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Camera Purchase Imminent: Need Card Advice

Just sold the R1 a few days ago so I got a pocket full 'o doubloons... Along with a freakin $2800 hearing aid and a new laptop, Amber and I are about to splurge on a (to us)...high end digital camera. Done my research for the camera, but I know nothing about memory cards. Need some advice.

One buddy who does know a thing or two on the subject says that Sandisk is a good brand and says a cheap card is almost as bad as a cheap lens. Makes since.
I see that Sandisk makes a few versions..Most are listed here... http://www.buydig.com/shop/basket.as...ccessories#tab

Can anyone provide some enlightenment on memory cards?? Are 8GB always preferable to 4? Seems like I heard somewhere that some large cards were problematic. Advice? Opinions? Nude pics of Megan Fox?
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I would have to disagree with Sandisk being problematic. I'm in the IT field and they work great for both personal and business use. With that being said, you do need to do a little research to make sure that the card you buy is compatible with both the size and speed of the device you're using it in. Buying a slower card (lower class rating) than recommended can cause some problems. Buying too big of a card can also cause problems if the device doesn't support it.

Personally I stay away from the newest & largest cards until I hear that they are working in the device I plan on using them in. They also tend to cost a lot more than 2 smaller cards. YMMV
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Oh, and I'd be interested in hearing (pun intended) your impression of the hear aid. My hearing has been getting worse and I'm curious about how well these work. I know I have some tone deafness which doesn't bother me as it's usually a high pitched tone that bugs other people however I really struggle with conversations in noisy environments.
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Thx all...Have received a lot of behind the scenes advice on cards. Just ordered both the camera AND the Sandisk Ext III 4GB card.. that should get me started... Appreciate the advice everybody...

as for the hearing aid.. I have horrible hearing. It's so bad that I have to wear headphones to listen to TV.. I go to the movies and miss 1/2 the dialog.. not to mention the problems with friends and family. Like you.. can't hear much in a noisy environment. It's all due to years as a roadie in a rock band... so many concerts that I can't remember.. 25+ years in a printing facility with large presses.. and I rode bikes for 25 years BEFORE I started wearing ear plugs.. the perfect storm for ruining hearing.

Had my hearing tested a few times over the last year. All said I needed TWO aids.. and NOT the cheap ones. Geezz.. The good ones start at $2000 and go up... They suggested I try the $2600 models.. Of course insurance doesn't cover a penny. My own fault. I'll try to remember to post results. Hope to order one within the next few weeks.

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Oh, and I'd be interested in hearing (pun intended) your impression of the hear aid. My hearing has been getting worse and I'm curious about how well these work. I know I have some tone deafness which doesn't bother me as it's usually a high pitched tone that bugs other people however I really struggle with conversations in noisy environments.

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I've been running Sandisk cards for a long time and have had maybe 2-3 crash up to where they needed to replace them (write-mode gets stuck, or just quits writing, at the worst possible times). They sent me a free FedEx label via email so the whole process was painless, although it took maybe 2 weeks. I've got a newer high-speed one and it froze a third of the way through 8 gigs of AVI which really torqued me. I have a card writer-reader and have been cycling it since but so far so good. Dunno what happened to it?

What I did learn was there are a LOT of counterfeit cards out there not made by Sandisk but have their labels on them. They can often tell by the serial numbers when you need to talk to them if one fails to write or gets stuck. They or someone used to have a site with failed cards and serial numbers, but it has since vanished from the web probably since they could generate another counterfeit one with a good number.

Their newer Extreme III cards has a small orange/red label on the bottom. The Extreme III 8 gigs I have I keep in a nice Pelican case that holds all 8 of them and is waterproof (although I have managed to drop one in water, washed it off under a faucet, and set it aside to dry a few days and it still works!). Older 8 gig ones were all black and silver. Newer ones are slightly faster - so they say. They also come with some postcard so you can download some File Recovery Software that some times works and some times not. Been there. Usually only happens on large AVI movies rather than JPG's, imo. I see the newer Extreme III's 8 gigs are at Costco for like $85 each, and you can find them on Amazon for $45 or about 2 for the price of one Costco card (just make sure you get the newer orange-labeled one).

