When I saw Rain’s portable hard drive w/ flash reader in our last trip to the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Pampanga, my interest to get one for my Canon 350D grew even more. However, spending another Php2k+ for the HDD case and Php5k for a 2.5″ HDD might seem out of budget consider I already have a 30GB Video iPod in my stash.
I already have several Compact Flash Cards for my Rebel XT (2 x 1 GB and 1 x 512MB Kingston CFs) but I always caught myself running out of space whenever I feel click-happy an on an event shoot (like the World Pyro Olympics for example). So, instead of spending a couple thousand bucks on more CF cards, I hunt down the cheapest iPod Camera Connector I could find.
For about Php2,000, the iPod Camera Connector just does that — connects your Photo/Video iPod into your camera’s USB port and imports all the photos from your camera to the iPod.
The problem here is that the device isn’t as smart as the iPod+iTunes combo, so every time you plug in your camera, it will re-import all pictures, including the previous ones you’ve already transferred earlier.
That means, you need to delete all the pictures asap in the CF card after the transfer to avoid the inconvenience the next time you hook them up.
Another issue I’m a little worried is that the file transfer is a little slower compared to when I’m importing directly into my PC/laptop. I will have to double check again and do timed measurements. Lastly, the process drains up a lot of juice and you might end up with a drained iPod after a few transfers.