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Downloading D30 Images To Computer - Help Please  
User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3752 times:

Just wondering, currently when I download my images I do it 1 by 1 from the camera. Is there a way of transfering ALL images @ once from the CF card to my hard drive and then work on the images as and when I want to leaving me the ability to empty my CF card's for future use?

Take care


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User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3730 times:

Oh, and also, on a personal note, to all digital users, do yuo keep the unedited copy of all your shots as well as a resized version?


User currently offlineSukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 384 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3712 times:


You need a card reader thats attached to your PC, just take the card out of the camera and stick it in the reader, it makes the transfer a lot faster too.

I keep all the originals and resized/edited versions



User currently offlineCraigy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3711 times:

Don't you use you zoombrowser software that is supplied with the camera?
"select all" "download" and all the files are downloaded into a directory of your choice. If they are RAW files, you then get to convert them. At this point you can also choose the white balance/saturation/sharpening/brightness. The RAW files are saved as shot. The camera settings above are only applied to the header of the file. Since the file is untouched at this stage, you can still change these settings as if you were re-taking the photo.

User currently offlineDan330 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 439 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3696 times:

I've found the Zoombrowser software pretty poor really, it is possible to download all images though. Take Pauls advice and buy a crad reader for a CF card, Jessops do one for £25 and it just shows up then like another hard drive and you can move files with Windows explorer or whatever. I am also having problems with the D30 showing up correctly, it doesn't seem to know when it is connected, card reader solves this though and also saves battery (don't have to mess connecting the recharger up)

I have all unedited versions of all my digital photos on CD, would take up too much space on the hard drive.

User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3686 times:

I don't use Zoombrowser at all. I just use a Card reader. You can then drag and drop files in Windows Explorer.

I do keep unedited versions of all my photos on CD. I usually do this ASAP after downloading the images from my CF card to harddisk just in case my computer crashes.


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User currently offline737heavy From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 601 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3685 times:

I use a CF card reader to download them all onto my computer. I then use Breezebrowser to go through them picking out the better ones and deleted the blurred and 'nose missing' shots. I then archive them all to DVD-r after I've finished with them. I had 24gb of images on my harddrive recently and was averaging 4gb a day out in RAW files no wonder it got full.


User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3657 times:

When shooting D30/D60 images do you shoot mostly RAW images or high quality JPEGS? Is the extra quality worth the reduction in storage space available when shooting RAW?

Lately I have taken to just shooting the quality JPEG, on a 1MB micro drive card I can fit just over 400 photos. It drops to 40 or so in RAW mode and I don't really seem to see a quality difference once I have processed the sshots for uploading.



User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3650 times:

Uhhh... I keep the originals, but beware it takes a hell of alot of disk space!! Especially if you take bezillions of pictures like moi  Smile.

I would, not use RAW or TIFF, just highest quality JPEG. You can't really tell the difference, and Idoubt that you really need the slight extra quality that RAW and TIFF give over JPEG...

User currently offline737heavy From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 601 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3639 times:

I have a 1gb microdrive with my D60 and I've always taken RAW because I had this much space. On average I can get around 170 RAW images onto a card.


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5099 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3636 times:

I use the zoombrowser software. I know its not the greatest but ALL i use it for is to download. Everything else is in Photoshop. You can select "all" photos for download. It does take a while to download 100 photos though....but I never had a problem with it.

As for saving photos, well for aviation photos I don't. This is because the ones i process for upload here, I save the processed version as a .psd photoshop file if it's uploaded successfully. if its a reject and cannot be fixed, i decide if I want it for my "personal" collection and if so, i save it as a high-qual jpeg in a different folder. However, there were a couple "gems" that I saved from the camera. The rest get deleted. I may have shot 3 versions of the same plane or shot. Even if all 3 are good, i only upload one, and maybe I'll keep another depending on the shot, and everything else is delete.


Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 813 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3616 times:

Re downloading - as well as the excellent (but costs $40) Breezebrowser alternative to the Zoombrowser software, Chris Breeze produces a freebie utility called Downloader which will read all the files off a camera or card reader and file in a directory to your specifications. Get it at


This is small fast and easy to use - I run it in automated mode on my laptop in the field - bullet proof.

Raw files - OK, they take space, and at face value offer little added value to the .jpg But there is significant hidden value - exposure slightly wrong? With the RAW file you can adust 1 or 2 stops either way after the shot. Similarly you can adjust staturation, sharpneing, colour balance etc. after the shot with no quality loss. As jpgs are compressed (and extra data thrown away) at time of shooting, this flexibility is not available without some loss to image quality.

I keep RAW files on disk, and burn 2 copies to CD (one kept at home, the other at the office). The harddisk files are deleted as space demands.



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