Episode 26 – New Rumors and Items from Canon and Western Digital’s Crap Hard Drives by Liam Douglas
2 New Canon Sensors
RF 300mm F/2.8 L IS USM
Transcription by www.temi.com, there may be grammatical errors.
Liam 00:00 A new Ken and mirrorless camera body, two new cannon sensors and a new Canon Prime Lens. All of this and more on episode 26 of the Liam photography podcast
Liam 00:30 You’re listening to episode 26 of the lay of photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas and this week’s news from Canon rumors.com it shows that canon rumors has been told that Canon has accelerated development of by Pro Level Eos, our camera, and they’re not talking about a high resolution model that we expect to see in late 2019 or early 2020 this new camera will be along the lines of a muralist version of the Canon Eos one dx mark two or mark three the source also mentions that it is possible this camera could be announced alongside the eos one dx mark three in the first or second quarter of 2020 though the date of the announcement is a long way from being decided. Announcing these two cameras together would be a unique move for cannon. And while it’s possible, I suspect we’ll see a development announcement for the eos one are x as they feel like calling it will be well before the actual camera ships and Eos, our professional body with some new RF super telephoto lenses at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics next July would be a great time for the launch of a Pro Level Eos r and r f Mount Lens at the same time.
Liam 01:57 So when I was reading this article, I thought it was definitely interesting because I honestly didn’t think that Canon was going to be moving on a high level pro RF body right away, especially the, and we already know the one dx mark three is on its way. Uh, and the reason why I felt that is I didn’t think Canon was gonna want to cannibalize their DSLR sales by coming out with a high end mirror was pro mirrorless body at the same time. But Canon rumors is claiming that one of their sources is telling us that there’s a strong likelihood that the one dx mark three and this new Ios rx could be coming out close to the same time or in the same at least in the same calendar year, if not in the same quarter. Now whether or not this is true, I’m not sure I really buy this.
Liam 02:51 I honestly still believe that the first and only immediate pro eos, our body that and is going to release, it’s going to be the equivalent of the five DSR that I currently have and I’ve mentioned that in previous episodes and the reason for that is I think Gannon’s going to want to get a more high resolution model to the market first. Something more in the range of a pro full frame body but not their top of the line sports body. I think they’ve got a little more um, work that they’re going to do before they’re going to announce a pro sports body. That’s just my opinion though. It will be interesting to see, see if this rumor turns out to be true and how it plays out and when exactly Tannin does actually announce a possible mirrorless full frame sport body. Um, I, I think it would be great if they do come up with a a or release a high end sport body in time for the 2020 games.
Liam 03:55 But I think in all likelihood that’s kind of pushing it. Um, now of course, you know, Canon could have been working on this for a few years now. Uh, me and the day finally released the Eos are in late 2018 and then the RFP shortly after that, they could have possibly had a sports body in the works. But I don’t think it’s very likely. And one of the reason for the reasons for that is Canon likes to take their time with a new flagship camera, especially to make sure all of the features and technologies they want to put in it or properly vetted, uh, and that they’re going to work perfectly. Because as I mentioned in previous episodes, Cannes reputation is everything to them. Much like apples is on the side of it technology. So I’m not, I’m just not certain that Canada is going to rush a one dx report, mirrorless replacement anytime soon, especially when they’re already dropping the one dx mark three I think they’re going to stick with the one dx mark three a for 2020 and possibly release a pro mirrorless sports body in 2021 or 2022 we’ll have to wait and see.
Liam 05:11 But I think as long as canon at least releases a high resolution promera list body that has two card slots. And I mean even if they give customers at least you know, seven frames a second continuous shooting, that would be really good. And I think that would a make a lot of people happy. I don’t think they’re going to release a 14 to 20 frame per second. A dual camera, you know, dual card slot replacement for the one DX mark, two or three. I just don’t see them doing that in 2020. I could be wrong. And if I am a that’s wonderful. Uh, but I just think that’s how this is going to pan out. We’ll have to wait and see, but that’s just my opinion on the subject of whether or not they’re going to release a mirrorless sports body by 2020 we’ll have to wait and see, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. I think they’re going to stick with the one DX mark three for the time being and possibly release the Maryland sport pro body maybe in late 2020 but I’m thinking it’s probably going to be 2021 or 2022
Liam 06:23 okay.