Also, if you order from Sandisk you can get them to shut up really quick as they will ask you "Where you bought it?" should something go wrong with it and they sound as if they want to dodge you for the counterfeit scheme. If you say, "I bought it direct from you online" they shut up really quick and you'll get a new card pretty quick if you do have your sale's number from them. They've gotten pretty cheap now so I don't buy from them as much as I used to unless I really need a new and large volume odd-sized card.

Biggest thing is to format them in the device you are using them in if you can. Sometimes, certain cameras write a specific header on the card that a card formatted in Windows will not see. The POV.1 VIO cameras write something like POV.1 on every card and sometimes Windows will go nuts with a "." (period) in the card's volume name or sub-folder and report an error.

Oh, some high-capacity cards will not always be seen by your laptop's card reader. My older laptops will only see 2 gigs, and others no more than 4 gigs. The larger Sager NP9280 sees almost anything I throw in it so far, but it's more of Intel i7 8-core mega-workstation than a laptop (it's really too heavy to lug around!). A separate USB reader sometimes helps a lot on a card that Window's won't see.


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Good info!! Thx, Mack.
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Just sold the R1 a few days ago so I got a pocket full 'o doubloons... Along with a freakin $2800 hearing aid and a new laptop, Amber and I are about to splurge on a (to us)...high end digital camera. Done my research for the camera, but I know nothing about memory cards. Need some advice.

One buddy who does know a thing or two on the subject says that Sandisk is a good brand and says a cheap card is almost as bad as a cheap lens. Makes since.
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Can anyone provide some enlightenment on memory cards?? Are 8GB always preferable to 4? Seems like I heard somewhere that some large cards were problematic. Advice? Opinions? Nude pics of Megan Fox?

I'm in the process as well, and having just finished the Nikon School I was hooked on the Nikon D90, but the size is an issue I can't get around. To answer you memory question believe it or not memory is not all the same. It kind of depends what your looking to do with the camera. Shooting stills including lots of motion you will need a fast card or your onboard camera temporary memory won't be able to dump the files quick enough. Video in your plans larger cards. If you intend to shoot RAW files as well as Jpegs you need a larger card. What camera are you looking at?

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Today I ordered the Canon EOS 500D / Digital Rebel T1i Digital Camera Here's what it looks like.. http://www.epinions.com/prices/Canon...h_18_55mm_lens

Everyone agreed that the Sandisk cards were the way to go so that solved that issue, too. FYI.. years ago I did some professional photography work so this is my way to get back in the groove. Kinda excited about it. I'll be shooting just basic stuff... scenery, bikes, family, friends, garage porn.. no action...no video. FYI. the Canon, while NOT small, is smaller than most of the hi-end Nikons... I compared before I bought.

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I'm in the process as well, and having just finished the Nikon School I was hooked on the Nikon D90, but the size is an issue I can't get around. To answer you memory question believe it or not memory is not all the same. It kind of depends what your looking to do with the camera. Shooting stills including lots of motion you will need a fast card or your onboard camera temporary memory won't be able to dump the files quick enough. Video in your plans larger cards. If you intend to shoot RAW files as well as Jpegs you need a larger card. What camera are you looking at?
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Looks like a great camera, and I agree it's smaller than the Nikon D90. I still have my canon AE-1 Program from 1983 takes great pictures, but film is well old school. Good luck with it I'm sure you will be happy with it. Thanks for the advice with the TechSpec's Gripster Tank Grips I love them.

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I'm leaning right now on the unavailable (yet) Pentax K-x. Buddy has an olde (2 year) Canon which does pretty nice job. I do like the Pentax feature where it takes three shots: meters for shadows, mids, and highlights and combines them into one shot. No bracketing. No flash (sort of). Different colors too for a DSLR (red, blue, white, black). I'll await Steve's Digicam Report and see.


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