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What do you do with the two card slots on the D800? (or...

JonK

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"RE: What do you do with the two card slots on the D800? (or D3/D4 for that matter)?"

JonK Moderator Awarded for his high level skills and in-depth knowledge in various areas, such as Wildlife, Landscape and Stage Photography Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 03rd Jul 2004
Wed 19-Dec-12 07:36 PM

It's an interesting phenomena. Those of us who shot film or the early DSLRs with one card slot had no backup. And once in a million there was a loss.

Fast forward to dual slots. Now that we can have backup, some of us want backup. I think there are two reasons:
1) Offering a backup mode implies that a single failure is more than a remote possibility.
2) Those of us with a heavy computer background know that, given enough time, electronics will fail.

I shoot in backup mode — with large enough cards that overflow is rarely an issue. And when I shoot — a job or just for myself — I sleep better knowing that I have two cards with the images. (Full disclosure: twice on a shoot I ran uncomfortably low on space and so blew away the backup card and turned on overflow. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do!)

And I know dozens of photogs who shoot in overflow and have never lost a frame…

Jon Kandel
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