Liam 06:24 Now the next piece of Gannon News that I want to talk about in this episode, and I know I’ll probably have listeners complaining because it’s mostly Canon news this week, but hey, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. So cannon has recently announced a 120 megapixel ultra high resolution as well as a 2.7 Megapixel, ultra high sensitivity c moss sensors. Now this news is from Melville, New York. I’m from back on June 20th as image sensors are a driving force in innovating industries. Canon USA INC a leader in digital imaging solutions is pleased to announce two new sea mas sensor products, the ultra high resolution 120 megapixel m x S. I n n ultra high sensitivity 35 mm f h d x. S. M. A. These sensors help expand the company’s lineup of industrial vision products and offer integrators and end users additional capabilities when developing a solution in a variety of applications and quote.
Liam 07:38 As a result of Canon’s success in developing and manufacturing advanced cmos sensors for our own purposes, we expanded to create a business platform offering select sensor capabilities for use in industrial vision applications. Said cause you know a gala president and chief operating officer, Canon USA. These two new cmos sensors reflect Canon’s dedication to this new business and reinforce our commitment to developing high quality imaging solutions. Now the one 20 Amex s eye sensor is built with the ability to produce clear high quality images, making it a great fit for integrators and end users developing applications such as machine vision, security, robotics, precision agriculture and healthcare. There’s 120 megapixel sensor is capable of simultaneous and discreet image capture and both the visible and near infrared spectrum at a maximum frame rate of 9.4 frames per second, which that’s pretty impressive. The 35 mm f h d x m or s m a, I’m sorry, sensor is capable of capturing monochrome imagery in extreme low light environments where subjects would be near impossible to recognize with the naked eye removal of the color filter array doubles the sensitivity of the previously announced 35 and then f h e x s c a sensor providing even greater low light Gabe abilities.
Liam 09:23 This sensor can meet a wide range of ultra high sensitivity needs when used as a component to support a multitude of applications developed by integrators and end users including astrological observation, natural disaster monitor, varying security and object detection, molecular and cell biology and industrial vision. The one 20 mx s I and the 35 and then f h d x s m a c Mohs sensors will be showcased in the Canon booth number 1611 at the sensors expo and conference which according to its organizer is industry’s largest event dedicated to sensors, connectivity and Iot taking place from June 26th through the 27th 2019 at the San Jose Energy Convention Center, San Jose, California. So it sounds like today is the last day of this expo on on a sensor technology and for more information on Ken sensors, you can visit Canon dash c mas-sensors.com and I’ll include that link as well as a link to this article in the show notes so that you can check them out for yourself.
Liam 10:44 Now this sounds really cool. When I first saw the headline of 120 megapixel sensor, I thought, man, that’d be really cool if Canon was going to put that beast in like their mirrorless full frame replacement for my five DSR, which has a 50 megapixel sensor. I was like, man, that’d be really sweet to get a, a new high resolution sensor that’s almost three times the resolution of the five DSR. Um, in an Eos, our mirrorless full frame body, that would be really cool. But it looks like these sensors are made for other technologies. Now that’s not to say that Canon might not use that sensor, a 120 meg sensor, a megapixel sensor and a camera body, but it sounds like it’s more for industrial use. Uh, so there’s probably a little chance that we’re going to see it in any kind of end user camera body platform anytime soon.
Liam 11:38 The 2.7 megapixel sensor, when I first saw the mention of that, I was thinking why would anybody need a 2.7 megapixel sensor? But if you’re going to use it in something like security cameras or a astro photography, I guess that would, okay. I mean, you don’t need tons of resolution if you have the super low light performance. Um, then I guess that would be fine, but we’ll have to see how this fleshes out. It definitely sounds exciting. Um, I know that as I mentioned in previous episodes, Canon had been working on a hundred megapixel sensor for quite some time now. I think I first heard rumors about that a hundred megapixel DSLR sensor. I think it was about a year and a half, two years ago that Ghana was working on. And it looks like they’re working on other monster resolution sensors as well for other applications. And that’s great.
