I have 7... and until recently that number was 10!
Admittedly I have 2 256mb cards, 2 512mb, 2 1gb and a 4gb. So total storage is only 7.5 gb.
Depends. If I download too much to my PC it slo-o-o-o-o-o-ws down.
Canon 350 D.+ 18-55 Kit lens + Tamron 70-300 macro. + Canon 50mm f1.8 + Manfrotto tripod, in bag.
I've recently retired my two oldest cards, both Lexar 12x 512MB, after one of them failed. I replaced them with two Kingston 2GB cards for $34 each. I no longer worry about buying memory.
I have 3x 2GB, 2x 1GB, and 2x 512MB compact flash cards still in service. The bigger cards are the ones that I use when shooting, the smaller ones are to make sure that I never leave a camera without a card in it. There's also a 256MB Memory Stick in my retired-but-still-charged-and-ready Sony F828, and a 1GB xD card in my new Oly P&S.
Which Olympus did you get Matthew? We just bought my wife an Olympus Stylus 760.
I want to try one of those card/usb converters.
My method has been to buy a new card with Christmas gift card money.
I used to get by with a pair of 64mb and a 32.
Adding a 128mb was liberating.
The newest 512mb has been like a dream.
Interestingly, I paid about the same for each of them.
If this seems like a small amount of memory, keep in mind that I use a 5mp camera (max file size is around 2.5mb) and always transfer my images to the computer as soon as I get home.
I might start running low on space on a 3-daytrip, but I shoot rather selectively when on vacation.
I use my oldest cards for taking files to be printed.
The main thing about multiple cards is to have a quality case for carrying and protecting them.
Mine is aluminum with a rubber interior.
I paid less than 1 third of the price of my 32mb card when i bought the 4GB recently!
32mb in 1998 Â£120 (roughly $180) Bought in the UK
4GB in 2007 $64 (Roughly Â£42) Bought in the US.
I arrived home last night, and haven't had a chance to go through everything yet, but I'm estimating that I shot about thirty gigs of photos in the three weeks that I was traveling.
I had one of my three new 4GB cards fail. My portable hard drive wasn't able to read all of the files on it, so I needed to take it out of service until I could get it to a computer with a card reader, which didn't happen during the trip. Fortunately I had enough memory that it was never really an issue (10 CF cards for 20+GB) but if I'd been traveling with only three or four, it could have been a serious problem.
I always kept two copies of each photo, one on the portable HDD (a Hyperdrive Space 40GB) and another either the original CF card or a DVD. The cards and DVDs traveled in my luggage, while the more fragile HDD came with me in my carry-on baggage. I wanted to make sure that I couldn't lose everything.
At this point, the cost of buying Compact Flash cards, using them once, and then throwing them out is more economical than shooting film and never getting it developed.
I started on our China travels with
and thought it was plenty, taking DVDs along to be burnt on the way. Now it turns out I had to buy another 2G sort of in an emergency as we couldn't find a place to burn a DVD!! I don't envision you will have difficulties of that kind in Europe, as in any internet cafe you SHOULD be able to burn a DVD, but seeing what I've seen now, I would rather be on the safe side. they are getting so cheap too!!!