Originally Posted by atlantashooter
I'd LOVE to be able to just move images to a portable hard drive and then to our desktops except that when we get work in from our shooters we then have to sort it out and send it to the lab on CD's. If we had to burn all those images to CD ourselves we'd spend a couple days or more burning CD's before anything was out the door and on the way to the lab. This way each shooter burns their own CD's and it saves us untold hours of labor cost not to mention turnaround time.
We use CD's instead of DVD's because we want to keep each shoot seperated from the next. DVD's hold a lot more but we would be wasting a LOT of space on each one unless we burned multiple shoots to each one. The cost factor of CD-R's compared to DVD-R's for us when much of the DVD space would be wasted is considerable.
There are always going to be particular workflows that may benefit from one product or another. My information was a general remark suitable for many people who shoot digital. In your specialized situation, that may not be the most practical way to go. However, just a few notes. I've found that the price of DVDs has dropped fantastically. I can typically buy DVD blanks for a few cents each, so it really doesnt matter if there is wasted space on the DVD. If you are shooting 1gb cards, then when using CDs, you also had waste on one of the two CDs that was used to copy off the contents of a 1gb. So waste will always be a factor, but is it waste that really makes a real difference in the bottom line?
I do still see the apacer units in the pipeline when I do a Google search, so you could probably mail order one or more of them. If apacer no longer makes them, then that may tell you that they weren't selling enough of them to make it practical to continue making them.
Anyway, just my random thoughts on the matter, for what they're worth.