Dual memory card set up recommendations?

8 months 1 week ago #664218 by Howard Swanson
I'm going to start using both my card slots and have been reading around on the back and forth set up recommendations for dual slots.  Some say RAW + RAW others are like RAW + JPG, but then I'll need a zillion cards.  There was even one guy who went on to say use one slot for small cards and swap them out often.  His logic was to minimize loss of all your photos.  

If you are using both slots, how do you have things configured?  


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8 months 1 week ago #664223 by Nikon Shooter
I shoot Raw on both, highest possible speed of same capacity.

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8 months 1 week ago #664250 by effron
I have both of my two slot bodies set to overflow. If I was to do an important job I'd set both to raw files for security. It all depends.

Why so serious?
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8 months 1 week ago #664270 by Howard Swanson
Cool.  Actually when you have the camera writing both in RAW for example, is there any reduction in the camera buffer compared to writing to just one card?


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8 months 1 week ago #664276 by Nikon Shooter
No, Howard, there is still only one file in the buffer
but the camera OS will write it to each card.

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8 months 1 week ago #664294 by Peter P
+1 Both are set to RAW


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8 months 1 week ago #664307 by garyrhook
As is often the case, it depends.

If you're working something where you can't afford to risk the loss of images, then use the 2nd as a backup.

If you're out shooting and can afford the risk, shoot overflow.

If you need quick access to images, shoot JPG.

When you fill a card, you swap it out. You should have spares anyways.  I now have 8 64GB cards and 6 128 GB cards, along with some 32 GB usually dedicated to the video camera. I own one XQD, and shoot backup in the D850. When the SD card gets full, I swap it out, format the XQD, and trust that the SD will be readable. But at 128 GB, I rarely have to do this mid-shoot.

So: do what you need to do.


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8 months 1 week ago #664357 by Paul Velasco
Sorry, just using one card so will be of no help.   So with that said, do all of you ALWAYS use a 2 card set up or just when doing client work? 


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8 months 1 week ago #664361 by Nikon Shooter
There is a law that says: "If something can go wrong, it will!"

Knowing that I'm prone to forget details at any time, I decided
to do given things always the same way and that includes cards.
Even just for fun, two cards… always. So when for a client, the
two cards are there… for sure!.

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8 months 1 week ago #664451 by Finn

Nikon Shooter wrote: There is a law that says: "If something can go wrong, it will!"

Knowing that I'm prone to forget details at any time, I decided
to do given things always the same way and that includes cards.
Even just for fun, two cards… always. So when for a client, the
two cards are there… for sure!.


Have you ever had a memory card fail?


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8 months 1 week ago #664523 by Nikon Shooter
Yes, but not in camera but in the reader. I could have
recovered the data (not cheap!) but I did bother since
there was the second card.

The faulty card was reformatted in camera and since
then, all is fine.

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