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03/22/2004 08:49:52 AM · #1
I am the proud owner of a Fujifilm S2 Pro, presently I use a 1Gig Microdrive, which is more than adequate for weekend breaks, as long as I don't go crazy in RAW format.

My question is, does anyone know of a way of transferring, by use of the Firewire port, files from my S2 Pro to the iPod DIRECTLYtext?

Alternative suggestions are welcome, but as I now have a 20Gb iPod, I would prefer to to use it, I myself believe it to be a simple case of creating a software driver, what do you guys think?
03/22/2004 08:53:52 AM · #2
How do you intend on connecting the MicroDrive to the firewire port? Surely you'd need a firewire card reader, which certainly won't have the processing capabilities to talk to the iPod.

I guess using an iPod and card reader you'd have to write some firmware for the iPod itself.

Message edited by author 2004-03-22 08:54:12.
03/22/2004 09:01:35 AM · #3
I understand your question- Firewire on the S2 to Firewire on the iPod with just a cable. There's likely more to it than just a driver. While some sort of driver might allow you to "mount" the Microdrive from the S2, you'd then need an interface to transfer or work with the files. A far easier solution would be to use the CompactFlash reader that's made specifically for the iPod.
03/22/2004 09:11:23 AM · #4
Clarney, that is too cool!
I think I see an iPod in my future!
03/22/2004 09:26:20 AM · #5
Originally posted by scalvert:

A far easier solution would be to use the CompactFlash reader that's made specifically for the iPod.


Yeah, but check out this FAQ entry from Belkin on its speed. Slow.
03/22/2004 09:37:09 AM · #6
for a bit more you could get a faster one.
03/22/2004 09:39:18 AM · #7
Yeah, it's slow, but you're not shooting to the iPod. It's still useful for clearing your memory card out in the field without the need for a laptop. Bear in mind that the Belkin note references most media types and brands and specific iPod firmware. High-performance cards (the Microdrive is about 30x) and newer firmware could greatly affect the speed.

Originally posted by dwoolridge:

Yeah, but check out this FAQ entry from Belkin on its speed. Slow.
03/22/2004 09:45:05 AM · #8
And isn't this still faster than USB 1.1?
03/22/2004 10:01:52 AM · #9
why not get that mp3 player that has the 4gb micro drive built in that you can take out and use like a regular flash card. around 200 bucks
03/22/2004 10:06:18 AM · #10
Originally posted by superdave_909:

And isn't this still faster than USB 1.1?

It may be, but USB 1.1 is incredibly slow. :-)
03/22/2004 10:47:06 AM · #11
Rumor has it that there will be a new iPod soon with a 50gig for about $500. The new iPod will have a 2" color screen so that you can view the images that are stored on it.
03/22/2004 10:51:33 AM · #12
I heard about that too. If true, the color screen might give Apple a reason to enable direct Firewire transfers as PaulMdx originally asked.

Originally posted by Jason:

Rumor has it that there will be a new iPod soon with a 50gig for about $500. The new iPod will have a 2" color screen so that you can view the images that are stored on it.
03/23/2004 05:26:42 AM · #13
Clarney, it would be awesome if there was a way to do that... at a studio at work we currently shoot from S2 Pro's straight to the computer through firewire, so it would be great if you could adapt the iPod to doing this. It would basically mean 20gb of memory on hand!!
03/23/2004 07:23:51 AM · #14
Originally posted by PaulMdx:

It may be, but USB 1.1 is incredibly slow. :-)


Very true!
05/01/2004 06:25:27 PM · #15
Hi all,

I don't know much about iPods, they're no very popular around here, but I heard about this a cople days ago. It seems to work with almost any digicam as uses the built-in USB connector to download pics to the iPod drive.

... my interest on the thing's raising ;)

Carlos.

Message edited by author 2004-05-01 18:30:07.
05/01/2004 06:31:39 PM · #16
Originally posted by carlos:

I don't know much about iPods, they're no very popular around here, but I heard about this a cople days ago.

Oh, I have one of those. I got it for my birthday and it's great. I shoot on 128 MB Sony Memory Sticks but I only have two. I can carry the iPod and Belkin Camera Link when I travel and not have to bring the laptop. I just plug the memory stick into the camera link and the iPod asks me if I just want to copy or if I want to copy and clear the memory stick. Very handy way to extend memory.

It is a little slow, but as it is now, I just use it at the end of the day. It also takes all kinds of media, so I used it to get stuff off a flash car I was loaning to a friend and I didn't have my camera around to plug in to see what they were. So I can see it being a great way to share photos with other folks who don't have the same media card readers.
05/01/2004 06:51:18 PM · #17
I use an I/O Magic Digital Photo Library. It has a 20gig hard drive and will take any memory card in the built in reader. Simple to use and not to bad on speed. Got mine at Radio Shack on sale for $129. Regular price of $179. Rechargeable battery built in. A great and not to pricey unit that works very well.
//www.iomagic.com
05/05/2004 06:11:36 PM · #18
i looked @ the iPod as a portable storage device until i saw the transfer speed..

so i bought an Image Tank III instead - fantastic device :)

can find a review that i put together over on my site - its the first review that i've ever done.. i did it for the guys over on dpreview.com :)

//www.graphic-artwork.co.uk/Camera/Image_Tank_Review.zip
05/06/2004 12:25:05 AM · #19
I used this and love it. It is small and handy with 20GB storage and you can plug your compact flash directly to it for transfer of photos.
So I don't need notebook or a lot of memory card any more. as I don't have microdrive or a lot of memory cards.

I didn't need it for viewing the photos, so it's 16-gray scale preview is enough for me to see if I have the right files.

//www.archos.com/products/overview/gmini_220.html

P.S. the Music Jukebox come with it is great, it automatically search and provide singer and song info when I convert all my CDs.
05/06/2004 12:36:14 AM · #20
I use the Gmini120 I think may be the same unit you are referring too. works very well. together with the 3 250 mb compact flash cards I own I can go on all day. well worth the $250.00 price tag.
Originally posted by rr2000:

I used this and love it. It is small and handy with 20GB storage and you can plug your compact flash directly to it for transfer of photos.
So I don't need notebook or a lot of memory card any more. as I don't have microdrive or a lot of memory cards.

I didn't need it for viewing the photos, so it's 16-gray scale preview is enough for me to see if I have the right files.

//www.archos.com/products/overview/gmini_220.html

P.S. the Music Jukebox come with it is great, it automatically search and provide singer and song info when I convert all my CDs.

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