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Old 09-14-2003, 05:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I',m new to the digital world and wondered what most of you use to store images until you can get them on your computers. I currently have a 256mb and 512mb cf card, but know that if I shoot raw (approx 75 images) I'll run out of storage long before the schedule shoot is over. With film I normally shoot between 7 and 10 36exp rolls during a 5 hour shoot. I'm also thinking about those times traveling or on vacation when I'll not be able to download the files from the card for a week or more. Has anyone used the Disc Steno with a D100 and the Lexar WA 256 & 512mb cards. Is there another storage device that may be better suited.
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Old 09-15-2003, 12:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm using Lexar WA 1GB cards in a D100, S1 and S2. Nice cards - quick and faster than the old 1GB Microdrive. I'm pretty sure they have a 2GB size available as well.

If you're shootin' RAW, even 1GB won't last long.

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Old 09-15-2003, 05:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply Angelus.

The 2Gb cards are still pretty expensive at around $650 at B&H. What I'm looking for is something portable (other than a Laptop) that I could download to in the field that would hold up to 20gb. Later when I got back home I could then download the files to my computer. The other option is something along the lines of a Disk Steno where I could burn the contents of the CF cards to CD. The device would need to be battery powered as I'll not always be able to plug into power.
The Flashtrax with its 30gb drive and 3.5" LCD is attractive but its price nearly $500. The Disc steno at $300 is more affordable but I would have to purchase and carry anumber of blank CD. Not as slick as the Flashtrax but may make more sense in that it would give me a method to store the raw images offline.

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Old 09-15-2003, 08:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I bought a nix pix. It's about the size of a PDA that needs to go on a diet. Mine has a 20gig hard drive inside, you can go up to 60. It has a battery and an ac adapter. When I am in the studio I fill a 512mg card RAW take it over to the nixpix and download, while I load my second 512 and continue. You verify the card after the copy and then erase the card and press on. Away from electricity it is great. 20 gig will go along way for me. The nix pix fits easily in shoulder camera bag. No complaints here. The 20 gis cost me $279. B&H and others carry them.

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Old 09-16-2003, 07:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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What a cool solution to the CF card capacity.. I wasn't aware those existed. And here I am making sure I have enough CF storage betwixt trips to the 'puter - oooops! :-)
 
 
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I am considering getting a portable storage as well, in the latest Digital Photo magazine they have a write-up about the Super Digibin, it sounds pretty good and is 30gb and lists for $279.
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a 30 gig model. It's worked great for me. I also bought the companion extra battery backup. It's the size of a pack of ciggies and can run the Super DigiBin when the rechargeable battery inside the Digibin starts to run low. I also bought the companion ac and car adapters.Or were they included? Can't remember.

I got them because I ain't taking any chances and I have 5 256mb cards and a 512. It usually takes a minute or two to dump a 256 in the Digibin and maybe 3-4 minutes tops for a 512.

The only thing is that it doesn't have a viewer. I was warned that those really eat up battery power on these "digital wallets" or "Image tanks".

I'm still looking for a laptop. To me, being the hopeless paranoid, I'd prefer to burn a CD off a laptop just to make sure.

However, when shooting outdoors, the digibin is much lighter and can strap on to your belt. And 30 gigs? It'll hold thousands of images.

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I have a limited amount of CF cards, so I use a Delkin eFilm digital wallet that has a color LCD display for viewing pics. Though it does hog the battery using the preview/slideshow mode to review pics, it is a nice feature to have nonetheless.

Dumping images off the CF card onto the Delkin takes maybe a minute or two and has paid for itself in my opinion in terms of it saving me a boatload of time while on location shooting.

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Ended up going with the Flashtrax.
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I have a Lexar 40X WA 1GB card and a 2 GB Card They also make a 4GB CF card.

I also store my photos on a nix pix.

I store all my photos on an external hard drive at home. Easer than CD's

I only use CD's to give a few photos to models.

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