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jeorf
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« on: July 26, 2013, 07:36:40 AM »
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I think this is the appropriate forum in which to ask this....

I am coming up on a 2-1/2 month trip and need to revamp my travel kit for workflow (maybe camera but I'm not sure about that yet). At this time I have a Dell mini that I've used for a few years but that I find terribly frustrating - slow, awkward, don't like the available software. (I use LR on my mac at home but the dell isn't powerful enough to handle it. I have used PSE - don't like it, and Picasa which is ok I guess.) Also, I shoot raw on my Nikon that has only one card slot. In the past I've brought home cards as well as back-ups on the computer and on an external drive.

Here are my thoughts and I'd appreciate any feedback/experiences.

First thought is to just get a 13" macbook air with 4gb ram and continue to do things as I have but with LR, a familiar OS interface, and a slightly larger screen. Bring home the cards and the external drive. Figuring whatever there is on the computer for storage it isn't going to be able to hold all of my files but I'm ok with that.

Second thought is iPad. The problem with the iPad is not being able to back up to an external drive. I've been thinking about getting a D7100 and I could shoot RAW to one card and jpg to another, use the jpg on the iPad for whatever I might want to do with the images while traveling. A little apprehensive about only having the cards and no back-up though. And, I'm not positive, at this moment, that I want a new DSLR vs 4/3rds.... (Really haven't given it a lot of thought yet.) And, I don't want to have to depend on internet access (fast internet access to be moving around 12+gb raw files...) for cloud storage.

I guess, as I'm writing this the MBA is sounding the best for now. But I'm interested in your thoughts.

Many thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2013, 10:54:22 AM »
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For backup but not work on shots- you might want to look at the Colorspace UDMA 2.

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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2013, 02:29:58 PM »
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The Airs are really nice, and a perfect fit since you are already an Apple guy.  I love mine for travel.

 Be sure to check out the Apple refurbs....


http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac/macbook_air
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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2013, 04:37:06 PM »
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My travel kit: m43 camera w/ 3 or 4 lenses & lots of 32gb SD cards; iPad for location JPEG processing (which also backs up the RAWs of the pics I choose to process) and a 1tb Colorspace HyperDrive for full backup. Compact, light and plenty robust.

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« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2013, 04:42:05 PM »
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Micro 4/3 camera with zoom lens and one or two primes depending on your favorite type of shooting. Hyperdrive for backup as I said before.

Or to be quite different a Canon G15 or Fuji X20. These make for a very light travel set with quite good enough resulting shots.

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