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: Smart Media Upgrade

12-08-2000, 12:33 PM
I want to upgrade my storage capacity on my Olympus D-460 Digital Camera. I currently have an 8Mb Smart media Card & want to upgrade to around 32Mb. I'm also interested in Smart Media floppy converter that speeds up downloads by avoiding the serial port (No USB on my machine). I should also mention that my PC is not Windows 95/98, but NT.

I have been looking around some of the e-commerce electronic sites & now I'm more confused then when I started. There are thrird party products that are less expensive than the name-brands, but these worry me regarding compatability. As far as the Floppy converter goes, I've only found on brand that explicitely said "NT Compatible".

Has anyone upgraded there Digital Cameras? If so, what are your recommendations? Juro, didn't you have an Olynpus D-360 at one time?

BTW: I wish I had waited & got the NEW Olympus D-490, it looks really nice!

12-08-2000, 12:39 PM
Here's some examples of the type of information I've been looking at:

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12-08-2000, 05:08 PM
GregO -

I'm not sure what the number of my camera is but I really like it. I'll check it out and post later.

Talking about waiting - I wish I waited for this one... <!--http--><a href="" target="_blank"> HERE </a><!--url-->

Although it's a little out of my reach at $750-800, I checked one out at Costco. Just the thing for fly tying mpeg clips and macro shots without any film.

I'll post info when I get home. Also, Costco has great prices on the smartmedia cards.

12-08-2000, 08:52 PM
After a little help from e-shopper expert (addict) Al, I decided on the following.

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This upgrade provides 140 HQ pictures, plus drag & drop download capability, which sure beats that serial crap, all for $123 (minus $15 with e-cupon). I sure hope it works as good as it sounds.

12-08-2000, 09:02 PM
That's sounding too good to resist! Thanks guys... I really hate the serial all or nothing download too. How about a power cord?

12-09-2000, 08:55 AM
The FlashPath device goes right into the 3.5" floppy drive, so No Cables. Then youy access your A: Drive & copy (drag&drop) the files to wherever you want.

12-18-2000, 05:36 PM
Received my order today. The 32Mb Card holds 146 HQ Pictures. The FlashPath Disk DOES work just like a floppy, stick it in, point & click. Down load time is 2-3 Seconds per image. You can also drag files to the trash & clean your media in seconds. NT divers Did Not come with disk, but were easily down-loaded from SanDisk site. I give it 4&1/2 stars. Thanks for the help.

12-21-2000, 06:59 PM
I just went to the counter at Bestbuy with cam in hand, said I wanted a bigger memmory card, the guy looked it up on the packages, we tried it, it worked!!! very simple... like me! Tom D

12-21-2000, 09:32 PM
Running out of time and options for the xmas wishlist... a 32 mb card made it but I guess I will still be doing the ridiculous all-or-nothing download for a while. I think I will order the optional AC power adaptor... I don't think batteries are the right use of power to download all of a 32 mb card. The 8mb takes plenty long enough as it is.

Someday I want to upgrade to a digital camera that can take good fly macros. I am finding this is not a trivial pursuit!

12-22-2000, 09:00 AM
That's another good thing about the FlashPath, it doesn't use the cameras batteries. I have been getting a little more than a month out of 4 AA Lithium Batteies, up until now. I think for $60 the FlashPath is a great option; however, if you have a USB port there are even better options; I did not research these as I'm not USB.

12-25-2000, 10:29 AM
FWIW: I have attached USB based Smartcard readers to NT no problem (Sandisk Imagemate), regardless of what people say about NT and USB not playing well together. had the best deal on a 32 meg card including the reader when I bought it for my Sony TRV900 <!--http--><a href="" target="_blank"> 3 CCD Sony Camcorder With Integrated Still Camera

12-26-2000, 06:28 PM
Mike, just to clarify, are you talking Windows 2000 (based on NT, but with some major differences) or NT 4.0? The last time I checked there were no USB drivers for NT 4.0.... I just checked the Sandisk web site and could not locate anything other than drivers for Mac, Windows 2K, 95, and 98. Have they come out with an NT 4.0 widget? If so, details please!!

