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Digital Storage Advice Needed

Unread postby iLoveMeerkats! » Sat Feb 26, 2005 9:47 pm

We will be in KNP for a month and I am pretty certain that I am going to buy a new camera in the next week or so. I am leaning towards the Canon 20D. (I have an EOS 3).

Any tips as to what I will need for storing/saving pics? What do you use?

Extra cards? Mini hard drive? ???
Is there any place where you can upload photos to the net?
Kruger Internet Cafe? :D

I don't want to schlep my computer to the park.

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Re: Saving your digital pics

Unread postby bwana » Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:19 pm

I know there are storage media you can buy so you can empty your memory card. Your best bet is to ask your local camera shop. I take my laptop with me so I haven't needed to buy that sort of thing. Maybe DuQues has some info on this.
Alternativly look HERE.

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Re: Saving your digital pics

Unread postby madach » Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:45 pm

I use a 1GB Sandisk Ultra III in both my 10D and 20D I have a 256MB backupcard which I use when I'm downloading cards to my VoSonic VP-3310X-drive. I use a 40GB and 20GB harddisk for the X-drive. If you're shooting RAW mode, which I'd reccomend, and you're staying in Kruger for a month then you'll probably need a 40GB HD (good for storing approx. 5500 20D pics in RAW mode).

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Re: Saving your digital pics

Unread postby bwana » Sun Feb 27, 2005 12:15 am

Madach where did you get the hard drive? Do you buy it seperately from the Vosonic VP-3310X?
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Re: Saving your digital pics

Unread postby madach » Sun Feb 27, 2005 2:32 pm

I bought the VP-3310X without a harddisk and purchased a two separate hard drives for it. I bought a 40GB and a 20GB one as backup. You can also buy the VP-3310X with a harddrive installed, but buying them separately is cheaper.

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Unread postby Hedrus » Sun Feb 27, 2005 9:11 pm

HI Guys
If I may assist you .I have the agency for the Vosonic XS drive in SA.You are welcome to take a look at it on my site.
I market it with a 40 Gig drive but if you want to buy the casing and want to fit the HD self you are welcome altough there is not a massive saving in doing so.
Please take a look at it on my site.Or contact me for assistance.
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Unread postby bwana » Sun Feb 27, 2005 9:18 pm

Thanks Hedrus! If I order one tonight how long does it take to reach Somerset West, Cape Town?

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Unread postby Hedrus » Sun Feb 27, 2005 9:21 pm

Hey Bwana
you quick hey?
No problem to send it anywhere.I send it by Courier Co overnight.You shall have it by Wednesday.
Please feel free to PM me.
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Unread postby iLoveMeerkats! » Sun Feb 27, 2005 9:49 pm

The Vosonic looks a bit like the iPod Photo. ?

There do not seem to be many people in the US selling the Vosonic.

Anyone familiar with the SmartDisk Flash Trax? That one has a bigger viewing screen.

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Unread postby Krokodile » Sun Feb 27, 2005 11:20 pm

As we take stills and video whenever we are in the park, we take our laptop so we can review our pics on a daily basis and bin what we really don't want to keep.

I have a 2.2GB Compact Flash card and several smaller cards. The GPS system we use also uses compact flash so the PCMCIA slot with CF adaptor gets used quite a lot. Our laptop also has a dedicated Secure Digital slot (which is the format that the camcorder takes stills in). The laptop is quite heavy, but, for us, it's worth taking it.

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Unread postby Erwin » Mon Feb 28, 2005 11:35 am

I tend to agree with Krokodile - take the laptop with. You will then have all your computing power/storage in one box.

Spending a month in Kruger - mmmh? I bet you will at least take 200-300 pics a day. I recommend you regularly back-up the pics that did not make the rubbish bin.

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Unread postby Pac » Mon Feb 28, 2005 7:41 pm

just wandering but is there any way of storing pics onto a non-photo ipod, just the normal 40gig one?

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Unread postby iLoveMeerkats! » Mon Feb 28, 2005 11:36 pm

Pac,
I don't know about non-photo iPods, but I have been researching all of this and it seems that there are some additions to the iPod Photo which will come out "around the end of March" which will allow you to upload your photos directly to the iPod (no computer needed).

We are going to leave for KNP April 1 so I dare not count on that happening. I LOVE Apple, but I have fallen for promises of things to come more often than a wise person should! :D

I have read about some thing (Belkin maybe) that allows you to download photos - perhaps to a non photo iPod, but obviously there is no display.

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Unread postby Meg » Tue Mar 01, 2005 7:27 am

Erwin wrote:I tend to agree with Krokodile - take the laptop with. You will then have all your computing power/storage in one box.

Spending a month in Kruger - mmmh? I bet you will at least take 200-300 pics a day. I recommend you regularly back-up the pics that did not make the rubbish bin.

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I "third" ( :roll: ) this suggestion. Our travel-worn laptop comes everywhere with us, including Kruger. Except for the occasional scare (I think a couple of ants from the Skukuza day visitors braai area are still fried beneath my keyboard somewhere) everything has gone well. It also means that I can backup everything I've taken to DVD before flying which makes me sweat a little less when going through airport customs. Despite what they tell you, I do know people who have lost all hard drive data, even on the machines used in first world airports.
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Unread postby bwana » Tue Mar 01, 2005 7:52 am

Meg wrote: It also means that I can backup everything I've taken to DVD before flying which makes me sweat a little less when going through airport customs. Despite what they tell you, I do know people who have lost all hard drive data, even on the machines used in first world airports.


Ouch!!! :shock: :shock: I never knew that can happen? Through the metal detector/ x-ray machine?

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