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09/01/2007 10:28:13 AM · #1
I have to head to San Fran for 3 weeks, very soon, for a new job (poor me). The company is hooking me up with a really nice house in a great location.

So I'm bringing my camera.

My question is, what do you use for storage (and transfer) for your images on your travels? Assuming that I don't want to bring my laptop*, what would you recommend?

I have an iPod Video 30g, so I was thinking of using that - and buying the Apple Camera Connector (or the like) to transfer from my 4gig card. But i don't know how well that will work, in real-world application...and then I wouldn't have access to all my music, since I'd strip most out of the iPod for disk space. Hmmm.

Suggestions, please?

Thanks.

* - I'm also assuming that the company is giving me a laptop for work, so I don't want to travel with two laptops plus camera gear. I like to travel light.
09/01/2007 07:42:12 PM · #2
*ahem*
Excuse me...this cold has hung on for a 10 days now.
09/01/2007 08:02:02 PM · #3
Does the laptop have a CD/DVD burner. You could always put them on the computer then burn them to a disk and save them for when you get home. That is what I do when we go anywhere.
09/01/2007 08:10:07 PM · #4
I just bring a sh*tload of CF...
09/01/2007 08:13:47 PM · #5
I have an external HDD that I dump everything too then sort it all out later. USB 2.0 or Firewire if you can find it
09/01/2007 09:33:00 PM · #6
Epson P4000/P5000

... but that's only if you're click happy.

a P2000 or the new P3000 would probably suffice.

Message edited by author 2007-09-01 21:33:39.
09/01/2007 09:34:46 PM · #7
i would not recommend the ipod - transferring files chews up the battery something fierce - you will end up having to recharge the silly ipod every time you download the photos - if you even get the whole set transferred in the first place
09/01/2007 09:40:02 PM · #8
I just bought a Western Digital 320GB external drive for $89 at Best Buy. It would easily fit in a suitcase - it's about the size of a thick paperback book.

You can buy even smaller boxes called "portable" drives for 100GB and up.

Here's a useful Web site I found that explained a bunch of stuff:
//www.pcmag.com/category2/0,1874,4642,00.asp

Message edited by author 2007-09-01 22:34:08.
09/01/2007 09:47:49 PM · #9
I agree with router. Use this as an excuse to buy some shiny new 2G or 4G CF cards.
09/02/2007 02:01:13 AM · #10
Originally posted by levyj413:

I just bought a Western Digital 320GB external drive for $89 at Best Buy. It would easily fit in a suitcase - it's about the size of a thick paperback book.

You can buy even smaller boxes called "portable" drives for 100GB and up.

Here's a useful Web site I found that explained a bunch of stuff:
//www.pcmag.com/category2/0,1874,4642,00.asp


Don't you need a computer for those?
09/02/2007 02:08:15 AM · #11
Originally posted by cpanaioti:

Originally posted by levyj413:

I just bought a Western Digital 320GB external drive for $89 at Best Buy. It would easily fit in a suitcase - it's about the size of a thick paperback book.

You can buy even smaller boxes called "portable" drives for 100GB and up.

Here's a useful Web site I found that explained a bunch of stuff:
//www.pcmag.com/category2/0,1874,4642,00.asp


Don't you need a computer for those?


Yes, all of those will require a computer hookup. And my vote goes towards getting a Western Digital Passport drive. It's powered off your USB port and is very light and portable. They are great for on the go and not too expensive.

Message edited by author 2007-09-02 02:09:11.
09/02/2007 02:18:46 AM · #12
Originally posted by SamDoe1:

Originally posted by cpanaioti:

Originally posted by levyj413:

I just bought a Western Digital 320GB external drive for $89 at Best Buy. It would easily fit in a suitcase - it's about the size of a thick paperback book.

You can buy even smaller boxes called "portable" drives for 100GB and up.

Here's a useful Web site I found that explained a bunch of stuff:
//www.pcmag.com/category2/0,1874,4642,00.asp


Don't you need a computer for those?


Yes, all of those will require a computer hookup. And my vote goes towards getting a Western Digital Passport drive. It's powered off your USB port and is very light and portable. They are great for on the go and not too expensive.


