From: PCs Rule on

"David J Taylor" <david-taylor(a)blueyonder.not-this-bit.nor-this-bit.co.uk>
wrote in message news:HshZi.45334$c_1.31130(a)text.news.blueyonder.co.uk...
> Gerald Arnquist wrote:
>> On Sat, 10 Nov 2007 09:35:26 GMT, "David J Taylor"
> []
>>> http://www.dpreview.com/news/0609/06093004epsonp3000p5000.asp
> []
>> I see no benefit to these at the prices they want. If they were all
>> under $100, then sure, might be a nice backup or for handing around
>> at a get-together where others that want to see. Plus a spinning
>> hard-drive is nowhere near as free from damage when traveling.
> []
>> Why carry two viewing screens? Your camera already has one. Doesn't
>> it?
>
> For handing around, you may prefer the four inch VGA resolution (900,000
> pixels if you prefer) to the smaller, lower resolution screen on your own
> camera, and you may prefer not to hand your camera around.
>
> Yes, you could get a lot of SD storage today for the price, but it's not
> backed up.
>

You're missing something: once the SD card is copied to the HD, the SD card
is reformatted for continued use. The only copy is on HD and that isn't a
backup, it's the one and only.


From: ray on
On Sat, 10 Nov 2007 11:32:16 +0000, Gerald Arnquist wrote:

> On Sat, 10 Nov 2007 09:35:26 GMT, "David J Taylor"
> <david-taylor(a)blueyonder.not-this-bit.nor-this-bit.co.uk> wrote:
>
>>jim_nospam_beasley(a)yahoo.com wrote:
>>> Is anyone aware of a device that will copy my compact flash directly
>>> to a hard drive? (like a USB hard drive) I would like to avoid
>>> carrying a laptop while I travel, but I need to have the capacity of
>>> compact 120GB hard drive to copy my photos onto as the flash chips are
>>> filled.
>>>
>>> Thanks
>>
>>Although it may not be quite what you want, these include a rather nice
>>viewing screen as well:
>>
>> http://www.dpreview.com/news/0609/06093004epsonp3000p5000.asp
>>
>>Cheers,
>>David
>>
>
> The only problem with all these devices suggested by you and others (and are
> available), except for the viewing screen it's almost cheaper to just by the
> same amount of memory on SD cards these days, if your camera uses that type. In
> some cases it's already cheaper. 80 GB isn't what it used to be. And certainly
> not worth the $700 that they want for an LCD screen attached to it (Epson
> P-5000).
>
> I bet if you hunted around without much effort you could find 80 GB of SD card
> memory for much less than that. If you need to see the photos again? Just put
> them back in your camera and view them on the LCD or on a TV.
>
> A quick hunt: NewEgg has 8GB Class 6 SDHC cards for $53. Do the math. That's
> only $530 for the same storage, saving you $170 over getting the Epson P-5000.
>
> I see no benefit to these at the prices they want. If they were all under $100,
> then sure, might be a nice backup or for handing around at a get-together where
> others that want to see. Plus a spinning hard-drive is nowhere near as free from
> damage when traveling.
>
> Nice idea but way too much ($), way too little (GB), way too late.
>
> 5 years ago I really wanted to buy something like them. I kept putting it off,
> the price-point never seemed to be worth it. It's still not. I get the same
> advantage right in my camera now for less cost. Think too, how much space are 10
> SD cards going to take up compared to an external storage device with a screen?
> Not to mention the extra batteries or power adapter you'll be needing to bring
> along.
>
> Why carry two viewing screens? Your camera already has one. Doesn't it?

There are also simpler units without a viewing screen - basically an
external USB hard drive with built in card reader - for around $100. Check
your local OfficeMax.

