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Old Mar 10, 2010, 11:28 AM   #1
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Hi all,
I am going on a trip overseas and I currently only have an 8GB CF card. I was wondering what might make more sense: get an additional card or get a backup drive (Epson or else) on which I could dump my files?

For what it's worth, I'll be travelling with young kids.

Thanks.
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Old Mar 10, 2010, 12:06 PM   #2
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That would probably depend on how many photos you plan on taking. ;-)

But, you can find larger cards at very low price points now if you shop around. For example, you can find a variety of 16GB cards for under $50 now.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...5334&name=16GB

You can also find CF cards in sizes as large as 128GB now. But, make sure your camera will work with a larger card if you go that route. From your previous posts, it looks like you were planning on a Nikon D300 at one point. Note that the D300 will not work with 64GB or larger cards (although the D300s will).

You may also want to consider bringing a small laptop or netbook along with you to transfer photos to. Some netbook models are relatively inexpensive now. For example, I see 20 listings for netbooks under $300 now at newegg.com

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...0%20-%20%24300

I'd make sure to try one in a store if you go that route, as the smaller keyboards on many of them can be difficult to use. The displays on some can leave something to be desired, too.
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Old Mar 10, 2010, 12:54 PM   #3
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That would probably depend on how many photos you plan on taking. ;-)

But, you can find larger cards at very low price points now if you shop around. For example, you can find a variety of 16GB cards for under $50 now.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...5334&name=16GB

You can also find CF cards in sizes as large as 128GB now. But, make sure your camera will work with a larger card if you go that route. From your previous posts, it looks like you were planning on a Nikon D300 at one point. Note that the D300 will not work with 64GB or larger cards (although the D300s will).

You may also want to consider bringing a small laptop or netbook along with you to transfer photos to. Some netbook models are relatively inexpensive now. For example, I see 20 listings for netbooks under $300 now at newegg.com

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...0%20-%20%24300

I'd make sure to try one in a store if you go that route, as the smaller keyboards on many of them can be difficult to use. The displays on some can leave something to be desired, too.

After a quick run at lunch, I think I'll go with an additional card.
I plan to take quite a few pics (going back to the homeland) and I think the D300 will get quite some clicks during that trip...

Thanks!
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FWIW, I've got a Transcend 16GB 133x CF card that I've used since October 2007 in a variety of different camera models (including Nikon models like the D300 and D3) with zero issues. You can get one for under $50 now (a lot less than I paid for one a couple of years back).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820208337

I just make sure to reformat it prior to every reuse using the camera's menu choice for format -- no exceptions. That way, I always start out with a fresh File Allocation Table, just the way the camera expects it (since the camera is performing the format), reducing the chance of unnoticed file system corruption issues.

If you want something faster, they have a newer 400x 16GB Card you can buy for a little more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820208528

Or, if you want larger, look at 32GB cards instead:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820208529

But, note that your D300 will not work with 64GB Cards from what I've been able to determine (although the newer D300s appears to work fine with larger 64GB cards, you'll need to stick with 32GB or smaller cards with the D300).
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Old Mar 10, 2010, 2:12 PM   #5
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FWIW, I've got a Transcend 16GB 133x CF card that I've used since October 2007 in a variety of different camera models (including Nikon models like the D300 and D3) with zero issues. You can get one for under $50 now (a lot less than I paid for one a couple of years back).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820208337

I just make sure to reformat it prior to every reuse using the camera's menu choice for format -- no exceptions. That way, I always start out with a fresh File Allocation Table, just the way the camera expects it (since the camera is performing the format), reducing the chance of unnoticed file system corruption issues.

If you want something faster, they have a newer 400x 16GB Card you can buy for a little more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820208528

Or, if you want larger, look at 32GB cards instead:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820208529

But, note that your D300 will not work with 64GB Cards from what I've been able to determine (although the newer D300s appears to work fine with larger 64GB cards, you'll need to stick with 32GB or smaller cards with the D300).
I currently use an Acumem 233x 8GB. I might get a 16GB one and try to shoot but likely in tiff format. I find shooting raw all the time is just a pain when coming to manage the files (since there seems ot be 2 files for each shot). And since I do not photoshop that much, it's not that big of a deal.

That should get me about 1000 shots which should be more than enough!
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I agree that Transcend 133x cards rock, Jim C talked me into them. However in all honestly I now shoot to 2x 8GB extreme IIIs because my employer bought them for me to use in my D-SLR cameras. I think an 8GB and a 16GB should give you about 1,000 frames with your D-SLR. If the cards do fill one idea would be to seek out a walmart or similar place in that country that can burn your memory cards to DVDs for you and then keep shooting using the same memory cards.

I personally own a Wolverine flashpac7000 with 60GB hard drive that I took to Baltimore with me in 2007 when I only had a 2GB and a 4GB card and it got a workout as I took almost 17GB of photos in a weeks time. I got that because I didn't feel safe taking the laptop with me for storage.

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I tried to find a place that burns to dvd but was unable to, therefore I would suggest extra memory cards. I'm looking for a storage drive with screen also. I have an 8GB and 16GB Sandisk Extreme3.
I'm only shooting jpeg so that gives me a good amount of storage.
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Check out this portable drive - works on batteries and for US$130.00, you get 160GB of storage:

http://www.digitalfoci.com/photo_safe.html

Device will directly read CF, SD, SDHC, and other card formats.
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