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In Field Storage

Fri Oct 29, 2004 10:22 pm

Hi all,
I currently have 4x 256mb cards for use in the field (I know odd but it is a carry over from film - many cards = less chance of data loss). But I am going on hols for a long time next year and will need more than the 1gb that these cards offer. I don't want to buy more cards, but woul dlike to store off camera and card until either I can get hom eor I can get to a cd burning outlet. Anyone got any ideas of a product that would help me? ie a microdrive or something.

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RE: In Field Storage

Fri Oct 29, 2004 10:55 pm

I can't remember how much most image tanks are, but I think they can get quite pricey. Another alternative (and an excuse to buy one  Smile/happy/getting dizzy ) is to look at a modern media player with HD storage like an Ipod or something similar.

You can purchase an adapter for most of these things that will accept a CF card, and naturally with about 20gig on tap space isn't a problem. My brother-in-law does this with his, and finds it pretty handy. Cost-wise, it may end up similar, but at least you get a media player out of the deal.

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RE: In Field Storage

Fri Oct 29, 2004 11:02 pm

Why not get a laptop?

The cheaper ones are the same price as a Decent image tank anyway, plus you would get internet access and you can edit photo's when on the go.

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RE: In Field Storage

Fri Oct 29, 2004 11:10 pm

I bought a 40Gb image tank for 200 Euros and it acted up after 6 downloads of a 256-card to the disk. Many of my pictures from my holiday in Australia are corrupted and I'm seriously pissed. I managed to burn them on CD's and I'm hoping I can rescue them with some repair software (see my other thread in this forum). I returned the Image tank when I got back to Singapore and they gave me a new one with the advice not to shoot RAW's AND jpg's on the same card. The mix of the two could cause problems. I don't see why (RAW and JPG files are a bunch of zeros and ones, it shouldn't make a difference) but I'll give it a go later. I have not tried my new imagetank yet, but I hope this one works fine. It's a great idea, but I think I just got a dodgy one.
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RE: In Field Storage

Fri Oct 29, 2004 11:18 pm

Ed which brand did you buy?

200 euros is the same price for 40gb in germany, but I want a 100% reliable (or close) product.

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RE: In Field Storage

Sat Oct 30, 2004 12:37 am

Me and a few others use these Smartdisk FlashTrax;

I've owned mine for just over a year and I've never had a problem with it.

A 20Gb version costs £225.99, 40Gb is £289.99 and an 80Gb costs £391.99 all are USB 2.0

You just insert the card and press the copy button and let it do it's thing! I've got to the stage now that I don't even check that it has copied the files over now, I trust it.

I wouldn't go down the laptop route, to big and heavy to carry around with you and unless you go for a decent sized screen you won't want to do much image editing.


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RE: In Field Storage

Sat Oct 30, 2004 12:50 am

I too thought about this long and hard and very nearly dropped the notes for one of those Flashtrax devices. In the end however I bought a second hand laptop with the same storage space (20Gb), 14" screen and the versatility to watch DVDs and a whole lot more for the same price. Yes, it is bigger, but the added versatility of it being a PC sold it for me.

The sad thing is I use it more at work now than I have done for image storage, so on the one hand good but on the other hand disappointing!


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RE: In Field Storage

Sat Oct 30, 2004 1:16 am

If you got it for that money then you can't go wrong!  Smile
Should of added that I use the 40Gb version.

Dell sell refurbished laptops, maybe worth a look on there site..?

Although they seem to be double the price of a FlashTrax.


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RE: In Field Storage

Sat Oct 30, 2004 3:37 am

This is mine:

It's a Chinese brand. The good thing is that it runs on penlite batteries.
But the first one they gave me somehow acted up. Perhaps it was a 'monday-morning'-product, so I hope my new one is better. The people that sold it to me said they sold quite a few already and I was the first to have problems with it (typical salesman talk). They also had a Nikon Imagetank, but it was 3x as expensive. There's always a risk when you buy cheaper stuff. Hopefully the one I have now works fine.
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RE: In Field Storage

Sat Oct 30, 2004 3:07 pm

I use Flashtrax from Smartdisk and so far no problems whatsoever. Even can store mpgs!. Usually I have 2X 1 Gb Sandisk Extreme CF cards and roatate them. On any given day, I can expect about 5 to 6 downloads (of 1 Gb card) on Flashtrax with one fully charged battery. (minimal use of screen). And best of all at home it turns into a fast 2.0 USB 'external hard drive'. Transfering my days work is really a zip. Last but not the least, the resolution on the screen is not the best however, it is (to my knowledge) largest with good display quality for any storage tanks out there.
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RE: In Field Storage

Sun Oct 31, 2004 3:04 am

Thanks guys, really useful. I like the look of the Smart Disk. I have a laptop, but it is just too bulky and cumbersome to cart around the world on hols. I was looking for something that would fit in the camera rucksack and the Smart Disk looks like a great candidate.

Thanks again for your help.
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