Great For Back Up and Recording Video and Large Files From High End DSLR’s
Compact Flash Cards and Digital Media
If you own a digital camera, you probably received a very small and fairly useless compact flash memory card or memory stick of around 16 or 32MB with it. I would suspect that the person selling you the camera also sold you another, larger media card?
One thing that is absolutely essential in photography, is back up Compact Flash Cards and Digital Media Storage whether it be film, Compact Flash, SD Cards, Memory Sticks or a portable hard drive.
If you are a keen amateur or beginner, there is nothing that will hinder your progress or frustrate you more than running out of digital media space or having a memory card that is too slow to cope with your camera. Obviously you have the capability of deleting images to make room, but that is something I never do until I have checked them out on the computer first, just in case.
It is possible that a card may become corrupt, you may lose one or simply fill it quickly through your immense enthusiasm. Back up, back up and back up! Always have a back up of your most important files!
If you are shooting say, a wedding or portraits for money, you do not want any of the above to happen to you, it is sacrilege. I once lost over 50 images at a wedding due to card failure and my heart stopped! Luckily with a bit of skill and good data recovery software I was able to recover all of them.
I carry around 10-12 Compact Flash Cards and 2 Secure Digital Cards ranging from 4GB to 16GB and speeds of 80X to 300X depending on the job so I have all angles covered.
Think about what you need them for and buy within your budget getting as best you can for your money.
Of all the Compact Flash Cards and Digital Media, I would recommend either the Sandisk range for their incredible speed, capacity and reliability or the Lexar range for pretty much the same reason. Lexar have a “professional” range that is second to none.
Even with some early firmware problems with the Lexar 2GB 80X compact flash card (when used with the Canon 1D MKII and now discontinued), I returned the card and the customer service was exceptional. Within a week of sending it to the UK I had received a brand new card with firmware upgrades and also some bonus data recovery software installed, and it works extremely well.
Update: 5 years later the card is still going strong!
For some of the best prices around and a fast and reliable service, we recommend Amazon for online shopping.
Follow the links above to their Compact Flash Media pages and have a browse around their store, they both have some great prices and their ordering service is quick, simple and reliable.