These are all great for external storage but for travel I don't think are very practical.
09/02/2007 02:33:42 AM · #13
I assume that this is just a short term relocation.
If you don't want to carry any extra gear, get them put from the camera to disc at the nearest photo place as you fill the cards. You can then mail them home, and/or carry a copy of them with you.
Upload to disc before the last card goes into the camera each time so you will not be out of space when you suddenly want to shoot a lot of images.
Another idea, even better, would be to connect with another DPC'er who is in the area, and arrange to upload to disc while visiting. That would be a lot more fun.
09/02/2007 02:40:33 AM · #14
I bought a HyperDrive 80GB and use it all the time. Super fast, super reliable, no frills, just what I wanted.
09/02/2007 04:21:19 AM · #15
What about those media storage things that you put your CF into and it downloads the photos. There are ones that have viewing screens and one without. I have forgotten their proper name but they go for about $500 Australian Dollars. They may even be cheaper now because it was about 6 months ago that I checked them out and I only looked at a limited range.
09/02/2007 11:36:42 AM · #16
Originally posted by cpanaioti:

These are all great for external storage but for travel I don't think are very practical.


Oops. I missed the part about not bringing along a laptop. But if you have one, these things are quite practical. Again, think thick paperback book for mine, and considerably smaller for the ones formally labeled "portable."
09/02/2007 12:47:33 PM · #17
If you had a .mac account, you could upload them to your iDisc on line, and download them to your computer when you arrive back home. Of course you would need a computer where you are to do that. If you have that, then you should just burn them to DVD or CD locally.
Has anyone else noticed that we have no feedback from the OP since this thread started.
09/02/2007 12:52:13 PM · #18
Well the OP did say that he was expecting a laptop from work. With that, all you'd need is a card reader and a smallish external drive and you'd be set. That's why I said that the WD passport drives are great for travel. That's what I have and it works great for me.

Whenever I go on a trip, I bring my laptop and set it up in my hotel or wherever I'm staying and have my drive store all the photos I take that day.
09/02/2007 12:57:18 PM · #19
Originally posted by mattmac:

My question is, what do you use for storage (and transfer) for your images on your travels? Assuming that I don't want to bring my laptop*, what would you recommend?

I have an iPod Video 30g, so I was thinking of using that - and buying the Apple Camera Connector (or the like) to transfer from my 4gig card. But i don't know how well that will work, in real-world application...and then I wouldn't have access to all my music, since I'd strip most out of the iPod for disk space. Hmmm.

What you "want" is usually called a Digital Wallet (link lists a few ....) -- basically a hard drive and card reader in one package, with simple transfer and viewing aoftware. Many of them also work as media players.

I believe your iPod can function as one as you describe.
09/02/2007 02:33:39 PM · #20
Awesome! Thanks for all the replies....

I could bring my current laptop, but I just wanted to avoid the hassle at the airport(s)....but, that would also be the least expensive solution.

I'm also embarrassed to admit that I didn't even think about the "just burn it to DVD" solution. That makes complete sense, and would save me some cash over purchasing an external drive or digital wallet.

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' MelonMusketeer, please find it in your heart to forgive me for the delayed response...:-) I was busy PPing a couple images, and then had family responsibilities.

All that being said, I always like buying new gadgets...so it's time to do some shopping around!


Message edited by author 2007-09-02 14:36:24.
09/02/2007 02:42:05 PM · #21
No problem about the response. The comment was more about how good the DPC people are to jump in and offer help when anyone asks.
Have a safe, rewarding , images and dollars, kind of trip!
Also, if possible, I would check with the people who will supply the computer at the other end to make sure that it will burn DVD and/or CD's.

Message edited by author 2007-09-02 14:44:19.
09/02/2007 02:48:18 PM · #22
Originally posted by SamDoe1:

Well the OP did say that he was expecting a laptop from work. With that, all you'd need is a card reader and a smallish external drive and you'd be set. That's why I said that the WD passport drives are great for travel. That's what I have and it works great for me.

Whenever I go on a trip, I bring my laptop and set it up in my hotel or wherever I'm staying and have my drive store all the photos I take that day.


This would work very well as long as you didn't need to reuse a card while in the middle of nowhere.
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