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There was a lot of talk years ago on the photo forums on the topic of if it was better to have fewer large cards or many small cards and a lot of the folks seemed to favor many small cards. This was at a time when a large card was 4GB so the preference was for more like 4 1GB cards.
Originally Posted by tony bag o donuts
Fast forward to today and now the small cards are 4GB and many photogs use 8GB and larger cards. Hmmm, something isn't adding up.
What's better, have all your eggs in one very large reliable card that you don't have to swap out very often risking damage or many smaller cards that have to be swapped out much more often increasing the risk of damage. I'll take the larger card over the smaller card. Of course you could get several large cards and swap them out well before they are full -- that way you are covered during those times when you are inclined to swap out but something happens that you need to shoot. With a smaller card you could miss something that can NEVER be recaptured whereas the larger cards gives you more options.
If you're shooting a pro DSLR like the Canon 1DsIV or Nikon D3x the RAW files will be about 25MB give or take and with a 16GB card that's over 600 photos. Two such cards should cover almost any wedding and a single card should be enough for most. Get a good card (Sandisk Extreme III/IV) and learn how to use the rescue software, download to your laptop and make copies to a couple external HD's and you will be safer than film ever was.