CFast (for Compact Fast) is a new standard of memory card. It's designed to store the huge file sizes created by DSLR high megapixel cameras and 4K video cameras. What is CFast? The CFast 2.0 specification provides for speeds of up to the SATA 3.0 interface max of 600MBps. Wait! What? OK. SATA means Serial ATA. ATA is an abbreviation of AT Attachment. AT was IBM's acronym for Advanced Technology. Whew. Therefore, SATA is the abbreviation for Serial Advanced Technology Attachment. Ancient Computer History Note: AT comes from the name of … [Read more...] about CFast 2.0 Memory Cards
After finishing shooting for the day, you need to figure out how to keep your memory card safe until you transfer your images to your computer. The worst thing you can do is put the card in your pocket and taking a risk of losing it. A better solution is to have two memory card wallets—red and gray. Red means “Don't touch” Take the card out of the camera and place it backwards in the red card wallet. Placing the card backwards will help you remember the card has photos on it and it is not to be used. Your memory cards are safe in your “Red—Do … [Read more...] about Studio Tip: Never Overwrite a Memory Card Again!
As a kid, I remember my parents asking me to pick up some RAM for our business while I was on a family vacation...I don't remember how much it cost...but I do remember that the 16k of ram that I had picked up was on two boards about the size of a Wacom Small Tablet each! So when I stop to think about where we've come from and where we're going with the amount of memory we're able to compact in these Hard Drives and Memory Cards now just blows me away. Looking back at some old articles about the first computers, it's pretty clear to see how … [Read more...] about Transcend’s New Ultra High Speed SD Cards
With new cameras being released every month and new developments in memory card technology, many readers have struggled to find a memory card reader that works well for them. My friend Michael Tapes, designer of LensAlign, was having an issue finding a card reader that could grow with him and evolve as his cameras evolve. The Nikon D5 shoots either dual XQD or dual CF cards, Nikon D810 shoots SD and CF, Nikon D500 shoots XQD and SD, Canon 1DX Mark II shoots CF and CFast cards, and both the Canon 5D Mark III and 5Ds R shoot CF and SD cards. As … [Read more...] about Speed Up your Import Workflow with a New Card Reader
Most consumers don't know that there are differences between memory cards besides the obvious capacities and different formats that are available. There are several identifiers to know to help you choose the right memory card for the type of shooting that you do and that can be crucial since not all cards are created equally. Before going out and buying new cards on sale... 1. Consider this What type of photography do you do? If you're an action and sports photographer or even a videographer, having a memory card with a fast minimum write speed … [Read more...] about Write Speeds – Memory Cards Are Not Created Equal
Dang it, why isn't there a universal tech language out there?! I mean seriously, as photographers and videographers, we already have to deal with all sorts of random vocabulary to understand our craft, why must there be even more to decipher? Now that my rant is slightly over, let me share the super secret code that may help you understand the write performance of the card you have, and the cards you'll perhaps end up buying in the future. First and foremost, we're going have to understand what "x-speed" is -- Companies note the maximum … [Read more...] about X-Rated – The Solution to Understanding X-Speed Memory Card Speeds.
