I'm planning for a trip to Europe in May. I also just got a new D7000 to talk along. I'm using the camera as much as I can before the trip. Since I won't have a lap top, I want to have plenty of memory cards along. I shoot RAW, so every file is about 17MB. I've heard on the news that one of the companies likely to be impacted by the tragic events in Japan is SanDisk. I've been a loyal SanDisk user on all my cameras and don't want to experiment at this point. I'm tempted to stock up on SD cards now, in case the supply dries up later, but my budget is stinging from the purchase of the D7000. I'd appreciate any comments about how to proceed.
The SanDisk fabs in Mie prefecture are quite far away from the areas hardest hit by the quake. Two fabs were briefly affected by the quake, but were up and running again in a few days.
SanDisk, Lexar and Transcend all make great SD cards. They each have fabrication operations and semi-conductor chip making operations in Japan, Taiwan, Shanghai and South Korea. There are tons upon tons of inventory (in container lots) of various types of SD cards in the distribution channels in North America and in Europe.
All you have to do to find out about this sort of stuff is to hit a manufacturer web site and look up the latest press releases. I think there is very little to worry about - if anything at all. Lots of SD cards of all types are available now and will be for the foreseeable future.
The PNY SDHC cards in your Costco link may state that they're rated class 10, but that's a technicality only. Those cards are as slow as frozen molasses. That's why they're so cheap. I notice that the faster (though class 6 rated) SanDisk Extreme III cards are sold out at the Costco link. The SanDisk Extreme III cards are at least three times more expensive than the PNY cards, but in use they're approximately four times as fast as the PNY cards.
Just as an added layer of safety, you might want to consider stopping at the end of your trip and taking an hour or so to transfer your photos to DVD and mailing yourself a copy of the dvd. All kinds of weird, unexpected things happen during trips that could prevent your photos from making it home with you.
> >>The 16G PNY is a good unit as well. > >The PNY SDHC cards in your Costco link may state that they're >rated class 10, but that's a technicality only. Those cards >are as slow as frozen molasses. That's why they're so cheap. I >notice that the faster (though class 6 rated) SanDisk Extreme >III cards are sold out at the Costco link. The SanDisk Extreme >III cards are at least three times more expensive than the PNY >cards, but in use they're approximately four times as fast as >the PNY cards. > Tnx for that. I almost bought some. I'll stick with san disk. You can never have too many. Now if only the batteries weren't so **** expensive!
I have also agonized at the cost of these cards given I am also going to Europe this summer and plan to take no less than 3,000 pictures...RAW + JPG (just not sure which size JPG).
I have been buying 16GB Sandisk at about $50 or so on Amazon. When I considered the cost, and realized these cards will collect disk after the trip, I decided to throw in the towel, take the laptop, and buy a external HD ($50 - $60 for a portable up to 500GB). I will download pictures to the laptop and the hard drive and then re-use the SD cards. Not what I wanted to do, but saves me a ton of money and gives me piece of mind because I'll have two copies of everything.