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BernardLanguillier
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« on: June 09, 2005, 05:31:26 AM »
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You'll find many posts here and on dpreview on this topic.

Overall, people really like it.

I do also, but find it sad that Epson didn't put a 60 gb hd and a battery with more capacity..

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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2005, 09:51:12 AM »
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I think it is a truly first-class piece of equipment and I still do very much appreciate having it. There is nothing else that has the user-friendliness and display quality of the P-2000. I have had no problems with it. (To compare, I have had repeated functionality freeze-ups and very rapid battery consumption with my Nixvue Digital Album 2, that I bought before the P-2000 hit the market - and the Nixvue does not even have an image display.) 40GB provides a huge amount of capacity relative to the intention of a portable temporary storage device and the battery life is more than adequate. See Michael's review. It is true - you can download a dozen or more 1 GB cards before the battery needs to be recharged.
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2005, 07:29:58 AM »
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Good questions.

I guess that it is a matter of what kind of images you take and in what context.

Jack and Mark seem to think that the battery life of the P2000 is good enough for their usage.

I typically hike 2 to 7 days away from my base, and find the 8-10 GB autonomy provided by the P2000 to be really too limited. Make no mistake, I also used to own a Vista that was completely unusable... The Epson P2000 is way better, but still not good enough FOR MY usage.

The way I use mine also drove my decision not to take a backup along in order to save on weight. If I were to take a backup along, I would probably buy another P2000.

As far as display is concerned, I find the 640*480 display of the unit to be best in class, but the way it displays the .nef of my D2X is not completely satisfactory. Color banding is present often, and makes me think that the image used for display is probably coded on 6 or 7 bits only. I don't find this to be a problem though since I hardly check the unit in the field... battery concerns again.

If you really want to do thorough checks of your images in the field, I would still recommend a light laptop. The IBM X40 I have been using for a bit more than a year is great and features a 6 hours battery life good enough to download tons of GB. Its Pentium M processor is too slow for PS and NC though...

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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2005, 02:13:07 PM »
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Yep, that is indeed correct and the reason why I still use the P2000.

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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2005, 03:42:25 AM »
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I've been eying the epson P-2000 for a while, and am curious if people are still enjoying this device as much as they did when it came out? Do any of you know if epson will be releasing a newer model soon? Are there other products emerging that I should consider if looking at a P-2000 purchase in the next few months?

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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2005, 08:53:37 AM »
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I like mine, and find the battery life excellent -- way better than any other option out there I know if, and really do not find the 40GB an issue.  If and when I do, I'm sure I can figure out a way to stuff an 80G drive in there and image it with the Epson firmware.
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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2005, 08:33:42 PM »
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I, like many others, have typically taken my laptop everywhere in order to get reasonable feedback on extended shoots. I tend to shoot a card or two, and then look through them to see how things look and such. The LCD on the back of the camera is just too small for someone with my eyes to see well enough. I know Michael thinks highly of this device. Do those of you using it find you can leave the laptop at home so long as you bring the P-2000 with you? Are you doing anything for redundancy backups when on the road? If so, what is it?

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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2005, 11:22:12 AM »
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For the record, the battery on the P2000 is EASILY changeable and a second can be purchased directly from Epson for $70.  Two full batteries and you are good for over 20G of card downloads WITH image reviews...
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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2005, 03:37:07 PM »
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Got my Epson P2000 last week from eCost.com for only $469.00 plus free shipping.

I used it this weekend on a cub scout camping outing with my 7 yr old son. I took only my Canon SD110 3.2 MP pocket digital camera which uses SD cards and the P2000.

I downloaded images and created a slide show that we all enjoyed around the campfire.  It was a real hit. It's easy to use and the display is awesome. No need for a laptop to back up and download images anymore.

I purchased the P2000 for a family vacation to Ireland in late August. I'm taking my Canon 1Ds Mk2 and Canon G5 (for family snap shots). Although I have 18 GB of compact flash cards, I'm looking forward to using the P2000 to backup images and review over dinner with the family.

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