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Apr 5, 2021 07:15:58   #
jradose Loc: Mansfield, Ohio
 
I often research camera gear, just to see what is new and exciting. I own the Nikon D7500, as well as the D600, and have taken many wonderful photos with them. However, many "camera gear experts" really bad mouth the D7500, mainly because it has just one card slot. Really? So, I am wondering, does the average hobbyist photographer really need two card slots on their camera? I have been shooting for more than 15 years now, have gone out on all-day long photo shoots, and have never filled up one card, and yes, I usually shoot in raw. Plus, I have never had a card failure where I lost the photos on my card, perhaps I am very lucky. So, weigh in please with your opinion.

Apr 5, 2021 07:20:05   #
rmalarz Loc: Tempe, Arizona
 
I've never understood the one slot paranoia either. My film cameras only have one roll of film. One's all one needs.
--Bob
jradose wrote:
I often research camera gear, just to see what is new and exciting. I own the Nikon D7500, as well as the D600, and have taken many wonderful photos with them. However, many "camera gear experts" really bad mouth the D7500, mainly because it has just one card slot. Really? So, I am wondering, does the average hobbyist photographer really need two card slots on their camera? I have been shooting for more than 15 years now, have gone out on all-day long photo shoots, and have never filled up one card, and yes, I usually shoot in raw. Plus, I have never had a card failure where I lost the photos on my card, perhaps I am very lucky. So, weigh in please with your opinion.
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Apr 5, 2021 07:37:55   #
Don, the 2nd son Loc: Crowded Florida
 
My Canon 7Dii has an SD + CF slots. I only use the SD. I bought a CF/SD adapter to put in that slot mainly to fill that hole. Even when I select Slot #2 (SD) camera soon reverts to storing images on the CF slot. PITA! Now CF slot remains empty. I prefer the SD. Never filled a 64gb card shooting RAW. But then I clear the card every evening.

 
 
Apr 5, 2021 07:56:10   #
Tomfl101 Loc: Mount Airy, MD
 
Facts and statistics are real eye openers sometimes. Your right, losing images on a flash drive is less likely than being hit by lightning on a sunny day. But that second slot is like an inexpensive insurance policy to me. I wouldn’t leave home without it.

Apr 5, 2021 08:02:30   #
whfowle Loc: Tampa first, now Albuquerque
 
I don't care how many card slots are in my camera. Most of the time, I only use one even if there are more. But when I do use both, one is for jpg and the other for RAW. If I am traveling, I will use both when visiting sites I will never visit again. But then again, my income does not depend on satisfying a customer so I don't have to be safe. I think the dual card slot thing is for professional photographers who have to show a product and only have one chance to get it right. I suspect the high frame rates is driven by the same professional needs. The only time I use high frame rates is when I'm shooting birds in flight or auto racing. My approach to photography is very much influenced by my start in the film era. Have an idea of what you want to capture, set the camera up to accomplish that vision, and wait until the right moment to shoot it. If in doubt as to the correct exposure, bracket. With digital, bracketing is built in and easy, but with film it means taking sequential shots that may be similar.

Apr 5, 2021 08:29:42   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
Poo-pooed because the camera only has one card slot??????
Those people have some serious underlying problems!
Being SUPER opinionated is one.

Why not three or four slots????

If my next camera comes with SD and CF slots,
it isn't getting a CF card! I have 10 SDs.

Apr 5, 2021 08:29:59   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
rmalarz wrote:
I've never understood the one slot paranoia either. My film cameras only have one roll of film. One's all one needs.
--Bob



Dual roll film cameras!

Backup for the over paranoid.

 
 
Apr 5, 2021 08:31:30   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
Tomfl101 wrote:
Facts and statistics are real eye openers sometimes. Your right, losing images on a flash drive is less likely than being hit by lightning on a sunny day. But that second slot is like an inexpensive insurance policy to me. I wouldn’t leave home without it.

Why don't they have 3 or 4 slots for added insurance????
Two cards can fail you know.

Apr 5, 2021 08:33:53   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
Tomfl101 wrote:
Facts and statistics are real eye openers sometimes. Your right, losing images on a flash drive is less likely than being hit by lightning on a sunny day. But that second slot is like an inexpensive insurance policy to me. I wouldn’t leave home without it.

Better get a second camera also in case the first breaks.