Join Melissa Niu of Photofocus and Chase Reynolds of LensRentals.com as they talk with concert photographer Alan Hess about his favorite camera gear including using the new XQD memory cards and shooting with a Nikon D810. http://youtu.be/rrefpJnIzbk Gear Discussed Nikon D4s - http://bit.ly/1ugZtXx Sony 64GB XQD Memory Card - http://bit.ly/1sSkz2W Nikon D810 - http://bit.ly/1ugZxGD Brought to you by LensRentals - http://bit.ly/pflensrentals SongFreedom - http://bit.ly/songfreedom Photofocus - https://photofocus.com About Alan … [Read more...] about XQD Memory Cards and Nikon D810 | Alan Hess – What’s in Your Bag
My favorite cousin Mary Ann took a long photography trip to India. She wasn't sure how many photos she was going to take. To play it safe, she decided to err on the side of caution and doubled the amount of memory cards she thought she needed. Sounds like a solid plan, but keeping track of so many cards in the field can be challenging especially when they start getting full. Simple Solution Getting a good memory card case is the first step. Think Tank, Vidpro SD1, and Pelican all make great holders. But this next step is the most important. … [Read more...] about A Quick tip to avoid formatting the wrong memory card
For years, when people have asked me which memory card I use - the response has been the same. Whatever happens to be laying around. But during the last five years Ive been keeping better track of the cards that have the most errors and those that perform the best. Ive evaluated whether cards are prone to damage due to rough insertion into the card slot, which have trouble formatting, and throughput speeds, both read and write. Ill start this by saying your mileage may vary. I also want to note that now that I have switched to Fuji cameras, … [Read more...] about Memory Cards That Matter
Join Melissa Niu of Photofocus and Chase Reynolds of LensRentals.com as they talk with concert photographer Alan Hess about staying creative when shooting a venue again and again. http://youtu.be/tCRg7pY7-CU Gear Discussed Nikon D4 - http://bit.ly/1ugXiTz Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 - http://bit.ly/1ugWWwt Nikon SB910 Speedlites - http://bit.ly/1ugZJpq Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 - http://bit.ly/1ugXceP Brought to you by LensRentals - http://bit.ly/pflensrentals SongFreedom - http://bit.ly/songfreedom Photofocus - https://photofocus.com About Alan … [Read more...] about Being Creative when Shooting a Venue Again and Again | Alan Hess – What’s in Your Bag
GoPro cameras are a great addition to my kit. They allow the capture unique and adventurous angles, but best of all are really small. Just like the camera, the memory card is small - newer GoPros record to a microSD card. On most shoots, I'm filling 32gb or 64gb cards, then backing up and erasing them quickly. But whats the best way to transfer the files? I'll give you a hint. . . The included USB cable is not the right way. Let me explain: the USB port on the GoPro is meant for charging. It's a low capacity port built with USB 2.0 technology. … [Read more...] about The Fastest Way to Copy Data from a GoPro
When you first start out trying to learn any subject, you don't know - what you don't know. While this post may be very old hat to most of you, every day a brand new photographer visits Photofocus for the first time and I want to make sure everyone can get something valuable from the site. So newbies - today is your day. (And a refresher never hurts anyone.) Keep Those Memory Cards Safe I want to share some best practices with you regarding memory cards. This isn't a memory card Bible. I won't mention every single thing you need to know about … [Read more...] about Digital Camera Basics – 10 Tips For Keeping Your Memory Cards From Becoming FUBAR
Memory Card Healthcare Lets talk memory cards. We all have them, need them and use them. But what does it all mean? Lets discuss taking care of our cards and preventing potential problems that can and will happen to all of us. Here's ten practical tips. 1. Keep your camera up to date. From time to time your camera manufacturer will send out firmware updates to your camera. Sometimes this can affect the way your camera talks to your memory card. 2. Make sure you replace batteries before your camera dies. If your camera dies while writing a … [Read more...] about 10 Tips for Healthy Camera Memory Cards
Image from Panasonic.com New cameras like the Panasonic GH4 and the Fuji X-T1 are capable of utilizing the latest SD cards with U-3 specifications. Personally, I'm not really that interested in the specifics, but these new cards are really really fast. Fast means that the picture gets from the camera to the card quickly, and from the card to the computer quickly. Both of these times are important for speeding up our workflow. I think most of the SD cards I've seen for sale, even at non camera stores, have been Class 10 (see the "10" inside the … [Read more...] about Want a Faster Photography Workflow? Want to Shoot 4K Video? You’re Gonna Need a New Card
I have a tendency to carry a lot (and I mean A LOT) of memory cards on a shoot. Between shooting panoramic photos, time-lapse sequences, and HD video, I burn through memory cards faster than most. I find myself needing to be certain that I avoid accidentally erasing data. Heres my strategy for safety: Make sure that all memory cards are formatted BEFORE going into the field. Don't bring cards with data or you'll sit there wondering if you transferred them already or if youre about to wipe your only copy. Have two card wallets. One full … [Read more...] about Easy Tip to Avoid Accidently Erasing Memory Cards
I get lots of questions about my backup workflow, my travel packing workflow, my post-processing workflow but not enough about my memory card workflow. Memory cards are kind of important - if they don't work nothing else matters. It's not a big deal really but I do think it's worth a short post just to make sure everyone has at least considered this. Here's my basic memory card workflow. 1. Test every new card in at least two cameras - download images, reformat card - make sure it's solid. 2. Label every card with my name, phone number and … [Read more...] about Memory Cards – Workflow
Its been almost four years since I talked about this so I thought it might be worth a mention again. If you use a digital camera, you use compact flash or SD memory cards, or if youre really unlucky and use certain models of the Sony camera, you use a proprietary and miserable memory stick. Whatever memory card you use, there are some best practices that you might want to consider to keep your memory cards safe, and operational. Here are some suggestions. (Remember these are BEST PRACTICES. This doesn't mean that you may not be able to get … [Read more...] about Five Tips For The Proper Care & Feeding Of Memory Cards For Photographers
Make sure you don't miss a single post - point your feed reader to the Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe free of charge. This is one of "those" questions we get at Photofocus every week. It's not the kind of question I'd usually answer on the show because really, up til now, there's no right answer. My postion on this has evolved over the years as the technology has improved and the card makers become more transparent. I will answer the question in a moment. First some background... I've used every major brand of memory card. From … [Read more...] about Which Brand of Memory Card Should Photographers Use?
