Hot Drives; You Get 'Em From The Peanut Man
Newer digital SLRs mean bigger files and bigger files mean you never have enough
memory cards. When I travel, I make sure to pack Iomega's (www.iomega.com)
USB 2.0 Mini Hard Drive. It's the first Iomega hard drive that gets all
of its power from a USB data port, making it an ideal traveling companion. The
Iomega Mini Hard Drive has a rugged aluminum enclosure, is based on 1.8"
hard disk technology, and is compatible with Windows or Mac OS computers. One
was in my pocket during the final American LeMans Series Race in California
and each night I'd download files from a USB 2.0 (fast!) card reader to
the drive attached to a borrowed Dell computer. When I came back from the trip,
I plugged the drive into a Belkin (www.belkin.com)
USB 2.0 port on my G4 Power Macintosh and bang! Bob's your uncle. After
a preliminary edit, I copied all 6.39GB of images onto a DVD; OK a couple of
DVDs. Each drive comes with a leather travel case, USB cable, and software.
The Iomega Mini Hard Drive is available in two capacities, 20GB ($179) and 40GB
the road I used Iomega's Mini Hard Drive with a Dell computer
running Windows XP, but back home connected it with my Mac OS
computer; no changes necessary on either end, as it is truly plug-and-play.
Filters For Leica Digilux 2
A few months ago I wrote about Leica's design choice of 69mm for the filter
thread for the otherwise insanely cool Digilux 2. One solution was the expensive
unobtainium adapter from Leica, so I showed you some other less expensive adapters
from LensMate (www.lensmateonline.com).
Here's another solution: High-quality 69mm Heliopan filters use Zeiss
Schott glass that's ground and polished like a camera lens. You can get
all kinds of Heliopan filters (www.hpmarketingcorp.com)
in 69mm size including UV, KR1.5, ND 0.3, 0.6, and Circular Polarizer in standard
or multi-coated versions, with cooling and warming filters, ND 0.9, IR, and
other traditional black and white filters available in standard and SH-PMC coatings
through special order.
of Heliopan filters are available in 69mm size including UV, KR1.5,
ND 0.3, 0.6, and Circular Polarizer in standard or multi-coated
versions. You can special order cooling and warming filters, ND
0.9, IR, and traditional black and white filters.
Long Live The CD!
When is a bargain not a bargain? When you buy cheapo, no-name recordable
CDs and hope they last. CD-Rs deteriorate because of the effect of UV light,
heat, and humidity. I recently met a guy who kept all of his image CDs in his
garage where they were subject to temperatures below freezing and above 100ÞF
and--surprise, surprise, as Gomer used to say--some of the images
disappeared! Delkin Devices' (www.delkin.com)
eFilm Archival Gold "300-Year" CD-R uses Phthalocyanine dye and
a 24k gold reflective layer. When burning a CD-R, your recordable drive creates
pits in the dye layer to store digital information. Phthalocyanine dye reacts
quicker to the writing laser than the Cyanine and Azo dyes found in most CD-Rs,
making sharper-edged pits, and consequently making the CD-R easier to read.
eFilm Archival Gold "300-Year" CD-R uses Phthalocyanine
dye, which reacts quicker to the writing laser than the Cyanine
and Azo dyes found in most CD-Rs, along with a 24k gold reflective
layer for longevity.
The materials found in eFilm Archival Gold CD-Rs have been shown to safely
store your images for more than 300 years. A
CD-R 10 Pack is sold in a protective plastic case that holds 10 discs in polypropylene
sleeves. A 25 pack will be available in a cake box-type spindle and Delkin plans
to ship 100 CD-Rs in bulk packaging. They will be available at photography and
electronic stores and online at Delkin's website.
Make A Note Of That
When you send a note to a friend, why not send one with one of your photographs
on it? ArtZ Products' (www.artzproducts.com)
Cardmaker is a package of double-sided ink jet cards that use Moab Paper's
Entrada Fine Art paper. They're available in 5.25" Square, 5x7"
Rectangle, and Slim 3.875x9.25" sizes. The envelopes are made of ph neutral
chlorine-free translucent vellum so your images are protected, although their
size might require a few more cents for extra postage.
of Organizer to the Windows version of Elements 3.0 provides a
database/thumbnails generation capability with built-in predetermined
categories to make filing and searching for photo files efficient
and relatively easy. However, to make it individually effective
and useful demands both thought and effort.