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(!).
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.