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Rich: Shooting Time-lapse, burns through these memory cards. And you're going to need plenty of capacity in order to shoot for extended periods of time. Couple things to consider, get big cards. You're going to need those cards with high capacity. I've got 32 gigs going back here, but I actually have 120 gigabyte cards in my wallet. So, I can set up a long shot. They even make 256 gigabyte cards, they just keep getting bigger and bigger. Now, with those come a premium, because they really high capacity cards are going to be a bit more expensive.
So, that's why most of my cards are 32 or 64 gigs, which is currently the sweet spot. But you will see prices continue to fall. Now remember, not all cards are equal. If you're shooting an interval of say one shot every 5 seconds in RAW, no big deal, you can go ahead and use a slower card. But you want to go ahead and push that out in a high speed RAW sequence, one RAW file every second, you better have a high speed card. 600x even higher potentially.
Looking at the class ten or the higher cards on the SD card side. You need that speed, so the camera buffer doesn't fill up, and you can record those files in rapid succession. If you don't, you're going to have problems. The thing here, is you need to find the sweet spot between capacity and speed. Buy the cards that you can afford. Make sure they can keep up with your shooting style. If you're stuck with fewer cards, you may have to drop the JPEG, and you may have to shoot at slower intervals. You'll know there's a problem, if you're listening to the camera and the clicking interval starts to go off. So, it's going at a nice rhythmic pace, like these are here. But if you start hearing them drag out or slow down over time. Well, you might notice that you have a buffer issue. The bottom line is, get as many cards as you can afford, get two card wallets to keep them organized, and get the high-capacity cards. Fortunately, cards just keep getting cheaper and cheaper as more people get into digital photography.
And the price barrier's really getting removed from those high-capacity, high-speed cards.
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