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This may have already been answered but is there a cheap photo storage device for my canon eos 400d. Or what is the best option for me to take on holiday where I can just plug in my camera and store my pics in it??
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How cheap is cheap? For taking away, not to big etc I would get http://www.amazon.co.uk/LaCie-Rugged-500GB-All-Terrain-USB2-0/dp/B001AGFUTO/ref=...
but they are not cheap.
I am not sure of anyhting that will plug into you camera to allow you to transfer images to, other than a PC of course. Unless the device answersonapostcard links to does.......
I think I would just buy more, or bigger, CF cards (if that's what your camera uses).
Quote: Unless the device answersonapostcard links to does
Nope, dont think so.
Viewsonic and Archos used to make back up drives, but it looks like they're concentrating on other stuff now. I have used both and in both cases always felt uncomfortable deleting the contents of my card once I'd backed up just in case the back up failed. It was a scary feeling, especially with the Viewsonic item as it didn't have a preview of the photo so transfer was not guaranteed, at least with the Archos you could view photos, but it didn't take RAW. (this was several years ago when the technology was quite new)
I found one that's available now: HyperDrive Colorspace, but it's costly. I would, as suggested by Focused, just buy one or more additional cards - they're cheap enough these days.
Memory is cheap just buy more cards and take those?
I went through this recently and opted for a netbook with a 250GB drive.
It's not much bigger than the storage devices, cheaper than buying loads of cards and you can get your email on it too.
Probably your best bet is a cheap "Netbook" ... you can pick up a basic one for around £150 which gets you a fair amount of storage. Don't have too many illusions about processing your images on it though!
Then, if you don't want it when you get back ... sell it!
I put downloader pro, breeze browser and lightroom on mine. This meant I could view & cull the images quite easily in breezebrowser as well as generate any quick jpg proofs I wanted for emailing/uploading to my blog.
I used LR to keyword them all as well - then imported the catalouge when I got home.
Quote: Don't have too many illusions about processing your images on it though!
Processing them on it would be something that would require an awful lot of patience!
Maybe your cheapest solution if all else fails would be to take several blank CD's and DVD's with you and depending on where you are staying, you could ask for use of a computer to transfer and burn your pictures (and a backup copy) to these media.
A hotel may allow you to do this or even an internet cafe at a pinch but you would have to email ahead of your journey to clear this just in case.
could a usb bridge let you copy from camera direct to hard drive?
I guess you would need a mains powered hard drive........
edit: I've just noticed its usb1.1 so would probably take forever!
Having seen the price of memory cards I may just get a new memory card instead. Many thanks for your help!!
I use a netbook. When I'm away I can also use it to browse the web and pick up emails. I don't expect to run CS5 on it.
Epson used to make photo backup / viewing devices, now Canon do, but they are NOT cheap: http://www.jacobsdigital.co.uk/p-44536-jacobs-digital-canon-m30-30gb-photo-stora...
We have an Epson P3000 which we do not use any more. Even if you buy more cards and keep them, I find it is nice to know you have a back up somewhere until you get home. The device is hardly used and comes with charger etc
PM me if you are interested.
If you live near NW maybe we can meet up and you can check it out.
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