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Old Jun 25, 2005, 11:10 AM   #1
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I will soon be taking my 20d on a two week holiday to the states. I want to know what storage options I have as I assume a 2gb microdrive isn't going to store all the photos I will take. I need to know what types of devices are available to me that will store directly from the camera with no computer in between. Are there any cd burning drives that can link directly to the 20d or will I have to go for a portable storage device with a screen that holds them until I get home. I am in the UK so would appreciate any suggestions of where to buy.... I'm also looking for the cheapest solution. Failing that can anybody recommend a cheap place to get my photos put onto disk in San Francisco.Thanks
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I have a related question. If I have a portable storage device with 20 GB hard drive, how many 128 MB cards will fit onto it?


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Old Jul 1, 2005, 4:51 AM   #3
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The second question is the easiest.

Janet, you should be able to store 160 of your 128mb cards on a 20gb portable hard drive. And remember, that when you start using your card in your camera the initial figure given on your camera display for how many shots you can take is generally an indication of the minimum. You will usually store a lot more images on your card. This doesn't make any difference though to the capacity of your hard drive. If you have 20 images or 200 images on your card, it is still going to be 128mb worth. So, lots and lots of photos on your hard drive.

For example, a 1gb cf card in my A2, (8mp), tells me I can store 142 images. In reality I can store around 246 images.

jonathon1011. A two week trip of a lifetime with one 2gb microdrive in a 20D.... You could fill that on day one, or you should do.

There are dozens of portable storage devices out there. The ultimate, (at the moment it seems), is the Epson P-2000. In use, it has good battery life, but then you are not going to be in the back of beyond, so plenty of opportunity to recharge. A 3.8 inch preview screen, which is a major advantage, in that you can see if your images have been transferred ok before formatting your cards. Can connect to tv or computer, so you can review in your hotel or wherever, as well as the unit itself of course.Accepts most memory formats, in your case no problem with CF. And more. Check it out at Epson UK. http://www.epson.co.uk/products/digi...eras/P2000.htm

The only downside is the price. It is not the cheapest out there, but seems to be (one of) the best.

£295.37 from http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...503652-0523062

Of course there are other devices of this type, some with lcd monitors, some without. As I said, it would be preferable to have a screen so you can confirm your files have transferred ok, but the devices without come cheaper of course.

The X'S Drives are very popular, some with, some without screens. Check them here, http://www.xs-drive.com/ if you like one, search on line for the best price, probably not from them direct.

This site lists a number ofdifferent branddevices, brief specs and links to the manufacturers, http://www.offrench.net/photos/artic...ge_devices.php

Now the cd burners. These are probably the cheapest way to do it.

Top dog, it seems is the Addonics AEMFR888D Multi Function Recorder. Can burn to DVD but at a cost of £248.51 With a CD version for £178.01 here, http://www.easydatastorage.co.uk/MFR/aemfr888d.htm

From the same site, a list of all available versions, http://www.easydatastorage.co.uk/UKSite/ The 'Buy Now' buttons seem to only link to the prices above, so copy and paste the model number into Google to try and find another retailer.

Check out Steve's review of the Apacer Disc Steno here, http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_...eno_cp200.html

The cheapest I have found it is here, http://www.expansys.com/product.asp?code=119831 for £117.85 including VAT & Del.

Hope that's enough to be getting on with.....and enjoy your holiday.

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Stevekin,thanks so much for your detailed response! You have given me a lot to think about there. My head says I should go with the cd burning option but my heart wants the epson.[img]/forums/images/emoticons/sport-smiley-018.gif[/img]*it looks like such a nice piece of kit!My credit card is taking such a battering and I'm not even on the plane yet[img]/forums/images/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img]One more question you might be able to help me with... lots of devices take CF cards but don't mention microdrives. Is it safe to assume that if it takes the former it will also accept the latter?
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Hi Jonathan. (With an 'a' and not an 'o', sorry).

All of the devices I mentioned accept Micro Drives, although the specs for the Addonics DVD Burner list MD, I would presume this to also mean Micro Drive.

I see what you mean about the P-2000. It's the bees knees, and most, if not all owners seem to be very happy with them.

Your head is telling you to go the burner option based on price. And that's sensible enough. One way to look at it is that you will likely end up burning to CD/DVD after your trip anyway and when you return you will only have to burn one extra set of copies for back up.

But yourheart should possibly be having a chat with yourhead and telling you to go with the P-2000, or a similar device, for the visual guarantees they can give. And we all like our toys, don't we .

Sorry, that's easy for me to say, I'm not buying one :-).

I know you have your 20D and lenses now,and still 7 or 8 weeks before you go .

If youtake the cheapest option I suggested at £117.85, then the P-2000 is 'Only' £177.52 more !!!

Yes I do appreciate the value of money and I'm not being flippant. But taking into account the cost of your 20D + lenses and the cost of your trip to Frisco, well, in the grand scheme of things it is 'only'£177.52 more.

Hope I've explained that reasonably.

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Stevekin, you've convinced me... get in touch with Epson to clain you commission[img]/forums/images/emoticons/laughing-smiley-002.gif[/img].I plumped for the p2000 from Amazon (my only worry is that there is no stock and the estimated delivery date could be as late as a week or two before I go[img]/forums/images/emoticons/sprachlos020.gif[/img]. Keep your fingers crossed for me).It's going to be wierd to not have to worry about the amount of shots I will be able to take... but I'm sure I'll get used to it[img]/forums/images/emoticons/wink.gif[/img].Thanks again for your help. J
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Glad to be of help Jonathan, I'll keep my fingers crossed you get it in time.
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