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 Monday, August 22, 2011
I would like to address a couple of comments I received regarding my failed hard drive.
First, Jeff suggested using an online backup service.
This is a great option as long as you have the bandwidth available to make uploads happen in a reasonable amount of time. You are of course trusting that the online storage service provider will both remain in business for the duration of your backup needs (I've seen them fold) and that they will properly secure your files so they are really there when you need them (I've seen entire accounts disappear).
The costs for online backup services vary and should be examined. In some cases, you can buy a new external drive each month and ship it to a friend for the monthly cost of storing your files. Online backup has an availability advantage over a distant friend or family member's house, but downloading 1TB of image files is going to take a while over all but the biggest pipes.
I use Amazon's S3 service for website image serving and for non-image file backups.
The "Get a DROBO" suggestion from Christopher is another good one.
DROBO makes external RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disk) enclosures. Configured as a RAID-5 array, the DROBO utilizes the equivalent of one drive to store parity bits from the other drives (you lose this storage space). Because of this, the DROBO (and other RAID 5 arrays) can withstand one drive failure without any data loss.
I have not used a DROBO, but these drive arrays typically can keep working with a single failed drive. Install a replacement drive and the array rebuilds itself. Performance may suffer until the failed drive is replaced and the array is rebuilt, but no data is lost and immediate access to files remains.
RAID 1 (mirrored) drives take data protection one step farther, giving you complete drive redundancy. RAID 1 configurations can withstand failure of up to 1/2 of the drives - as long as they are all on one side of the mirror (unfortunately, Murphy's Law always kicks in here).
Performance is typically a big benefit these drives offer as the data is striped over all the drives, multiplying the disk arms available for reading and writing data. You will see this difference when using a fast attachment method such as USB 3.0, eSATA and FireWire 800.
While I think RAID 1 and RAID 5 are great options, I KNOW that they (and any other storage method) are alone, not enough. I have worked heavily in enterprise-level IT and have seen enough RAID arrays get corrupted to scare me. I have also seen multiple drives in an array fail at the same time. RAID arrays do not protect from fire or theft - or viruses. You NEED an off-site backup.
As I said before, I have not used a DROBO, but they are generally well regarded. You buy an empty enclosure and add compatible drives or buy them together in a kit. There are $100 mail in rebates available on some of the DROBO configurations right now.
Here are the DROBO enclosures at B&H.
Thanks for the comments!
I incorrectly referred to mirroring as RAID 0 instead of RAID 1. RAID 0 is striping only and offers no protection (only performance improvements). Protective RAID options are 1, 3, 5 and 10.
When shipping a drive, be sure to pack it well to insure no damage in transit. Hand delivery may be a better option. Testing the drive at the recipient location will insure data integrity.
I'm hearing of some trouble stories with DROBO drives. You might want to research this option more thoroughly before making a decision.
Thanks again for the comments (sent via email and Facebook).
Post Date: 8/22/2011 3:02:45 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Ironic that, less than three weeks after my "Your Hard Drive Just Failed" post, one of my hard drives failed. The vendor is replacing the drive under warranty, but had my files not been backed up, I would be in a very bad situation.
I know that some of you moved on my suggestion to use external hard drives for your backups after my last post, but I also know that most people are not adequately backing up their files. If you are in this category, the time to backup is now.
Here are the external hard drives at B&H.
Post Date: 8/22/2011 12:57:04 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 19, 2011
I slightly revised the Where To Buy Cameras and Lenses warning page on the site.
I seem to be getting an above-average number of emails regarding online scams recently, and therefore want to make sure everyone remains alert.
Post Date: 8/19/2011 12:30:09 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sigma has announced that the new Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 II DG HSM Lens in Nikon mount will be shipping at the end of this month.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 8/19/2011 10:04:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV in stock. Quantities are very limited - act fast if you want one (thanks Scott).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/19/2011 9:27:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 17, 2011
DxO Labs has added 31 new lens / camera combinations to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing supports for Canon, Tamron, and Sony lenses, for numerous Canon, Nikon, and Sony cameras.
