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Old 05-04-2009, 01:00   #1 (permalink)
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I am going on a 3 week trip to nNw Zealand in September and I expect to take a LOT of pictures..of course.

Anyway, I would prefer not to take a laptop with me - one more thing to lug on and off the plane and also as its a work laptop, the temptation to connect and check emails may prove too much - I am determined NOT to work on my holiday...for a change.

So I have been looking at photoviewer options for reviewing shots - the 2.5 " LCD on my Pentax K10 is all very well but I do find it quite hard to decide of a picture is worth keeping at that size apart from the really obviously bad ones.

I've done a bit of a search and came across a new product called Photo Book

http://www.digitalfoci.com/photo_book_PBK-080.html

which has an 8 " screen - retailing in US for only $189

also an Epson view which only has a 4" screen but is much dearer

http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/c...o&oid=63061067

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http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/c...o&oid=63061067

So I wandered if anyone else uses this type of device and if so, what features should I be looking for?

My thoughts were - at least a standard photo size (4X6") screen, ability to take different memory cards and to be able to delete pics from the card that I don't want.

I have been stocking up on memory cards ( i have a bout 6gb fr the K10 plus my little Fuji has 256 x2) for the trip and thought I'd get some CD's burnt along the way if needs be because I won't do any processing until I get home.

I have Lowepro backpack but my darling (adult) children bought it for me with best intentions and I'm not sure it's big enough, fits the camera OK but no room for wallets, sunnies, bottled water, etc etc. Mind you I will have a helpful husband as well

Any other travel tips welcome too.
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I have not used this type of device myself as when I am on holiday I have very little cause to sit a view my shots. I prefer to be out taking them or enjoying the holiday itself. I can understand a need for a decent way to view the images if thats what you are using it for but from your post you intend to use it as a storage medium to free up space and allow you to take more shots.

I would highly recommend just spending the money on extra cards for your camera(s). It will help you get away from having all your eggs in one basket, the weight of many cards will still be less than any of those viewers and the space they will take up will also be less, plus you don't need to worry about powering the device too. You can never have enough cards and should any of them develop a fault you can just store that until you get home and then attack it with the right tools and software. The most you will lose would be one cards worth. If your viewer develops an issue and it is near the end of your holiday you could lose all your shots which would be a real disaster.

No matter how big the screen on a portable viewer it will never be as good as viewing your shots on your monitor when you get home, I would enjoy your holiday and the photography while saving the editing, deleting and processing for when you get home.
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Portable storage devices come in different types. You can get them with no screen, mono screens and colour screens, and different capacities too. The ones that I've seen don't have large screens - the biggest being the Epson ones.

http://www.pixalo.com/community/news...tml#post258895

http://www.pixalo.com/community/news...tml#post231957

Steve's suggestion sounds good and you can always view your pictures on a TV in the hotel room if you take your lead with you.
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Thanks guys - good advice - I hadn't thought about the TV except we will be in a camper van - it does have a Tellie though.. perhaps I'll just pick up some more cards

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Although I hadn't intended using as a storage device - I was thinking I'd get CD's done here and there but I'm definitely leaning to more cards now - all my cards are 2GB so I'm spreading my risk so 2 or 3 more of those wont go astray and will be cheaper. Also, hubby suggested we take his laptop then we can get a prepaid wireless and have internet but I wont have my work connections on so I wont be tempted!

The other purchase I'm considering is a wide angle lens which I'm thinking will be good for all that lovely scenery there.

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I woulnd't recommend the Epson viewer. I did have one and it failed after 2 uses, went back, took them 2 months to get it back to me, then 1 use and failed again. After another 2 months I finally got my money back via the shop as Epson were dreadful.
I would just get more memory cards.
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thanks Whipspeed - always good to hear other experiences, I'm definitely leaning away from this idea now

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I have the Epson P2000 viewer and know several others who own one . It has been very reliable but such a device is not really essential. Apart from an obvious image failure, I never select photographs while on holiday or any other photo shoot but wait till I get home and view on a full screen. Even though I have the Epson P2000 and will continue to use it for storage, aditional cards would be cheaper and probably lower risk.

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I will definitely get more cards and skip the viewer - thanks for saving me money guys!
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