“The more storage you have, the more stuff you’ll accumulate.” – Alexis Stewart

The advice from past Olympic shooters seems to follow a function of 2 :

  • Plan on the simplest tasks taking 2x longer than usual.
  • You’ll get half the sleep you need.  And with every biathlon race in PyeongChang starting after 8:00pm, that’ll be especially true at these Olympics.
  • Whatever you think you need for storage, multiply that by 2x.

That last one has me worried.  I’m committed to shooting twenty-six (!) races in x-c skiing, biathlon and nordic combined.  I’d really like to shoot at least one alpine event and hopefully some jumping.  Add in Opening and Closing ceremonies.  It’s a lot of images.

On the camera side, my D5 pushes out 20mb files.  And depending on settings, this new D850 has monster file sizes between 30mb and 52mb(!).

storage box

Bottom line — I’m going to need a bigger boat.  And after looking at every option under the sun and talking to the folks at B&H, I’ve settled on the Glyph Blackbox Pro.  8tb, 7200 drive and USB-C.  This obviously won’t be the only drive I bring to PyeongChang, but this will be my “central storage unit.”

It’s worth noting that I already have a Glyph Nano.  It’s also worth noting that it crashed last year after a particularly hard weekend of shooting.  But it was how Glyph got me back up & running that led to the Blackbox Pro.

Stuff breaks.  It happens.  But its how companies deal with those failures that build customer loyalty.



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