Use the same memory card in two different cameras?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Edw. Peach, Jan 1, 2005.

  1. Edw. Peach

    Edw. Peach Guest

    I am about to get a new camera. I will continue using my old camera.
    Both use the same memory card and batteries.

    My question: can I use the same card in both cameras, in the sense of
    capturing images from both? Or does each card need a dedicated camera
    for that session?

    Let's say I shoot 15 pics with camera #1. Can I put that same card,
    with the pics stored, into camera #2 and continue shooting?
     
    Edw. Peach, Jan 1, 2005
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  2. You should have no problems as long as that camera accepts that type of card. Example if
    the camera only accepts Compact Flash type I cards and you are using a Compact Flash type II
    card.

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    Dave




    | I am about to get a new camera. I will continue using my old camera.
    | Both use the same memory card and batteries.
    |
    | My question: can I use the same card in both cameras, in the sense of
    | capturing images from both? Or does each card need a dedicated camera
    | for that session?
    |
    | Let's say I shoot 15 pics with camera #1. Can I put that same card,
    | with the pics stored, into camera #2 and continue shooting?
     
    David H. Lipman, Jan 1, 2005
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  3. Whether they're interchangeable whilst partly used needs a little more
    thought. So long as both cameras use the same filing system... you
    should be OK because most do (standard name escapes me at the moment).

    What might be more of an issue is if both cameras assign the same names
    to image files so there is the possibility of overwriting.
     
    Stephen Maudsley, Jan 1, 2005
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  4. Edw. Peach

    skuke Guest



    If both camera use the exact same style of memory, it'll work.

    HOWEVER! your file numbering system may go wanky. I have a digital Rebel
    with approximately 1500 photos taken. My friend borrowed one of my CF flash
    cards to use in his Rebel with aproximately 4000 photos taken. Upon return
    of my card, I installed it into my camera and my numbering started where he
    left off. It continued in the 4000+ numbers even after I changed to another
    of my cards (with numbers in the 1500s). The second card still had higher
    numbers.

    I think I could have prevented this if I had first looked at the returned
    card on my computer and deleted ALL the files thus erasing the numbering
    start sequence.

    FWIW, I have my Rebel set up to number continuously rather than starting
    anew with each CF card replacement. For me, it's part of my storage system.
     
    skuke, Jan 1, 2005
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  5. Edw. Peach

    brian Guest

    I was thinking the same about file types, if one reads in RAW and one reads
    in JPG, for instance, you might have a problem, but good point about the
    file names, never thought of that one.

    Brian......................
     
    brian, Jan 1, 2005
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  6. Edw. Peach

    BillB Guest

    You may not have been able to prevent it (after the fact). Some
    cameras store images only. Some others (The Canons S20 is one) also
    maintain an index/database in another folder on the card that's
    presumably used to keep track of the whats and wheres of storing
    image files. If your Rebel has a similar index file you may be able
    to preserve its numbering by copying this file to your computer and
    restoring it to the borrowed CF card after it is returned.
     
    BillB, Jan 2, 2005
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  7. Edw. Peach

    skuke Guest



    Yes, that method would probably work. But so would erasing all data on the
    card.
    I'm not sure exactly what is going on, but you could for example, take 3
    consecutive shots, changing cards between each shot, and the numbering, as
    you should expect is sequential. You could then go back to the first card
    with photo number 1, take a picture and that photo would be numbered 4, not
    2. With that fact in mind, I don't know why my camera started numbering
    where my friend's camera left off.

    Incidently, when I transfer shots off my cards, I generally drag-n-drop
    (copy) to a folder. When I confirm that the transfer was ok and the files
    are good, I'll delete ALL the folders from the CF card. Canon will rewrite
    the folders/files it needs and continue numbering correctly.

    Canon Voodoo!
     
    skuke, Jan 2, 2005
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  8. Edw. Peach

    Edw. Peach Guest

    I will be using jpeg for both cameras, both using the xD card. I
    really have little interest in maintaining the numbering system since
    all I care about are the images.

    If there are other issues, I am unaware of them.

    Thanks for all the interesting discussion here.

    And just to be safe, when I have both cameras in hand, I'll experiment
    with some unimportant images. (This would be a good time to get that
    shot of my foot I've always wanted. LOL) I really wanted to make
    sure first of all that I can't damage the card or camera in doing
    this.

    One is in the shop, warranty work, and the other is new and on its way
    to me. At least, I hope it is.
     
