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08/02/2004 03:13:16 PM · #1
Does anyone use a portable CD burner? I am considering buying a Apacer Disc Steno CP200 (CD-RW).
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I have 2 - 1gig cards for my D70 (both about $400each) and the CD-RW is about the same. I also have about 2gigs of XD cards for my fuji3800 that I can get an adapter for the CD-RW. So it makes sense to me to get a CD burner. Just looking for feedback?

Please advise….
08/02/2004 03:14:48 PM · #2
You may be our test pilot. : )
08/02/2004 03:33:52 PM · #3
I use one. It's installed in my laptop's drive bay, though. ;-)

But seriously, it's great for travelling. I can examine my day's shooting on the big (relatively, it's only 14.1" though), sharp 1400x1050 screen, delete the worst of the bunch after reviewing, show off pictures to my friends, do some photoshopping in the hotel room before I go to sleep.

I would NOT spend $400 on a dedicated CD burner when you can buy an inexpensive laptop (it doesn't have to fast! just small and light) for not much more than that. I would recommend looking at an iBook, which you can snag new for just over US$1000. And probably a used G3 iBook for less. No, I'm not an Apple zealot, in fact I've never owned an Apple, but they make great machines, a great OS, and the iBook is a fabulous deal.

Either way, I'm much more comfortable having a laptop that I can use than just a standalone burner. It's so much more useful, and takes up about the same amount of space, if you get a thin-and-light laptop.
08/02/2004 04:22:00 PM · #4
I have an Apacer Disc Steno CP200. It works very well. It is nice because you don't need so many memory cards, just burn to a disc and empty your cards and you're back to shooting.
08/02/2004 05:16:19 PM · #5
One of my fellow photogs on tour in Europe used RoadStor by Micro Solutions. It worked fine, as far as I know, and she could also see the pictures on a TV, but only in BW....don't think we got all the connections quite right.
08/02/2004 05:29:32 PM · #6
I own a Apacer steno 100 from more than one year now, and I am happy with it. I like to be able to reload the battery on my car lighter. And i can easily carry it in my lowepro bag.
08/03/2004 03:25:47 PM · #7
I own a RoadStor. I have had a few inconsistent results with it, although I have never lost any images. I'm in contact with Micro Solutions Technical Department to determine if there is a compatibility problem, a defective unit or if it's the operator. When it works correctly it's an excellent way to free up space on CF cards while shooting. It also provides me with a way to provide my clients with "Instant Gratification". I hand them a disk and they hand me the money... I like that! It also spares the Laptop from bouncing' around on the back of motorcycle. I will post again when I have resolved the inconsistency issue with Micro Solutions.
Tim
08/03/2004 03:35:51 PM · #8
I totally agree with skylen, and that's exactly why I bought one. A refurb G4 iBook is less than $1000 at the Apple Store online (same warranty as new). The versatiliaty is worth the extra dough. The combo drive allows me to watch DVDs on flights or entertain the kids on long road trips, and a Firewire card reader allows me to clear off memory cards in the field very quickly. It certainly comes in handy for impromptu slide shows after a shoot.
08/03/2004 06:33:06 PM · #9
Thanks everyone for the feedback. I never really considered a laptop, a couple of quick questions on them,
Is picture resolution affected?
Can they be calibrated?
What do you carry all your gear in?

Thanks Scott

08/03/2004 06:48:28 PM · #10
Not sure what you mean by affecting picture resolution. The file size/resolution is the same regardless of where you store the photo. A larger laptop screen is nice to have for the same reason a larger monitor is nice to have. I went with a 12" iBook because they're rugged and easier to carry around than larger laptops.

LCD screens can be calibrated, but the calibrators aren't cheap, and it's probably not worth the effort. Although Apple laptops feature some of the best screens available, I still prefer my desktop computer for any serious editing. I only use the iBook for portability and convenience until I can get back home (a 15" or larger PowerBook might be a different story).

I carry everything in a LowePro CompuTrekker backpack. It's made to carry all your photo gear and a laptop, and it's surprisingly comfortable.
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