Okay, close your eyes faint of heart, maybe clients too.
This is that little 12″ laptop hanging off my tripod from an earlier post on the Cambo RS.
The day I can afford a P45+ or 65+ and go untethered maybe I will, but I might always want to review images on a larger screen. If Phaseone came out with an iPhone app for image review well maybe then…
Anyway, what you see below is a dual SSD (solid state drive) installation in a 12″ Powerbook G4. Aside from being small there is a whole long story about firewire port voltage in newer Mac laptops, I’ll spare you. These are not the world’s top SSDs (ie intel x-18e’s), but they are raided up for speed in raid 0. And should insulate me some from a ‘movement’ incident with rotating drives. Those that understand this and are shaking heads, yes I carry a bus powered clone I can boot and work form if the raid flakes on me. Each shot set also gets quickly backed up to a usb stick around my neck (the new photographer’s loop!).
The second SSD is installed in place of the optical drive with an “Optibay” adapter from a company called MCEtech.
I didn’t make enough production views of recent New Haven project for theYale Alumni Magazine, but this is maybe about as exciting from behind the scenes as it got anyway. Nothing like setting $15,000+ worth of gear an inch from a six story drop. At least one of the images will be used in the issue (should be May/June, I believe).
So I’ve completed my transition to high-end medium format digital capture for architecture. I’ve been using a Cambo DS wide camera, originally with 4×5 film, and then some digital for a while now. But for wide lenses I was pushed into using the Canon 5D with PC lenses for architecture until now! I made the jump for new digital specific Schneider lenses and the super compact Cambo RS. Aside from everything fitting in the small backpack you see below, the RS has xy shift all on the camera back. Unlike the Cambo DS now I can stitch vertically and horizontally. I am really happy with the setup. It is light, fast, and accurate.
Please overlook the mess of firewire cable. Doing some backyard testing I just grabbed by studio cable. I carry both, but a short 3ft. cable is perfect.
Walking around, what angle, scouting shots. Well how about up there from that window? This is a setup and shot for a Yale Alumni Magazine issue on New Haven.
Round top window’s the port hole on this one.