Liam 12:30 I mean, anytime you can get this kind of capability from a manufacturer of sensors, that’s fantastic. Especially, you know, for an industrial use or robotic shoes or security camera use. You know, anytime you can get new technology and sensors in those industries, that’s fantastic. And it just goes to show how diversified cannon’s portfolio of technologies, even imaging technologies are. And that’s, as I mentioned in previous episodes, one of the reasons why Canon and Sony, uh, have a lot more money to dedicate to research and development. Um, and there are camera body systems is because they have, their revenue streams are coming from so many different market segments. You know, I, and I’m not saying that Nikon is strictly limited to cameras. I know Nikon does do a little bit more than, you know, just manufacture and sell camera bodies and lenses, but their personal corporate portfolio is nowhere near as diverse as Canon and Sony, you know, as I’ve mentioned before, Canon does MRI machines and a whole bunch of other medical imaging, uh, machinery technology and it sounds like they do some stuff for industrial applications as well as robotics.
Liam 13:48 And I wasn’t aware that they were into those kinds of sensors for robotics and stuff like that, but it’s really cool and I think it’s definitely more proof that can, and is going to continue to innovate in all areas of their business portfolio. A lot of people seem to think that Canon’s going to fall by the wayside and they’re going to kill off their camera division, you know, their photography division. But I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Gannon seems to be really, really, really dedicated to their photography division. Granted, it’s not the biggest piece of their, you know, financial pie as far as income streams. Uh, but I, I don’t think they spend nearly as much money in research and development of their photography division as they do some of the other divisions. So they have a lot of flexibility and a lot of a cashflow, uh, you know, to research and development in different areas of their portfolio of products that they offer to the public or to other industries.
Liam 14:49 And Canon would not be spending as much time and energy in developing all this fantastic new RF blasts if they were not going to be staying in the photography market for the foreseeable future. That being the Canon has come out of the gate hitting hard with high quality RF lenses and most of them are ELL lenses to boot. That tells me that Canon’s definitely going to be in the photography business for many, many more years to come. So if you’re one of the people that was worried about them killing off their photography division, uh, I think you’ve been listening to the wrong rumors and Innuendo and you have absolutely nothing to worry about. You can feel totally confident and continuing to buy photography products in the Canon venue or world if you will, and you’ll be, you should be comfortable and knowing that Canon’s not going to kill off their photography division anytime.
Liam 15:48 I honestly think that Canon’s photography division will still be going in another hundred years. They’ve got over a hundred years under their belt now and that’s not going to end any time soon. Their photography clients or customers are extremely important to them. They remember their roots and this is a Japanese company. Japanese companies tend to stick to their roots as well as diversifying so that they can continue to have revenue streams and you technological advances. So if you’ve been worried about, gee, maybe I should jump to Sony or Fujifilm or somebody else because I keep hearing from all these other people that is going to kill off their camera to their photography division. That’s all baloney. You’ve got nothing to worry about. You can feel confident and buying canon cameras and lenses because cannon’s not going anywhere anytime soon. I believe that they will still be going strong in another 100 years.
Liam 16:48 Now. The third bit of Canon News I wanted to talk about in this episode is the rumors of a new canon RF 300 millimeter f 2.8 L I s USM lens that is rumored to be on the way a again on Canon rumors.com. They had previously reported that candidate will be introducing an RF 500 millimeter F L I s USM as their first super telephoto lens for the RF Mount. Now they are hearing that an RF 300 millimeter f 2.8 L I s USM. We’ll also be launching sometime in 2020. Their source has claimed that this lens will come with a new and unique feature for super telephoto lenses. Unfortunately, there are no details available at this time. I think it’s going to, we’re going to see a lot of professional lens announcements for in 2020 for the RF mount and I have personally believed that as well. I have a feeling cannon’s going to roll out a whole bunch of new RF lenses during the 2020 calendar year.
Liam 17:59 Now the source, uh, for Canon rumors did not clarify that. New versions of the ESDF 300 millimeter f 2.8 L I s two and the f 500 f four lis two, they could not confirm whether or not there are plans for those two e lenses, uh, anytime soon. So all they supposedly have rumors about is the RF 300 millimeter f 2.8 and the RF 500 millimeter f for now. As I started saying a minute ago, I have a feeling cannon’s going to be releasing a wide array of lenses in 2020. Uh, they’ve kind of sorta released a little bit of a remote roadmap on their future lenses and in the same vein that Nikon did with their z mount. But I don’t know if cannon’s roadmap the lenses is super detailed and inclusive. I think they’re going to hold back some things so that they can really wow and impress their consumers when they do release certain lenses.
