Right now, I'm planning (DREAMING!) my next summer trip... I'm going to Italia for 3 weeks... Ouch, there's so many things to shoot there!!! And if I don't want to bring my laptop, how many CF cards will I need???
I found a very great compromise, which could interest some of you... the XDrive II. This is a card reader (for almost every type of cards) which contain a hard drive, of different possible sizes. Mine got 20gb... and I paid 200$(CAN!!!) For me, that was a good way to save money from CF cards (actually, I just need 2... small ones, I have a 1gb and a 256mb, so I can shoot while I transfer.
And more, I can use this driver as a portable hard drive.
The lacks of this thing: you can think it's too big to carry (13 x 7.5 x 2.5 cm), too small memory (up to 80gb??????) but the major one: battery life (1.6 hours of upload/download)
I have been using the xdrive for about a year now 60gig model but I will tell you that I do not leave images on it for very long. It is great for short term storage and transfer on the site of a shoot. The reason I don't use it for long term storage is because I have had TWO crashes with complete loss of pictures both times. Both times Versonics sp? replaced the units but the pictures were gone. So now when I get home everything goes on DVD
I went to CostCo for that deal, but the taxes and shipping put it almost over $100.00. I ended up going on eBay and getting a 1GB SanDisk Ultra II CF for a little less than $90.00. OK, OK, I am a penny-pincher!!