Advice needed - What should I buy next?
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16-07-12, 07:05 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
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Congrats on the new baby! No doubt you're making good use of that new DSLR now...
In my humble opinion, if I were you, I would put it towards a new Hard Drive...
A flash gun is handy to have, but as a newcomer to the world of SLR's, I would say get used to the features of the camera you have and develop a better understanding of how flash can be used to best effect before shelling out around £150 on an external flash.
Likewise with the software, once you get a copy of Photoshop you'll never look back - but stick with what you have for now and get the most you can out of it.
You'll be suprised how quickly you can fill up a hard drive, and also, never underestimate the value of backing up all your images. Speaking from experience, if a hard drive fails on you and you've not backed it up, it's potentially very expensive to recover the images, and often it's not even possible.
So, I would say get at least a 1GB internal hard drive and set it up as a slave. If you can stretch to it, get two and set them up in a RAID configuration so that one acts as a 'ghost' drive (one drive is basically a mirror of the other, so you'll always have a back up). If you're not sure about poking around inside your PC, there are some decent external drives out there, but in my experience, they tend not to be quite as reliable, and they generally cost more than an internal one.
To keep it simple though, I'd spend around £50 - £60 on a single 1GB internal hard drive, and spend the rest on an extra memory card - you can never have to many.
I seem to have waffled on a bit more than I expected to, but I hope it's of some help!
Paul says that he has a laptop so an extra internal drive is not an option. My suggestion would be to go for a 500Gb portable USB drive.
I realise you wont get a 1Tb one for that sort of money but the extra flexibility the drive will give him should compensate for the reduced storage space.
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