Don’t Buy Anything Less Than a Class 10 SD Card

No More Slow Memory Cards

I’ve seen a lot of deals lately on Class 4 and Class 6 SD cards mixed in with deals on Class 10 SD cards.  The price difference between these classes of SD cards is now nominal and, as a result, there’s really  no reason you should buy a Class 4 SD card anymore.

The prevalence of this problem came to light recently when a friend brought his Canon 60D to me, stating that it wouldn’t record video for more than a couple of seconds.  My gut told me to check the SD card first thing.  And, sure enough, he had an old SanDisk Ultra Class 4 SDHC card in it.  I swapped it out with one of my SanDisk Class 10 SDHC cards and it worked like a charm.

He ordered a new Class 10 SDHC card that day.  His 60D has captured video just fine ever since.

If you don’t already know, the Class-ratings on SD cards relate to a minimum write speed. When recording HD video, you need a minimum-sustained write speed in order to dump the data off the camera and onto the card.  In many cameras today, Class 4 (4MB/s) and Class 6 (6MB/s) cards just can’t handle the data transfers.

Class 10 cards are currently the fastest rated for minimum write speeds available and will handle video capture for most, if not all, current HD video DSLRs and camcorders today.

If you want to know more about SD card speed ratings and classifications, check out my article on Demystifying SD Cards.

If you want an easy recommendation, go with SanDisk Extreme Class 10 SD cards.

AjRichard.com Scam Shop . . . or One More Reason to Stick with B&H, Adorama & Amazon

Nasiv Mansurov has a great article that sheds some light on yet another bait and switch photo retailer operation.  I know everyone wants to find the best deals on camera gear, and folks are having a hard time finding popular gear in stock since the Japan earthquake earlier this year.  However, Nasiv’s investigation into AjRicard.com (aka scam shop) after his buddy ordered a 5D Mark II from the site should serve as a reminder that “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” [Read more...]

Un Mensaje de Chile

A quick "vintage" conversion processed on the new site MakeRetro.com.

You may have noticed that posting has been a little light over the past few days here on Photography Bay.  Internet access has been a bit spotty over the past few days as I have traveled to and through Chile.  I have volunteered to document a scouting trip for Global Infusion, which currently has no presence here in Chile.  Aside from a day-trip into Ontario, this is my first time outside of the US.

What I’ve seen thus far is a beautiful country, along with beautiful people and culture.  However, there are still many difficulties for the people here. [Read more...]

Hey Designers, Check Out the Kick Awesome Show

This really doesn’t have much to do with photography, but those of you who are designers will likely enjoy my pals Nate and Jonathan’s Kick Awesome Show. In a rather weak attempt to work in a photography angle, they’re shooting the show on a Rebel T2i.

The latest episode is embedded above, and you can see all the episodes and subscribe for new episodes at KickAwesome.tv.  Lots of fun guys. Good stuff.

1922 Kodachrome Film Test in Color

This little film test from Kodak is a sample of some of the earliest color motion picture film.  For some reason, I couldn’t help but smile as I watched it.

“First tests on the Two-Color Kodachrome Process were begun in late 1914. Shot with a dual-lens camera, the process recorded filtered images on black/white negative stock, then made black/white separation positives. The final prints were actually produced by bleaching and tanning a double-coated duplicate negative (made from the positive separations), then dyeing the emulsion green/blue on one side and red on the other. Combined they created a rather ethereal palette of hues.”

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