The SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD is Missing One Big Thing

With the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD being announced today, I’m scratching my head a bit.

It’s CES 2020. And that means that new tech is being announced. The photo industry isn’t doing a whole lot. But everyone else is. Take today’s latest perplexing announcement. The SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD lineup has been popular and respected for years now. We’ve tested the predecessors, and they surely do the job you need. But they’re surely frustrating in the long term. Maybe I’m spoiled by LaCie’s rugged RAID drives. However, it’s baffling to me why the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD isn’t adding this one crucial thing for photographers.

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Can Your Hard Drive Survive Water? LaCie Rugged Boss SSD Review

For photographers in need of a mobile backup solution without having to haul a laptop around, the LaCie Rugged Boss SSD may be the right option for you.

The LaCie Rugged Boss SSD was designed for photographers that are constantly on the go. It lets you backup, review, and manage your raw files without needing your laptop. Some of us bring our laptops with us wherever we go, but now photographers with smaller camera bags don’t need to. That’s appealing to shooting street, documentary, or travel work where you want a low profile. We’ve been impressed with LaCie’s other solid-state storage solutions for quite some time, but how well does the LaCie Rugged Boss SSD stack up during real-world use?

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Peripheral Review: LaCie Rugged SSD Pro (This Thing Is a Speed Demon!)

Photographers on the go who need of hyper-fast, darn tough external storage will want to consider the LaCie Rugged SSD Pro.

When the LaCie Rugged SSD Pro arrived for review, our expectations for the Thunderbolt 3 equipped external SSD were high. We previously reviewed LaCie’s non-pro version of the Rugged SSD (which utilizes USB-C rather than Thunderbolt 3) and were impressed by its performance and durability. Thunderbolt 3 has four times the maximum throughput of USB-C (40 Gbps vs 10 Gbps), so it stands to reason that the performance gains of the LaCie Rugged SSD Pro over its non-pro counterpart would be significant. Does the addition of Thunderbolt 3 justify the US $100 MSRP premium though?

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Peripheral Review: LaCie Rugged SSD (For Photographers On The Go)

The LaCie Rugged SSD is a speedy and robust portable option for photographers on the go in need of fast and reliable external storage

When LaCie sent over their Rugged SSD for us to test out, the opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time. As a photographer that’s constantly traveling from one assignment to the next, I spend as much time working remotely on location (if not more so) than I do working from my office. Thanks to their speedy performance, Solid State Drives have become an invaluable part of my on-location workflow, which involves my having to juggle tons of mission-critical client files. Importing, managing, and backing up thousands of raw and finished images along with plenty of Capture One sessions to boot can take a long time, so every second saved goes a long way.

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Review: GNARBOX 2.0 (An Almost-Perfect Drive for Travel Photography)

Although it doesn’t yet feel like a finalized product the GNARBOX 2.0 has steadily improved since we began testing it.

While reviewing the GNARBOX 2.0, we discussed our experiences with influencers, photographers, and other members of the press. We have one big thing in common: we travel all the time, and editing on the go is an annoying process. But the GNARBOX 2.0 is trying to solve that issue by helping photographers integrate their editing into the cloud as that’s where things are headed for photographers. But for a segment of us, I don’t believe things are quite there yet. If you’re a user of Adobe Lightroom Mobile and a few other apps, GNARBOX 2.0’s apps will integrate with them and allow for simple, on-the-go editing. But photographers can also use the file and folder system within iOS (if you’re still loyal to the ghost of Steve Jobs). Still though, editing from an iPad Pro isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. More importantly, if you’re more used to using Capture One Pro, you’re going to need to edit on a laptop anyway. And after conversations with a ton of other creatives and testers, I’m unconvinced that GNARBOX 2.0 is ready for market.

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LaCie’s New Rugged SSDs Are Tough Enough to be Used in Any Location

If you’re tough on your gear or work in demanding environments, you might want to check out these new LaCie Rugged SSDs.

In the past, taking hard drives out into the field was always a little scary: they generally do not like to be bumped around. But SSDs have solved this problem. Today, LaCie has announced a new line of SSDs that are ready for drops, water, dust, and just about any abuse you can throw at them. The new LaCie Rugged SSDs come in three flavors; the Rugged SSD Pro, The Rugged SSD, and the Rugged BOSS SSD. Join us after the break for all the details. Continue reading…

Review: LaCie 2big RAID (the Answer to a Photographer’s Storage Woes)

LaCie’s 2big RAID is a secure, easy to use solution for photographers and content creators in need of extra local storage.

