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Spider Memory Card Holder Review | A New Challenger

By Christopher Lin on December 4th 2014

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We’ve all had the same nightmare as a professional photographer. No, I’m not talking about showing up to a shoot naked or falling into a church fountain. I’m talking about losing someone’s precious memories by misplacing or damaging a memory card.

We take precautions to prevent this, using cameras with dual card backup, using on-site backup devices, and more. But of course, everyone needs to carry their cards to and from the shoot; and everyone needs to switch cards during the shoot. So having a reliable, convenient and secure memory card holder on the job is a critical component to image safety.

The Spider Memory Card Holder provides quick, secure access to your memory cards and includes convenient pockets that make it one of the best solutions for carrying memory cards.

The Pros

1. Carried on Belt Not in Pocket

Having your cards directly on your belt instead of your pockets helps you avoid the potential issue of sitting on your card wallet and damaging cards. It’s also more comfortable, as you’re able to keep one less item out of your pocket to cause bulges and weigh down your pants throughout the day.

spider-memory-card-belt In the image above, the Spider Memory Card Holder is pictured on the Spider Belt. However, you can use the holder with any belt.

2. Holds Your Phone

The additional pocket for your phone is a nice optional feature. Again, that’s one less item in your pocket and you always know exactly where it is.

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3. Holds Additional Papers

The additional elastic pocket in the front holds anything from keys to credit cards to printed-out itineraries. I use mine for the itinerary, so I always know where it is.
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The Cons

1. Zipper Noise

When you’re walking, the two zippers can clang together and make a noticeable noise. While it’s not a deal-breaker for me, it’s still a minor convenience in very quiet environments like churches.

2. The Price

At $35, it’s $15 more than the Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket. At almost double the cost, I see the price as the only significant con for this product. For me, it’s still worth it because of the additional features and convenience.

The Competition

For years the shooters at LJP and SLR Lounge have been using and loving the Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket. It holds 10 CF cards and attaches directly to your belt loop or bag for security. It even has a slot for your business cards as well. While the majority of the team still uses and loves the Think Tanks, I recently made the switch over to the Spider Memory Card Organizer for the reasons mentioned in this article.

What are your thoughts? We’d love to know which solutions work best for you.

Co-Founder of SLR Lounge and Photographer with Lin and Jirsa Photography, I’m based in Southern California but you can find me traveling the world. Click here to connect on Google +

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Christopher Snyder

    Personally I don’t see the use for this. As it is I typically carry a filter pouch on my belt for easy access, however I never find myself needing to swap a memory card so often that I need them on my belt. The Think Tank pouch or comparable is more than sufficient.

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    • Graham Curran

      Unless you are shooting video a 128GB card should be plenty for a day’ shooting. The only reason for me to change would be multiple jobs.

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  2. Scott Collins

    Love how all of us geek photos are concerned about avoiding the geeky fanny pack look. Thanks for the links for alternative products.

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  3. Steven Pellegrino

    I carry a Think Tank Photo SD Pixel Pocket Rocket Memory Card Carrier with me. It holds 9 cards, so certainly more than enough (for me anyway). Costs less than $20.00. They also have one for CF cards which will hold 10 cards. I use Think Tank holders for everything – AA Batteries and extra batteries for both my Nikon and Fuji X camera. They have kind of an 80s’ velcro wallet vibe to them, but they do a great job of keeping everything secure and organized.

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    • robert s

      you sound a walking billboard for think tank haha

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    • Steven Pellegrino

      Guilty as charged! I love their products.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Yep Steven, I own two Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rockets for CF cards, and one for SD cards. As a full-time wedding photographer, I can’t imagine any other way!

      =Matt=

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  4. Adrian Jones

    professional fanny pack??? I’ll pass on that one.

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  5. Greg Silver

    Wow – I’m definitely not at the level to need a pouch to carry several cards at a time. I usually carry 2 large capacity SD cards and that usually is fine for me.

    They do look like a small fanny pack which was cool in the 80’s but not sure I’d wear one now. But I guess they do still sell them so must be a demand for them: http://www.walmart.com/ip/New-Leather-Extra-Large-Fanny-Pack-Waist-Travel-Bag-XL-Organizer-with-6-pockets-Black-One-Size/41532822

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  6. robert s

    I use 2 of these slipped on my pocket

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Aluminum-4-in-1-CF-CompactFlash-Memory-Card-Protecter-Storage-Box-Case-Holder-/271636871954?pt=Digital_Camera_Accessories&hash=item3f3ed1bb12

    cheap as chips and very snazzy!

    no way would I wear a thing like that pouch.

    btw, I have a friend who has a pouch similar to this and his cards have impact damage from the other cards sandwiched with them one on one from several years of use.

    the case in the link above all have their own compartment, dont touch each other, cost peanuts…and look really chic.

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  7. Nick Viton

    Personally, I wouldn’t wear this on my belt, just like I wouldn’t wear my BlackBerry on my belt.

    I use the LowePro card case that came with my bag. Essentially “free”. Can’t beat that.

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