Travel Tip of the Week
It’s Travel Tuesday and if you only learn one new thing from this series of posts, this is it: Don’t buy a new camera or lens on Thursday before leaving for a weeklong trek in Africa, Macho Picchu, or Easter Island. 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? The scouts have it right, you gotta “be prepared.” Just as important as knowing your equipment inside and out is what other “stuff” you need 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 xD 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 your friendly local camera store. Speed matters too. While there seems to be an ever-confusing array of memory cards available for digital cameras, chances are you know the one or two formats your particular camera accepts. So what size memory cards should you use?
The conventional wisdom is that you’re better off with more, smaller capacity cards than fewer larger ones. That concept is based on the assumption that you’ll loose fewer images if you have a card failure. (Don’t laugh, it’s happened to me.) I have a different theory: Use fewer, bigger cards. You won’t have as many to keep track of (or lose) or have to spend time changing cards. How big? Lexar Media’s Professional SDXC Class 10 memory card is available in 64GB or 128GB capacities. Both cards offer minimum guaranteed speeds of 133x (20MB per second) and accelerate workflow by providing fast transfer of high-resolution images and HD video from the card to your computer. Both cards offer a limited lifetime warranty, free technical support and the latest version of Image Rescue software to help recover any accidentally lost or deleted photo and video files.