Thanks to raw files ballooning in size from the never-ending megapixel war camera manufacturers have waged, photographers have had to deal with storage issues. Many photographers end up moving files onto cheap external hard drives as a quick fix to make room on their computers, which inevitably end up getting tossed into a drawer or cabinet. Most of these external hard drives are poorly organized, never adequately maintained, and lack any sort of redundancy in the event of hardware failure. This is why RAID storage solutions like the LaCie 2big RAID have become go-to options for many creatives with demanding workloads that require large storage footprints.

For this review, we tested the 8TB model of the LaCie 2big RAID. 4TB and 16TB options are also available, and all of the models within the LaCie 2big RAID family are functionally identical save for the difference in storage capacity. And to be honest, there isn’t a lot for photographers to complain about.

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Review: LaCie 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3 (The Dock Photographers Need)

The LaCie 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3 is an elegant local storage solution for content creators with deep pockets

With the advent of cameras with ever increasing megapixel counts, never before have content creators been faced with the challenge of managing and maintaining such vast amounts of data. This is especially challenging for photographers and videographers who work primarily from their laptops. Laptops tend to be lacking in storage space unless you’ve got deep enough pockets to afford one with a large hard disk/solid state drive. It’s not uncommon to see content creators juggling multiple external hard drives, stacking them up on their desks like oversized decks of playing cards, plugging them in as needed to retrieve or archive photos/footage. This process can be quite a hassle, especially if you don’t remember where you stored a particular file. LaCie’s 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3 aims to be an all-in-one solution for content creation professionals to both ingest and store all of their valuable data in one compact, minimal package.

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Seagate Announces New LaCie Rugged RAID Pro 4TB

Secure and reliable data storage while on the go is essential for today’s content creators

Seagate and their LaCie branded rugged drives have long been a favorite for the traveling photographers of the world thanks to their ability to keep your data safe through rough and unexpected situations. So it should come as no surprise that the company has announced a new LaCie Rugged product aimed at today’s creatives that is sure to perk up some ears; the LaCie Rugged RAID Pro 4TB. This is not only rugged data storage for the traveling professional creative, but thanks to the RAID array, it is also a reliable system that protects your data on multiple drives while you’re on the go. Continue reading…

The Best External Hard Drives For Photographers (2017)

Photographers need technology, more so now than ever before in the history of the art, and in particular since the move to digital over a decade ago. Storage for our digital images has been a consistently growing need. It doesn’t matter if you process your images on a desktop or a laptop, eventually you will run out of space on the internal storage you have available and you will need to either transfer image files off your primary storage onto an external device or start to work from an external device. But what sort of drives should a photographer be considering?

If you have been wondering what sort of external drive you should get then look no further because today we will be providing you with some incredible options that will fit the needs of every photographer. Continue reading…

The LaCie 2big Dock Offers Up to 20TB of Storage For Your Photos

Lacie is offering a brand new, two bay RAID offering designed for the photographer that really needs a whole ton of connectivity in the form of the LaCie 2big Dock. This new RAID option uses Thunderbolt 3 and lets you connect SD cards, CF cards and other devices directly to it, effectively acting as a port between your computer and your media.

Of course, it’s also fantastic for videographers. More specs and details are after the jump.

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5 Essential Tech Items For The Modern Working Photographer

In this day and age being a photographer is more than just carting around some cameras and lenses. Technology has become an integral part of the photography equation. This means that beyond your standard photography gear, such as lenses, cameras, tripods, and such, you also have this array of technology tools that can and do help make a photographer’s life that much easier and hassle free. Today we wanted to highlight some of that tech.

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Cheap Photo: Sandisk and LaCie Savings To Whet Your Whistle

So the biggest shopping days of the year are now behind us, hopefully you got some great deals on items that you needed or wanted to gift. But just because the major deals are over doesn’t mean the deals are done, today we have a great selection of good deals for those of you still looking to save some money.

Cheap Photo Deal Highlights

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Cheap Photo: Nikon Savings, Over $100 Off on DSLRs

Today we have a few notable Nikon savings to share with you as well as some good storage sales that you should take note of. Remember to keep an eye on this space as we will be trying to keep up with all the holiday deals as they start to really ramp up heading into the prim gift shopping season.

Cheap Photo Deal Highlights

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Review: LaCie Rugged Raid Thunderbolt 4TB Hard Drive

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.

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Photographers Are in the Midst of the Biggest Storage Problem Ever

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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?

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LaCie’s New Rugged Thunderbolt Drive Now Holds 1TB of Photos


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.

LaCie Outs its New 5TB External Hard Drives for Big Storage Users

ThB_Range_5TBAs 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.

Photo Plus 2012 Ultimate Roundup

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!


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LaCie Announces an Updated Porsche Design Drive

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.