Riff Raff wrote in post #4896102
I used to have one of these hard drive units (a few years back... I think it held a whole 4GB!), but with the rapidly shrinking prices of flash cards I think they're somewhat outdated unless you're going on a month long trip or something. With the current mail-in rebates, you can get a 16GB Sandisk Extreme III (a higher end card) for $110 after rebate. I'm seeing 2GB low-end cards sold for slightly under $10. Estimate about how much space you'd need on your trip, double it if you want to be really safe, and the compare the price of a hard drive versus how much the extra flash memory would cost. Also, I'd feel safer about having the photos stored on flash cards.
Well, I can't say you should rule these out. These are for people who are willing to not have to carry a laptop (although it may be more helpful) to offload their images. No matter how many CF/SD cards you have, at some given point, you need to off load it and with the Epson P3000, I use it as a viewer for people (due to the awesome screen) and to store the images in while on a trip which I can carry with me 24/7 in the bag. The laptop will be too big to carry around.
Once I have the time, all I have to do is plug the device into the computer and do the transfer from there from all my shoots. I don't have to worry about each card one by one.
I think when the laptop becomes smaller, that's when these things will become obselete for it will match portability. Already it's becoming smaller and smaller.