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 Post subject: mix or match SD cards
PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:16 am 
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Hello,

I have just purchased my first SLR, which came with a Sandisk 2GB Ultra 2 SD card. When I purchase more SD cards, is it alright to use other brands in the same camera or should you always stick to the same brand?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:32 am 
Hello David! Yes, it is alright to "mix and match" cards, as long as they are SD cards. Quite a lot of different companies makes SD cards, SanDisk and Lexar being a few of the big ones.

However, I would only buy from brands that I know and trust. If you're buying a generic card for a price that seems too good to be true, it usually is too good to be true!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:35 am 
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Any brand will work but like Burun said the more respectable brands make higher quality cards. Quality cards will last longer and are less likely to corrupt data, so don't cut corners when it comes to memory! It's arguably one of the most important parts of digital photography.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:55 pm 
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Thank you Burun and Shagrath for the reply, good to know that it is okay to use different brands.
Which are the major brands I should stick with?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:43 pm 
Mainly, I'd say SanDisk... they're the biggest and probably most trusted. Very closely followed by Lexar, Panasonic, Kingston, a few others.

I don't have a lot of experience with Panasonic, but I know they make some high speed cards. I've also never used Kingston memory cards, but I think it's safe to say that Kingston are a pretty big brand name.

Depending on what kind of an SLR you bought, you might also want to look into some higher speed cards, such as Ultra II and Extreme III made by SanDisk. They'll clear your camera's buffer out quicker and will transfer your photos to the computer a tad faster than regular cards.


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