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Portable Storage For Digital Photos In The Field

Tue Mar 14, 2006 5:28 pm

Hi all,

Now I am using the 20D of course the number of photos I can fit on my CF cards has reduced compared with when I used my D30.

Instead of throwing money away on countless CF cards the idea of portable storage hard drives interests me.

I have had a look around and like the look of this one :-

http://www.digital-cameras.com/stora...0gb-silver---free-car-charger.html

Does anyone use this device or other portable storage device (other than laptop) when out shooting and if so would you recommend for/against them?

Any help is much appreciated

Ben
 
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RE: Portable Storage For Digital Photos In The Field

Tue Mar 14, 2006 6:28 pm

I use a Nikon Coolwalker.

Works fine.
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RE: Portable Storage For Digital Photos In The Field

Tue Mar 14, 2006 6:55 pm

Ben,

I use an earlier Xs Drive II+ Model VP2160. It works fine and I feel it's reliable.

Peter
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RE: Portable Storage For Digital Photos In The Field

Tue Mar 14, 2006 6:58 pm

what you want to look at is transfer speed and battery life. I recommend reading up on lots of reviews. The Nikon Coolwalker is not for you since youre a canon shooter, and also since its out of production and quite slow.

I use the Epson P-2000, now replaced by P-4000, which is expensive but has many tricks up its sleeve and a fantastic TFT screen.
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RE: Portable Storage For Digital Photos In The Field

Tue Mar 14, 2006 7:07 pm

Quoting ChrisH (Reply 3):
and also since its out of production and quite slow.

and the battery life really sucks  Wow!
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RE: Portable Storage For Digital Photos In The Field

Tue Mar 14, 2006 7:21 pm

Quoting PUnmuth@VIE (Reply 4):
and the battery life really sucks

Yep, but it's quite old now too, and Nikon never replaced it with anything new. Perhaps it didn't sell too well. The Epson displays .NEF files anyway, although you can't zoom in them, if that matters.
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RE: Portable Storage For Digital Photos In The Field

Tue Mar 14, 2006 7:42 pm

Just get one or two of these and you should be fine:



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RE: Portable Storage For Digital Photos In The Field

Tue Mar 14, 2006 9:47 pm

Ben

I still have a Flashtrax unit and it works well.

I have not used my one in many many months because I haven't been anywhere that requires the use of one. I can fit stuff from my local on a 16MB card!

Regards

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RE: Portable Storage For Digital Photos In The Field

Tue Mar 14, 2006 10:51 pm

Recently bought a PD70X, with a 60Gb HD inside.

No screen to check the pic's on, just the "black`n´grey" to let you know how much space left and that copying has been succesful etc.
It's really quick though. Draws everything from my Extreme 2Gb in less than 3 minutes and it isn't too hard on the batteries either.

Wouldn't trade it for anything else....right now!  Wink
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RE: Portable Storage For Digital Photos In The Field

Tue Mar 14, 2006 10:52 pm

I use a Flashtrax as well and find it very good.
I rarely take it out but when I go away for a few days I would be lost without it.
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RE: Portable Storage For Digital Photos In The Field

Wed Mar 15, 2006 12:29 am

 
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RE: Portable Storage For Digital Photos In The Field

Wed Mar 15, 2006 1:02 am

I too use a FlashTrax, its never let me down. I have a spare battery for it but have never had the need to use it.
It's not that quick at transfering data from the cards but it's never been a problem since I purchased another 2GB card. I just swap between the two.

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RE: Portable Storage For Digital Photos In The Field

Wed Mar 15, 2006 1:42 am

Hey Ben,

I used to have a 40GB PD7X imagetank, was quite happy with it the first weeks, but somehow its batterylife turned out to suck majorly. I got quite some errors with copying JPG's and RAW's on it too.

Sold it after that, really wasn't worth keeping.

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RE: Portable Storage For Digital Photos In The Field

Wed Mar 15, 2006 1:56 am

Quoting LGW (Thread starter):

You want one of these...



Epson P-4000 Multimedia Storage Viewer
• Supports RAW data from most major manufacturers
• Massive 80GB storage to back-up your work

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RE: Portable Storage For Digital Photos In The Field

Wed Mar 15, 2006 8:32 am

The Giga vu pro is also worth considering
 
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RE: Portable Storage For Digital Photos In The Field

Wed Mar 15, 2006 11:19 am

Like Chad i'm an x-drive user.
Works well with no issues at all.
Fast and reliable.

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RE: Portable Storage For Digital Photos In The Field

Wed Mar 15, 2006 8:50 pm

I'm currently an XS Drive user but i have a Epson P-4000 on order after testing one for a recent event i shot.

The P-2000 was great and P-4000 has just improved on that. I find that if i am shooting an event i can download my cards to the P4000 and use it to show clients the photos and take orders on the spot. It is much easier than carrying around a laptop. With the P4000 i can pop it in my pocket and download while shooting onto my other cards.

For aviation i have no need to use this device at all. When at my local i will have enough room on my 6-8GB of CF cards. Or on a trip i will always have my laptop.

I would really ask yourself if you need this device when you are shooting at the airport? A 2GB CF card is only £75 for a Sandisk Ultra II.

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RE: Portable Storage For Digital Photos In The Fie

Thu Mar 16, 2006 4:52 am

I bought something called a Wolverine 40Gb 40 GB FlashPac Memory Card Reader & Storage Drive. It is battery powered and has slots on the side for most digital camera flash cards. I think I paid about $180 at Fry's for it. We used it extensively on a three-week trip through Vietnam and China and it worked like a champ. I only had to recharge it once a week. We came back with 28Gb of pictures stored on it.

There are also 60Gb, 80Gb and 100Gb versions available.

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