Getting the best out of dual slot memory cards


Today we're talking memory cards...more specifically dual memory cards. 

If you've recently bought yourself a new high-end camera you would have found it's more often than not got dual card slots. 

With the professional bodies from Nikon, Canon or Sony you can pick which card type you'd prefer such as XQD, SD or Compact Flash. Normally you can buy a version that has two slots the same which is perfect but for some reason, Nikon thought it would be a good idea to have one XQD slot and one SD slot in the new D850 meaning you've got to purchase two different types of cards. 

I'm going to show you how I set up my camera when using dual slots. 

You can set your camera up in a couple of different ways, you can set it so slot 1 saves raw files and slot 2 saves jpegs, or you can set it so slot 2 is used as an overflow when 1 is full or the way I prefer and the more common way is as back up, that means that the cards in slot 1 and slot 2 are both storing the same information. 

The reason for doing this is just for peace of mind, the reality is I've never had a card fail. 
The reason that the cameras have two slots is in the past it allowed photographers to have more storage available, you could have 2 8gb cards with you but now the average card is 32GB it's become a bit pointless, and with the technology in the cards becoming better and better the reality is this cards hardly ever fail.  

Saying that I love knowing that everything is backed up, I'd hate to do a full days shooting and discover the card has failed...especially for a paying client. 

I'm going to pass this one over to you, if you have dual card slots how do you shoot?