From: Al Dykes on
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<scharf.steven(a)geemail.com> wrote:
>jim_nospam_beasley(a)yahoo.com wrote:
>> Is anyone aware of a device that will copy my compact flash directly
>> to a hard drive? (like a USB hard drive) I would like to avoid
>> carrying a laptop while I travel, but I need to have the capacity of
>> compact 120GB hard drive to copy my photos onto as the flash chips are
>> filled.
>
>One way to do this is to use a PocketPC that has a USB _host port_ and a
>Compact Flash slot. _Very_ few PocketPCs have both. The Toshiba E740,
>E750, and E800 have this capability (all with a USB cradle). Then you
>can attach a powered USB hard drive (the PocketPC's USB port cannot
>power a drive). Kind of a kluge, but if you already have the PocketPC,
>as I do, it's not too bad.


Can any of these PockeTPC systems burn CDs vis a USB-attached CD burner?

There are sub-PC laptops coming to market for $300-$400USD. Some run
Linux, some run stripped XP, some give you a choice. I'm sure that
any of these will be able to burn CDs via an external CD burner.

Here's one the is getting lots of buzz.
http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2007/10/29/asus_prices_eee_pc_for_us/

It's enough of a PC to run Irfanview so you can look at the day's
shots and burn only the keepers.

IMO, any single point of failure sucks. This includes losing a bag in
transit.

This is may be off topic for the OP, but if I'm going to travel and
shoot, I want to burn two CDs and keep them in seperate bags and send
a third home by mail whenever I can.

This may be able to burn to an external CD burner and it can also work
as an internet phone and a WiFi emnail client and other stuff.

Nokia N800 http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS9981902594.html





From: Ron Hunter on
David J Taylor wrote:
> Gerald Arnquist wrote:
>> On Sat, 10 Nov 2007 09:35:26 GMT, "David J Taylor"
> []
>>> http://www.dpreview.com/news/0609/06093004epsonp3000p5000.asp
> []
>> I see no benefit to these at the prices they want. If they were all
>> under $100, then sure, might be a nice backup or for handing around
>> at a get-together where others that want to see. Plus a spinning
>> hard-drive is nowhere near as free from damage when traveling.
> []
>> Why carry two viewing screens? Your camera already has one. Doesn't
>> it?
>
> For handing around, you may prefer the four inch VGA resolution (900,000
> pixels if you prefer) to the smaller, lower resolution screen on your own
> camera, and you may prefer not to hand your camera around.
>
> Yes, you could get a lot of SD storage today for the price, but it's not
> backed up.
>
> I do agree that at today's prices, they are quite expensive, though. We
> got one some time ago, and never regretted it.
>
> Cheers,
> David
>
>
Why spend that much money on SD cards when a full fledged laptop with
128GB drive, and a nice big screen can be had for under $500? Yes, it
is bigger, but it offers many features not available from an SD card.
From: jim_nospam_beasley on
On Nov 10, 8:00 am, SMS ยท <scharf.ste...(a)geemail.com> wrote:
> jim_nospam_beas...(a)yahoo.com wrote:
> > Is anyone aware of a device that will copy my compact flash directly
> > to a hard drive? (like a USB hard drive) I would like to avoid
> > carrying a laptop while I travel, but I need to have the capacity of
> > compact 120GB hard drive to copy my photos onto as the flash chips are
> > filled.
>
> One way to do this is to use a PocketPC that has a USB _host port_ and a
> Compact Flash slot. _Very_ few PocketPCs have both. The Toshiba E740,
> E750, and E800 have this capability (all with a USB cradle). Then you
> can attach a powered USB hard drive (the PocketPC's USB port cannot
> power a drive). Kind of a kluge, but if you already have the PocketPC,
> as I do, it's not too bad.

Thanks for the tip about the Toshiba PDA. It looks like I can pick one
up for a good price. I see that it supports an external keyboard
thorugh an optional USB host cable. But the user manual doesn't
mention that it supports memory devices. Are you sure the software wil
recognize a USB hard drive when it is connected?

Also, thanks for the tip about Newegg. It hadn't come up on my
searches for CF memory. That price is very good for 8GB!