Liam 19:00 A 300 millimeter f 2.8, uh, telephone or a telephoto prime would be fantastic. I’m sure it’s going to have a hefty price tag. I would love to have a lens like that myself to add to my collection, but it’s more than likely going to be something a little bit too expensive for my taste. Uh, especially if I’m not going to use it, you know, for a full time job or anything like that. Uh, being that right now, my full time photography work is real estate photography. Uh, there’s not much of a need for a 300 millimeter, 2.8 prime. When you’re doing real estate photography. It wouldn’t be awesome to have for like wildlife or, or professional sports, you know, like baseball, football, NASCAR, stuff like that. Or even high school soccer or basketball and things like that. But it’s more than likely you’re going to be a fairly expensive lens, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Liam 19:55 But I do like the idea that Canon has a f 2.8, uh, super telephoto prime lens that’s going to be coming out in 2020 as well as excited that are going to have an RF 500 millimeter f four. Uh, that’s going to be an awesome lens is, well I know the f versions of these lenses are very popular and Camden sells quite a bit of those to sport shooters and wildlife shooters. So I don’t think they’ll have any issues. I’m getting these out there and customers gravitating to these new RF MT versions, especially because you know, anybody that’s already invested in Canon, the Canon system is going to want to start picking up high end RF lenses, lenses because if they haven’t already, they’re going to eventually a your, they’re going to gradually transition from their DSLR canon gear to a mirrorless scanning gear. And now granted a lot of those folks right now, we’re currently waiting to see what is coming out in the way of pro mirrorless bodies.
Liam 21:07 So, you know, they may not have a large influx of sales of these two super telephoto lenses when they are first released in 2020. But Hey, if they do announce a serious pro body in 2020 as well, then yeah, that don’t change the game drastically. And they could actually, uh, see a large influx of sales of these two new lenses as well as whatever pro dual card slot body they decide to release for the 2020 calendar year. Now the last item I want to talk about in this week’s episode is a little bit of a shift from regular straight photography tech or hardware. Um, but it does go in the same vein because this area of technology is also something that’s used by pretty much everybody who’s a photographer and cinematographer. And that is the world of digital hard drives or hard drives for storing your media.
Liam 22:11 Now, I did this story as an article on my blog in 2018 and I thought it was a, an important enough story that I should reshare it on an episode of the podcast. Now, the original blog article is, the title of it is stay away from Western digital hard drives. And I’m sure Western digital’s not going to be too thrilled with me with that title and with this story, but I think it’s only proper that I share it with my listeners, especially because our storage as photographers and cinematographers is an extremely important part of our workflow. And I want to share as much knowledge and information on anything that affects your workflow as possible. Now, as I’ve mentioned in previous episodes, I’ve worked in information technology for nearly 30 years, so I do have a vast array of knowledge when it comes to anything technology, technology related, especially storage.
Liam 23:11 And so I thought it was a good time to share this particular story. So in 2018 I was looking to upgrade my raw photos, storage capabilities, uh, here at, uh, my studio and I, I shoot raw as many of you know, I’ve mentioned it in the episodes. I have some of my friend Jared Poland’s. I shoot raw t shirts, photography t-shirts, which are fantastic. And so being that I shoot raw all the time and I have a camera like the five DSR, which has a 50 megapixel sensor. As you can imagine, my roll files get to be very large and over time they take up a large amount of disk space. So back in 2018 a was looking to buy some more storage for my studio and I had been hearing for a few years from various uh, colleagues as well as coworkers and friends that work and it, that the g raid storage systems were top notch and the g drive hard drives and the g raid systems were just fabulous and they were high quality, uh, storage solutions and that, yeah, they cost more, but you’re paying for the quality, which is top notch.
Liam 24:34 Now, sadly, this is not still the case. So if you’re not familiar with how things tend to work, especially in the technology sector, um, for many years you had certain, uh, manufacturers of different hardware peripherals in the it world. You had various hard drive companies. You had western digital Mac store to Shiva Seguay. There was a few others here and there. Hitachi as they did hard drives at one time as well as uh, uh, Fujitsu. Um, but as happens and most areas of technology over time, the larger companies tend to buy out the smaller ones either to eliminate the competition or because that smaller company has actually come out with some new innovative tech that the larger company wants to have and implement and their products. Now one time Western digital and Seagate, we’re the premier makers of high quality hard drives, but it’s not so much the case anymore.
