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Hi Leicalings! We have had the DLUX5 for a very long time, and DLUX4 before. Both amazingly good cameras. Shooting pictures is a breeze, the raw is rich and we have sorted out a good workflow. We have a small problem: we have started shooting videos in AVCHD. Technically and qualitatively, the results are good. On the other hand, we cannot make sense of the way the camera archives the videos on the card, and apparently the numbering resets when you change or format the card which is a problem for people who use archiving software, like us. Anyone who can explain exactly: 1) how does the archiving system work? why so complicated and structured? 2) is there a way to have sequential PROGRESSIVE numbering for the videos? 3) how do you archive? what workflow do you use? Regards
I am just working through some transparency work and scanning it on to the computer. I was particularly pleased with this one which was taken in 1999 on Kodachrome 64 using a Leica M6. Scanning was with a Plustek 8200i, and post was with LT Classic. I think it is amazing how the work we have just put away into a filing cabinet etc. has stood the test of time, and before there is "ah, well it is Kodachrome" some Fuji Provia RDP is just as good. Gerry
Apologies if this is preaching to the converted and has been covered before but may be new to some... That old saying - that there are two types of computer user, those who have lost data and those who will - came to mind when I saw a statistic that 95% of computer users do not back up their data. I back everything up - server, laptops - every night but a recent trip with just a D3x (the M8s being in for upgrade) which churns out more than 100Mb per image by the time you have processed them is putting strain on my storage. I know there are some here who overflow their images onto a succession of USB drives, allowing unlimited storage, but with only a single copy of the data, there's always a risk that the drive will break the next time you plug it in to retrieve some archived images. Besides, do you really want all those drives hanging around? The requirements are easy to state: lots of capacity, high speed, secure from data loss. The best solution is a Network Attached Storage box (NAS) which sits on your network (or attaches directly to the ethernet port of your PC if you don't have one) and provides data redundancy to protect against failure. A RAID array splits your data across N disks so that if any one of them fails, the data can be recovered from the remaining N-1. You just pull out the failed drive and hot-plug a new one. For some time, I've been using a ReadyNAS NV (formerly Infrant Technologies, now part of NetGear) which provides 1.3Tb of protected storage but that is now full. I've therefore added to my storage by buying their new-ish product, the ReadyNAS PRO which can be fitted with 6 disks; I bought 8 Seagate 1.5Tb Barracudas, 6 to put in the box, 2 to keep as spares; clearly, if you have had one failure, you want to replace it quickly because your data is unprotected until you do. The result is that I have nearly 7 Tb of protected storage ready to swallow tens of thousands of images and all for about the same cost as a Leica Super-Wide Elmar. [ATTACH]137128[/ATTACH] This box works with Windows, MAC OS, Linux and of course there are other similar products which do much the same job. My message though is that if you are not backing up your data or are still archiving to USB drives or, worse, to CD or DVD, you should consider using one of these boxes instead; much more convenient, much more secure.