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snaarman
31st October 2011, 03:18 PM
If a person was thinking of buying a a E-PL3 and needed to get one of these new fangled SD cards ... would it matter what sort, in terms of speed and all that?

A person wouldn't want to waste money on a super fast card if it wasn't needed.

Just asking a theoretical question, you understand...

Pete

Nick Temple-Fry
31st October 2011, 03:34 PM
A good question, and one that really begs a technical examination of camera buffer sizes and the write speed of the camera, carefully considered against the capabilities of the card. With full account of the difference in processing and file size between jpeg and raw.

But......

Having seen and appreciated your carefully composed and expertly exposed pictures on this group, can I ask if you consider yourself a super fast shooter?. And if not, why buy a card that is faster than you are?:)

Tesco often offer quite good prices and reputable make cards on their shelf end displays.

Nick

snaarman
31st October 2011, 04:21 PM
Having seen and appreciated your carefully composed and expertly exposed pictures on this group, can I ask if you consider yourself a super fast shooter?. And if not, why buy a card that is faster than you are?:)

Tesco often offer quite good prices and reputable make cards on their shelf end displays.

Nick

That's what I want, a common sense reply. Never having used a SD card before (theoretically) I figured I should ask around.

Pete

Phew. I didn't say horse's mouth.

Ian
31st October 2011, 04:30 PM
Basically get a Class 10 card and you should be fine. Class 6 may be OK, but Class 10 is hardly more expensive these days. Avoid Class 4. The larger the class the better.

Class 6 or 10 will be fast enough to record HD video and adequately fast to avoid long waits when having shot a continuous sequence of stills.

Ian

Zuiko
31st October 2011, 04:33 PM
What colour E-PL3 are you getting/have you got? :D

snaarman
31st October 2011, 04:47 PM
What colour E-PL3 are you getting/have you got? :D

If a person was approaching a significant birthday and was considering an E-PL3, then theoretically a black one would be nice. It has been suggested that one should be getting "something nice for the house". Would a black E-PL3 count?

P

peak4
31st October 2011, 05:38 PM
On a personal note, I tend to get my memory cards from MyMemory (http://www.mymemory.co.uk/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=111031_Early_Bird_Xmas_EXTENDED_OFFER&origin=Newsletter) who just happen to have a 10% discount sale running up to midnight tonight.

I've found them to be helpful, friendly, and fast, with pretty competitive pricing, particularly if you were to keep an eye out for special offers.

I wouldn't have thought one could go wrong with a couple or three of these (http://www.mymemory.co.uk/SDHC/Transcend/Transcend-8GB-SD-Card-(SDHC)---Class-10-) Hypothetically speaking of course, they could even be bought in just in case an E-5 came along as well :D

If the 10% deal comes off this price as well, it's probably a cracking deal.

StephenL
31st October 2011, 06:06 PM
If a person was approaching a significant birthday and was considering an E-PL3, then theoretically a black one would be nice. It has been suggested that one should be getting "something nice for the house". Would a black E-PL3 count?

P
A black one would, theoretically, suit the decor of any house and certainly not clash with the edges of the envelopes containing significant birthday cards. My experience recently of a similar significant event combined with a black iPad bears this out. ;)

Chevvyf1
31st October 2011, 06:11 PM
Stephen Thank You for this little "gem" of info vis Black ipad - it is a thought I had not had iro ipad II arriving here and "fitting in" for Christmas *chr

Pete, theoretically, PERFECT in black :D

Barr1e
31st October 2011, 06:39 PM
Ann1e and I have been using these for some time now.

http://www.digitalmediastore.co.uk/memory_cards/sdhc/Silicon_Power_4Gb_Class_10_SDHC_Card__SIL-SDHC4CL10-D

Regards. Barr1e

snaarman
31st October 2011, 07:19 PM
A black one would, theoretically, suit the decor of any house and certainly not clash with the edges of the envelopes containing significant birthday cards. My experience recently of a similar significant event combined with a black iPad bears this out. ;)


He he he. You gotta love this place :)

Thanks for the info and pointers.

Pete

BTW. Theoretically I may find myself with a new camera soon... VF2 for Christmas?

Homer Simpson
31st October 2011, 07:47 PM
But I thought you were deeply in love with the E1 *shrug

Nick Temple-Fry
31st October 2011, 09:08 PM
If you weren't committed to Olympus I did notice that Great Western Cameras in Swindon have a Nikon J1 in a particularly shocking shade of pink, complete with matching lenses.

I'm sure it would be considered appropriately decorative, and maybe even work as a camera.

Nick

Zuiko
31st October 2011, 09:27 PM
Pete, I love your new signature line! *laugh

Ross the fiddler
31st October 2011, 09:32 PM
If you weren't committed to Olympus I did notice that Great Western Cameras in Swindon have a Nikon J1 in a particularly shocking shade of pink, complete with matching lenses.

I'm sure it would be considered appropriately decorative, and maybe even work as a camera.

Nick

*laugh *laugh *laugh *laugh *laugh

Now to be more serious, I would also stick with a Class 10 card as the prices just keep getting better, because down load time of the photos is also a consideration (as well as there not being any limiting factor for write speeds for multiple shots). A fast USB 3 card reader (assuming your new computer has USB 3 ;)) will download the photos much quicker than from the camera (I would imagine), but that also applies to your CF cards too.

Even a good USB 2 reader will most likely be faster than the camera to download the photos & saves the camera from being knocked to the floor because someone trips over the cable.

After all of that, yes a faster card is a good idea. *yes

Enjoy your EPL-3 for your significant birthday then. ;) :D

Who's_E
31st October 2011, 10:31 PM
It has been suggested that one should be getting "something nice for the house". Would a black E-PL3 count?

P

Pete,

Definitely, a black E-PL3 is a classic design statement in itself and would look great.

If you need any tips, consider that a bunch of flowers lasts for 7 days and would neatly hide an ornamental E-PL3 until it's too late...

Nick

Chevvyf1
1st November 2011, 09:24 AM
Pete,


... consider that a bunch of flowers lasts for 7 days and would neatly hide an ornamental E-PL3 until it's too late...

Nick

:eek: you chaps are mischief :eek: :(

Chevvyf1
1st November 2011, 12:29 PM
7dayshop are offering their own brand Professional High-Speed Secure Digital - SDHC Memory Card - 16GB - Class 10 for 11.99 delivered.

This is small enough to be discretely attached to the inside of a birthday card and go completely un-noticed :)

John

almost ... :D :D :D :D :D

Chevvyf1
1st November 2011, 01:59 PM
John, women are past Masters at this careful art of "getting something into the house un noticed" ... vis that old dress ... its been in my wardrobe for months ... you remeber I bought it at ? Bluewater or Kingston or Swansea ...

BUT it such fun trying ... I dont bother ... whats mines, mine and whats his is mine ! :eek: :eek: :eek: I think thats the wimmins lib version ... *chr

JohnF
1st November 2011, 08:47 PM
Hi -

I've been using Transcend Class 10 SD cards up to 16GB with zero problems. Handles FullHD from my GF2 with aplomb and is other nicely speedy. I had some class 6 cards picked up retail, but found these led to some stuttering on the GF2, but were fine with the EP1 (duh: the GF2 shoots 1280, the EP1 720).

I also use an external card reader, a rather heavy-duty metal one from Trust that I routinely get 12MB/s transfer rates from high-speed CF cards. The SD run a tad slower, but nothing to get bothered about...

JohnF