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ENFerrari 1,253 297 January 22, 2012 at 09:43 PM More eBay Deals
Hi,
I bought a Sony a65 dslr with the standard lens and I bought the sony 75-300mm lens also.
Now its time to buy the SD card...which one do you think is better?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/TRANSCEND...638wt_1141
or
http://www.ebay.com/itm/SanDisk-E...151wt_1273
because they both are relatively the same price but the transcend is 64gb...I know the sandisk reads 5mbps faster..but can anyone give their own view on which is better from their experience?
Because I heard if a camera sd card is too slow then it will buffer a lot.
If you know of any that are better or cheaper then feel free to link.thanks and also how many pictures does a 32gb hold @ 24mp?
Thanks

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Because I heard if a camera sd card is too slow then it will buffer a lot.
This only matters if you're machine gunning your camera. You'll be able to buffer several shots in the camera before your frame rate is reduced.

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If you know of any that are better or cheaper then feel free to link.thanks and also how many pictures does a 32gb hold @ 24mp?
Thanks
Depends if you're shooting RAW or JPEG. It would seem that the JPEGs are going to be in the vicinity of 6-9 megs. I can only speculate, but the RAW files will probably be around 1-1.2mb per megapixel. So, at full 24mp res, the Raw files will probably be around 24-29mb. You can do the math there.

As an aside, I use a 16GB SD card with my 60D and I don't have any issue with running out of space, unless I'm away from my computer for a very long time.
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If you're not snapping multiple photos in a short time period (seconds), then I think there will be more than enough time to write to the card.

I've had one bad experience with a shady memory card the first and last time I bought one from ebay, turned out to be a card that couldn't be read on the PC but was readable in the camera. Just so you know.
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Thanks and repped.
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Its tough...the 64gb is tempting but the seller only has 80ish feedback. How can I tell if the memory card is fake if I buy it
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Always go with speed... They are pretty much the same other then that.
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avoid unknown ebay sellers.

go with known sellers and top brands like sandisk, lexar, Kingston, .etc

I'd go with the sandisk, but that seems a little pricey. Do you really need that much space?
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if you are planning to record videos, you need at least class 6 card.
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Avoid ebay since a very large percentage of the cards are fake or not as advertised. I would also get the faster card. Memory is relatively cheap so you can always buy more if you need it. 32gb even shooting raw should be enough for most people, for most things. Long vacations you probably want more but I have seen too many people burned by storing all of their pictures on one big card and then have something happen to that card. (Camera theft, failure, corruption, accidental format, etc) I use multiple smaller cards for this reason.
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Avoid ebay since a very large percentage of the cards are fake or not as advertised. I would also get the faster card. Memory is relatively cheap so you can always buy more if you need it. 32gb even shooting raw should be enough for most people, for most things. Long vacations you probably want more but I have seen too many people burned by storing all of their pictures on one big card and then have something happen to that card. (Camera theft, failure, corruption, accidental format, etc) I use multiple smaller cards for this reason.
Thanks...you've given great advice before and I appreciate it...I was wondering if any external flash is needed or is it just a scam? Sony has one and its $500 it just seems too expensive lol!...i'm shooting family get togethers etc..
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accidental format
this is recoverable if you use a program like recuva on it BEFORE taking any additional photos

I would just get some cheap 32gb ones, 64gb is a slightly different standard that will likely give you problems if you try using anything various readers with it

32gb is plenty, and pretty much all of them should be class 10, which means you won't have any issues recording video - now for pictures, the camera can hold about 5 pictures or so in it's buffer, and any additional pictures will depend on the speed of the SD card, which will vary between 2-3 seconds for full-size raw photos, depending on the write speed of the card x333 is class 10, so anything with a faster write speed would be worth spending extra if you think you will be doing something like sports photography or similar, but as far as that goes you would probably be better off just getting a small (8/16gb?) card that truly is fast, and just switching cards

external flash depends on the lighting, for indoors as long as your subjects aren't moving or lit only by candlelight, you probably won't need it (you might not even need the regular camera flash)
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this is recoverable if you use a program like recuva on it BEFORE taking any additional photos

I would just get some cheap 32gb ones, 64gb is a slightly different standard that will likely give you problems if you try using anything various readers with it

32gb is plenty, and pretty much all of them should be class 10, which means you won't have any issues recording video - now for pictures, the camera can hold about 5 pictures or so in it's buffer, and any additional pictures will depend on the speed of the SD card, which will vary between 2-3 seconds for full-size raw photos, depending on the write speed of the card x333 is class 10, so anything with a faster write speed would be worth spending extra if you think you will be doing something like sports photography or similar, but as far as that goes you would probably be better off just getting a small (8/16gb?) card that truly is fast, and just switching cards

external flash depends on the lighting, for indoors as long as your subjects aren't moving or lit only by candlelight, you probably won't need it (you might not even need the regular camera flash)
Is the built-in flash good enough for indoor photos when the places are slightly dim?
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Is the built-in flash good enough for indoor photos when the places are slightly dim?
I suggest you try it out, but I don't think you will have any issues for family photos/etc. (I don't have that exact camera to use, I have a t3i)
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I suggest you try it out, but I don't think you will have any issues for family photos/etc. (I don't have that exact camera to use, I have a t3i)
How do you like the t3i? I had a tough time deciding whether or not to get the Sony or Canon. I hear the Sony is better for video, the canon is better for pictures.
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How do you like the t3i? I had a tough time deciding whether or not to get the Sony or Canon. I hear the Sony is better for video, the canon is better for pictures.
I like it, but I haven't done videos with it much - it won't automatically auto-focus during a video (you need to do it manually), and the 1080p videos will only go for about 10 minutes of continuous shooting (it stops at a 4gb file)

as for pictures, I think it's good (much better then anything else that I have used), but im not an expert photographer by any means to judge that
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