>That is exactly why using a card reader puzzles me. Cable >transfer provides much less strain/risk and I have not been >able to discern the reason for the use of a card reader in >lieu of the method designed and provided by Nikon.
Well, I can offer you several reasons.
1. Speed. Using a card reader is MUCH faster, and when I am working on deadline, I simply don't have the time to wait for a transfer of files. In fact, I don't transfer those files via card reader until I get home, I read the files straight off the card in the field for submission.
2. Familiarity. I've never bent a pin on any card ever. With on the order of 100k shots last year, never a problem once. Can't speak to how other people manage to get it wrong.
3. Immediacy. When I am gathering information off my cameras, I am usually in the field. Sometimes I need to put that camera right back into use. I am not going to carry around a laptop at half-time on a soccer field, baseball field, basketball arena, or similar connecting cables to my cameras and dumping data.
>I actually >back up twice. I use a second CF card in my D3s, copy to the >computer and retain the CF card properly marked as secondary >storage. CF cards are about as fool proof as one can get >until one gets to SSD.
That said, I have seen MORE bent pins on CF than SD by a WIDE margin.