Liam 25:40 Seagate bought out Mac store a number of years ago and so far it’s been my experience. Seagate seems to still be making quality hard drives and they also offer special utilities for free on their website that you can download that will check the health of your drive and, and give you some other capabilities which are pretty cool. But when it came to western digital, their quality has kind of gone down hill in my opinion, at least in the last 10 to 15 years. And I did not know when all of my friends and colleagues and coworkers were telling me how great g drive and g raid systems where I did not, was not aware at the time that Western digital had bought g drive out and I ended up finding out the hard way. So I purchased a uh, gee raid eight terabyte external drive for my Imac. So this is a portable raid storage array that consists of two, four terra bar bike hard drives.
Liam 26:46 And generally in a raid, especially for preserving your files, one of the best raid format you can go with is mirrored rate. Basically what that means is any time you copy files to the rate array, you’re actually copying the files to each individual drive at the same time, hence the word mirror. So that eight terabyte raid array, our raid system, you’re only getting four terabytes of actual disc use because each of the four terabyte drives are being utilized as basically disc a and disc B. And anytime you, and it’s going to show up on your, your desktop computer as a single hard drive at the end. It’ll say that the, the uh, storage capacity is four terabytes even though physically you have eight terabytes in this little enclosure. Now what will happen is you drag and drop or copy and paste files into the drive itself or into some folders within the drive.
Liam 27:51 As I mentioned a moment ago, when you move files or copy files to that four terabyte drive icon, whether it’s in windows explorer or in the Mac Os finder, you’re actually copying those files to each of those four terabyte drives at the same time. So in the event that one drive fails, you don’t lose all of your important files. Being that it’s a mirror drain, everything is written to disk a and B at the same time. So should disc a die or disk be die, you don’t lose all of your files, you’re good to go. You can get a replacement disc for the one that died, whether it’s a or B, put that disc into the new disc, into the enclosure in the system will automatically begin copying over all of your files from the surviving mirror grade desk to its new partner disk. Well now as I, you know I mentioned there re a mirrored raid is fantastic because you have, you know, your butts coverage and one of the disks die.
Liam 28:58 But the problem I had was on this particular g raid system, after about seven months abuse, I had both drives fail at the same time, which is pretty much usually, it’s fairly unheard of in the world of raid storage arrays. And I was really shocked that both of the drives died at the exact same time and I lost everything that was on those disks. Now I contacted support, which like I said, that’s when I found out that g drives, we’re now owned by Western digital. So when I reached out western digital to get an RMA because the unit was of course under warranty, I got an Ra RMA number from western digital support and I shipped the system back to them. Now I’d taken pictures of the enclosure as well as the drives because there were different serial numbers and I had to make sure I had copies of all the serial numbers because the drives are one thing.
Liam 30:05 And then the chassis is another thing and it’s, it’s a whole production. But uh, so anyways, I, I made sure I documented all of that and I got my RMA number and I shipped the system to them. Now the drives not only died and this could be why this particular incident happened. Um, I believe that not only did the, both the drives fail, but so did the chassis itself and the chassis, you know, supplies, power to the drives as well as, you know, it has the storage base, the drive sit in and it also has a cooling system that, you know, pulls the heat away from the disks. Because the older style platter based hard drives, they tend to get hot as they run. You know, over time when they’re being, when they’re powering all the time, they’ll, they’ll get pretty warm. So you always need, it’s always a good idea to have some sort of cooling and especially when they’re confined to a limited storage area, like a driving closure, you know, those drives are going to get extremely warm and it’s good to have a cooling system, which includes a fan to pull the heat off the drives and venting out the back of the chassis or the inclusion, whichever you want to call it.
Liam 31:17 So in my case, I believe what happened was not only the, both the drives died, but so did the chassis or maybe the chassis died first and that’s what killed the drives because of drives overheated. But either way, a, I shipped it into the entire thing into to them for replacement and they told me I would have my new drive system and two weeks, well that ended up dragging on to four weeks before they finally shipped back a replacement to me. And when it arrived, I was all excited. I was like, great, I’m finally going to have, you know, my mirrored raid again to copy my raw files to, I opened up the box, the, you know, the packaging box and I pull out the product and the only thing they had shipped me was the enclosure. And I’m like, oh my God, are these people really this stupid?
