New Western Digital, Blacksmith Labs, Cecilia Straps and more!
Hey guys! Just wanted to share a new video I put up on my YouTube channel today (video is above). I had a few things that were sent to me to check out and I wanted to show off some of my faves.
Western Digital My Passport Pro 4TB Travel RAID Drive
First of all is the Western Digital My Passport Pro 4TB hard drive, which is a portable drive I will use for my travel needs. This is a double 4TB RAID drive capable of 233 MBPS. It is a Thunderbolt drive and comes in at around $429. It is available at Amazon and I highly recommend it. You can see it in the video above.
Blacksmith Labs iPhone Case
I have had one of the Blacksmith Labs iPhone cases here for a month or two and find that it is a very well made case. Soft supple leather and a great design with easy phone access, it is a nice attractive case. I am not one for belt clip phone cases but if you are, you will want to take a look as the quality is very high. I go over it in the video above so take a look! You can visit Blacksmith Labs HERE.
Cecilia Camera Straps
Cecilia Gallery camera straps look like those old school wide strap camera straps and they are pretty much the same but with a couple of exceptions. They are made of full leather and 100% Alpaca Wool. So these are basically a sort of Luxury strap and they have many designs and colors to try out/check out. I have had one for about a month and found the strap to be comfortable and stylish, and different. They range from $90 to $100 and offer beauty, super construction and something unique. You can see more of it in the video above and you can check out the designs and straps direct at Cecilia by clicking HERE.
I’d never use a camera strap that has metal buckles like the Cecilias. Unless I didn’t mind my cameras getting scratched up. There’s a reason Leica makes its straps with nylon buckles (for $60 less).
4TB = 2x 2TB in RAID 0 = Double the risk!!!! Don’t go near this!
Or think of it this way. Your camera has 2x card slots but a fault on one means you lose the data on both. What photographer in their right mind would use that?
Me. I use it for travel and mainly for video. You can also configure it to be two separate drives.
But you are doubling the risk of loss. Safer to just use the 2TB model. PC Mag did a recent review and they concluded the same.
You could configure then as RAID 1 (mirror), which gives you the equivalent of dual card slots on a camera. It’s safer, but slower, and you only get 2 TB. Personally, I’d get the 2TB model because it is much cheaper…
It’s a Seagate model, not WD, but essentially the same. 2x 2TB drives in RAID 0. They say avoid it for the reasons I outlined…
Double Raid 0 for twice the speed. I have 4x Raid0 on my Mac Pro and it’s 4 times as fast. 4x likely to fail but it never has in 5 years and everything is backed up twice.
Never have one copy of anything, even if it is on two drives. A mirror can still fail and loose everything. A simple power surge, the most common issue, can wipe it in an instant. It also doesn’t protect against loss, theft, damage, fire etc.
I work as a Senior Architect for the largest Enterprise Storage company in the world, specializing in data protection. You have been very lucky so far 🙂 We are talking about a portable drive here being used for travel, not a home system that you can backup. They are completely different use cases 😉
however … in RAID 1 you have backup incase one of the disks fails. So, depending on your risk profile …
Actually, good point re the difference between RAID 0 (striping) and RAID 1 (mirroring).
Steve but what about the lens next to the zoom? It looks a bit like a Jupiter-12?
Next to what zoom? I do not own a zoom 🙂
it’s next to the Zoom H6 audio recorder
but actually it looks like a J-11 not a 12
Hey Matt, it’s a guess but it looks like a Canon 100/3.5