Travel hardware

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From our hotel room, in San Francisco, charging the phones and managing my images from the last couple of days.

Recently, I traded up from my EOS 50D to an EOS 7D MkII.

In addition to the many new features for making great photos, the 7D has greatly expanded storage capacity with both Compact Flash (CF) and Secure Digital (SD) memory card slots. Instead of thinking of how to manage a number of small capacity cards I can use cards with capacity to hold over 1000 images.

This change in capacity has caused me to rethink my workflow.

Before, with the 50D I would transfer the images off of my cards onto a disk drive, or two, deleting the images from the cards after the transfer, making them ready for the next adventure.

Now, I am inclined to leave the images on the cards. I will transfer the files to a disk drive, but this is for backup and security, not to make room for new images. It turns out that CF and SD cards are way more reliable than a spinning disk drive. In addition, the cost of flash cards and their availability make it a no brainer to wait until I get home before deleting images from them. Unless I am shooting videos, expensive high speed cards aren’t necessary.

In addition to my camera and lenses, my travel kit is now:

  • 8 inch tablet computer
  • USB 512 GB hard drive
  • USB hub/card reader
  • Multi USB charger

The tablet is an ASUS 8 inch device running Windows 10 (cost $150.) The USB hard drive I put together from one out of a dead laptop, and a $35 case. Hub and charger were purchased from Amazon for less than $30. So, with an investment of just over $200, I have a very portable kit.

In the future, I will replace the spinning hard drive with a solid state one. I’m also looking at solar powered options to charge these things when I start going out on extended hikes. The efficiency and cost of this technology is improving rapidly.

For now, this setup is working for me.