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This is a discussion on memory cards within the Digital photography forums, part of the Photography & Fine art photography category; Does any one have experience or opinions on brands of memory cards? Does one produce better color, more detail, and ...

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    Does any one have experience or opinions on brands of memory cards? Does one produce better color, more detail, and so on better than another brand? If so, what is your memory card preference? and why?

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    It's just a bunch of ones and zeros so there's no influence on the output of your photos. I've used whatever I could get for a good price and haven't had a problem yet.
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    Ive always felt the same way as Ig does. Although I do feel that some use better contact material and can sometimes improve the writing speed of your camera keeping the camera buffer free. I think the differences are usually marginal though. Unless you into sports photography and are wrapping off pictures faster than you can push the shutter than it probably does not matter too much. Cheap cards does not affect me as I usually take abstract shots that take longer to compose and set up than it does to write onto the card.
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    I usually stick with the Lexar Professional or SanDisk Extreme IV series; the higher write speeds are a definite asset when shooting things like dance recitals, and I have seen some 'no-name' cards where the build quality really does look suspect.

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    At a digital camera course I took last year, the instructor said to get the best quality memory cards available for the writing speed.
    He said too that many of then have back-up programs that allow you to be able to retrieve photos if a mistake happens and you lose them. I dunno if he was right or not, but I figure it's better to be safe than sorry?
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    I take too many pictures to worry about losing a couple. Not only that, I usually carry 4, 5 or 6 cards with me. Call it overkill if you wish, but I have yet to run into any problems where Ive had to use a seperate card because of a write failure or a loss of data. I do not take many sports pictures so the need for fast write speed is not a high priority.
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    What JJ says about the buffering is spot on TT. Unless you are shooting long bursts then most cards will keep up.
    The card doesn't affect the photo quality as IG said.
    My policy is to buy something middle range. My choice is the Sandisk Ultra or Extreme series. I'm not paying too much for something that doesn't deliver and I'm not risking those precious shots with something cheap.

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    great feedback here! thanks so much.

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    There is a benifit to faster cards if you shoot in burst mode. A regular sandisk sd card cannot keep up with the 2.5 fps of my d40 but the extreme III card can (easily). You will also see a difference when uploading the pics to your comupter, if you have a card reader that can tranfer the files fast enough.

    As far as quality, I have never run into a bad card. If you buy a card and it works, chances are you have a good card. Except for the Hoodman cards, most are made in china anyways. I have used sandisk (regular, ultra II and extreme III), lexar, sony (memory sticks), kingston and a-data. All without problems. I currently have a 8gb a-data "turbo" in my camera with a 16gb a-data and a 2gb extreme III as back-ups. The a-data cards were so cheap, I said "What the heck!" and they are as fast as the extreme card. I originally bought them for video capture in my canon s5 but have since used them in my d40. I usually stick with the popular brands to be safe, but I researched on the web and most people have had good luck with these other brands too.

    As for data recovery, that is handle by software, not the card it self. The sandisk extreme card came with a recovery utility software disk when I bought it, but I have never used it. I understand it can recover things from other types of disk too, like hard drives. You can also download various versions for free.

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    I guess any card can fail, but Lexar and SanDisk offer proven reliability and since theyíre not something you have to buy over and over, why not get the very best you can afford. I use only SDHC media as opposed to SD for the quicker write times so that Iím not standing there waiting for the buffer to clear and they download images to the hard drive faster.

    Not too long ago, I decided to try an 8G SDHC card from Transend. Iím not a real big fan of bargain brands, but based on some of the reviews I read I felt comfortable giving them a shot. I havenít used it for anything of a critical nature yet. If, after another six months or so, it hasnít given me any trouble and the majority of the reviews remain favorable I may recommend them to others. They are about half the price of the 4G San Disk I usually buy.

    Iíd be interested in hearing the capacity of the cards that members are using most. I tend to go with 4G cards so that if one does give a problem, I wonít have possibly lost as many images. Itíd be a damn shame to have a full 16G card take a dive on you! I keep my eye on the frame count and change before they reach max.

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