There are certain products that I believe can’t be reviewed properly in a month, and the LaCie Rugged Raid Thunderbolt 4TB drive is one of them. Sometimes drives fail after a while, sometimes they start to slow down, and sometimes they can really put a damper on the needs of a photographer. For years though, LaCie drives have been very popular with many photographers and they continue to be. Considering that many of us are Apple users too, you’ve got access to something as awesome as Thunderbolt. LaCie’s Rugged RAID Thunderbolt 4TB hard drive has been around for a while, and if you’re a power user and use a Mac, you’ll want to grab this one.
Mylio. Dropbox. Google Photos. EyeFi Cloud. Adobe Cloud. If you’re a more modern photographer, then all of these sound familiar to you. But if you also take a look in your desk drawers you’ll find solutions from Western Digital, LaCie, etc. For the most part they’ll work, but what about years from now when those hard drives start to fail? And what about years from now if these photo services fail?
What photographers used to do is take their negatives in for development, then print them and then someone in the family was responsible for archiving the family history in album after album. The hardcover photo album is still a wonderful relic of the past, but its simple nature is very archaic and not fast enough for today’s world. Seriously, who has time to sit there and put photos into an album?
LaCie’s Rugged drives have always been very popular with photographers; and just yesterday they announced the Rugged Thunderbolt drives in a 1TB SSD capacity. LaCie is claiming transfer speeds of 387MB/second thanks to the Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connection–and further offering the potential to transfer 100GB in less than five minutes.
The New LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt can apparently be dropped from up to 6.6 feet and with the cap in place even offers protection against splashes and dust. When not in use, the cord can be neatly integrated into the case. It also includes LaCie Private-Public software, which lets users password-protect the entire drive or only certain volumes with AES 256-bit encryption.
The drives have a three year warranty and will retail for $949.99 when they hit retailers later this month. For an adventure photographer that’s often out in the field for a living, that sounds like a decent price that will obviously be written off on taxes but seems very high for the rest of us.
As we move to even higher megapixel cameras and 4K video, photographers are only going to need even more storage space. To help feed this insatiable need for digital space LaCie has delivered its first 5TB Thunderbolt connected external hard drive enclosures.
LaCie announced three new enclosures featuring the new high capacity drives including the 5big Thunderbolt Series, 2big Thunderbolt Series, and d2 Thunderbolt Series. Each is equipped with 5TB 7200RPM and 64MB cache drive from Seagate.
In the 5big Thunderbolt Series, there are five of these 5GB hard disks preconfigured in Raid 0 for 785MB/s data transfer rates. The big, honking 25TB setup runs $2,499. Meanwhile, the 10TB 2big Thunderbolt drive comes sporting a pair of 5TB drives which runs for $899. The d2 Thunderbolt 5TB drive only features a single 5TB drive for $450.
As you probably figured out by now, The Phoblographer team has been working around the clock for the past couple days to get you guys the juicy details from this year’s Photo Plus Expo in New York. To make your day a little easier, we’ve got a complete roundup of the entire event right here for your viewing pleasure. Head on past the break to see everything that went down this weekend!
High quality hard-drive manufacturer LaCie has just announced their latest updated Porsche Design hard drives that embodies the gorgeous exterior and the breakneck speed Porsche’s sports cars are known for. Boasting a 400MB/s transfer speed through a bus-powered USB 3.0 interface, the LaCie P’9223 Slim will knock the competitors out in style. Thanks to the sexy aluminum exterior, it’ll fit right in with your Apple family.
LaCie will be debuting their latest external drives at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City. The Porsche Design Slim P’9223 Slim is available in either 120GB SSD or 500GB HDD through LaCie affiliated stores beginning at a $99.99 price point.
B&H has some good deals going on right now.
LaCie 2 TB Grand Hard Disk ($138.99): It seems like hard drive space like this has become dirt cheap now. I remember two years ago or so something like this would cost lots more. As a wedding, event and portrait photographer, I’ve got a similar product in my office. Its exterior is forged from sturdy aluminum, which is both durable and efficient in dissipating heat.
Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm F4-5.6G Lens (@119.95): This is perhaps the lens that many Nikon users upgrade to when they want more zoom range. I’ve tried it before on a friends D90 and it was spectacular for what he paid. It will make a great gift at such a low price-point. For anyone seeking a high quality telephoto zoom lens for portraits and action photography at a very affordable price, the Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens is a great solution.
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