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Traveling with Digital Media (Our Experience)
At this time we use Lexar 2GB/4GB/8GB Professional Series 133X CompactFlash Memory Cards to capture images from our Nikon D200 digital cameras. When on travel, all digital images are transferred to Epson P-5000 (80GB) and/or P-3000 (40GB) storage and viewer systems for safe keeping.

All of our digital media have passed through airport x-ray machines and metal detectors numerous times with no detectable problems. At present, we have never lost digital images, noticed any data alteration or ever had data corrupted after passing through security devices.

Integrity in Transportation of Imaging Products (ITIP)
The committee for Integrity in Transportation of Imaging Products was formed in 2000 to address concerns over damage to sensitized goods when inspected during travel or shipment. ITIP is the successor of the former Airport X-ray committee, which has been active since the 1970s studying the effects of airport X-ray inspection on photographic film.

Advice from SanDisk about Flash Memory Cards
You can put full or empty flash cards in your checked or carry-on baggage with little risk of damage from airport scanners. The International Imaging Industry Association (IA3) conducted tests last year with security devices used in U.S. airports and found that no damage to the cards resulted with normal travel frequency. As an added precaution, SanDisk recommends that you take the cards out of ALL checked baggage and cameras, and put them in your carry-on before passing them through security devices.

Here's what the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has to say
None of the security equipment - neither the machines used for checked baggage nor those used for carry-on baggage - will affect digital camera images or film that has already been processed - slides, videos, photo compact discs or picture memory cards. More....

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Higher Capacity Cards: Since the cost of memory cards are getting cheaper and the resolution of digital cameras are constantly increasing, it maybe an ideal time to consider upgrading your memory card. Doubling your previous capacities in a good starting point. If starting using 256 megabyte (MB) cards, move up to a 512MB or a one gigabyte (1GB) model. If you want sharper and larger format images, then you’ll need to set your camera at higher resolutions and this, in turn will consume more memory. Consider using a high-capacity, high-performance cards.

Faster Speed Cards: All flashcards are not the same. If you like to shoot fast moving objects, you have a better chance of capturing the specific moment from a faster speed memory card. For example, moving from a standard card to a high-performance card can provide up to three times faster writing speeds in many of the newer digital cameras that have fast internal processors. Remember, actual speeds depend on the image processing ability of your camera and the make of your existing flash card. Even if your camera is not fast or high-resolution, having the faster cards will be welcome treat when you ever decide to upgrade to a new camera in the future.

Recovering Deleted Images: Suppose you accidentally deleted a picture that you really wanted to keep. Or perhaps you've reformatted your card by accident and wiped out all of your images. They may look like they're gone from sight, but usually they remain stored on the card in unreachable memory locations. Some card manufactures (Lexar, SanDisk) may offer image recovery software (installed on your computer) to allow the recovery of so-called "lost" images by selecting "Full Recovery." If your card manufacture offers this type of software, get it and install it on your computer, because you never know if you may need it in the future.

Heat Issues: If you leave rolls of traditional analog film on the back seat of a closed, parked car during summer temperatures, you stand a good chance of ruining your film. Although it's advisable to keep flash cards at room temperature, SanDisk’s standard flash cards are designed to withstand relatively high temperatures – up to 60 degrees Celsius or 140 degrees Fahrenheit – without loss of stored images. SanDisk's Extreme III cards are designed to operate in extreme temperature conditions at the limits of human physical endurance.

Avoid Low Battery Issues: Although no battery power is required to store pictures, it's important to have sufficient power when your camera is transferring captured images to your card. If the battery is too low, you could lose one or more images during the transfer, so it's a good practice to stock up on a spare recharged battery. Also, never remove a card while a camera is writing to it or while formatting the card in a camera.

Avoid Water: If you accidentally leave a card in a pants pocket and then wash the garment or drop the card in some other watery grave. Don't despair, because there have been some unconfirmed reports that if you let the card dry for a couple of days or carefully use a hairdryer with a non-heat blower, there's the possibility that the card may still function. We recommend testing a completely dry card first in a card-reader of a personal computer before trying it in your camera.

Backup Data: Always back up your images on a laptop, burn them to a CD or another storage medium. That way, if your card is lost or damaged, you will still have another set of images!!

One last thing, If you run out of memory and need to find a card or two early in the morning or late at night, head for a supermarket or drug store.



CompactFlash (CF) - The CompactFlash (CF) card was developed by SanDisk in 1994 that uses flash memory to store data on a very small card. The CF card is the most widely used digital memory format and isused by most current digital cameras. CompactFlash cards are now available in sizes up to 8 Gigabytes, larger than any other currently-available format.

Memory Card - A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices. Most of the current products use flash memory, although other technologies are being developed. The CompactFlash (CF) card is an example of a memory card.

Flash Memory - Flash memory (sometimes called "flash RAM") is a type of constantly-powered nonvolatile memory that can be erased and reprogrammed in units of memory called blocks.

Nonvolatile Memory - Nonvolatile memory is a general term for all forms of solid state (no moving parts) memory that do not need to have their memory contents periodically refreshed.

