You Can Never Have Too Many Memory Cards
It’s Travel Tuesday and if you only learn one new thing from this series of mid-week posts, it’s this: Don’t even thing about buying a new camera or even a lens on the Friday before leaving for a week-long trek in Africa, Macho Picchu, or Puerto Rico where the below photograph was made.
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. When I saw this guy on the scooter coming past me on the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, I just turned and clicked of three frames and this was the best. 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 SD card or even a Wal-Mart in the mountains of Bhutan or 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 offers the Lexar Professional Secure Digital Extended Capacity 133x memory card in capacities of 128GB and 64GB card. Large capacities are a good choice for shooting continuous, rapid-fire images or extended lengths of 1080p HD video like the Rebel T3i I recently tested for Shutterbug is capable or recording. These Professional SDXC cards offer a Class 10 speed rating with a minimum guaranteed speed of 133x or 20MB per second and accelerate workflow by quickly transferring high-resolution images or HD video from the memory card to your computer especially when paired with an SDXC-enabled card reader, such as the retractable Lexar Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader that I also tested. All Lexar Professional 133x SDXC memory cards include the latest version of Image Rescue software to recover lost or deleted photo and video files, a limited lifetime warranty, and free technical support.