Cameras: Why Do We Still Need Computers To Download To HDD's?

Started Sep 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
RhysM
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Re: Cameras: Why Do We Still Need Computers To Download To HDD's?
In reply to MPA1, Sep 29, 2013

MPA1 wrote:

RhysM wrote:

I'd not take any chances with transferring the images through a computer or otherwise Work out how many photos you think you'll be taking and buy enough memory cards for the job. Store them in waterproof wallet and transfer them when you get home.

Best answer ever!

a) Cards fail. Who wouldn't back them up?!

b) My last 10 week trip resulted in 8,976 RAW files. The number of compact flash cards required to hold two copies of that lot would have cost more than several Macbook Airs in New Zealand! A single 32Gb card holds about 900 NEF files from a D3s (probably half that or less from a D800) and costs $500 here.

So I'd need 10 cards at $500 each which is $5000 as well as a complete second set for backups!

I could buy a new D4 and have $2500 change for that!!

Where the hell are you buying $500 32GB cards from? A 32GB Sandisk Extreme Pro Compact Flash can be had in the UK for about £100 and a 32GB SD of the same line for £65!

The cards are less likely to fail than a HDD and mirroring the cards would mean it would be extremely unlikely both would fail!

So let's say a more realistic price for the cards is $2000 then that seems like an acceptable expense for a 10 week trip. Assuming you're making an appropriate profit from the trip and let's not forget they'll still be there for subsequent trips so you don't have to apportion the entire costs to only one trip.

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