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Monday, January 15, 2007

To Delete or Not: The Coda

A brief metacommentary from Mike: we've gotten into some intense discussions in the comments to the "To Delete of Not: Computer Expert" and "OS Obsolescence: a Rant" threads, but I just want to direct people to Dave New's "ADDENDUM," which I just added to the former. There, he's summarized his recommendations for "best practices" concerning safe card usage.

Personally, I'd like to thank Carl, Dave, and Josh and the various other commenters who have weighed in on this issue of how best to handle flash memory use and avoid problems, both technical and procedural. It has forced me to re-evaluate my own practices and change over to a more disciplined, rationalized approach. I bought several new cards and will be following a stricter protocol from now on.

And an incidental note regarding that last sentence: when I first bought a Sandisk Extreme III 1-GB CF card, I bought it for $150—used. Granted the III is no longer the latest version, but the same cards now retail for $45 each, new.

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON

6 Comments:

Blogger brunom said...

I've always thought that using the smallest memory card as possible will prevent motordrive madness - seems to work !

Brunom

5:25 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

An incidental question on the incidental note: I wonder whatever happened to the Capture One LE licenses that were supposed to be supplied with SanDisk Extreme III cards?

This was announced last August, and it's still shown on the Phase One site.

$45 for Capture One LE plus a 1GB Extreme III would be an even nicer deal.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

"whatever happened to the Capture One LE licenses that were supposed to be supplied with SanDisk Extreme III cards?"

Doug,
Do you suppose that's what Amazon means by "retail bundle"?

I suppose we could get our webmaster to look into this. Oops, that's me.

--Mike

6:54 AM  
Blogger Gordon said...

I picked up some Kingston 2Gb 133x (about the same speed as the Extreme III sandisk) CF cards at the weekend. $19.95 each after rebate.

It's almost worth just archiving the CF cards now and buy a new one each time! ( can see where Sandisk are going with their 'shoot and store' cards. 128Mb for $9.95

4:03 PM  
Blogger Dave New said...

The note about the Capture One LE bundle brings up an important point -- before you pop a brand new card into your camera and format it, you should explore the factory-fresh card in your PC, to see what goodies the card manufacturer may have left for you on the card.

I understand that some of the higher-end cards have licensed copies of PhotoRescue or similar programs included.

It would be a shame to erase a freebie, because you are anxious to pop the card in your camera and start shooting.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Anton Olsen said...

I just picked up a 2GB RiDATA 150x CF from newegg.com for about the same price as the 1GB sandisk on amazon. 4 friends have also bought the 2, 4 and 8GB versions of that card and all liked it.

11:22 PM  

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