"Memory cards and other miscellaneous questions" Thu 10-Jan-13 12:31 AM by mkbee1
West Valley, US
Hey, knowledgeable Nikonians; When I bought my D90, the guy sold me a 16 GB class 10 memory card. I about choked when I saw the remaining exposure count was 2,100 shooting JPEG Fine,and Large! HOLY PIXELS, Batman!
That many sounds great, but, I think I'd a lot rather have fewer,(eggs in one basket, and all that) and I see there are 4GB class 6 memory cards available, which will give me 500+ exposures...about like a 2GB did in my D50. One card almost did me for a 9 day trip to Hawaii.
Are class 6 cards sufficiently fast for the D90, or should I go with the class 10s?
Now, for the next one:
Are the GGS-type LCD covers necessary? They seem to be made of glass, and permanently adhered to the camera. I'm using the plastic one that comes with the D90, and it seems good, but clunky-looking. I'm not sure about durability,though.
I had the LCD on my D50 covered with PDF screen-protection film for about 3 years, and finally removed it, because it got tatty, and made the image slightly "soft". No problems since I took it off, though, and the screen is still in excellent shape,after about 7 years. Any recommendations?
#1. "RE: Memory cards and other miscellaneous questions" In response to Reply # 0
Well, I use 4Gb and 8Gb memory cards and I rotate them (I have about 10) every time I do a full day of shooting -- more often if I do something critical like a wedding.
How many you can get on a card depends on whether you shoot RAW or JPEG or both, and what level of JPEG you use.
I shoot RAW, and a 4Gb is enough for me before I switch to the next one.
As to the LCD covers (I think that is what you are talking about) -- I removed mine within a few minutes of getting my D90 -- I kept it in case I changed my mind, but it does look clunky and seems a bit overkill, so away it goes. I do clean my LCD screen with an LCD lens-pen every few weeks -- it does have a few minor scratches, but nothing that bothers me!
#2. "RE: Memory cards and other miscellaneous questions" In response to Reply # 0
I have had the Nikon-supplied plastic cover on my D70S, D90, and now on the D7000. Who cares about how it looks? How it looks doesn't make me a better photographer. It has protected my lcd's and kept them in pristine condition, and that to me is all that matters. One of them broke once when the camera got a bump, but the lcd was fine.
#5. "RE: Memory cards and other miscellaneous questions" In response to Reply # 0
You'll find that as time goes by, the smaller cards fall by the wayside. Try finding a 1GB card now, for example - probably can't do it. It's pretty hard to find 4GB CF cards now; 8GB will be the minimum soon. Part of this is being driven by the underlying technology: whereas once it took N of a low-density chip to make a given capacity, now it may take just one with current densities. When the next fab line becomes operational, it'll surely be higher density, so the capacity of the products will become greater, whether you need it to do that or not!
_____ Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member
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#9. "RE: Memory cards and other miscellaneous questions" In response to Reply # 0
St Petersburg, RU
My general rule of thumb is to use as small a card to accommodate the highest number of images I am willing to risk. After working for a long time in another field that risked major investments in time and money on a session, having a media failure can range from very irritating to catastrophic. The size of the card that would fit that limit of risk take would change with different file size cameras. The 90 it was 2 or 4gig cards, with the D800 it is 8-16gig cards. All media fails at some time and it is designed-in to the cards that they have a finite life(although that is a pretty high write cycle count). User's opinions fall into two camps, those who have never had a media failure and don't anything wrong with filling a 64gig card, and those who have been seriously hurt by media failure and would not risk that again. I fall into the latter camp and it cost me $100,000 in out of pocket costs to correct but that was back with $100,000 was a lot more money than it is today. It is also why no pro would take an assignment with a single point of failure such as shooting with only one camera or one power source or one needed cable or light source. There are lessons in that for us amateurs also. Stan St Petersburg Russia