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Multiple drives, multiple locations - even when traveling.  In addition to my current working copy, I have 2 complete backups (one 2.5" USB3.0, one 3.5" SATA drive that are updated when I download from camera or weekly) in a firesafe, and another 2.5" USB3.0 I store offsite and update monthly.  All this times 2 since I have a different sets for different purposes.

The 2.5" backup travels with my so I can download to it on the road from my laptop.  I also download to my Ipad and let it upload to a PhotoStream on the road when I've got a WiFi connection for my offsite backup.

I retire my drives every 2-3 years and start with a fresh set.  I keep the old ones around for archive, just in case.  I store them offsite with other family members.

The only failures I've had were not the drive mechanism itself, but the cheap USB interface card (Seagate and WD, 2.5" and 3.5").  In both cases I was able to remove the hard drive from the enclosure and plug it into a SATA enclosure with no problems or lost data.  After that I began buying enclosures and drives separately.  I'm currently using a Thunderbolt enclosure on my Mac - noticeably faster than USB3 and FireWire.

I currently store all my photos and videos in a 9TB RAID5(3TB x4) with WinFS.  I backup all of them into another 4TB internal hard drive and backup two external hard drives.  I rotated the two external hard drive every month and bring one of them to my company to insure the data is safe.

Canon General / Re: Canon's Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Results released
« on: January 29, 2014, 01:34:16 PM »
Within the Imaging System Business Unit, interchangeable-lens digital cameras maintained their top market share...

So despite the trolls, DRones, and naysayers, Canon is still doing something right (namely, selling more dSLRs and lenses than their competitors).

Canon surely should sell more dSLRs and lenses than others.  The key should be the market shares.  If the Canon's dSLRs and lenses market shares are shrinking, that means Canon is not doing something right.

Pricewatch Deals / Rokinon/Samyang 14mm f/2.8 $275
« on: January 27, 2014, 06:45:56 PM »

Really enjoy reading the review.  Great job Dustin.

Number 1 rule for open source projects: Never ask for ETA.

Alex really does good job for the ML for 5D3.  I have used his ML for 5D3 for about 1 year, and glad to see the improvement every month.  I just cannot image how much effort he put on this project.

This is probably a stupid question but I'll ask anyway - is this for photo, video, or both?

This is for both.  For me, ML add more valuable video feature on 5D3.  It make your 5D3 like a 5000+ camera.  Please check Magic Lantern website for more information.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« on: January 15, 2014, 10:49:34 AM »
It's nice to hear that.  However, where is the lens and reviews?

Software & Accessories / Re: How many cards?
« on: January 11, 2014, 08:18:43 PM »
When you format, did you do a slow format or a quick one?

When you do a full format, the computer writes over every block back to simple 1's and 0's.  It takes forever.  A quick format just marked everything as deleted and is consequently recoverable. 

I might be wrong about that, but that is my understanding.

Full format will not erase data on sectors.  However, it will scan bad sectors for you.  That's why you still can recovery data from full formatted discs/cards.  Nowadays hard drives and flash drives/cards rarely have bad sectors, so quick formatted is recommended.

Software & Accessories / Re: How many cards?
« on: January 10, 2014, 06:28:12 PM »
In short the simple answer seems to be "more", I just came across the following (that's Lexar new 256GB Professional 3333x CFastâ„¢ 2.0 card) and the answer can change to "1".  :D

You still need 1 spare CF card and one SD card for Magic Lantern.

Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: January 10, 2014, 02:43:16 PM »
May I ask where you obtained the chip?

You can get that from ebay.  I am not handy and lazy people, so I bought Nikon version and use buy the converter with confirming chip.

Yes! Love my 2 ART lenses, now they just need to make that UWA zoom


Sigma please can you hear that?  I am also waiting your UWA zoom art lens.

I am very happy with my Sigma 50mm f/1.4.  However, this is very exciting to hear the new 50 f/1.4 art lens.  Good job Sigma and Tamron.

Lenses / Re: TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Hitting Market
« on: January 06, 2014, 02:00:43 PM »
This is starting to look like THE! lens of 2014... I bet they sell tons of them!

If the price is really about 1K.  I will buy one.

PowerShot / Re: Canon S110 vs S120
« on: January 06, 2014, 01:39:08 PM »
Forgot to mention that I currently have the S95.

I used to own S95 and my friend has S110.  What I can said the IQ from S95 and S110 is not too different.  I don't think that would be a good idea upgrade from S95 to S120.

I posted a thread asking, what's your favorite compact camera?  What about the aps-c sensored Samsung NX1000 for $355?  Or how about for $260 via Ebay refurb?  This might be the same sensor that's in the Sony RX100...and I have a feeling that one is better than what's in the S120.  Of course the camera is not as compact, and the removable lens is huge by comparison.  Not very pocketable!

RX100 may be the best P&S cammera.  However, the price is much higher than S110/S120.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 EX DG HSM $349 at B&H Photo
« on: December 19, 2013, 01:46:02 PM »
Looks everyone has same idea that Sigma is cleaning up this lens for the new ART one.

Lenses / Re: DXOMark: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Reviewed
« on: December 17, 2013, 07:36:25 PM »
Yeah, it only undercuts the Canon because DxO still has the 24-105 costing 1250, which is far above its current street price.  It may be a slightly better than Canon's 24-105, but with the Canon version selling at 600-700, the Sigma isn't quite the bargain as when the Canon sold at 1250.
That's what I thought.  When you can get Canon 24-105 for 600 bulks easily, I don't really see why Canon users need to get Sigma 24-105.

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