    Edw. Peach, Jan 2, 2005
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  9. When you have done your empirical tests, please post back your results.

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    Dave




    | I will be using jpeg for both cameras, both using the xD card. I
    | really have little interest in maintaining the numbering system since
    | all I care about are the images.
    |
    | If there are other issues, I am unaware of them.
    |
    | Thanks for all the interesting discussion here.
    |
    | And just to be safe, when I have both cameras in hand, I'll experiment
    | with some unimportant images. (This would be a good time to get that
    | shot of my foot I've always wanted. LOL) I really wanted to make
    | sure first of all that I can't damage the card or camera in doing
    | this.
    |
    | One is in the shop, warranty work, and the other is new and on its way
    | to me. At least, I hope it is.
     
    David H. Lipman, Jan 2, 2005
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  10. Edw. Peach

    BillB Guest

    No voodo necessary, Canon cheats by peeking. I'll bet if I put
    the CF card in a reader and then gave you the card, I'd be able to
    tell you where your Rebel would resume naming/numbering the
    pictures, with the assumption that your friend didn't format the CF
    card, either before putting it in his own Rebel or after removing
    it.
     
    BillB, Jan 2, 2005
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  11. Edw. Peach

    Edw. Peach Guest

    On Sun, 02 Jan 2005 02:06:49 GMT, "David H. Lipman"
    I will do that. However, I must get it first. LOL. I ordered it
    online and saved quite a bit. But from others who I know who bought
    cameras this way, it wasn't the fastest method. While the company's
    generally a rapido in securing funds from the credit card people, they
    tend to be a little slow in processing the order.

    I'm particularly tense becaue my other camera is out getting warranty
    repairs. I'm about ready to go to the drugstore and get a few of
    those disposable cameras, or maybe find a Holga or something.

    Photography is sure addictive.
     
    Edw. Peach, Jan 2, 2005
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  12. If you are a US citizen, by law, the item charged to your credit card MUST be shipped within
    6 weeks. Reputable companies don't/shouldn't charge a credit card until the product is
    actually shipped.

    --
    Dave




    | On Sun, 02 Jan 2005 02:06:49 GMT, "David H. Lipman"
    |
    | >When you have done your empirical tests, please post back your results.
    |
    | I will do that. However, I must get it first. LOL. I ordered it
    | online and saved quite a bit. But from others who I know who bought
    | cameras this way, it wasn't the fastest method. While the company's
    | generally a rapido in securing funds from the credit card people, they
    | tend to be a little slow in processing the order.
    |
    | I'm particularly tense becaue my other camera is out getting warranty
    | repairs. I'm about ready to go to the drugstore and get a few of
    | those disposable cameras, or maybe find a Holga or something.
    |
    | Photography is sure addictive.
     
    David H. Lipman, Jan 2, 2005
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  13. Edw. Peach

    Jon Pike Guest

    If:
    there's still room on the card
    the card physically fits both cameras
    you don't let your camera do something stupid like format the card every
    time you put a new card in

    yes.
     
    Jon Pike, Jan 2, 2005
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  14. Edw. Peach

    Edw. Peach Guest

    That won't be happening. I made a mistake, a big mistake. I am not
    what you'd call 'up' on ALL technology and didn't realize that there
    are two types of memory with "x" in the name. I use xD in my old
    camera and I just realized the new one uses sD. Oops. So...disregard
    this entire conversation.

    I still thought it was an interesting point, though.

    My new camera is here and I got some memory for it really
    cheap...512MB for $35 US. Hard to beat. Now I have to get comfortable
    with the new feel and all. I haven't even taken a serious photo yet!

    Thanks for all your help, as unnecessary as it was.
     
    Edw. Peach, Jan 3, 2005
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  15. :)

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    Dave




    | That won't be happening. I made a mistake, a big mistake. I am not
    | what you'd call 'up' on ALL technology and didn't realize that there
    | are two types of memory with "x" in the name. I use xD in my old
    | camera and I just realized the new one uses sD. Oops. So...disregard
    | this entire conversation.
    |
    | I still thought it was an interesting point, though.
    |
    | My new camera is here and I got some memory for it really
    | cheap...512MB for $35 US. Hard to beat. Now I have to get comfortable
    | with the new feel and all. I haven't even taken a serious photo yet!
    |
    | Thanks for all your help, as unnecessary as it was.
    |
    |
     
    David H. Lipman, Jan 3, 2005
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