Visit this page to see the new combinations.
DxO Optics Pro is available at B&H.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 8/17/2011 12:48:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Just posted: Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L USM Fisheye Lens Review
Be sure to hit the Facebook Like and Google +1 share buttons on that page. Thanks!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/16/2011 11:47:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 15, 2011
Induro press release:
Induro Introduces New Lightweight BHS Ballheads
Provides quick and precise camera positioning and dual locking security
Elmsford, NY (August 15, 2011) - Induro (, makers of tripods, heads and accessories designed for demanding professional photographers, announces today the new lightweight BHS Ballheads.
The new Induro BHS-Series Ballheads offer a lightweight, well-balanced adjustable support for a wide range of cameras and lenses and are compatible with most compact and professional tripods. Providing a secure dual quick release locking system and built-in bubble ensures fast camera mounting, dismounting and leveling. A single lever locks camera position and head rotation simultaneously. Each Ballhead includes a matching Snap-in Style Quick Release Plate.
"Induro's new BHS-Series Ballheads have been designed with today's on-the-go professional photographer in mind," said Jan Lederman, President of Induro. "With features that allow for spot-on accuracy as well as extra camera locking security, photographers can be confident that these ballheads will be an affordable accessory they can rely on."
Features include:
• Single Action Adjustment for quick and precise camera positioning
• Integrated Bubble Level allows adjustment to prevent uneven pans and tripod head movements
• Dual Locking Quick Release System with patented spring lock combined with manual release provides extra security
• Includes Snap-in Quick Release Plate
The Induro BHS Ballheads are available in three sizes from retailers throughout the United States at prices ranging from $52 - $76 depending on the model.
About Induro
Determined to provide professional photographers with everything they need, Induro's U.S.-based design team creates a premium line of tripods, heads and photographic support gear that provide unequalled craftsman-like attention to detail and ease-of-use.
Induro manufactures and sells its distinctive product line to professional and aspiring professional photographers all over the world who want the finest support gear money can buy. High quality, superior engineering, unrivaled price and top performance form a strong foundation on which every Induro product is built.
The Induro product line is designed and built for today's professional photographers whose needs are very different than of those from five or 10 years ago. The demands of today's photographers are changing rapidly and the only way to keep ahead of these changes is to have a design team that understands their needs.
Find Induro products at B&H.
Category: Induro News
Post Date: 8/15/2011 5:39:34 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 12, 2011
Introducing the Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC Lens (press release)
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 8/12/2011 11:28:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro Nikkor Lens (press release) owners manual is now available for download.
Adorama is accepting Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro Nikkor Lens preorders.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/12/2011 11:03:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 11, 2011
B&H has the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III in stock (and at a reasonable price). This camera remains my all-time favorite.
Canon CA has once again moved the EOS 1Ds Mark III to the archives (thanks Ed).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/11/2011 11:07:42 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Digital Photo Professional 3.10.2 and Canon EOS Utility 2.10.2 Updaters for both Mac and Windows are now available for download. Select your OS version and then select the "Software" option.
Changes made in Canon DPP 3.10.2 are not disclosed.
The change made to Canon EOS Utility 2.10.2: Supports new lens (EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/11/2011 1:56:17 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Inc. has announced intention to acquire own shares.
Canon intends to acquire up to 15.0 million shares of common stock, equivalent to 1.2% of outstanding shares. The total cost of the acquisition will be up to 50 billion yen. The purchase is expected to be made between August 12, 2011 through September 16, 2011.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/11/2011 9:44:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/11/2011 9:35:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sigma has posted sample pictures for the new Sigma 105mm and 150mm f/2.8 EX OS HSM Macro Lenses (select the 150 samples using the left navigation bar).
B&H has the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens (for Canon - accepting Nikon preorders) and the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens (for Canon and Nikon) in stock.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 8/11/2011 9:22:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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