Have you had a memory card fail before?

5 months 4 days ago #658638 by Sean Lamber
I was just watching a video from Tony & Chelsea Northrup where they claimed they polled 4000 photographers and half of those photographers said they had at one point had a memory card failure. Are that many people having failures with memory cards?  Seems like an inflated number.  I could be wrong.  

If it is true, seems like that is a crappy bating average that memory card manufactures need to fix.  


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5 months 3 days ago #658647 by Nikon Shooter
Since 2011, when I converted my operation to digital,
I had only once a bad card that has proven OK after
reformatting. Mind you, I only went for top brands &
models

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5 months 3 days ago #658657 by Troponin
I had a card fail, but not completely unusable. Right from the factory it was acting up, causing my camera to lock up after trying to quick view photos. It also had trouble when I took used the “burst” mode. It would take forever to buffer and sometimes would cause it to lock up as well. 

Tried reformatting and no luck. It was a Sony 128g card, which aren’t cheap. I buy almost all 64g cards now as a result.


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5 months 3 days ago #658659 by garyrhook
With respect to batting average, the statistics need to include how many cards are in use by each photographer, and how many photos are captured on each card. That will get you an overall card failure rate. Then you would break it down by brand, and usage of that brand by all photographers.

You can also look at both of those on an individual photographer basis.

And it's important to note that every card has a lifespan. In time, they'll all fail. I don't think that any given photographer having a card fail is particularly surprising, or rare.


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5 months 3 days ago #658675 by Ontherocks
Interesting, honestly I have to say I wouldn't have expected that half the people experienced a failure.  But memory cards are something I swap out before end of life, so I guess that throws a wrench into this.  Or it just increases my chances for failure.  


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5 months 3 days ago #658678 by Shadowfixer1
I've never had a failure. I had one that I thought was bad but it turned out to be a compatibility issue with the D200. Gave it to a Canon guy and he had no issues. No card failures in 17 years of shooting digital.

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5 months 3 days ago #658679 by Shadowfixer1

Troponin wrote: I had a card fail, but not completely unusable. Right from the factory it was acting up, causing my camera to lock up after trying to quick view photos. It also had trouble when I took used the “burst” mode. It would take forever to buffer and sometimes would cause it to lock up as well. 

Tried reformatting and no luck. It was a Sony 128g card, which aren’t cheap. I buy almost all 64g cards now as a result.

That sounds more like a compatibility issue than a bad card. 

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5 months 3 days ago #658698 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Sean

I do not know the bloggers you refer to - but I seriously doubt the figures of 50% of those polled had a card failure. Others above have also offered considered opinions as well

For myself - over 15 yrs of digital use and as cameras + card sizes changed, of the 20 or so cards I have used, I have only had 2 failures, a never heard of brand, was 2-in-the-packet cards - each failed after a time. Since then I pay a bit more & use well known brands quite happily

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5 months 3 days ago #658702 by effron
Never a failure for me, but that probably guarantees I'll have one corrupt tomorrow.....:angry:

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5 months 2 days ago #658768 by Chester Foster
Same here, guess I'm one of the lucky ones.  How many of you are running two slots in your camera and writing to each card, one primary and one back up copy?


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5 months 2 days ago #658798 by garyrhook

Chester Foster wrote: Same here, guess I'm one of the lucky ones.  How many of you are running two slots in your camera and writing to each card, one primary and one back up copy?


Out of paranoia. I realize that pros shot for a long time with no backup, but one of the main features of a dual slot system is duplication. Totally worth it.


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5 months 1 day ago #658833 by effron
It may be a generational thing as well, seems older peeps that used to shoot with film are more comfy without a "back up"......there was no such thing with emulsion based photography.....

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5 months 1 day ago - 5 months 1 day ago #658834 by effron

Chester Foster wrote: Same here, guess I'm one of the lucky ones.  How many of you are running two slots in your camera and writing to each card, one primary and one back up copy?


Not me, I use two cards, one for "primary" and one for over flow....That being said, I've never filled a card and needed the second.....:S

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5 months 1 day ago #658860 by Chris Briggs
Happy to say no failures here.  


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5 months 19 hours ago #658948 by Instamixes
Nope, I didn't have any memory card failure before. I use my cards so carefully.


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