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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 February 2021 at 21:37
Cool - so I've not missed any new tech then.

I have an SD card reader in all three of my PCs. No idea if any of them are any faster than the others given the 6-7 years difference in ages of them? And I go from SD card to External drive (so the PC is actually just doing the moving bit from one place to another).

I did buy an external USB 3 SD card reader to see if the speed is any different to the inbuilt SD card reader. Thanks for the reminder @addy. But I'll need to find it and actually try it! Found a USB-C SD card reader the other day and wondered the same there. Not that I need super speeds. I don't have the world's fastest cards as I don't shoot video or even continuous.

I also still use 32GB cards! Even though I'd bet y'all using 128s and 256s. Am trying to shoot less - and prefer multiple smaller cards. I only went up from 16GB to 32GB last year.

Gonna bash Sony here - since like 'forever' my work flow has been to format my card "in camera" before each shoot (after having already transferred the files to two external drives). 'Format card' is buried in Sony's menus. Ever other manufacturer puts this somewhere higher up in the menus. Come on Sony.
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I use two 64 GB SDXC cards after giving away a third. I have only ever once gotten one near half full. One 32 GB SDHC card would be more than enough. There is probably a speed penalty for that size. The SDXC cards don't work in older SD readers like the one in my previous work laptop. SDHC cards are normally formatted with FAT32 which only allows up to 4GB files which can be an issue when recording video. Sony cameras can use exFAT formatted SDHC cards, but you have to format those outside the camera.

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Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:


Gonna bash Sony here - since like 'forever' my work flow has been to format my card "in camera" before each shoot (after having already transferred the files to two external drives). 'Format card' is buried in Sony's menus. Ever other manufacturer puts this somewhere higher up in the menus. Come on Sony.

I donít know which camera you have, but in my camera (a9)I can configure a custom menu containing things I like to have quick access to.
That said, Sonyís menu system have not exactly been loved by reviewers except maybe the latest iteration in the a7siii and a1.
I have never found them to be particularly awful, but I started with Sony and have stuck around so I have not much to compare to.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 February 2021 at 13:23
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

You could cable link back then, the Dynax 7D had a nice small slider specially made for the USB port.

Mostly I remove the SD card and use a card reader, USB 3 (really makes a difference).
Once in a while I use the cable to the camera if it is just one or two pictures - these days it is quick enough.
And I often use my phone to upload quickly to social and SmugMug.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 February 2021 at 15:23
Neither my Sony RX100 IV and Sony a7 II have a 'my menu' for saving shortcuts to your fave or few items that you menu dive for. I think I saw that they added this feature to later marks of both these bodies. Luckily the menus on my two Sony's are almost identical and the hidden option is hidden in almost the same place.

It is pretty much the only thing I menu dive for though. Which is why I put very little weight into the reviewers pet hate of Sony menus. To my shooting style I get access to all the thing I use via the 'Q' menu (or whatever Sony calls this). Except for that one buried item - which has been part of my daily workflow for 17 years. And difficult to unlearn. I could just 'delete all images' on my SD card on my PC and not format the card in camera ... but I've always had the impression that formats 'in camera' were the smarter method. Seems odd to bury the item which is likely to be in a lot of photographers workflow.

This is why I've struggled a bit with the conversion to iOS with my first ever iPhone. I prefer to work the way I want to not the way Sony or Apple thinks I should.
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