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    Posted: 08 February 2016 at 09:54
Never had a card failure, either CF or SD/SDHC. I use 2x 32Gb in my A99 one 32Gb in my A6000. (I used to use 64Gb CF in my 3 Sony Z1 video cameras. FWIW my current (and last) video camera (Sony EX1R) uses only Sony cards 64Gb costs £600). They recommend deleting files rather than reformatting, but I do both on all cards.

Data always read from card via reader, never the camera.

I always buy the best branded items - I see no point in spending a lot of money on camera/glass and kit and then buying cheap media - I never bought cheap film in the old days - if you can't afford good stuff, use less. Sorry to me it's a no-brainer.
 



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Never had an SD card failure. They just get smaller and smaller (I think I have an 8M SD card somewhere).

OTOH I am inclined to think that *every* USB stick fails eventually. I have a large stack of them somewhere that have either failed completely or have become intermittant or unreliable.

Maybe that says something about the relative reliability of memory chips and microprocessors.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote fem2008 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 September 2014 at 23:38
Had several Lexar CF flash cards with no problems whatsover. One went through a complete wash and dry cycle with no problems at all (the photos where a little faded afterwards ).

Had some photos corrupted on a Sandisk Pro SD card used on A77.   
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Post Options Post Options   Quote PWhite214 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 June 2014 at 16:28
Two 16 GB Patroit brand cards bad right out of the new package. The company replaced them promptly.

Really was not a big problem, I always test new gear in my backyard, just to be sure it works.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote MartyMoose Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 June 2014 at 16:26
I had (or still have somewhere) a Sandisk CF card that continued to work even after accidentally washing it in a clothes washer and dried in a dryer
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Post Options Post Options   Quote luke Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 June 2014 at 15:56
Originally posted by Azurael Azurael wrote:

Unless you're buying a Samsung/Toshiba/Sandisk card, it's a bit of a random bet as to who made the flash memory inside it anyway.

... and one should also mention Lexar which is owned by Micron.

Anyway, I once had a Lexar CF 300x 32GB card with a problem (I did not have any data loss but could not access the images on the camera display, only on the computer). Lexar exchanged it without fuss to the newest generation card, and I am happy since then...
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote keith_h Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 June 2014 at 15:32
No CF fails ever. I format them after each use. Since you are talking a700, I have 2x a700, 2x8G transcend as mains and 2x 4G sandisk as spares. That's plenty even for events. 8G cards are about $40-00 here now so they are plenty cheap enough.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Azurael Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 June 2014 at 14:59
I've worked in photographic retail for a number of years now and certain things do seem to stand out - XD cards (remember those?) are like timebombs - they always seem to fail eventually (I'm guessing that's down to the controllerless cards depending upon the camera to do wear levelling) but aside from cheapo eBay jobs, I've not seen many SD/CF cards actually fail over the years - as others have said, corruption is a different issue and seems to be largely preventable by reformatting the cards after each use. Unless you're buying a Samsung/Toshiba/Sandisk card, it's a bit of a random bet as to who made the flash memory inside it anyway.

Now the casings of SD cards breaking, and bent pins in CF slots - are a different story. For some reason I've had several Sandisk SDs disintegrate on me within the last few years, lucky they've got a lifetime warranty! Perhaps it's just coincidence and there's nothing wrong with the shells of Sandisk cards, but these cards were all far newer than the much abused PNY 16GB card which has been in and out of cameras so much in the ~5 years I've owned it that all the writing on the label has worn away!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote p-unit Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 March 2014 at 19:37
I also use Sandisk exclusively, never had one fail as of yet!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Shelldrake Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 February 2014 at 21:18
I use 16 and 32 Gb Patriot LX class 10; CF and SDHC cards, which I always
download with a card reader and delete after downloading.
I only reformat the card occasionally.
I have never had any sort of problem with these cards used this way.
As an aside I have always been told to use this method in case there is a power surge
or power failure or lightning strike etc, with the camera connected to the computer.
Better to blow a card rather than the camera.
I have actually had a lightning strike on my computer.
Fortunately it blew the first link in the chain which was the modem.
It literally blew the modem chip apart.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote sploosher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 February 2014 at 21:05
I always use a card reader on the pc to download images and have never had any problems.

I always format the cards in the camera after doing so.

I have 2 Lexar 8GB Professional UDMA 400x cards and 1 Lexar 4GB Professional UDMA 300x card in my A700.

I also use a Lexar 16GB SDHC UHS-1 400x in the A550.

For my wife and her A350, we have 2 Sony 4GB UDMA 300x cards.

so far all good and no failures.............
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Post Options Post Options   Quote zbozic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 February 2014 at 20:34
Originally posted by stiuskr stiuskr wrote:



1-Have you ever had a card failure?

2-What size card resides in the camera?

3-Do you download with a card reader or the camera tethered?

4-Do you delete all pics or reformat after downloading?

5-How many frames has the card seen?

From these choices here I'd be most interested in the first two.


1 - no
2 - 32Gb class 10
3 - card reader
4 - reformat always
5 - aprox 1200 raw, 1700 jpg
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Post Options Post Options   Quote PeterB Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2014 at 08:06
I always user my computers card reader. Never had a card breaking on me .. except the one rolled over wit a chair. I do forget to remove the card from the reader occasionally. Having a Sony memory stick as second card saved the day more than once. I typically reformat the card.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sigurd Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 March 2013 at 17:32
I have always Bought Patriot LX 32gb 10x cards. I have never had problems with them on the a77 but the a99 will not use them.
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