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Apr 30th, 2005, 12:57 AM
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Okay, after reading what Rocco is buying in the way of camera equipment for his trip, I am ready to go out and spend the money to have better camera equipment for my trip to Africa.

And for mpkp - I don't know if I will get in trouble mentioning this but if you are looking for a good but less expensive option for downloading digital photos, I would sell my like new 30G Nixvue Vista portable hard drive, so I can get the 40G Epson P2000. You can email me at [email protected] if you are interested.
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May 2nd, 2005, 04:13 AM
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wanderlust we did respond that we would be interested -- did you get the email?
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Jul 16th, 2005, 03:12 AM
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No I didn't get the email. Try again if you are still interested. I will watch for it.
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Jul 16th, 2005, 07:36 AM
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I use the iPodPhoto for storage: it has 60GB of storage (I think 20 and 40 are available too) and one can view the downloaded images on the small screen. When I return home, I download everything to my computer. I love the iPod Photo and use it for music also.

I do take a number of memory cards too: 2 4GB, 2 2GB and 2 1GB simply because I have them, and maybe because I'm a bit obsessive. This way I don't need to worry about downloading frequently.

All of the above are for two digital SLR cameras. and one tiny point and shoot.
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Jul 16th, 2005, 10:28 AM
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And how many photo shooting days will those memory cards last with your cameras? I would love to have that much storage on memory cards for my 32-day trip. I was thinking of buying some more memory as a backup but feel that it would only be useful on this trip, not all the time, but maybe worth it.
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Jul 16th, 2005, 03:58 PM
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Wanderlust 123: Hard to answer exactly. I recently returned from a three and a half week trip to Bali and used all the cards in maybe two weeks. However, one of the 2GB became corrupted early on ; fortunately, I was able to download successfully when I returned home to my computer.

However, Bali isn't Africa and I expect to take more photos on my upcoming 32-day Africa trip. I would expect the cards to last through Uganda, i.e., 13-14 days (1 GB a day) but I may be way off.

I like having extra cards in case one becomes corrupted, I manage to lose one, or who knows. . . You may be right: extra cards would be useful for this trip but perhaps not afterwards.
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Jul 16th, 2005, 06:19 PM
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do you connect your SLRs directly to the ipod, or does this require a CF card reader as well?
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Jul 16th, 2005, 09:20 PM
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Tashak: The iPod Photo connects to the SLR without a card reader; however, one does need an Apple iPod camera connector ($30.). It's just a tiny gadget--takes up no space,creates no fuss.
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Jul 17th, 2005, 12:42 AM
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So does this mean it would use the camera power (battery) to download to the iPod?
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Jul 17th, 2005, 03:34 AM
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WhitePelican : do you have a brand / type preference for CF cards? There seems to be quite a bit of variation within a brand and size (for example Sandisk has a regular 1G, Extreme 1G, Ultra II 1G and Extreme III 1G, with price ranging from $75 to $100 for these. Lexar has similar variations in type and price, boasting 40x and 80x WA (write acceleration) -- but as I understand it WA only works with certain cameras and Canon isn't one of them). Not sure if the differences in features are worth the cost differential if I am buying several. Comments?
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Jul 17th, 2005, 09:04 AM
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Wanderlust123: I use Sandisk Extreme 2GB and 4GB; I also have several IBM 1GB Microdrive from a while back. All work beautifully. The Sandisk Extreme are excellent, top-of-the-line, and accordingly expensive.
Re: iPod Photo. The iPod does use its own battery power--a considerable amount and needs recharging. That's the one downside of the iPod, which I love otherwise. Having all those CompactFlash cards helps in that respect: I can wait to download when I have a consistent, long power supply source.
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Jul 19th, 2005, 12:00 PM
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Hi mpkp,

My husband and I bought the Nikon Coolwalker to store our photos while on safari in Tanzania in January... It was amazing! I was skeptical at first, but after using it, I would highly recommend it! It's got a large screen, so you can see your photos as they are transferring (which, believe me, once you're there, this becomes extremely important!) - the screen is definitely much larger than the one on our camera (Nikon D-70) and so it allowed us to check the quality a little better... We took almost 3400 photos (I know - we're photo crazy!) on our 4-week trip and they were stored safely and easily on our Coolwalker... It was also a very hardy machine - we did long treks, and mountain climbs with it - and no problems!

We had thought of using our ipod and tried to get the piece needed to transfer photos, but a few weeks before the trip, we decided we were really nervous at how hit-and-miss the process was - that's when we decided to buy the Coolwalker and we've never regretted it...

Good luck choosing...!

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I bought an iPod Photo for my three-week trip to Botswana and South Africa in June 2005, and it worked wonderfully.

You can see your photos as they transfer, review them onscreen, and create slideshows. Admittedly, the screen is no where near the resolution of the Epson P-2000, but if you want something that is small, lightweight, and serves multiple functions (MP3 player, radio, addressbook -- important on those bush flights with low luggage limits!), the iPod is a great deal. The other option I looked at was the Archos GMINI, which has a nicer screen, but the iPod is much more user friendly, important for someone who is not a computer geek. In addition, I spent a lot of time on the DPReviews forums asking people about their experiences with various storage devices, and was universally told that Archos's customer service and technical support are appalling, though I have no personal experience of it.

The transfer does drain power from both the iPod and the camera, but it was not a significant drain -- I could easily transfer 2GB of files before needing to recharge the iPod, and a full camera battery would be drained about 50%. Recharging the iPod was not a big deal, even in the Delta where electricity can sometimes be an issue -- I just left it plugged in over night, and it was fine in the morning.

My camera uses SD cards, and the transfer speeds were much speedier than what I've seen reported with CF cards. I don't know if this is unique to the iPod or is a general trend. I used the Apple camera connector to link the two.

Let me know if you have any questions about the iPod.

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Jul 20th, 2005, 07:20 AM
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We have two X Drives to copy our CF cards to each day, sometimes more than once each day. We copy all pics onto both drives as a backup.

When we bought the first one there weren't that many alternatives around and the second one we chose because you could buy it without the hard drive and we had a hard drive lying around at home that was suitable so it was a cheap option.

We haven't had any problems but copying is SLOW. I don't know how other devices compare to ours.

If we were buying now I'd look at testing for speed and want more information on battery life too so I could fairly compare.
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