I just bought my first BD-RW (LG WH12LS38). I need to order some SL BD-R’s. I am currently leaning towards the Verbatim 25GB 6X BD-R media as it goes on sale often here in the US. Sometimes as low as ~$1.50 shipped/disc.
I have also heard great things about SmartBlu (http://www.mediamegamall.com/smartblu-bluray-disc-25gb-branded-25pk-cakebox-sbr4br25-p-28554.html) which is ~$1.37 shipped/disc.
Basically, I want to make back up’s of my precocious pictures for long term storage and home videos for standalone bluray playback.
Smartblu/FTI 4x and Verbatim 6x(not LTH) 25GB BD-R’s are definitely two of the best choices for 100% trouble-free standalone playback. The Smartblu’s, being 4x TDK’s, are a little more compatible with older burners.
For archiving, there are exactly 2 choices currently. Falcon/FTI and Panasonic. These are the only manufacturers who have come forward with the results of accelerated aging tests on their Blurays. They are both capable of passing the 50+ year mark in these tests. I suspect its not a coincidence that these two are about the only ones left still using only Japanese materials/technology to produce their Blurays. Longevity of BD-R’s coming from other manufacturers is anyone’s guess, though I know from personal experience it can be very short with the likes of Optical Quantum and Merax/Optodisc media.
I wouldn’t trust the pictures of my precious and precocious children to anything less ;).