12-26-2000, 08:31 PM
My bad! I just looked at the PC and it's a parallel port Imagemate on the NT workstation. At home I have the USB version.

Sorry about that.

dbl or nuthin
12-30-2000, 11:08 PM
I have a Nikon 990 which I find fantastic. It uses CF media. I was able to use an external flash with nikon cables and an SB26 flash. So I simply set my cam. to no flash and use my ext. flash separately. I have some of the best images on ebay. The price has come down to $850. You can usb from cam to computer, pc or mac.

I have a sandisk which works on both but you don't need it.

I have never crashed with Windows 2000, never. The beauty is that it makes the system plug & play, and the usb works.

As a sample, check out this auction:

12-31-2000, 10:55 PM
Hey Garo -

I went to the link, but it said the item was no longer up. Did you sell the item with those sharp images?

Sounds like you have a primo digital outfit. How does it do for macro fly shots?


dbl or nuthin
01-01-2001, 12:08 AM This one to be posted soon.

The top url had a # missing. Try these two for examples with the bottom having macros of lures. I can post some flies at a later date.

dbl or nuthin
01-01-2001, 01:23 AM
Here is the ebay version, posted and ready for bidding.

01-01-2001, 09:10 AM
VERY COOL! Nice job. I am tempted to bid myself!

I had an old plug that caught fish like crazy, lost it on a huge Winnepesaukee bass that exploded my line. That lure had caught some of my best fish as a yong teen. Kinda wish I got to retire it formally, but that wasn't a bad way to go.

01-02-2001, 09:19 AM
It's interesting that this camera media thread got us into the topic of antique lures. I have some very old bass lures, wooden plugs swimmers, etc. that I found in an old tackle box in a house I bought 10 years ago. They are in very good shape & some of them are in their original boxes. Can you reccomend a way to find out if any of these are rare and/or valuable. I can take some photos & post them, if it would be helpfull? BTW: one of the ones I have looks a lot like the last ebay post!



01-02-2001, 09:32 AM
GregO -

You can assume they are worth a lot. It seems Garo has some knowledge on the topic; I can also get you some great contacts.


01-02-2001, 09:46 AM
Hey well we're on the topic, we just got a nice Kodak dig camera but I have no USB. I'm planning on adding a PCI card with USB on it and upgrading our home machine (win95 hold out). Anyone try those USB cards yet? They go for $30.


dbl or nuthin
01-02-2001, 09:47 AM
Go to your friendly Borders book store and review the books on old lures, such as one by Carl F. Luckey, about $22.00. The price skyrockets when it is in a box, or sell the box alone.

My limited research shows the value of my lure at about $60., so I don't know what is going on. Another lure like mine is on ebay also for $50-60.

01-02-2001, 09:49 AM

I will take some Pics & post them tonight! If I make a Mint, I'll have to give FFF a finders fee!!

Juro, BTW: Since I will be at the Tying Clave in the AM & then at Al-D's in the PM, I could deliver the "appreciation tying box" in person; let me know.


dbl or nuthin
01-02-2001, 09:59 AM
Good luck with your camera. If you go to USB you need to upgrade to win98 or ME or win2000, since 95 does not work with usb. If you use a serial port your access is painfully slow, besides Gates needs the money.

01-06-2001, 10:15 AM
Juro, I was lucky enough to get a great deal on the Olympus C-3000 digital camera. It's a long story for another time.

What I can offer, though, is my camera for clave photos since I'm not much of a tyer yet. I must warn you, though, I'm a point and shoot kind of guy with a fairly idiot proof camera. I shoot mainly in the auto-focus programs but there is an easy macro setting for closeup work.

I would have shown up with a bounty of liquid refreshments(I'm a sales manager for a local beer distributor) but I have the utmost respect for the wishes of the hosting club. I'm open to requests for any other events that I may attend.