Liam 32:08 I told them on the phone when I did the RMA or got the RMA number that the entire system had died. That drives, we’re both dead. The Cooling van was no longer working. I mean I could power up the enclosure with the drive still in it, but the drives wouldn’t mine mount or anything because they were making clicking noises. And I also let them know that the cooling fan on the chassis enclosure was not working either. So I told them I had a feeling that, uh, possibly the enclosure failed, which caused the drives to fail. So they had asked me to ship everything to them. Well, I did that and then the knuckleheads only sent back the enclosure. I pull it out of the box. I open it up, I go to hook it up to my computer and I’m like, oh wait a minute, why is this enclosure way lighter than the one I sent to them for replacement? And I opened the front door on the enclosure, no hard drives.
Liam 33:06 I’m like wonderful. So then I had to reach out to western digital support yet again and they gave me a bit of a run around, oh well you gave us this serial number and we needed this serial number. I’m like, I gave you the serial number that you told me to give you when I was on the phone with your support the first time. So it was completely their fault. It wasn’t mine. Now they did finally make it right and they did not really finally send me replacement drives to go into the enclosure. But they did also send me larger drives. As I mentioned, the original g rage system was eight terabytes of storage or you know, two four terabyte disks and then you put them in a mirror array. And what they ended up sending me back, they upgraded me to a pair of six terabyte dry, so I had 12 terabytes total.
Liam 33:57 But again know I’m using it in a mirror braid. I only have six terabytes of usable space because everything gets replicated from disc a to disc B automatically. Now, so far the replacement unit seems to be doing okay. I haven’t had it fail yet, knock on wood, but it does make me nervous. So now of course I’ve got to also replicate all of my rate files to earn all of my raw files to other mediums as well. And it is a general role, especially in photography and to do what’s known as three to one for your backups where you basically have three, three copies of all your files and you have them on uh, three different mediums. And at least two of those should be portable mediums and one of those should be stored at a separate location. That’s why it’s called three, two, one a backup storage plan.
Liam 34:56 So that’s what I would recommend. If you’re not already doing that, it’s a good idea. And I understand it can get a little bit cumbersome because you’re, if you’re like me and you shoot a lot and you shoot everything in raw, you’re going to be buying extra hard drives on a somewhat regular basis. You know, probably every couple of years you’re going to be buying more storage. And there’s some ways around that. You can go with what’s called Nass storage or network attached storage, um, where you can buy a large enclosure that will hold a whole bunch of hard drives and give you a massive amount of storage. And you can do various raid configurations, whether it’s mirrored raid or raid five or rate 10, whatever you want to it. But the problem is those, a network attached storage, uh, hardware, those, those items are not inexpensive. They’re fairly expensive.
Liam 35:47 You can find some on, on Amazon that you can buy. And generally the cheapest one you’re going to find on there is usually just for the enclosure and you’ll spend several hundred dollars or more for just the enclosure. And then of course you’ve got to buy all of the hard drives to put in the enclosure. So you’re going to end up shelling out a lot of money. And that’s one of the reasons why I personally have not bought a network attached storage system yet, but I’ve been kicking the idea around for the last couple of years and I’m probably going to go ahead and pull the trigger at the beginning of next year and get some sort of network attached storage solution put into the studio here. Um, so then I’ll have a little bit less to worry about and I’ll go more than likely I’ll go with the raid 10 configuration. Uh, that way you had mirroring as well as striping.
Liam 36:39 Um, so you have much lower chance of losing your files. You know, even if you know, a couple of drives fail on ones depending on how many drives total you have in the system, uh, with grade 10 or even rate five, you know, if you have several drives that are all part of the raid that you’re using fiber 10, then you can actually lose more than one drive. And still have all of your data in tech. So that’s more than likely the route I will go, uh, when I do finally buy my Nass and implement that. But I wanted to make my listeners aware of this, uh, because like I said, for many, many years, western digital made very high quality, hard drives and in my opinion, and you may have a different experience. I personally think their, the quality of their hard drives is kind of gone downhill in the last, uh, 10 years or so.
