I own no fewer than three tape measures, and this morning all three were missing—not in their designated places, because some thoughtless dolt (me) had taken them somewhere to measure something and then neglected to put them back where they belonged.
One after the other.
That's not even the worst part—I found all three buried under papers on my desk! (I guess it's obvious which kind I prefer.)
Similarly, I once owned as many as 13 SD cards. But lately I have been down to...drumroll...two.
There just seems to have been some sort of gradual attrition of SD cards. One disappears here, one disappears there, and pretty soon it's like the 10 little Indians in the old Agatha Christie novel*, each one anxiously awaiting its inevitable doom. (That's called the pathetic fallacy, if you'd like to know—attributing human emotions to inanimate objects. The pathetic fallacy always made me wonder about fiction, which is the attribution of human emotions to imaginary characters.)
On one hand, it's a tough call as to which SD cards to buy. On the other hand, it seems to not matter very much—the cheaper budget cards I lost were just as reliable as the expensive deluxe cards I lost. (And both are equally useful to me at the moment.) I have one (count it, one) UHS-II card, and to be honest I don't notice the difference in the camera because I don't do the kind of shooting that stresses the card. Maybe Stephen Scharf could tell us about that—he shoots motorsports. But I notice it when downloading to the computer: the UHS-II card is definitely much faster.
...Than, um, my one other card.
The card with the largest capacity I theoretically still own but cannot find was a 32GB. I seldom had to worry about it filling up. That was nice too. While it lasted.
After considerable fretting over the state of the finances, which are neither bad nor good, I opted to forego the UHS-II cards I wanted, but to go ahead and get the 32GB cards I also wanted. I bought four. As you can see, I chose this one.
I also bought a clever little case for them (which I like—it's slick) under the dubious premise that a case the size of cellphone will be harder to lose. (Hey, maybe my other cards are somewhere all together in a lost case! That's more possible than I would like to admit.)
Ah well. That's life when you're...
Stephen Scharf adds: Yep, you definitely need the UHS-II cards for shooting motorsports, especially if you're using the X-T2 in boost mode, 11 frames/sec. with the vertical power booster grip. The nice thing is that both the card slots in the X-T2 support UHS-II, so you can configure the camera to "roll over" to the second slot if you need the capacity. The camera does this instantly and absolutely seamlessly.
*You might know it as either "And Then There Were None" or "Ten Little Indians." The original British title was extremely politically incorrect even before that concept was common, and was never used in the U.S. It has been made into a movie numerous times. In English, there were film versions in 1945, 1965, 1974, 1989, and again just last year as a movie for television that I haven't seen but would like to. The book is reputed to be the seventh best-selling trade book in the history of publishing.
In case you're you're curious, all-time world bestsellers numbers 1–6, in reverse order, are The Hobbit, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (you'll want the Gryffindor Edition, of course), The Little Prince, The Lord of the Rings, and A Tale of Two Cities (which is a cracking good read, I have to say); and number one—with a bullet, having sold 500 million copies since 1605, two and a half times as many as the Dickens title—is Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, the most beautiful, the most brilliant, and the most discreet book that anyone could imagine**. The most recent standard English translation is by Edith Grossman.
(Note that this list does not include books that are or were not primarily for the bookselling trade, such as The Holy Bible, which, with an estimated three billion copies written or printed, is the most widely distributed book of all; neither does it include political tracts such as Mao Zedong's Little Red Book, AKA Quotations of Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, printed and distributed in vast numbers by the communist Chinese government.)
**That's from the Prologue. It was the best my "barren and poorly cultivated wits" could come up with. That's also from the Prologue.
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Terry Letton: "Get rid of your current camera and buy one that only takes Compact Flash cards and all those SD cards will magically reappear."
Ernie Van Veen: "I have never lost an SD or CF card. That having been said, I have at least five tape measures, all of which have been cleverly hidden somewhere in the house or garage, along with the hammer and Philips head screwdriver...and scissors. I must go look for them. Now, where are my glasses?"
David Dyer-Bennet: "A famous science fiction short story, 'Or All the Seas With Oysters' by Avram Davidson, was very illuminating on the subject of the population dynamics of paper clips, coat-hangers, and bicycles. I wouldn't be surprised if something similar was going on with SD cards!"
Nick Reith: "Hello Mike and fellow TOP lurkers. I have been reading your blog for ages but never had the urge to comment, since most of the contributors are wonderfully eloquent and knowledgeable. However today's reference to the political incorrectness of the 'Ten little Indians' title had me somewhat bemused. I felt I had to break my silence, so to speak. Having done some recent research into 'Native American Reservations' I was shocked to find out that the official name for the federal body that administers these areas is still to this day called the 'US Bureau of Indian Affairs' and that the areas are legally known as 'Indian Reservations.' Seems that old prejudices die hard in officialdom. Who knew? Kindest regards from Nick in South Africa."
Mike replies: Hi Nick, and nice to hear from you, but that wasn't the title I was talking about. I have a friend who has been deeply engaged in Native American issues for half a century, and he informs me that different groups and even different individuals prefer different appellations—some prefer Native Americans or First Nations, but some do prefer to be called Indians. I didn't want to put this in the post, because I don't want this post to devolve into a discussion of it (n.b.), but for the original 1939 British book cover with its politically incorrect original title, Google "and then there were none." (If you reach the disambiguation page, you want the page for the book.) I think you'll agree it sounds alarmingly aggressive and insensitive by recent standards. It was too much for American publishers even in 1939.
Steve Biro: "Well, Mike, those 32GB SanDisk Extreme Pro cards are the best you can get short of going to UHS-II. But the X-T1 deserves UHS-II cards. You should pick up a couple of SanDisks as soon as you can swing it."
Timo Virojärvi: "I'm with you Mike. I'm down to one tape measure and two SD and one CF card."
Don Daso: "You've obviously simply put them someplace for 'safekeeping.' I am a Master Safe-Keeper, so I can relate. The items will surface, on their own, when you least expect them, likely after purchasing a 'final' replacement. Store it well...."
Mike replies: I have that virus. "Putting something somewhere safe" = "hiding it from myself."
It's actually heartbreaking sometimes. For example, I have a treasured postcard from Helen Levitt calling an article I wrote about her "One of the three best things ever written about my work, no. 1 being [James] Agee's." Where is it? Somewhere safe. :-(
Jim Witkowski: "I had the same problem with tape measures and memory cards. My cards were strewn over my desk and I couldn't keep track of which had new files on them. It drove me nuts. This is a prototype of a box I designed to solve my problem. It has worked so well that I stopped working on the finished box. I'll do that one of these days when I get a round-2-it.
"When I'm out shooting, I keep extra cards in the black wallet."
Mike replies: Brilliant in its simplicity. I like it.
Patrick Medd (partial comment): "SD cards are so small that once out of the camera the wonder is not that they get lost but, that some of them don't!"