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Old Feb 23, 2004, 12:08 AM   #1
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On a previous subject, Slipe suggested consideration of an image tank to take with me on an upcoming trip to China. I had been concerned about this, but have made no decisions. I will be taking (I hope) a new A2 with me and probably a 1Gig flash card. Price is certainly a consideration, since the travel and the A2 have done serious damage to my wallet. Any suggestions? Would appreciate your being as specific as you can about item, retailer, and probable cost. Much thanks for any suggestions.
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Old Feb 23, 2004, 12:34 AM   #2
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http://www.steves-digicams.com/digital_wallet.html
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2003_...getank_g2.html
http://www.digit-life.com/articles/mindstor/
Are three I am familiar with the names.

These look pretty good for the Image Tanks: http://store.yahoo.com/insidecomputer/imagetank.html

And: http://store.yahoo.com/insidecomputer/imagetankiii.html

Havenít read much about it but this looks good too: http://store.yahoo.com/insidecomputer/superdigibin.html

They come in different sizes and evidently Minds at Work are no longer making the Digital Wallet and MindStor Ė I donít know who is now if anyone but they are still for sale.
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Old Feb 23, 2004, 7:51 AM   #3
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http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/v...837&highlight=
I used to carry my MindStor to backup my microdrives on week long vacation, but as my confidence in the microdrives grow... I now leave the MindStor at home (ie less packing, power supplies and al)
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Old Feb 23, 2004, 8:23 AM   #4
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The absolute best solution is an ultra compact laptop - but it's also the most expensive.

Advantages - you get to review your day's shooting in the comfort of the hotel room. If you shoot raw, you can even process them into JPG's daily.

Okay, options: look at the X's Drive 2 (it's usb 2). It is a digital wallet/image bin device. You can buy the bare unit (without any hard disk) for about $85. Then add your own HD. You can also upgrade the unit to larger sizes as needed. It comes with a good rechargeable LiIon battery for reliable use in the field.

One thing to avoid at all costs is any unit that will NOT allow you to replace the HD on your own. Some manufacturers have propetiery HD formats/OS that preclude the user from replacing the HD.

Enjoy your China trip - lots of great photo opportunities.

Declan

PS: Avoid anything from [email protected] as they are out of business AND they use a proprietry OS for the disk (not user upgradeable).
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Lexar 1GB 40x Professional CompactFlash Card - $199 (after $40 rebate)
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Hitachi 4GB microdrive - $199 delivered from Amazon.

Order the Creative Nomad MuVo2 4GB and remove the microdrive when it arrives.

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Hitachi 4GB microdrive - $199 delivered from Amazon.

Order the Creative Nomad MuVo2 4GB and remove the microdrive when it arrives.

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Have you actually done that? Hitachi has microdrives that they donít list as CF +. It seems they couldnít keep those MP3 players in stock if you could get the microdrive for less than half price by throwing the unit away and keeping the card.
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Have you actually done that? Hitachi has microdrives that they donít list as CF +. It seems they couldnít keep those MP3 players in stock if you could get the microdrive for less than half price by throwing the unit away and keeping the card.
Yes! http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/v...=20837&start=0

The problem has always been getting hold of one (ie "they couldnít keep those MP3 players in stock"), since they're back ordered everywhere. BTW Dell is resuming order and shipping the units again!

... Who say you have to throw away? http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=15058

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Old Chinese saying :shock: " He who trust putting all cherished pics on portable hard disk drive device, may find headache at end of journey. "
I would consider Micro Sloutions portable " RoadStor " MFG Part # 401010 sold at CompUSA for $ 249.00 ( CompUSA product # 308987). It is a 6-in-1 ( SD, SM, CF I/II, MMC, MD, MS ) flash memory card reader, that with a touch of 1 button will burn it on a CD-RW. The speed is 24x24x24. It only weighs 21.5 oz. The dimensions (W) is only 5.4 inches by (L) 6.7 and (H) 1.4.
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John suggested the Roadstor. I found a 2-24 review on Imaging Resource of that device. If short of ecstatic, it wasn't by much. It copied your memory card (of all types), mixed your drinks, scratched your back. Then it went on to gicve back directly to your printer the infor to make your prints, to your TV the info to show a picture, and your computer the info to allow you to become a madman. With one limitation. It would not decode or display raw images. A lot of what I have read on these forums indicates the desirability of shooting in raw. I could still do that, but would lose the advantage ,while on the road , of seeing how I was doing.To the more experienced digiphiles---How much would that deter you?
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