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Old Sep 21, 2002, 9:24 PM   #21
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Problem with 2 smaller memory cards instead of 1 large one actually happened to me at my daughter's wedding. I had 2 128 mb cards and a 2MP camera. Wouldn't you know that when I grabbed the camera for the cake cutting at the reception, and raised it at the perfect time, yup, the first card was full. Missed the whole shebang! Kcan called it in his post in this thread. WIFE NOT HAPPY!
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Old Sep 23, 2002, 12:01 PM   #22
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I always carry an extra card or two when I am shooting. I never know when I will use all the space on a card.
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Old Sep 23, 2002, 12:13 PM   #23
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Phil, the second 128 SM card was in my tux pocket, back at the table. By the time I got there and quickly changed, the moment had passed. Kcan was right. I had 127 images on each card and it had to fill up right at that moment Uncanny. Jeff
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Old Sep 23, 2002, 12:47 PM   #24
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The flip side is to the one big card issue is if you end up with an improperly formatted card you're faced with a lose everything or shoot nothing more situation. That happened to me last Christmas - there was a glitch in uploading to my PC and my 64 MB card would only take 8 shots. Having the spare 32 MB card saved my carcass.

Depending on the camera / file size I wouldn't want to commit.

If your camera was an dSLR or a 4-5 MP camera a 128 Meg card is only going to allow you to shoot ~70 shots which can go by pretty fast. I'd go with the 256 Meg card...

If we're talking about a file size of 750K, then that's ~140 shots. I wouldn't want to have much more than that on a card - a 256 Meg card would be 300 shots! Too many eggs in the basket. In this case I'd go with two 128's.

My buddy buys cards that last about the length of his batteries - when he changes them he swaps cards. Considering that the cards are vulnerable if swapped while being written to doing so when the batteries are being changed eliminates one point of failure.

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Old Sep 23, 2002, 8:08 PM   #25
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jmcdev1,
Sorry to hear that happen to you.

What we learn...
Despite all the big cards, small cards , power supplies, batteries, and all the digital tralala we rely and bet on, I think that a backup is nice , a ready film SLR is good, even a 10$ disposable can save the un-savable when we need it .

I would say also that it would be nice if digital camera come with a " low storage alarm" that beeps and/or flash the display to alarm you that you have just about 3,4,5 shots left ( the same principle as car's gaz gauge ) , this costs nothing in the firmware writing.
My self , I notice that I don't pay attention very often to the remaining shots counter.
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Old Sep 23, 2002, 9:07 PM   #26
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If you are going to be serious about back-up, you will have at least one more complete set-up. Camera, flash, memory, many batteries, .... Since memory is probably the least likely thing to go wrong, hassling with switching memory doesn't seem to add much back-up.

And that isn't even counting the fact that you are hammering at the two baskets with hammers instead of keeping one egg well protected in one basket. Not at all clear there is an advantage to small memory cards unless you count the joy of switching them a lot as an advantage.
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Old Sep 26, 2002, 12:04 PM   #27
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What it really boils down is to preference and money. The latter is proably the deciding factor. 175 pics on a 256 card is bunch of photos and you proably will want a spare set of batteries. I personally want the largest media I can buy (and pocket book will allow) and still keep the older media as my spare. Like most spare tires my older media rarely (if ever) will be used but it is nice to have.
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Old Oct 5, 2002, 7:59 PM   #28
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Default I'd go with 2-256's in your position....

Your cost per megabyte is a little lower with 256mb cards, and I agree that with a 5mp camera 128MB is a bit tiny. I sell cameras, and users of 4- and 5MP cameras invariably come back for a larger card if they buy a 128 with their cameras. Save the hassle, get the 256. Or two. But that 32MB that came with the 5700 may be perfect for the "just one more shot!" situations we all find ourselves in.
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