All eggs in one basket: Large vs Small memory cards

Having all your eggs in one basket is deemed to be a risky solution by many.

20140223-120828.jpgToday we are going to discuss memory card sizes, comparing the pros and cons of having large vs small memory cards.

When I first started out in photography, I was taught that having multiple smaller memory cards was the way to go because if one card fails, you'll still have a few images to keep on other cards. This was what I thought was true until I bought my Nikon D800E. The problem is the ridiculous 36mp image of the Nikon D800E which in turn forces you to purchases larger cards. An 8gb card will only give you a mere 200 images and when shooting weddings (yes I still shoot weddings, but for Jason Tey Photography), it is not ideal, so I reached out to B&H and got myself 4 x 64gb cards.

Since then I have not looked back and I'm planning to purchase more!

Why? You may ask. It is because I lose my cards all the time. The more I have, the more I lose, plus the more I lose track of what is in what card. Misplacing or losing a card is just like having a card failure and by having a large memory card means that I won't have to switch cards during a job. Especially for weddings, where many "moments" have been missed due to the "card full" issue.

Pros and Cons of having large memory cards

  • don't have to switch cards (or not as often)
  • less items to carry
  • less stress on misplacing or losing
  • every (or almost every) image is on one card
  • easier on camera card slot pins due to less card switches
  • cheaper in the long run
  • Cons:

  • risk of losing everything if card corrupts
  • expensive for the short run
  • To me, the pros weigh out the cons and besides, nowadays, most professional cameras come with two slots, so you can always set one for mirroring backup.