2 Notes About Memory Card for Photographers

This week I attended my church retreat, somewhere outside Jakarta. For taking candid/close-up shots, I thought having a telephoto lense would be beneficial. So I rented a Fujifilm X-Pro 2 and the Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8 lens. And a memory card was included.

From the 1st until the 3rd day, everything went fine. I just kept shooting and shooting. Sure, I ocassionally missed some shots, but of course that’s another story. But on the 4th day, which was the last day, I found something weird: suddenly all the images in the memory card went gone. Poof! I was pretty sure didn’t accidentally deleted them. Really weird, eh? So, first step in emergency: remove the memory card as soon as possible and don’t use them.

Too bad I managed to take a shot before unplugging it. Well let’s hope it didn’t do much.

After coming home, I did the standard recovery process. After 30 minutes, about 935 out of 950 photos (I think) were able to retrieved perfectly. The rest were corrupted and thus uncrecovable, but I’m okay with that. Phew.

So this is note #1:

Always make backup. Immediately. And make multiple copies if necessary.

My mistake was not doing backup after each session ended. Fortunately I only lost a bit of them.

But upon further inspection, I noticed that the actual images recovered were about 1300!! Were where those 300+ photos come from? Who took it? Not me, for sure. Let’s take a look, shall we?

After some scrollings here and there, I noticed some selfies. And the person was kinda familiar. So I gave her a call, and turned out it was indeed her photos. She rented the same camera (probably right before me) to take an office event photos. She was surprised how I was able to have her photos, and I told here my case.

And this is note #2:

Always wipe your memory card before returning it. IT geeks + curiousity can be a dangerous combo :mrgreen:



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