How much memory to bring?

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Aug 12th, 2005, 10:14 AM
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How much memory to bring?

I've got the Canon Powershot S1 and 2-256 memory cards. At the highest quality compression and 1600x1200 pixels resolution, each card will hold about 246 images. Since this is my first safari, I will probably take a picture of every single elephant, hippo etc that I see. How much more memory should I get for a 10 night safari? At Luangwa River Lodge where we will be staying for the first 5 days they can download to CD. I don't want to get a storage device, just more memory cards if needed. Thanks!!
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Aug 12th, 2005, 10:14 PM
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Hi,
Get 2 more 512meg cards, at least, minimum. And don't whine about the cost. Will cost you around $40-$50 each. Pocket change compared to the cost of your safari.
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Aug 13th, 2005, 01:59 PM
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Mat, I am going for a 3 week trip, taking 1,000 (approx) in print film (35mm), as well as 2 gigs of memory for my Sony digital (small camera). You would rather take too much, than not enough- it isn't that expensive, or heavy to carry- err on the side of too much!!! Suzic
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Aug 13th, 2005, 04:17 PM
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Hello matnikstym - those new-fangled storage device machines (I'm not a digital techie so names escape me) worked great for our recent trip. Never had a thought about running out of capacity.

All I know about animal photos is that on our most recent trip, we were at an animal park in England. The lions (12) were very active. We watched them for over an hour. Hubby took hundreds of shots. And looking at the photos now, all I can say is WOW! I would have hated to miss one.

Probably a good idea to take twice as much as you think you'll use.

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Aug 14th, 2005, 11:36 PM
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Yep, I'd get a portable storage device. I can't recommend one as there are so many these days - I use an X Drive but that's quite an old one.

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Aug 15th, 2005, 09:11 AM
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Hi All,
Storage devices are nice, will hold a lot and provide perhaps backup for cards. But they cost what, $200?, and require you to learn them well enough to have total confidence in what you are doing. If you are going to take (only!) around 2,000 photos I would just use memory cards. (Of course you do not have a backup copy but that as you know is a whole other big subject).
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Aug 15th, 2005, 09:59 AM
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Hello,

If you do go with a storage device, I recommend the iPod Photo -- like most things Mac it is simple and easy to use, and doubles as an MP3 player. You can see the photos to check that they have transferred (very important!).

As a guideline -- on my first trip to Africa, I found that I used about 512K a day (roughly) with the 4 MP camera I had at the time. And that was with editing on the fly and trying to cut down on redundant pictures.

If you do download to CD, either make 2 CDs (and check that the images have transferred correctly) or keep the images on the memory cards. Backup, backup, backup!

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Julian
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Aug 15th, 2005, 06:02 PM
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What will you do to backup your photos after you leave LRL? Will you stop taking photos?
I can't imagine going without a backup device, because you will take more photos than you have ever taken before.

And you'll still need more cards. You could use up all the cards you have if you have one good encounter with some cute lion cubs.
One idea: Buy your extra memory cards at somewhere you can return them if you don't use them-- but of course you'll have to carry them in the packaging, which is a big pain. Memory is expensive in Africa (when it is available, and it will not be in Zambia!) so you must bring this with you.
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Aug 19th, 2005, 06:05 PM
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Thanks for all your help, I was on the mainland for 4 days and couldn't reply. I bought 2 512 memory cards and will probably break down and buy a few more. (60 more days!)
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Aug 21st, 2005, 05:51 AM
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I dont know what focal length the S1 has; however we were in Southern Africa for two months April/May, and for the animals I mostly used a SLR with 70-300 lens with a 2x converter (when needed. The Canon A70 was great for view and people shots. We filled 3 512 memory cards; but took six - begged and borrowed from friends. Plus 14 35mm rolls. Have a great time.
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Aug 21st, 2005, 09:52 AM
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Buy a small portable hard drive ( size of Cig packet) I have one from smartdisk with 20gb and it cost about €170. Money very well spent
Richard,
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Aug 21st, 2005, 10:41 AM
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Buy extra cards. Upon return, they are fairly easy to resell on eBay
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