Megabyte - A megabyte (MB) is a unit of data used to describe the size of digital images and the capacity of a digital memory card. Memory cards are available in sizes ranging from 8MB to 2 Gigabytes (a Gigabyte is the equivalent of 1,024MB). 1 megabyte (MB) = 1 million bytes; 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes

Megapixel - A measure of resolution that reflects the ability of a digital camera to record detail. The more megapixels a camera has, the more detail its images can contain and the more they can be enlarged without losing clarity.


Pro Series CP FlashCard Links

Lexar Professional Series CompactFlash Cards | Lexar Homepage
SanDisk Extreme IV CompactFlash cards | SanDisk Homepage
Kingston Pro CompactFlash Cards
Hoodman Pro CompactFlash Cards

Note: Always refer back to the manufacture or distributor for the most current information about these products.


Available Books, Videos & Cameras

SeaLife Digital Underwater CameraSealife 12 Megapixel 5X Optical Zoom and 3-Inch LCD screen Underwater/Land Camera

GREAT Underwater Beginner Camera!

Product Description: SeaLife's DC1200 makes underwater photography it easier than ever before. Mystical sea creatures, vibrant colorful reefs, or haunting wrecks from a bygone era, the DC1200 is the camera to catch them all. SeaLife's new 12-megapixel camera combines diver-friendly design and four underwater color modes, for sharp, colorful pictures underwater or on land.

SeaLife eliminated the typical button cluster on the back of the camera, in favor of five thumb operated "piano key" controls. The large shutter button extends forward with a fingertip-control lever that allows scrolling through menus or zooming in and out without releasing your grip from the camera. This "Central Command Lever" and the "Piano Keys" are making great underwater pictures and videos easier than ever before.

Expand the DC1200 with SeaLife's popular line of underwater accessories, including the Digital Pro Flashes and wide angle . Automatic focus from 4" to infinity. Record 2+ hours of sharp, colorful video with sound when using a 4GB SD memory card. Depth tested to 200ft. Fully rubber armored for shock protection. Full 1-year warranty covers the underwater housing and camera.

SeaLifes Sea Modes which have built in color correction and External Flash Modes for vibrant color and manual control of the cameras shutter and aperture, round out the DC1200.

Other SeaLife DC1200 Camera Systems:

  • SeaLife DC1200 Elite 12MP Underwater / Land Digital Camera & Strobe System
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  • Sealife DC1000 Elite 10MP Underwater / Land Digital Camera & Strobe System (2 Digital Pro Flashs)
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Travel Storage & Viewer Systems

Epson P-5000 and P-3000

Epson P-5000 & P-3000 (Storage & Viewer Systems)

Product Description: This is an essential tool for the digital photographer who shoots a lot of images. The Epson P-3000/5000 provides an excellent way to download, store and display thousands of photos, videos and more on the spot - without a computer. With the ultra fast processor, it’s easy to backup images right from your memory card (CF/SD) or camera. Transfer thousands of photos in no time at all. Then, continue shooting.

With the large, four-inch LCD, you’ll be able to instantly review images immediately after the shoot. In fact, you can easily view slide shows and videos, or listen to audio files. Best of all, you’ll be able to present professional quality images anywhere you go.

Because this system uses Epson's Photo Fine Ultra LCD technology, you’ll see every color and detail. This unit also has Adobe RGB color space support which means, each viewer displays over 16.7 million colors.

You can even zoom in and verify RAW files.  And, with a long battery life, these systems are ideal for extended, on-location shoots. Save and view all your best shots at the scene.

Or, transfer files from your camera or any USB device. You can even connect and download your files directly to your Windows or Mac computer. The Epson Epson P-3000/5000 makes it easy to save and share images virtually anywhere, with amazing clarity and color.

Features & Benefits

  • 40GB (P-3000) or 80BG (P-5000), high-capacity hard drive to backup thousands of photos
  • Large, 4-inch LCD for easy viewing
  • On-the-spot download device to save, view and share photos, videos and music anywhere
  • Epson® Photo Fine Ultra LCD technology for more accurate colors
  • Adobe® RGB color space support
  • Ultra fast processor for fast downloads
  • DivX® video file support, plus audio/video out to instantly view slide shows and videos
  • Rechargeable battery so it’s always ready to travel
  • Long battery life that’s ideal for extended, on-location shoots
  • Built-in card slots that support Compact Flash® I/II (CF) and Secure Digital™ (SD) memory cards
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 for fast file transfers
  • RAW file support — zoom capabilities to check the focus and fine detail

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Other Travel Storage Systems

Perfect for storing and transporting documents and digital images!!
Other storage systems

Sandisk Cruzer SanDisk Cruzer Micro 16 GB USB 2.0 (Flash Drive)
SanDisk Cruzer Micro 8 GB USB 2.0  (Flash Drive)
SanDisk Cruzer Micro 4 GB USB 2.0 (Flash Drive)
SanDisk Cruzer Micro 2 GB USB 2.0 with U3 (Flash Drive)

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