If you use a digital camera you use memory cards. Whether SD or CF or anything else, there are certain things you should know about your memory cards if you want to get the best experience possible. 1. Format your cards in the camera - not on the computer. This helps to ensure that no unwanted or unneeded files make their way onto the card from the computer. 2. When ejecting your memory card from the computer, safely eject by dragging it to the trash or select "Safely Remove" on a Windows machine or Command + E on a Mac. Then wait at least … [Read more...] about Memory Cards – 15 Essential Tips for Photographers
Post by In Part I and Part II of this series I covered tips for helping avoid memory card data loss. In this article, I will continue the discussion with a few more suggestions. 1. Safely eject and observe the "Five-Second Card Eject Rule." As with external hard drives or USB flash drives (a.k.a. Thumb Drives), an icon for a memory card will appear on your computer when you insert it into a standalone or built-in card reader. It should pop up either on the desktop (Mac OS), or when viewing the file directory when you select "Computer" on … [Read more...] about How to Help Avoid Memory Card Data Loss – Part III
In Part I of this three-part series I covered a few tips for helping to avoid memory card data loss. In this article, I will continue the discussion by covering memory card quality, card testing and memory card size. 1. Use high quality memory cards. Any company can produce a defective memory card from time to time, but to improve your overall odds, I'd recommend choosing memory cards that have an excellent track record. How do you determine which brands and specific card models are reputable? I generally purchase cards from companies who … [Read more...] about How to Help Avoid Memory Card Data Loss – Part II
Post by Due to the growing popularity of digital cameras, removable memory cards have become our "new film." Some popular types of memory cards include SD/SDHC (Secure Digital), CF (CompactFlash) and Memory Stick. But as with any digital storage media, there are always risks of data loss either due to user error or data corruption. In this article, I will share a few tips designed to help you avoid memory card data loss. 1. Turn your cards over as they are used and use a memory card case. With 35mm film, it was easy to distinguish between … [Read more...] about How to Help Avoid Memory Card Data Loss – Part I
One of the people who sent in questions for the Photofocus podcast asked: When Should I Erase My Memory Card? I decided not to wait for the next podcast to answer this question. It's one I get frequently from beginners and I think it's important. My workflow is simple. I copy my memory card to my computer using a LEXAR FW800 UDMA reader. It's quick and efficient. Once copied to my computer, I import the file again into Aperture and make sure it's safely in the Library. I immediately backup my Library to an Aperture Vault on my Drobo. THEN and … [Read more...] about When Should I Erase My Memory Card?
It happens just about once per month. I get an e-mail from someone who has managed to crash their flash card. This can run anywhere from, "It was no big deal." since they were just testing a new camera to, "Oh my God my Africa trip is gone!" But in every case I have heard of so far, the problems were avoidable. 1) Always FORMAT your card after you have downloaded the images from it rather than erasing the images one-by-one or taking them en' masse to the trash. This cleans up the file system and greatly reduces your chance of a crash. 2) … [Read more...] about Taking Care of Compact Flash (CF) and Secure Data (SD) cards
Photo and Article by Fred Johnson Being the photo-geek that I am how could I resist the opportunity to play with the world's first SD+WiFi+FTP enabled memory card?! Like many of my gadgets, once I played with it for a while, a few "gotchas" emerged. The Eye-Fi is an intelligent SD memory card with a built-in FTP client and wi-fi circuitry. Essentially, the card is a little computer that plugs into your camera, and after set-up will automatically upload the photos you've just snapped to the photo-sharing site of your choice. When the Eye-Fi guys … [Read more...] about WiFi – Enabled Memory Cards?