Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Memory Cards Tip

I found an interesting Q&A.

Q: I appreciate your technical insight into the EOS system. It's certainly helpful! I have a question that's been on my mind for a while. I've often wondered how long my Canon EOS 5D can keep using the same Compact Flash cards. Do CF cards ever wear out? Are professional photographers expected to recycle their CF cards every few years? I'd hate to have my card unexpectedly fail on me during an important event!

A: According to ePHOTOzine:

Apart from the fact that technology leads us to ever growing capacities and speeds and, therefore, sometimes rendering certain card sizes [i.e., storage capacities] such as 16MB or 32MB obsolete, it is worthwhile to note that memory cards have a limited life expectancy. Again there is a difference; single layer cards may allow in excess of maybe 100,000 read-write actions, whilst multi-layer cards may only allow around 10,000 to 15,000.

Based on this information, I would agree that it is a good idea for professional photographers to replace CF or SD flash memory cards, especially high-capacity versions, at least once every couple of years, depending on the frequency of usage.

You can read more of the Q&A/tips HERE.

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