Memory Cards for Travel Photography
It’s Travel Thursday and if you only learn one new thing from this series of posts, this is it: Don’t buy a new camera on Thursday before leaving for a trek to Macho Picchu the following weekend. If there is any secret about travel photography it’s that using your equipment has to be instinctive so when an opportunity presents itself you may only have a few seconds to get a shot. There’s no time to think about what menu to use or how do I turn on continuous AF or what exposure mode am I in anyway? Just as important as knowing your equipment inside and out is what else to bring along to make sure that the images from the trip are as vivid as your memories.
Pack lots of memory cards. You may be not able to find an SD card or even a Wal-Mart in the mountains of Bhutan or you may be surprised that the prices in Tokyo’s Akihabara are a lot higher than in the USA. So what size memory cards should you use? Some shooters think that it’s better to have more, smaller capacity cards than fewer larger ones. Others prefer to use fewer, bigger cards. You won’t have as many to keep track of (or lose) or have to spend time changing cards.
There are lots of different memory cards available, so you have a lot to choose from. Lately Mary and I have been using SD cards from Leef Technology LTD. They offer a high-performance microSD and SD memory cards that use the UHS-I (Ultra High Speed) format that has a processing speed of 300X, four times faster than standard cards. Leef PRO Cards read and write data up to 45 MB/s (megabytes per second) in four-bit transfer mode. Leef PRO Cards are white with 100% functional memory die-sealed inside a thermoplastic casing, making the card waterproof and shock resistant to protect data from life’s little accidents, although not loss but the white color should make them easier to find. Leef PRO SD Cards come with a five-year limited warranty..