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    Default Dilemma in upgrading image storage

    I need bigger CF/Micro drive for shooting RAW mode. But somehow I sense that there will be a release of new and bigger CF/MD SOON. I am not in a hurry to get it but I also dun want to wait ages. Presently I use a 340MB MD + 10G Image Tank.

    So should I or shouldn't I upgrade to a 1GB/512MB CF now? Your opinions welcome.

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    1GB CF expensive leh

    why not upgrade your 340MB MD to 1GB??
    1GB one is definitely much faster and use less power....

    but i have too many IDE harddisks died on me (abt two dozens till now)....so i am still very worry about using MD
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    I made a mistake, I meant 1GB MD/512MB CF. I know 1GB CF is very expensive, out of my reach.

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    inside news... wait a while tom, they're releasing the new 5Gb and 10Gb CF cards soon... so the 1Gb ones will probably drop in price.

    also, there's talk of a 10/20Gb thumbdrive to be launched that can be plugged straight into cameras. not sure how true that is...

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    Originally posted by Larry

    also, there's talk of a 10/20Gb thumbdrive to be launched that can be plugged straight into cameras. not sure how true that is...
    wah...10-20GB....no need image tank anymore

    but thumbdrive?? use USB port?? DSLR can use meh???

    for me, i always plug out the CF card to a USB reader and use as data storage also....therefore using MD is too risky for me...

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    Heh, 512 CF is more than enough. It'll be enough for at least 50 RAW photos, me thinks. And if you shoot in JPEG, it's plenty plenty! And you still have that image tank.

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    Originally posted by Wai
    but thumbdrive?? use USB port?? DSLR can use meh???
    dunno oso... haven't seen it yet, just some industry rumours. but it's targetting at the image storage market so i think there should be some way to plug in directly. at least that's what i hear...

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    Originally posted by YSLee
    Heh, 512 CF is more than enough. It'll be enough for at least 50 RAW photos, me thinks. And if you shoot in JPEG, it's plenty plenty! And you still have that image tank.
    Methinks can store at least 80 RAW files. And although you get a lot more processing options shooting in RAW, in most situations, methinks JPEG FINE is more than good enough. No?

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    Originally posted by Larry
    dunno oso... haven't seen it yet, just some industry rumours. but it's targetting at the image storage market so i think there should be some way to plug in directly. at least that's what i hear...
    LOL so next time we'll be carrying a body bp, a flash bp and a storage pack?
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    Originally posted by denizenx
    LOL so next time we'll be carrying a body bp, a flash bp and a storage pack?
    what next time...? i'm sure there are CSers now who are already doing that...

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    Funny. I just did some tests last weekend and discovered for myself the benefits of RAW, especially for high ISO shots. Been thinking of getting a 1G MD or 512CF as well. Here are some of my considerations:

    1G MD:

    1. Reliability - risk of losing data if dropped or removed from card reader while still spinning.

    2. Cost - cheaper per MB.

    3. Speed is slower for writing.

    4. Capacity obviously greater.

    512MB CF:

    No worries about speed or reliability. Bit expensive.

    256 MB CF:

    No worries about speed or reliability. Cheap ($120). Since I already have a 256 MB card, I could alternate between the two, saving to the Image Tank in the meantime. Not much difference from changing rolls of film (not that I would know anything about that).

    Don't upgrade:

    Use jpg for normal daytime shots, use RAW for high ISO shots but take shots more selectively instead of machine-gun style.

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    I'm using 1GB MD for my camera, I can take 317pics in JPEG Fine, 112 in RAW and only 60 pics in TIFF. I am always using JPEG fine most of the time since I intend to use my shots as is plus slight tuning. I can't deal with RAW/TIFF shoots, consume too much time for post production processing and storage space. Overall I am quite satisfy with my MD performance except for the first shot out when I lost half of my data due to accidental formatting.
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    just read something in dpreview..
    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0211/02111901pretec3gb.asp
    they are introducing a large capacity CF card....price !!!!!!!!! wow!

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    Originally posted by StreetShooter
    256 MB CF:

    No worries about speed or reliability. Cheap ($120).
    Confirm $120??? From where??

    Oh yar, is the image tank a good investment?

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    Originally posted by Larry
    dunno oso... haven't seen it yet, just some industry rumours. but it's targetting at the image storage market so i think there should be some way to plug in directly. at least that's what i hear...
    The capacity of the thumbdrive doesn't matter coz you can't use it on the camera anyway. Even if it does, it's juts out like a syringe. Downright ugly and fragile.

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    oops ... I own a 512M Ridata CF as well as a 1 Gig IBM Microdrive. Below is my comparison between these 2 media

    For D60 ISO 100 6M pixel ,
    512M Ridata CF = 66 RAW files
    1 Gig IBM Microdrive = 144 RAW files

    512M Ridata CF over 1 Gig IBM Microdrive
    1. write faster (useful when u take action shots like fireworks)
    2. lesser heat
    3. rugged (no worry when drop on the floor)

    1 Gig IBM Microdrive over 512M Ridata CF
    1. can store twice or more pictures (useful when u take still life shots)
    2. cost effective (cheaper)
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    Originally posted by StreetShooter
    Funny. I just did some tests last weekend and discovered for myself the benefits of RAW, especially for high ISO shots. Been thinking of getting a 1G MD or 512CF as well. Here are some of my considerations:

    1G MD:

    1. Reliability - risk of losing data if dropped or removed from card reader while still spinning.

    2. Cost - cheaper per MB.

    3. Speed is slower for writing.

    4. Capacity obviously greater.

    512MB CF:

    No worries about speed or reliability. Bit expensive.

    256 MB CF:

    No worries about speed or reliability. Cheap ($120). Since I already have a 256 MB card, I could alternate between the two, saving to the Image Tank in the meantime. Not much difference from changing rolls of film (not that I would know anything about that).

    Don't upgrade:

    Use jpg for normal daytime shots, use RAW for high ISO shots but take shots more selectively instead of machine-gun style.
    You sure MD writes slower? In fact, MD's advantage is the writing is faster than any CF card around. Only the reading is slower compared to some CF, but it's among the top.

    Take a look at this article:
    http://www.dpreview.com/articles/mediacompare/

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