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Anyone found best method of downloading from cards in field
Sherrlyn Borkgren, Photographer
Eugene | OR | USA | Posted: 5:02 AM on 07.02.07
->> I'll be out in the boonies and out of country for more than a month and do not want nor need to carry my laptop this time around. At the end of the month still out of country I will have an assignment to do just before returning home, so I will most likely need to dump at least some of my flash cards.
I do have several flash cards but still I may run out and would like to have something to dump them on besides my computer.
What have others used and liked or (didn't like).
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Tom Sperduto, Photographer
Edison | NJ | USA | Posted: 6:29 AM on 07.02.07
->> I use an Epson P-3000. It works great for me and has an excellent screen for sharing/viewing images.
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Martin McNeil, Photographer
East Kilbride | South Lanarkshi | United Kingdom | Posted: 7:33 AM on 07.02.07
->> Not used one myself, but Rob Galbraith seemed to sing the praises of this product

http://www.jobo.com/jobo_digital/giga_vu_pro_evolution/gb/index.html
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Paul Alesse, Photographer
Centereach | NY | USA | Posted: 9:14 AM on 07.02.07
->> If you're looking to dump and not concerned about viewing, then I highly recommend hyperdrives. www.hyperdrive.com

I have done up to 100 card DL's on a single battery charge on this thing. And it's fast!
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Jeff Crace, Photographer
Temecula | CA | USA | Posted: 9:34 AM on 07.02.07
->> I have a p-2000 that I upgraded to a 80gb drive. It is great in the field and to dump and view your cards. I picked mine up off of ebay about a year ago and the prices have dropped since the new models came out.
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Ian L. Sitren, Photographer
Palm Springs | CA | USA | Posted: 9:38 AM on 07.02.07
->> I have the HyperDrive Space and very pleased with it.
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Rodrigo Pena, Photographer
Palm Desert | CA | USA | Posted: 11:24 AM on 07.02.07
->> A friend of mine loves his Wolverine. I haven't used one yet.

http://www.wolverinedata.com/
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Sherrlyn Borkgren, Photographer
Eugene | OR | USA | Posted: 12:11 PM on 07.02.07
->> Thanks for your suggestions. I'll be looking at these various drives this week. I do not need to see the images but it would be nice to know that they have transfered into the drive before erasing disks.
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Harrison Shull, Photographer
Asheville | NC | USA | Posted: 12:22 PM on 07.02.07
->> I am not sure of the features on the newer HyperDrive Space, but the older Hyperdrive that I have does have a data verification function. It basically copies the files over to the drive and then goes back and compares the files on the card to the drive for verification. It takes about twice as long to do this but you know that the files are there and intact.
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David Zapatka, Photographer
North Kingstown | RI | USA | Posted: 12:38 PM on 07.02.07
->> Maybe I'm old-fashioned in the new world, but all of my backing up is done on a stand alone Apacer Disc Steno unit, putting my card media directly to CD. Coming from the "old days" of film, I hesitate to load all my photos on the computer for fear of a crash. Instead, I create a virtual holdable "negative" of my cards by burning right to the disc, freeing up valuable hard drive space. Then I keep the cds in standard cd music binders. Smaller than a computer and about the size of a paperback book, the unit is rechargeable. The only issue is that the size of the cds are limited to 700 mb, small by today's standards. However, I think newer units can also burn to dvds which would hold much more data. Maybe this is too much stuff for your trip, but the peace of mind is worth it.
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John Plassenthal, Photographer
Vandalia | OH | USA | Posted: 9:51 PM on 07.02.07
->> I've got an older Wolverine 60GB unit that I carry for this purpose. It's battery powered (rechargeable) and it's simple 1 button operation, just plug in, press the button and it beeps when the card is copied off. You plug the device into a USB port and it acts like an external drive. It's about the same size as a SB-600 flash so it's nice and compact and fits in the camera bag nicely.
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Michael Mariant, Photographer
Morro Bay | CA | US | Posted: 1:10 AM on 07.03.07
->> I second the HyperDrive as it is durable, not really heavy or light and the battery life is great. Plus, when you plug it in it recharges the AA batteries it runs off of so you can also use it as a battery recharger for any other AA rechargable batteries.
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Sherrlyn Borkgren, Photographer
Eugene | OR | USA | Posted: 3:32 AM on 07.03.07
->> Thanks just looked at some of hyperdrives and wolverines. Interestingly the Wolverine ad is so much better and this seems to play such a part in influencing me. I love Wolverine's easy to follow set up.
David, the Apacer Disc unit sounds wonderful except being in the field for a month I'm trying to downsize and bringing Cds or DVDs along doesn't sound like it would make life easier.
The jobo is extremly expensive and doesn't seem any better than the hyperdrive or wolverine

