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Re: [OM] Images on SD card held hostage--wave fxn collapse--now what to

Subject: Re: [OM] Images on SD card held hostage--wave fxn collapse--now what to use?
From: "Pearce, Wilfred via olympus" <olympus@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2020 22:42:40 +0000
Cc: "Pearce, Wilfred" <pearce@xxxxxxxx>
You may or may not be surprised to learn that I have NEVER outran a buffer on 
any of the digital cameras I have owned. I don't spray and pray. I didn't do 
that when I had two OM's with motor drives.  I can't change that, it is too 
cooked into my brain through years of shooting film for a living where the 
ability to push the button and get it was important.


But, understand that I will likely never have a camera with focus stacking, and 
I have no intention of shooting dancers or visiting Bhutan. Shot tango dancers 
on the street in Buenos Aires with film and did quite well though.

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On 6/29/2020 12:47 PM, Pearce, Wilfred via olympus wrote:
> Brilliant (a term meaning one who agrees with me)! This has been my practice 
> wince I began with digital, with my Sony R1. When I made the move, I wasn't 
> late to the party, but not a first adopter, I asked myself this question: How 
> many photos are you willing to lose? At that time that possibility was far 
> more likely than today. I chose, with a thirty year or so career as a pro, I 
> defined this in numbers of rolls of film. I decided that I didn't want to be 
> in a position to lose more than  two rolls. So I confined myself to two and 
> four gig cards (cue peals of riotous laughter).. That meant that I bought 
> quite a few of these cards as they were being closed out. During my days with 
> the M9, the larger files menat I needed an eight gig card or two or three, so 
> I sometimes find myself hurrying to download,

An interesting strategy. Apparently very conservative. And yet, perhaps weak.

Old cards are slow. This may not affect your work. OTOH, it might, without you 
being aware of it. When Oly added focus
bracketing, I found I liked it a lot, but it seemed flawed. Up to partway 
through creating a stack, frames would go
fast. Then they would slow down. Shooting hand held, which is all I was doing, 
the last frames would suddenly have more
movement.

I blamed it on the buffer being too small. I don't now recall why I tried a 
faster card. Suddenly, the "buffer" seemed
almost endless.

Small cards mean more cards, and changes in the field. The only time I've lost 
any images on a card was when I lost the
card, itself. In a field, out at the end of the road in far NE Bhutan, shooting 
dancers and so on, at a festival, I ran
out of space on a card. I put in a new one and put the full one in a "safe" 
place. I've never seen it since. I hope it
didn't give a yak indigestion. :-)

It was a 64 MB card, but I lost very little. Every night on the road, I put the 
cards in a reader, transfer them to my
portable, then copy to a portable HD, which is kept in a different part of my 
luggage. I lost the card early in the day.

Because I have a fair number of cards, I may shoot a great many frames on a 
trip, and come home with three copies of
every frame. That way, any random glitch is not a problem. At home, all go onto 
the image HD, which is regularly backed
up to an equal size drive kept away from the computers, in a fire resistant 
safe.

Until getting ready for the next trip, there are then five copies of each, as I 
go through culling, editing, and so on.

A couple of times, long ago, I did manage to lose track of a few files, 
recovered them from cards or laptop.

> but I am appalled to read of these people that are using giant hundreds of 
> gig cards for still photos. I am aware of several that own but a single card, 
> and will upgrade to a bigger one when possible as they wish all photos on one 
> card

That would work fine with my process, too. I mostly don't because I have LOTS 
of card storage, and can't see the expense.

Another Belt and Suspenders Moose

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