Hello: Another question relative to the digital era. I need to get storage media. I have read the the IBM 1 gig unit is the best buy dollar-for-dollar, but that the microdrives eat up battery life. Someone suggested that I would be better off buying a couple of Ridata 512 meg units. Although a bit more expensive, it was suggested that my batteries would last longer and I would still have the same storage capacity. Any thoughts on that? Also, are there any brands of compact cards that I should avoid? Thanks. I would appreciate any information about these devices, even if I don't have sense enough to ask the appropriate questions.
heard bad things and good about the micro drives...you should search this forum or other photography forums...lots of discussion and debates...for me i have only comp flash media...very dependable and fast...not that cheap but prices are falling and lots of after market brands so there are deal out there....
Well first off let me say that I have had no problems at all with my MicroDrive and my job's microdrive. I think what you need to figure out is how often you plan on shooting and for how long. I can easily zip through 107 shots (1gb microdrive shooting RAW) in about half a day. What I have decided on doing is getting a digital wallet so that I can store up to roughly 5gb of data. That gives the ability to take roughluy 600 shots (500 on the wallet and 100 on the mcirdrive). A 512 might be just fine for you, or myabe a 512 with a digital wallet?
I loved my IBM 1GB microdrive. Unfortunately I lost it to vibration damage. In all fairness, though, my equipment is with me on a lot of rugged trips... My first trip with the digital camera required 11 hours total driving on an extremely rough forestry service road. I guess the card just couldn't take it. Since it is so common for me to be out on roads like that when I'm heading into the wilderness I will no longer buy microdrives for fear of them getting damaged. I did love the microdrive though, and was terribly disappointed to lose it. Right now my favorite CF card is a SanDisk Ultra. It's expensive, but noticeably faster than the regular SanDisk CF card I have. If I could afford it, I'd have several of the Ultras.
Cassie: Thanks for taking the time to reply. I expect to be heading to Africa again soon so given what I know about the roads, I am going to give up on the Microdrive. Your info was most helpful. Wish i was in British Columbia instead of Pittsburgh. Thanks again
I have read that the microdrives have a tendancy to fail when banged around alot. I went with the CompactFlash. I just received a Ridata 512mb CompactFlash from www.mypcmax.com $188. Check other sites for reviews on this card... dpreview.com does a wonderful job reviewing Flash Cards.
Duck: Thanks for the info. I have been leaning in the direction of the Ridata, based on recent reports. Based on your info, I better get to buying a couple of these. While I don't bang my stuff around, the consensus seems to be that they can be a bit delicate. Thanks again.
I have the X drive with the builtin battery. It is a great buy - I found it on Ebay for $150 with a 30gig drive. I am very pleased with the way it works. The only problem is the slow USB interface but, for the price, it is well worth it.