FYI, this is what I did on a recent trip to Europe, and it worked flawlessly. I would back-up every evening once back at the hotel room, transfer a few files over to my iPad Pro, edit them in Snapseed/Polarr, and then share them with family and on social media.It will happily read a UHS-II card. I did do a test of the time to copy, and I don't remember the results. However, I do remember that it didn't seem to be a problem - I think it was comparable to copying the card onto my iMac with a UHS-I card reader.
It supports UBS 3.0, so copying the saved images from the My Passport to your computer later via USB is speedy (relatively speaking). It comes with a USB 3.0 Micro-B to Type A connector, but will connect to your computer for uploads using a standard non-USB 3 Micro-B connector. I tested copying from the MPWP to my iMac via a non-USB 3 connector, and it copied 500 image files, 6.2GB, in under three minutes. Using USB 3, it took just under 2 minutes.
It also does incremental copies from your SD card, so if you're traveling and copying a card progressively over several days, you only get the new stuff on each copy. At the end of the trip, you can copy the "SD Card Import" folder from the MPWP directly onto your computer and avoid having to sit and feed each SD card individually. This should go much quicker.
For my use case, I'll be copying my SD cards to the MPWP on a daily (or perhaps twice daily) basis during an upcoming trip. Even if it takes a long time (whatever that means), I can just let it run during meals or at bedtime. And I assume that won't actually take all that long. And as I mentioned, it will be a simple matter to copy all of the saved images from the MPWP back to my computer when I get home.
That was the primary reason. Did you find there was no appreciable time added to the process with moving both RAW and jpg?
That makes sense too, especially as it would save some time I guess in editing anything on the spot that I wanted to share with family/friends.I shot RAW+JPEG on my trip to Europe, but just set the JPEG file for medium instead of large. This way, I could still get files to share with family and friends, but also had the RAW files to edit in LR once back home.
@WaltP - sadly, there don't seem to be those sort of solutions for the iPad. While one can copy from an SD card into the iPad, Apple doesn't let you write from the IPad or an external device. So you would need to import all of your files, then use some wireless solution to a more complex accessory. Hence our excitement about the MPWP.
@pondball: I'll take a look at Filebrowser. Although I don't mind shooting Raw+jpeg, this would give me another option.
Hi Tom... I looked at the iXpand as well but eventually opted for the larger storage on of the SanDisk 480Gb SSD. It is really quite fast. One of the problems I would have had with the iXpand is that my previous iPad was, well, ancient and would not work with the iXpand. Consequently I purchased the SSD with the future in mind as well. Back in the 80's I bought a 10MB "Huge" WD drive to go with my Mac+. I was told it would be all I would ever need... and at $999 Cdn$ it was the first such drive to break the $1k barrier. I jumped at at and indeed it served me well while the Mac+ was still my only mac... but it too filled to capacity.Bassman,
Concerning the iPad, I recently found the Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive (32-128 GB options) that is similar to a USB flash drive. One end of the iXand drive connects directly to the port on the iPad and allows download of files (jpeg and raw) from the iPad. The other end of the iXpand drive has a normal USB port to transfer the files to a PC. The 64 GB version was about $60 at Best Buy. All seemed to work properly in my tests but I have not yet used it while traveling.
Hi Tom... I looked at the iXpand as well but eventually opted for the larger storage on of the SanDisk 480Gb SSD. It is really quite fast. One of the problems I would have had with the iXpand is that my previous iPad was, well, ancient and would not work with the iXpand. Consequently I purchased the SSD with the future in mind as well. Back in the 80's I bought a 10MB "Huge" WD drive to go with my Mac+. I was told it would be all I would ever need... and at $999 Cdn$ it was the first such drive to break the $1k barrier. I jumped at at and indeed it served me well while the Mac+ was still my only mac... but it too filled to capacity.
Morale is... if you're looking at the iXpand then it might be wise to either get two smaller or one larger capacity one. depends on your needs and BU strategies. Do you go big and lose all your photos if it goes downtown or gets lost... or do you split your backups between various devices and take your chances on only losing half of them if the loss/failure happens. In my case I've opted for 1) not erasing the SD cards every night as the WD takes care of only importing new photos taken since the last insert (and puts them in a dated folder for you automatically), 2) storing them on my WDWP then 3) copying them to my SanDisk 480Gb HD (tiny little beast that weighs nothing). I also have a couple of simple 64gb thumb drives that can be attached to the WDWP through it's USB port and used as BU as well.. .giving me 4 BU's that can be stored in many different spots (my personage, my wife's, a room safe while at hotels or on a cruise, and even in separate luggage... or even mailed home in the case of the USB thumb drives)... with fingers crossed that at least one of them makes it through the process!
lol... my intent is to always keep a journal... and it always works out that I have 99% of my journals looking the same... blank pages ...I ordered a 2 Tb WD MPWP from Amazon when it briefly dropped in price to $149. I would have bought the 1 Tb for $149 at some time in the future, but the sale made me twitch my buy now finger. I also picked up an Apple SD card to Lightning adapter. For my next trip, I plan to backup both RAW & JPG to the WD MPWP and to copy only JPG files to my iPad for viewing and quick sharing. Probably wouldn't have enough room on the iPad to store everything (not gonna get a 512 Gb iPad!). I won't have time to edit RAWs while on a trip anyway, and the Olympus provides such nice JPGs most of the time, those would suffice for sharing.
Thanks all for testing out all these methods.
BTW, my friend who just returned from a trip to Spain had a good suggestion. He tried to journal every day, remembering where he shot photos and what was notable about them. That helped him later to sort them out and to put comments on them to help him remember each one. A small notebook and pen should be required equipment too. Although one can record audio notes with each photo on an OMD, he didn't make use of this.
yup... great idea and method...I shoot pictures of signs as reminders... Much quicker than any form of writing or recording a note.
If only my Oly app would function on my old iPhone4... next year maybeAlso try to keep the clock in the camera on local time or just leave it on GMT.
(Note the Oly app will always sync time from the phone's local time whenever you connect the app to the camera.)
• I had mentioned a wee app, FileBrowser, that I had been trying out as FileBrowserLite but was hesitant to purchase the $8.99 full iPad app as it seemed slow on my old iPad... not so on the new iPad Pro as it flies as well... but even better... it shows the thumbnail of my RAW file, thus making it possible to forego the RAW/jpg duplicity and make my file choosing much easier.