Apr 5, 2021 08:41:39   #
Gene51 Loc: Yonkers, NY, now in LSD (LowerSlowerDelaware)
 
jradose wrote:
I often research camera gear, just to see what is new and exciting. I own the Nikon D7500, as well as the D600, and have taken many wonderful photos with them. However, many "camera gear experts" really bad mouth the D7500, mainly because it has just one card slot. Really? So, I am wondering, does the average hobbyist photographer really need two card slots on their camera? I have been shooting for more than 15 years now, have gone out on all-day long photo shoots, and have never filled up one card, and yes, I usually shoot in raw. Plus, I have never had a card failure where I lost the photos on my card, perhaps I am very lucky. So, weigh in please with your opinion.
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I've had 4 cameras with two card slots - and never used the second slot. I seriously doubt that having that second slot would result in any improvements. Similarly, I have now shot over 225,000 pictures since 2000 and have yet to experience a card failure. For most situations having a second card slot is a feature in search of a benefit. So much for the armchair experts.

Apr 5, 2021 08:43:17   #
Gene51 Loc: Yonkers, NY, now in LSD (LowerSlowerDelaware)
 
Don, the 2nd son wrote:
My Canon 7Dii has an SD + CF slots. I only use the SD. I bought a CF/SD adapter to put in that slot mainly to fill that hole. Even when I select Slot #2 (SD) camera soon reverts to storing images on the CF slot. PITA! Now CF slot remains empty. I prefer the SD. Never filled a 64gb card shooting RAW. But then I clear the card every evening.


Not sure if hte 7D II is like a 5DM3, but the M3 has two card slots - and it handles CF cards faster than SD cards, and if you put both in, the CF slows down to the same write speed as the SD.

 
 
Apr 5, 2021 08:53:46   #
Bill_de Loc: US
 
jradose wrote:
I often research camera gear, just to see what is new and exciting. I own the Nikon D7500, as well as the D600, and have taken many wonderful photos with them. However, many "camera gear experts" really bad mouth the D7500, mainly because it has just one card slot. Really? So, I am wondering, does the average hobbyist photographer really need two card slots on their camera? I have been shooting for more than 15 years now, have gone out on all-day long photo shoots, and have never filled up one card, and yes, I usually shoot in raw. Plus, I have never had a card failure where I lost the photos on my card, perhaps I am very lucky. So, weigh in please with your opinion.
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I think the D7500 got a bad rap because it was sold as an upgrade to the D7200. Many D7200 owners were happy with the dual card slot. The D7500 was not designed to take, nor is there an available, an OEM battery grip. Third party manufacturers filled the gap to overcome Nikon's "mistake".

There were improvements to the D7500 over the D7200, but some felt the loses outweighed the advances.

My first 2 DSLRs were the D1x and D2Xs. They are big cameras. When I got a D300 it felt like a toy until I added a grip. It is something you get used to. Today I sometimes take the grip off my D7200 when using it with a light lens like the 300mm PF.

Had Nikon not presented the D7500 as the next in line to the beloved D7200, they could have avoided the negativity that surrounded it's introduction. By now I think the D7500 has proved itself and has a pretty solid following.

When reading reviews there is one thing to keep in mind. The "camera gear experts" will too often harp on the negatives and gloss over the positives.

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Apr 5, 2021 08:58:20   #
LFingar Loc: Claverack, NY
 
jradose wrote:
I often research camera gear, just to see what is new and exciting. I own the Nikon D7500, as well as the D600, and have taken many wonderful photos with them. However, many "camera gear experts" really bad mouth the D7500, mainly because it has just one card slot. Really? So, I am wondering, does the average hobbyist photographer really need two card slots on their camera? I have been shooting for more than 15 years now, have gone out on all-day long photo shoots, and have never filled up one card, and yes, I usually shoot in raw. Plus, I have never had a card failure where I lost the photos on my card, perhaps I am very lucky. So, weigh in please with your opinion.
I often research camera gear, just to see what is ... (show quote)


From what I have read here on UHH, many of the members (but certainly not all) get all wound up over certain things apparently to convince either themselves and/or others how professional and capable they are. Must have two slots, photo cameras shouldn't be video capable, primes are the only way to shoot, etc, etc.
For some (definitely not all) professionals one slot vs two is a valid concern, but, for the vast majority of photographers it is only a talking point.

Apr 5, 2021 08:58:25   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
Gene51 wrote:
I've had 4 cameras with two card slots - and never used the second slot. I seriously doubt that having that second slot would result in any improvements. Similarly, I have now shot over 225,000 pictures since 2000 and have yet to experience a card failure. For most situations having a second card slot is a feature in search of a benefit. So much for the armchair experts.

Probably slows down the data saving as it has to transfer the data somewhere twice.

Apr 5, 2021 09:04:16   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
I'll bet the second slot being different from the first slot (SD/CF)
was to give people a choice between card types.
People wouldn't have to get all new cards if they switched camera brands.

If it was intended for backup, why not simply use a second of the same card type?

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