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plunkettphoto 11-26-2010 10:05 AM

iPad and Compact Flash
 
Okay, I am considering taking the plunge to an iPad to reduce weight (over a laptop) when traveling.

I obviously need to download thousands of RAW (.CR2) images on any given trip. I have read some support forums on the Apple sight that say use the camera attachment accessary along with a standard 3rd party Compact Flash card reader but one reply said he had lost images by a corrupted card doing this.

Is anyone using a iPad and downloading from a CF that can offer any advice?

thanks
bill

plunkettphoto 11-28-2010 09:03 AM

I'll answer my own question from what I have learned from other sites.

The iPad is not quite ready yet for heavy duty downloading of large image files while traveling.

Although you can attach a USB external drive, it is limited to 32GB capacity - too small to be practical when on a photo trip. To meet my 3-copy requirement for my images would require way too many external drives.

I Also understand that downloading files to the iPad is much slower than downloading to a notebook computer.

So, all things considered, it looks like we still need to lug around our heavy old notebooks for the time being.

MacBook Air anyone???

bill

JimFeet 11-30-2010 05:52 PM

MacBook Air - pass
 
With a maximum 256 GB SSD and no FireWire 800 port, I'll pass on the Air. 256GB might be enough today but as you add applications you're probably going to have 150 to 200GB to work with. As camera resolution increases, that won't be enough for a two-week foray into the wilds.

And if you want fast download from your CF's, go with a FireWire 800 reader -- but not on the Air.

I'll stay with my "clunky" MBPro for now.

JimFeet 11-30-2010 06:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JimFeet (Post 905)
With a maximum 256 GB SSD and no FireWire 800 port, I'll pass on the Air. 256GB might be enough today but as you add applications you're probably going to have 150 to 200GB to work with. As camera resolution increases, that won't be enough for a two-week foray into the wilds.

And if you want fast download from your CF's, go with a FireWire 800 reader -- but not on the Air.

I'll stay with my "clunky" MBPro for now.

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I should add that the 256GB SSD is only available for the 13" Air. The smaller 11" Air is maxed out at 128GB.

plunkettphoto 12-01-2010 08:35 AM

Didn't realize that about the Air. Looks like I'll me sticking with the old heavy MB Pro also...

bill


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