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Jul 21, 2011 19:27 |  #1

I usually shot in camera raw. My 5D Mark II sucks up memory. I usually download files from the compact flash card into my PC. However, we are going on a two week vacation to the Galapagos and Machu Pechu and don't want to take my rather large:confused: laptop with us. Other than paying a fortune for flash cards, is there any other option for storing photos?




  
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Jul 21, 2011 19:33 |  #2

Recently I went to Bhutan, India & Sri Lanka. I bought a cheap Netbook ($300) with a 500gb hard drive and used that on my trip to download photos at the end of each day.

It weighed only 1kg - and was small (25 cm screen) and easy to carry around


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Jul 21, 2011 19:52 as a reply to  @ Whitlam's post |  #3

There are several portable storage units. I've had a Jobo GigaOne 40GB for 5 or so years that works great. Plug the card in, turn on, and hit a button to backup. Some are straight backup and some that have a viewer, but I don't know if they'll handle RAW files.

I searched B&H and don't see the Jobo. Here is another brand that I looked at and looks pretty good for the price. Wolverine (external link)


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Jul 21, 2011 21:46 as a reply to  @ D Thompson's post |  #4

Google: Portable Digital Card Readers

There are several good ones out there. I use an old Epson P-3000

However, I download the cards to the Epson each night, but I still store and keep each card until I get home to download to the Computer main Library.. The cards are the main and the Epson is a backup.. If the cards are in the camera bag and the Epson is in the luggage, the odds of getting all images home intact are greatly improved.... It's cheaper to buy a few cards and a Portable Card Reader than it is to go back and retake all those photos......... :D

I use the Pelican cases for cards.. one for CF cards and another for SDHC..


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Jul 21, 2011 22:29 |  #5

Whitlam wrote in post #12801325 (external link)
Recently I went to Bhutan, India & Sri Lanka. I bought a cheap Netbook ($300) with a 500gb hard drive and used that on my trip to download photos at the end of each day.

It weighed only 1kg - and was small (25 cm screen) and easy to carry around

+1 on a Netbook, if its only for memory storage, I bet you can find one on sale somewhere for $199. Like Whitlam mention, small & lightweight & thin too. And you can throw a portable HDD in your luggae somewhere too for more space.

Enjoy Machu Pichhu, I go to Peru once a year, and have visted Cusco 2 times. Beautiful!!


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Jul 22, 2011 04:30 as a reply to  @ Dustman's post |  #6

I always backup to hard drive the net book would work then upload to photobucket pro just in case ..or just buy more cf cards heck you can never have enough cards..


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Jul 22, 2011 04:41 |  #7

If you want good quality, extreme portability and great speed then the Hyperdrive Colorspace UDMA is what you need. Buy the bare casing (external link) and a 2.5" 500GB hard drive (external link). That will give you 500GB of truly portable storage for $300.


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Jul 22, 2011 09:06 |  #8

I had an epson P2000 but it recently bit the dust with a constant request for me to hit the reset button. Found it to be a common problem after doing some research. Don't know if the have improved the latest models or not.


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Jul 22, 2011 11:25 |  #9

Buy some cards for your trip, when you're back and done with them sell them here.




  
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Jul 22, 2011 12:12 |  #10

I used to use two of the hard drive based portable card "dumpers" (X-Drive was the original, now there are a few)
I used two as I did not like the idea of having one copy on a hard drive in rough conditions, so I copied each card to BOTH (poor mans RAID :) )

However IMHO the usefulness of these "card dumpers" has worn off.
Cards are much larger and cheaper, and as pointed out, a netbook is also in many cases cheaper, and clearly more flexible.

I now just carry enough cards to do the job,.. it's lighter, no charger, no time needed to transfer, etc. (FYI did Galapagos last year, and just got back from Machu Picchu!!! Have fun!)

Especially on the Galapagos trip, I would have been hard pressed to fit card transfers into the tight schedule without it being a panicky event. (there is time, but none I would want to sacrifice. )

I'd suggest either get enough cards, or go the net book route, and also bring a USB external and mirror the photos to both internal and external drive..


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Jul 22, 2011 12:14 |  #11

ROGERWILCO357 wrote in post #12803216 (external link)
...then upload to photobucket pro just in case ....

Not a viable back up solution on a boat in the Galapagos, or in lots of parts of Peru.


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Jul 22, 2011 19:48 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #12

Rather than looking at this on a short term basis, based on this one trip I would decide what you need/want on the long term. I know if I was taking a trip like what you are I would be needed plenty of memory. I have lots of card space so what I take is small external drives such as this (external link). This still requires you to take a laptop of some sort but if you do alot of traveling the netbook would make sense along with these drives. I'm the kind of person that wouldn't be able to simply put the images onto a storage device and not be able to look at them beyond the camera's lcd. I take along my larger 17" laptop and though it is sometimes a pain to take I am always appreciative of having it at the other end. I always upload to the laptop's internal drive and then simply copy these to the external so that I have files on both hard drive and externals.

I've used the storage devices that Jake is alluding to above and they are painfully slow compared to uploading to a laptop's hard drive. If you are bound and determined to not take a computer with you then I would simply invest in more card space. Buying this has never been a bad thing for me. When I travel I will shoot in CR2 and quite easily shoot several gigs in a day. I don't think that you would regret buying this. I'm not so sure about selling them after though, I would never buy a used card.


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Jul 22, 2011 23:02 |  #13

I have a hyperdrive color (original one) and it works great for backup. If you don't run out of space while shooting, one of these can be used to clear all your cards at night. Its slower than transfering to a netbook but its also smaller and more portable. Of course, you should backup to more than one hdd and in that case a netbook and external would be a good option.




  
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Jul 23, 2011 06:27 |  #14

Another vote for the Netbook route. The only drawback is that they typically lack built in card readers, purchase a couple readers to guard against loss. The ability to review your shoots is a bonus. I also eBayed a couple of larger capacity batteries.

If you decide to redundantly backup to an external, be aware that the smaller pocket size drives are powered via the USB.


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Jul 23, 2011 07:21 |  #15

Unregistered.Coward wrote in post #12808542 (external link)
If you decide to redundantly backup to an external, be aware that the smaller pocket size drives are powered via the USB.

Also be aware that a netbook & external drive isn't a truly redundant solution. If the netbook should die then you can't use the external drive, so you're left with nothing. In the past I used a netbook with a Hyperdrive. Now I use the Hyperdrive and an ND2700.


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