory cards vs 2 x 16gb memory cards?

These cards are compact flash and there about $90 in price difference.

As others said the answer depends on your shooting style. If you shoot mostly landscape and other more static compositions, 2 x 16 gb will do it perfectly. If you shoot weddings or a lot of action (sports, wildlife), a 32 gb is minimum IMO. If you shoot action, the speed of the card is an important factor to be considered, too. Shooting RAW, my 5D3 loaded with a SanDisk 32 GB 60MB/s slows after a burst of only 13 images, with Lexar Pro 1000x (32 GB) it gets more the 30 images before slowing down (I do not need that speed often, but sometimes when birding). But the Lexar is a sort of  Lexus, it requires a lot of bucks for its bang ;). Like others, I never lost a CF and SD card so far, and I shoot sometimes in quite rugged areas (wildlife) where I do exchange cards.

So the answer really depends on the way you work. Hope this helps you.
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Re: 32 gb memory card vs 2 x 16 gb memory cards? Opinions please?
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2014, 03:12:22 AM »

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Re: 32 gb memory card vs 2 x 16 gb memory cards? Opinions please?
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2014, 03:46:57 AM »
...Shooting RAW, my 5D3 loaded with a SanDisk 32 GB 60MB/s slows after a burst of only 13 images, with Lexar Pro 1000x (32 GB) it gets more the 30 images before slowing down...
I'll back this observation almost to the letter...The Lexar 1000x cards are hot little performers.

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Re: 32 gb memory card vs 2 x 16 gb memory cards? Opinions please?
« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2014, 08:36:14 AM »
I think the key is having two cards, each of which is large enough so you don't need to swap in the middle of your shooting.  Changing cards means potentially losing shots.  Having one copy of an image puts you at risk, so if you have only one large card, be sure to back up your HDD/SSD immediately after transferring your images.
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