So it's between the Hyperdrive and the Wolverine. The wolverine appears less expensive, easy to use and similar to the hyperdrive. Still researching the two.
Thanks for all your comments.

I'll be in Venezuela if anyone knows anyone there send me a note! Contacts are precious.
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Shelley Cryan, Photographer
Southport | CT | USA | Posted: 7:56 AM on 07.03.07
->> Hi Sherrlyn,

I'd recommend the Wolverine ESP. I got one in February for a trip to west Africa, for the same reasons you're looking for one. It worked flawlessly, exactly as advertised. The screen isn't as sharp as the Epson, but it costs a lot less too. It was clear enough for me to see that the images transferred fine, and also clear enough for me to notice dust spots that must have been on my camera's sensor. Another thing I liked about the Wolverine is that is has built-in slots for several different card types, so I didn't have to carry an adaptor for my camera's CF card and my audio recorder's SD card. It also has a removeable battery (some other brands don't), so I brought an extra one which gave me peace of mind. It's easy to use -- just pop a card in and it asks you if you want a backup. You select OK and it does its thing.

Card transfer wasn't super speedy, but I can't compare it to other models. Also, when viewing RAW files, it's a bit slow with changing images. But, for me, not enough to be a deal breaker. The benefits outweigh these negatives.

A friend has an older Wolverine model (with no screen), and it's been working well for her for years.

The only thing I would have done differently would have been to either get a second Wolverine or perhaps a Wolverine and a cheapie hard drive w/o a screen. Although everything was fine, it made me a bit nervous that I had my images stored in only one place (I recycled my CF cards MUCH faster than I thought I would, so the cards themselves weren't an effective backup). A second backup unit would have been ideal for peace of mind.

Have fun on your trip, and happy shopping for whichever unit you choose. Good to be thinking ahead like this.

Shelley
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Matt Cashore, Photographer
South Bend | IN | USA | Posted: 8:55 AM on 07.03.07
->> I'll weigh in with my vote for the Hyperdrive. It has CF and SD slots, and the clincher for me was that it runs on AA batteries. You might be without electricity, or the proper adapter/converter to make the electricity useful. A few extra AAs won't matter much in terms of space or weight.
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Christian del Rosario, Photographer
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 9:06 PM on 07.07.07
->> I also highly recommend the hyperdrive space. It sips batteries and also has data verification. like other's have already mentioned, it works great if you just want to dump images.

I just got back from a four-day backpack trip to the Sierra Nevadas and it worked flawlessly despite being subjected to a few tumbles, high-heat, and a 40mph sandstorm at 10,000 feet. After about 12gb of data xfer, battery was still full. Amazing little device.

Only con is that some people think it looks like an old nintendo gameboy :p
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Craig Lizotte, Photographer
Fredericton | NB | Canada | Posted: 9:53 PM on 07.11.07
->> I also recommend the Hyperdrive. I used the older model (HD80 I believe) at an event last weekend and put over 8500 RAW images through it. Worked like a charm. I have never had the batteries die on me and it dumps SanDisk Ultra II CF cards very quickly. Best part is that is uses AAs and not some proprietary battery.
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