Liam 37:32 Um, and the reason why I say that is one of the reasons why I stopped buying Western digital drives is because I’d had so many of them fail on me. Um, whether they were ray drives or individual external drives, like their Western digital, my cloud and stuff like that. Uh, and the last 10 years or so, I’ve had a lot of western digital drives fail. And in that same creative time, I believe I’ve only ever had one Seagate drive fail. And I have quite a few Seagate drives. Um, so that tells me that seed gate is maintaining their quality standards. But I don’t think Western digital is quite so much anymore. So I did want to share that story with you as part of this week’s episode. Something to keep in mind, you know, keep that in the back of your head when you’re out buying storage for your raw files or your video files or even for anything else that you need storage for on your computer system.
Liam 38:31 And again, as I mentioned before, when it comes to storage, storage is, so, it’s not like you’ve got to buy one type of hard drive for. If you’re a windows user in a different type. If you’re a Mac user, all computers use the same hard drives. It’s just a matter of the file format or the file structure on the disc itself. So if you buy a disc in the store, it’ll say right on the backs of that box and it’s compatible with windows, Mac, Linux, Yada, Yada, Yada. You buy it, you take a home, you plug it into your computer system. If it’s a file format out of the factory, uh, that isn’t compatible with your operating system, your operating system can reformat it. So it will be compatible. But as a general rule, when you buy a brand new hard drives, no matter where you buy them, if you buy them at Walmart or Amazon or fries or microcenter or best buy, it doesn’t matter.
Liam 39:22 Generally brand new disks will come from the factory with no file structure on them at all so they won’t be formatted at all and it may just makes it easier because the company had, when they manufacture them they have no idea who’s going to be buying them for what operating system. So instead of having you know, several versions of the same product and all the ones in this group are windows only and all the ones in this group are Mac only and all the ones in this group are Lennox only. They sell everybody the same hard drive and they print on the box so it’s compatible with all operating systems and it’s just not formatted with any file structure directly out of the box. You do that yourself when you hook it up to your system and you’re good to go. All right. With that.
Liam 40:08 I want to go ahead and wrap up. Episode 26 of the lamb photography podcast. I want to thank all of my listeners once again for subscribing, rating, and reviewing and iTunes and anywhere else you might be listening, which does now include Spotify and stitcher. Still haven’t heard anything from Pandora yet on if they’ll put my podcast on their platform. They seem to be really slow about that and I don’t think they actually even send you an email and let you know. You just have to search every now and then to see if your podcast shows up in their podcast section of their platform, so nothing there yet. Also, be sure to join the Liam photography podcast Facebook group. You do have to answer a question in order to join the group. It is a closed group. The only question is, please give the name of the hosted they show, which is myself, Liam, or you can put Liam Douglas.
Liam 41:00 Either one will work and you will be accepted as a member. You are welcome to post five images every 24 hours of your own. Please do not be sharing or resharing or stealing images from other creatives. Don’t post anything to the group and unless it is actually your original work, if you’re caught resharing or stealing other photographers work and posting it in the group, you will be banned. And of course, the security question I have is to try to keep out the bots and spammers and all of that stuff. Now when you put your photos on the Facebook group, you can either share them, you know, five of them throughout the course of a 24 hour period, or you can show off or you can upload all five at once and let Facebook make a little slideshow thing out of them for you. Um, and if you’d like, you can request creative critiquing, just post the images and say, cc please.
Liam 42:00 And, uh, we have members in there that’d be more than happy to look at your work and give you some creative, uh, criticism and positive feedback. Let you know what they think you might be doing wrong, what you’re doing right, how your lighting is, how your focuses, how your composition is, all that good stuff. Um, and, uh, we keep it pretty, pretty laid back in there as far as some photography groups, you know, they have different levels of cc. They’ll have cc one through four and like cc four is like, yeah, it’d be brutally honest. Make me cry like a little girl when you’re screaming and hollering at me about my photos. We don’t do any of that silly stuff in the lamb photography podcast group. All you have to do is just say cc please. And we will take a look at your images and give you positive feedback. Let you know what you’re doing right. Like, you know what areas you might want to concentrate on improving as far as your skills. And that’s that we’re not looking to hurt anybody’s feelings or making anybody cry. All right. I am going to go ahead and end this episode and I will see you again next week. And episode 27