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    So I'm heading out to Utah for 8 days next week and I'm going to have two cameras and planning to shoot a bunch of video, timelapses, and stills. I only have two fast SD cards that I can use to shoot timelapses on my A7R and I know I'll fill those before the trip is over.

    Does anyone have a good system for backing up a camera in the background? I'm not bringing my laptop with me so that's not an option. Neither my phone or my iPad have enough storage space (64GB each, the same as my SD cards) to work in this capacity either.


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    At those prices, it's got to be an HDD right? My concern is a physical spinning disk in a backpack/car on bumpy roads will get ****ed up.

    I've been googling and finding rigs that combine a battery powered wifi hotspot w/ SD card reader with a USB SSD drive so you can import to the SSD and then access on your phone, etc. But they're pricey.

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    I wasn't sure how much you wanted to spend on this so I didn't mention the higher cost solutions. The cheapest/easiest solution would be to just buy a bunch of memory cards and something like a pelican card case.

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    Personally I just use more SD cards. I have 64s and 128s and before a trip if I'm worried I buy more. They're cheaper than the drives in most cases and smaller and easier to carry IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jacobsen1 View Post

    Personally I just use more SD cards. I have 64s and 128s and before a trip if I'm worried I buy more. They're cheaper than the drives in most cases and smaller and easier to carry IMHO.
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    Another vote for extra cards. With your cameras and what your are doing, it does not have to be the expensive kind.

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    Timelapses on the A7R requires fast and big cards

    I bought one of the WD Wireless drives to try out but I'll probably end up returning it and just buying a bunch of cards. It just makes me nervous having cards with images that aren't backed up for a week but I can't tell if that's paranoia or a real concern.

    We all know I'll end up leaving my camera behind or something and this will all be moot.

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    how fast and how big out of curiosity? I run all my timelapse work through my a6300 or a6000 with my 10-18mm while shooting stills with my a7r. But I know you're actually making money with yours so yeah...
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    Don't forget your tripods/clamps....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacobsen1 View Post
    how fast and how big out of curiosity? I run all my timelapse work through my a6300 or a6000 with my 10-18mm while shooting stills with my a7r. But I know you're actually making money with yours so yeah...
    I tend to shoot 36MP RAWs at 1/s interval and only the fastest and >64GB SD cards work for this. They're not that expensive, ultimately, but I do think this WD wireless drive will be pretty useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbert View Post
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    Tripods are useless without clamps. Do we need a checklist for young David?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkane View Post
    Tripods are useless without clamps. Do we need a checklist for young David?
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