My microdrive finally* arrived yesterday. I was about ready to e-mail the business when Howie produced the Priority Mail package he’d secluded in order to tease me (he’d just told me it hadn’t come yet). I live with a real poop, in case you can’t tell.
Yesterday was frustrating. Here I had the card, but was pounded by a bad headache most of the day and didn’t even feel like using it. Blah! I was in bed by 10pm, believe it or not. Today I’d resigned to be a day of cleaning, but Howie called me on his way to work and said I really should go out and enjoy the nice weather. Gee, I get a reprieve!
The microdrive is great! Boy, you can sure hold a lot of photos on a gigabyte. Even if I take the pictures in the uncompressed RAW (actually Minolta MRW format) or TIF (tagged image format) mode, I can fit approximately 142 color images on it.
I am NOT taking them in that format, however, because the files are huge and take forever to open. I’m not a fan of the DiMAGE Viewer program which came with the camera, so I’ll have to get a plug-in for Photoshop or GIMP in order to view MRW files.
I might use MRW for commercial or portrait shots, for it does offer straight-from-the-camera data and make correcting key things like white balance and color mode easy and accurate. For my everyday stuff, though, I am just going to stick to the 2560×1920 image size and extra-fine JPG files (the best without going to uncompressed files types). I can get 162 images on the card with those settings, and the files will not be so huge.
Well, even with daylight savings time in effect finally, daylight’s a wastin’. I’m off to shoot some pictures…To shoot with wild abandon on my spankin’ big card!
* I ordered this drive in the wee hours Monday morning (really wee hours, like 3:00am) and the merchant didn’t even mail my order until Friday. To me, that’s a really long turn-around time. I suspect he fulfills his eBay orders before his direct ones; eBay buyers can leave public feedback.