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May 15, 2024 09:02:57   #
camerapapi Loc: Miami, Fl.
 
I cannot speak on behalf of anybody else, so this is only my opinion. I have cameras with one and others with two slots. I ALWAYS check the camera before shooting to make sure it has a memory card inserted. I seldom take an extra card with me except if I am traveling.

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May 15, 2024 09:05:46   #
Mac Loc: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia now Hernando Co. Fl.
 
Jeffcs wrote:
Mac apparently you are fortunate enough never to have a failed card


That is true.

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May 15, 2024 09:27:39   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Longshadow wrote:
Not a worry.
The cameras are the only things that use them.
Memory sticks for one camera, SD cards for the other.
No chance of accidentally swapping them.


Memory Sticks for Sony camcorders were a bad idea that didn't go anywhere. I have an old camcorder that can use them, but it can record fourteen hours on it's hard drive. I prefer using memory cards in camcorders. It makes it so much simpler. Sony used to have a stupid program called SonyPlayHome, or something equally stupid. The idea was that you would connect the camcorder to your computer and download the video. It worked great on paper but not in real life. Then they changed the name - still no good.

A fairly new Canon uses full-size SD cards, and a newer large Canon uses two SD cards - no internal recording. Someday, I'm going to shoot comparison videos of all my camcorders and see how good they are. Looking at individual videos, they all look good, but side-by-side will show which is better than another.

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May 15, 2024 09:36:16   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Memory Sticks for Sony camcorders were a bad idea that didn't go anywhere. I have an old camcorder that can use them, but it can record fourteen hours on it's hard drive. I prefer using memory cards in camcorders. It makes it so much simpler. Sony used to have a stupid program called SonyPlayHome, or something equally stupid. The idea was that you would connect the camcorder to your computer and download the video. It worked great on paper but not in real life. Then they changed the name - still no good.

A fairly new Canon uses full-size SD cards, and a newer large Canon uses two SD cards - no internal recording. Someday, I'm going to shoot comparison videos of all my camcorders and see how good they are. Looking at individual videos, they all look good, but side-by-side will show which is better than another.
Memory Sticks for Sony camcorders were a bad idea ... (show quote)

Well my cameras are what they are, eh?
Doesn't matter what I "prefer", I can't change them.
My <old> DSLR does use SD cards but only up to 16GB I believe.

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May 15, 2024 09:46:30   #
Canisdirus
 
Longshadow wrote:
Not a worry.
The cameras are the only things that use them.
Memory sticks for one camera, SD cards for the other.
No chance of accidentally swapping them.


Okay. Even different cameras may use a different file structure...just keep it like to like.

Have fun!

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May 15, 2024 09:58:53   #
Cheetah34 Loc: Virginia Beach
 
I have a Sony A7r4 which has 2 card slots. Have never understood how to configure them, how they function and what is the best use of them. Would appreciate any info from you more experienced Sony users.

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May 15, 2024 10:06:51   #
Real Nikon Lover Loc: Simi Valley, CA
 
That's the beauty of my Z9. Since it is wireless and pretty darn quick transferring that way, I rarely take the cards out. I can shoot wirelessly to the PC or iPad or download the same way. I have had great success shooting to my iPhone, iPad and PC. It got even better with the latest updates to "Crapbridge" and the Wireless Transmitter Utility. Nikon is on a roll. This is one of the reasons I moved from the D850 to the Z9. And the hits just keep coming.

Good day to ya Jerry!

Jim

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May 15, 2024 10:23:24   #
coolhanduke Loc: Redondo Beach, CA
 
Reminds me of when I was touring Sydney, Australia. Ran around snapping photos for about 2 hours. Got to frame 37/38. Popped open the back only to find there wasn't any film in the camera. Sad to say, there was not a slot for a second roll of film.

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May 15, 2024 10:53:21   #
photoman43
 
There have been lots of good posts. Before any new shoot, I try to remember to check my Nikon camera to make sure it is ready for today's shoot:

1. Make sure cards are in both slots (my cameras all take two cards)
2. Make sure no image files are on either card. I click on the display button and get "File folder empty" or something like that. If images are present I format both cards in the camera.
3. I run Clean sensor from the Menu
4. I check from the setup menu date and time to make sure those are set correctly.
5. I make sure that my main settings are correct for what I want: Mode(Aperture priority, Manual, etc); ISO; Auto ISO settings; Shutter speed; etc
6. White Balance set to what I want
7. Metering method set to what I want.
8. Exposure compensation is set to zero. I cannot tell you how many times this was not set to zero and remained at the last setting used that was wrong for the shoot.

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May 15, 2024 11:24:48   #
DirtFarmer Loc: Escaped from the NYC area, back to MA
 
Longshadow wrote:
Whatever trips your breaker!

I NEVER format my cards.......
Not in over 10 years.


It's easier to format a card than it is to delete 835 photos on the card.

OTOH, if your camera will save a file with camera settings, that will be deleted when you format it.

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May 15, 2024 11:34:08   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
Canisdirus wrote:
Okay. Even different cameras may use a different file structure...just keep it like to like.

...


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May 15, 2024 11:54:29   #
Thomas902 Loc: Washington DC
 
There is a marked and critical difference between a Tool and a Toy...
Namely one is used primarily to generate a revenue stream the other?

Worked briefly with another photographer in my market as a Makeup Artist on his assignments.
He had been shooting weddings for an agency that had recently dropped him.
Why? Because he was using a Nikon D700...

Some guys just can't get their head around the brutal fact that a Wedding Event is likely this most important day in a women's life... So sad but I've seen this again and again... And it's the primary reason I would typically mention to all my bridal makeup clients during their Trial Makeup session... "You would be wise to book with a female photographer if at all possible, in as they fully realize the worth/value of that very "Special Day".

Single Card Slots are great for those who enjoy "playing" with their "Toys"
Commercial Event Photographers are fully cognizant of the potential of a "career ending" disaster....

But hey, this is UHH which is virtually devoid of Wedding Photographers now.
I recently listed one of the very best Nikon options for Wedding Events (a Pro Nikkor 70-200mm) on UHH's Buy/Sell forum, zero responses even though my price point was considerable below KEH, B&H and mpb. UHH members simply aren't much into commercial photography, oh well.

And yes I have a D700 which I use for "Product" photography where those images can easily be recreated.
In fact for "Product" work, I typically have well over a dozen different illumination scenarios before I call in a wrap.

If by chance you are interested in Commercial Photography, more specifically Wedding Photography I recommend investing time on flickr... There you will find a multitude of Commercial Photographers active in the aforementioned. https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=Wedding+Photographers

Cheers, and btw, I consider Dual Chard Slots mandatory if you are a Commercial Shooter booked for a Wedding Event (paid work).

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May 15, 2024 11:58:15   #
stant52 Loc: Williamsport, Pa.
 
b top gun wrote:
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 15, 2024 12:03:55   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
Thomas902 wrote:
...

Single Card Slots are great for those who enjoy "playing" with their "Toys"
Commercial Event Photographers are fully cognizant of the potential of a "career ending" disaster....

...

Hmmm.....

I wonder what people did prior to the inception of dual card slots.....
Pray a lot?????????

So even the "PROs" had toys back then?

I'll bet they still pray,
just not as hard.

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May 15, 2024 12:07:58   #
coolhanduke Loc: Redondo Beach, CA
 
Deleting is not the same as formatting.
Constantly deleting files without formatting may cause corruption.

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