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May 14, 2024 10:44:29   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
I grabbed my D750 and went out to take pictures earlier. When I got home, I removed the SD card and saw that there was only one card in the camera. I had removed the other one to process some pictures, but I didn't replace it. If the camera didn't have a second slot, I would have been out of luck. Of course, I could have opened the SD door to see what was in there before I left. I did check to make sure the battery was good.

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May 14, 2024 10:56:04   #
bsprague Loc: Lacey, WA, USA
 
For those of us with lesser cameras (!), keeping a spare card in the case, bag or pocket is the only solution.

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May 14, 2024 11:03:13   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
When I remove the card for moving images to the computer I leave the camera "handy" until I'm done and replace the card before putting the camera away.

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May 14, 2024 11:10:56   #
b top gun
 
When you turned on the camera you should get an error message telling you that you have no storage available...???

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May 14, 2024 11:13:17   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
b top gun wrote:
When you turned on the camera you should get an error message telling you that you have no storage available...???

Only if both cards are missing?

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May 14, 2024 11:17:14   #
Canisdirus
 
I made it a habit to check every time I put the battery in ( I always pull the battery before putting it all away).

Happened to me a few times...and always happened when I was miles from my home.

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May 14, 2024 11:26:14   #
gwilliams6
 
Canisdirus wrote:
I made it a habit to check every time I put the battery in ( I always pull the battery before putting it all away).

Happened to me a few times...and always happened when I was miles from my home.


Just know that most cameras have an small internal battery to keep your settings, and date and time etc. If you leave the camera without a battery in it for too long, your can drain that internal battery down and have to redo all your settings.

Cheers

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May 14, 2024 11:28:56   #
BB4A
 
My Canon R5 and 5D MkIV bodies are all set up to record on both cards. I’ve occasionally forgotten to reload a card, which always prompts a startup error message: Card 1 / Card 2 Missing, unable to backup copy, etc.

For other manufacturers, I’m fairly sure this is a configuration option, whether you use one or both card slots.

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May 14, 2024 11:34:03   #
Mac Loc: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia now Hernando Co. Fl.
 
jerryc41 wrote:
I grabbed my D750 and went out to take pictures earlier. When I got home, I removed the SD card and saw that there was only one card in the camera. I had removed the other one to process some pictures, but I didn't replace it. If the camera didn't have a second slot, I would have been out of luck. Of course, I could have opened the SD door to see what was in there before I left. I did check to make sure the battery was good.
I grabbed my D750 and went out to take pictures ea... (show quote)


Once here on UHH someone told me that I must not love my photos because my camera had only one card slot and I couldn’t back up the photos on another card.
Even now I use the second slot for overflow and not backup.
A second card slot is nice, but I don’t think it’s a must. Like bsprague said a spare card (and battery) in the pocket is no problem.
Before digital, film cameras could only hold one roll at a time—no backup.

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May 14, 2024 11:34:56   #
gwilliams6
 
Yes having two cards slots in many cameras now is a great thing.

It can offer redundancy which is so important when doing any paid work. My Sony cameras shows me how many cards are loaded, and how many shots remain on each card (at whatever file size and file type I have set).

I shoot raw files to one card, and jpegs to the other card. The jpegs are for quick review and quick sharing with media and clients. The raw files are later processed for my best final output. I save both sets of files.

When doing video, the camera is set to record simultaneously to both cards.

Cheers and best to you.

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May 14, 2024 11:44:35   #
b top gun
 
Yes, if BOTH cards are missing. My very first digital was a Nikon point and shoot; it had limited internal storage; if I took a few shots without a card inserted that camera would store those few images. That was way back when, before SD cards and before cards were even 4MB capacity.

Both my Nikons have dual card slots, one for SD, the other for XQD or CF Express. I have both set up to record stills to the SD card and videos to the non SD cards.

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May 14, 2024 12:02:37   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
gwilliams6 wrote:
Yes having two cards slots in many cameras now is a great thing.

It can offer redundancy which is so important when doing any paid work. My Sony cameras shows me how many cards are loaded, and how many shots remain on each card (at whatever file size and file type I have set).

I shoot raw files to one card, and jpegs to the other card. The jpegs are for quick review and quick sharing with media and clients. The raw files are later processed for my best final output. I save both sets of files.

When doing video, the camera is set to record simultaneously to both cards.

Cheers and best to you.
Yes having two cards slots in many cameras now is ... (show quote)


I want three slots!
I'm really skeered that I might loose them on the other two slots.
Maybe I should get four slots.

What in the world did we do for so long with only one card slot.......

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May 14, 2024 12:27:44   #
MJPerini
 
We all make occasional mistakes and I think I make more than my share.
To combat that, I find that ALWAYS doing common tasks the same way is a big help.
For many years we shot for clients where a mistake would be a disaster.
>Have more cards than you need of the same size and type and keep them in regular rotation
> when a card is removed from a camera it is replaced with a fresh card which is then formatted in the camera.
> the card from the shoot ALWAYS stays at the editing station until the job is complete and backed up ( I keep 2 little boxes there "In Process" and "OK to Format")
I always do it the exact same way, even if we got home late, I would remove the card (s) from the camera, Replace it, and place the Job Card at the computer with a post-it note attached Job# etc but I nearly always took the few minutes to Ingest, and back up before going to bed.
Each Camera bag had small card wallet Attached to it
We would do the same thing with packing order of the Camera Bags, lighting Bags working bag etc
Routine can be a savior.

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May 14, 2024 12:28:07   #
Mac Loc: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia now Hernando Co. Fl.
 
Longshadow wrote:
I want three slots!
I'm really skeered that I might loose them on the other two slots.
Maybe I should get four slots.

What in the world did we do for so long with only one card slot.......



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May 14, 2024 12:29:14   #
SuperflyTNT Loc: Manassas VA
 
Longshadow wrote:
When I remove the card for moving images to the computer I leave the camera "handy" until I'm done and replace the card before putting the camera away.


Yes, the camera stays there with the card slot door open until I replace the card.

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