Originally Posted by Spodeworld
I originally used slot 1 for RAW and slot 2 for JPEG. But, I found that inconvenient after a while. This became esp. evident when I wanted to erase an image and had to locate the RAW and JPEG separately b/c they were on diff. cards. I now do both RAW and JPG on the same card, and use slot 2 for overflow. It turns out it is more convenient to have both formats of the same image on the same card.
I've long though that RAW and JPEG on separate cards was a bit of a nuisance. Others in the field have done it, and I've in turn mentioned it to photographers both in and out of the field; however I don't do it myself. On the D3 and D3s, for example, images are deleted together when the shots is removed -- the images don't show twice, as NEF and again as JPEG. However, I think it takes longer to seek and erase. (Of course, this brings up the whole discussion of NOT editing/sorting photos on-camera! Leave that for after you're done shooting. Excluding cases where cards are full, and you need more space; emergency shoots, poorly-planned shoots, etc.)
On a single-slot camera, you use what you have.
On dual-slot cameras, treat the second as overflow or just think of it as a bigger cards (i.e., 16GB + 16GB = 32GB card)
Leave separation for the computer half of your workflow, in Adobe Lightroom
or Adobe Bridge (paired with Photoshop).
Through late 2010 and early 2011, I've come to the conclusion that even storing video and photos on separate cards is a bit of a nuisance, assuming you're using a pair of higher-speed cards. With SD cards, it's really not a big concern, either with a Class 6 or Class 10 card.
However, with CompactFlash cards (as used in my D3s), a good-but-slow CF card is simply not adequate for some photo or video tasks. I've had a video clip end because the card could not keep up. And I've long had issues with the buffer not emptying quickly enough into a slow card, when doing 5fps or faster still shots in a long series. Slow = 45x of less, while fast = 133x or 266x.
Hmmmm.... I need to upgrade to a 16GB 266x CF card! Only $40 now!
, of course: Kingston Ultimate 16 GB 266x CompactFlash Memory Card CF/16GB-U2
Kingston makes excellent Compact Flash cards. I had been relying on a pair of Transced 133x 4GB cards, but it's proving difficult to shoot as much video as I'd like. Need more space! I remember when a 4GB 45x card was $40 -- and that was only back in 2007! Wow, times have really changed!
Oh, and before I forget .... Spodeworld, welcome to the site.
Share some photos, in a new thread, if you would. It's always great to see our member's work. (Admittedly, most of the sharing here is done in the video forums, but we really need to get more photos showcased, as I know for a fact we have talented photographers visiting this site. If you have a Facebook page/site, personal online portfolio, Flickr account, etc -- link it up.
- Notes for Readers: Discussed in this post: Nikon D3s, Nikon D7000, Class 6 SD cards, Class 10 SD cards, CompactFlash 133x cards, CompactFlash 266x cards. Remember to buy gear at Amazon.com for the best deals -- Yes, even better than B&H, Adorama and others! Never go with random stores as found with Google or Bing. When buying memory cards, only get cards from these brands: Transcend, Kingston, Lexar, Sandisk -- NEVER buy cheap cards (or you will likely lose your photos!)