Help needed with digital data storage/transfer while in the field

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by f1-fanatic, May 23, 2004.

  1. Hello,

    I am new to the Canon EOS 10D as well as to photography in general
    and I am getting ready for my 1st trip with the camera and only have
    one 512mb cflash card. I shoot everything in RAW and am limited to
    ~80 images at the moment and am taking a trip to the Canadian Grand
    Prix in a few weeks. I plan on taking a lot more than 80 pictures
    and cannot see purchasing a handful of cards and was thinking of an
    alternate way to store or even off-load my images while at the race
    so I can use the card again. Does anyone have experience or advice
    on the best method for off-loading images? If so what equipment are
    you using and how? A friend, who shoots with a Nikon, mentioned a
    battery powered HD with an internal flash reader that will offload
    the pictures and store them so I could use the fcard again while in
    the field, but I have no idea what he is referring to and with the
    10D I have had no success simply copying the data off as a RAW file,
    even to the HD in my desktop. Any help or suggestions would be
    greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Norman
     
  2. Your Nikon-shooting friend might mean the XS-drive or Image Tank. Perhaps you could ask him.

    I don't recommend those, myself. I prefer to bring a laptop along, stick my CF card into a PCMCIA adapter, and copy the files to my hard-drive. That way I can develop in CaptureOne while I'm on the road, and also burn daily backup CDs in case my camera or laptop break or are stolen. Yes, I keep my backup CDs separate from the camera and laptop to keep 'em safe.

    What's going wrong when you have "no success simply copying the data off as a RAW file, even to the HD in my desktop"? Could you be more specificabout what you're trying to do & what's failing?
     
  3. I am copying the file data across in Windows Explorer. When I try to convert the images using the Canon untility it says there is no file data present.

    Thanks for respondidn by the way.

    -Norman
     
  4. I use what is called a "Tripper".
    They come in 20,30 and 40 gig sizes.
    Just pop your card in and the copying process starts.
    You can find them at www.insidecomputer.com
     
  5. N.Perkel wrote: "I am copying the file data across in Windows Explorer. When I try to convert the images using the Canon untility it says there is no file data present."

    Strange. A few questions:

    * Are you putting the card in an external usb/firewire reader, which shows up as a virtual "D:", "E:", or higher, drive on your computer?

    * After the copy completes, can you see the .CRW files in the destination directory using Windows Explorer? Are they the same size as Windows Explorer reports for the files on the card?

    * Try downloading the latest copy of IrfanView (www.irfanview.com), which I believe recognizes .CRW files. Can it view the files OK?

    Other than those ideas, I'm at a loss why the Canon FVU would have a problem decoding the .CRW files you've copied.
     
  6. Mr. Zapped,

    * Are you putting the card in an external usb/firewire reader, which shows up as a virtual "D:", "E:", or higher, drive on your computer?
    Answer: Yes. I am using an exernal reader and it shows as (F:)

    * After the copy completes, can you see the .CRW files in the destination directory using Windows Explorer? Are they the same size as Windows Explorer reports for the files on the card?
    Answer: Yes.

    * Try downloading the latest copy of IrfanView (www.irfanview.com), which I believe recognizes .CRW files. Can it view the files OK?
    Answer: Yes. That worked. Thanks I also installed PS-CS. I
    was using PS7 and that wouldn't show the files at all.

    Other than those ideas, I'm at a loss why the Canon FVU would have a problem decoding the .CRW files you've copied.

    I really don't know why it wasn't working either, but it's working fine now. I will bring a disc into the office tomorrow and see if the .CRW's I burn can be seen as well. Thansk again. -N
     
  7. I really appreciate everyone taking the time to help me out with this and I look forward to sharring my photos of the trip as soon as I get back. Thanks again.

    Sincerely, Norman.
     
  8. for a variety of digital storage devices, fo to www.mydigitaldiscount.com, I got an Image Tank G1.5 for $195 shipped, including a cool wall plug jobber that the any cigarette lighter plug fits into, so I can use it to charge my camera batts also
     

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