Brand of SD card matter?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by paulobrad, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. paulobrad macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2007
    I'm pretty new to DSLR photography, recently bought my first - Canon 450D. Bought a 2GB SD card for it and basically went for the cheapest as I thought "an SD card is an SD card - right?".

    After a busy session in my local park suddenly I was told the card wasn't formatted and lost all my hard work. Am I just unlucky or did I scrimp and now paying the price? If so, what brands are recommended?
  2. rweakins macrumors 6502


    May 3, 2007
    the brand to me has never made a difference. you just have to format it before you use it.
  3. CMD is me macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2006
    I stick with Sandisk Ultra. Its very reliable and easy to find good deals. If you have a Costco nearby the 2gb 2 pk runs $34.
  4. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
  5. compuwar macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    There aren't a gazillion factories churning out cards, so you're pretty-much going to deal with cards from one of a small number of plants. The differences come in testing and materials. All in all, I normally stick near the middle of the pack- high enough that I'm not getting somone's rejects, low enough that I'm not paying a premium. When I go downmarket, it's generally after doing a fair bit or research- for instance, Transcend seemed like a good play when I got their cards last time I wanted cards.
  6. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    Originally I was a Sandisk fan. However, I've now now found Transcend cards to be of excellent quality and a lot cheaper!
  7. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2006
    New York City
    I used to buy the cheapest generica cards. I've never lost a card, as far as I can recall (15+ SD cards, 10+ CF cards) but cards are so cheap I stick to the high end now. Sandisk Extreme and Ultra are both great cards and can be found for reasonable amounts with rebates/promotions.

    I use 2GB cards because it seems like a safe compromise (if I lose it, I only lose 2gb of images vs 8gb or 16gb) but its still big enough that you're not swapping cards all the time. You can buy 5 Sandisk 2GB cards for under $80 if you shop around during Sandisk rebates.
  8. arogge macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2002

    This problem of data loss can happen occasionally, and unfortunately it always seems to happen at the worst times, but using cheap memory cards can increase the chances that data loss will happen to you.

    Check out Hoodman SDHC cards.
  9. rweakins macrumors 6502


    May 3, 2007
    as long as you take good care of them. keep them in your camera or in a case and the brand won't make a whole lot of difference in the end. eventually they will all die so just take care of them and replace them after time

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