For the past several years, I have relied on SanDisk's Extreme Pro SD cards for my cameras. They've worked well, and I've never had a card fail. But when I was offered a 64GB ProGrade Digital SDXC card and card reader for review, I was curious to see how it stacked up against my tried and true card of choice. While the ProGrade Digital card advertises a speed of 200MB/s, the SanDisk card advertises 300MB/s. Both are class 10, UHS speed class 3, UHS-II cards. The ProGrade card is also a V60, offering 60MB/s for video recording. Beyond just the … [Read more...] about Stacking up ProGrade Digital’s SDXC card and reader with SanDisk
This morning, ProGrade Digital announced its newest product, the SD Dual-Slot USB 3.1, Gen. 2 Card Reader. As with their other workflow readers, the SD Dual-Slot reader transfers simultaneously at speeds up to 10Gb/s. "Many of today's professional cameras have two SD slots, so it is only natural that ProGrade Digital's newest USB 3.1, Gen. 2 workflow reader be a dual-slot for SD cards," said founder and CEO Wes Brewer. "Based on the successes of earlier workflow readers, we know that our patent-pending magnetic base, compact rugged design and … [Read more...] about ProGrade Digital releases dual-slot SD card reader
Okay, so here's the deal. You know that little lock switch on the side of the SD card? The one that you move to lock the card from being written on? Well, it works. It works really well. Almost too well on some occasions — like when that little lock switch becomes loose or even worse, missing! My wonderful Lexar Professional 64GB UHS-II 2000x Gold card ended up having one that was loose. Every time I plugged it into my Fujifilm X-T2, no matter how carefully I placed it in there with the card unlocked, the switch would slide to lock! It … [Read more...] about I just saved this $100 SD card from being unusable
I see online over and over again about memory cards failing. Here's a quick tip — instead of deleting photos from your memory card, format your memory card after each time you put it into your computer. Doing so will cause the memory card to do a soft sort of "reset," and in addition to deleting your images, it'll make sure it's in tip-top shape for your camera. Want to read more? Check out more in the article, "Avoiding Memory Card Chaos" … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Avoid memory card headaches by formatting after every shoot
It’s September 28th, 2007, around 1:00 am. My wife was gently sighing in her sleep in our luxurious Masai Mara safari camp tent. I was in charge of downloading and backing up the compact flash cards from our Nikon D200s. Even at 10.2 Megapixels per image, those old CF cards were full and painfully slow. The tent’s multilayered closure flap was being breached by the hairy leg of a resident vervet monkey. I rebuffed the assault, secured the tent and returned to the laptop for a second shock. One of the CF cards was corrupt... and it was … [Read more...] about Flash Memory Card Hygiene
The last place you want gear failure to happen is overseas when you're on a job or just on vacation. There are several different ways to avoid this and keep your camera data safe and secure so you can edit when you're back home. Regardless of whether you're the most careful, conscientious person in the world, memory card and computer issues can and do happen, and at the worst possible time. Option 1: Invest in a Portable Hard Drive If you're planning on taking a laptop with you, it's a good idea to invest in a portable hard drive. These … [Read more...] about Keeping Your Data Safe While Traveling
Mirrorless cameras have been on the market for more than a decade and there's no other camera type that has developed and changed more rapidly, and there's no other category of camera that is more critically discussed. With all the changes constantly going on, I think you should make sure you're up to date before you criticize the efficacy of a camera platform. Here are three places you should check your facts. 1. Are you talking about the latest model? I talk with many photographers about mirrorless, and many times someone has tried a camera … [Read more...] about Mirrorless Camera Maniac: Is It Time To Update?
As photographers, we often take for granted one of the most important pieces of equipment we can invest in — memory cards. Whether you use CF or SD cards, there's some simple things to remember in order to avoid card failure. Don't Delete...Format! While it might make sense to use your computer's option to delete photos off your camera, it's actually the opposite of what's recommended. Instead, format your card in-camera after you off-load a shoot to your computer. Doing so will refresh the card so it works as best as possible with your … [Read more...] about Avoiding Memory Card Chaos