Film shoots are anything but easy. We place great demands on equipment and in the heat of production handling memory cards with care takes a back seat to “get me a new card quickly so I can keep shooting.” I’ve been a huge fan of the Hoodman Raw SxSxSDHC Memory Adapter since they hit the street. Combined with Hoodman Raw SDHC cards they’re the perfect match for the Sony EX1 and EX3. A Sony SxS-1 G1A 32GB Memory Card will run you just under $600. A Hoodman adapter and 32GB card rings in at under $250. The fact that the cards are made in the US and come with a lifetime warranty is just icing on the cake. So when I heard about Hoodman’s Raw Steel cards, I was quite excited. The new cards are steel plated, use epoxy making them waterproof and are “above speed class 10 specs.” All of this adding up to one mean SDHC card. It looks like they’ll cost about $20 more than their plastic counterparts with the 32GB card currently selling for $209 at B&H. One thing I’ve learned using the EX3 is that the cards do tend to heat up and I’ve found it’s best to swap adapters every time you change cards. When I’ve forgot to swap adapters during say a day of long interviews back to back, I have had the occasional media error occur. If you have two adapters and rotate with each card swap, you can prevent most problems that might arise from the adapters heating up.
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