Actually if you shoot any large volume of files just shoot to V-8.
If you shoot compressed in portable mode, just test it with your system.
I know my workflow and equipment inside out and I NEVER take anyting for granted.
Regardless of the software, tethered, untethered, I always process a few files along the way in PSCS.
I've said this before, but if I pay retail to Phase, Leaf, Canon, Apple, anybody I'm not a beta tester.
I'm a photographer and my projects are large in production and there are no redos in my world, so everything must be rock solid.
The Aptus 22 is solid. My powerbooks are solid and V-8 is solid.
LC10 is a work in progress, even on fast Quad 5's and until they get it as stable and functinal as what I am using now I don't see the point.
Obvously Leaf is on the LC10 road and is not going to back up to V-8, which in my opinion is a shame because the three part system of software may look cumbersome at first but is treamlined, fast and non bloated.
The problem with C-1, Aperture and Lightroom is they are slow and bloated and try to do too much.
For Capturing, all I want to do is capture. Same with editing and processing.
I can start and restart V-8 faster than I can change a setting on LC10.
I can rough edit the .mos files in I-view faster than I can load the previews in LC10, or C-1, Lightroom etc.
I can batch process faster in pscs(1) to full rez tiffs and jpegs at 17 seconds a file even on a lowly powerbook G4.
At some point this stuff can become overburdeining.
Imagine in the film days if every 4 months we had to change labs, and film and learn a new way to capture on set.
We would have gone crazy, but digital capture is just that. Every few months an update, a new compression scheme, new computers, new whatever and I don't know about most of the people here but I get paid to shoot, not to test.
it's bloody ridiculous that if you buy a new intel book you can't tether your new back without a powered firewire bus. It's even more ridiculous that even using a new intel book and a A-65/75 or P-45, p30 you still can't shoot as fast or as stable as I can with Leaf V-8 and a powerbook G4.
Leaf is not going to tell you that V-8 is more stable and faster than LC10. Phase isn't going to press release the fact that if you use an intel book you need to upgrade your p25 to a p-45 and run a battery when tetherred. Have your ever seen anyone from Hasselblad come on a forum and say, sorry guys but the H-1/2 is probably going to crap out every 4 hours if you hold the lens in the wrong position?
No, all these companies leave it up to us to find the issues way after we have paid our money.
I learned about this early adopter stuff with the 1ds2(s) and started dropping files like crazy. The only response from Canon was, "I didn't know that", even though the forums were full of thousands of posts about people losing files.
In a way it's a shame that these companies don't get in front of problems faster and come to the realization that their installed cusotmer base is pretty savvy.
It makes me shake my head when you go to a seminar or a showing and some sponsored photographer stands up and says, "LC 10 is so wonderful, just click, click, click and your done", of course said sponsored photographer has never shot more than 4 gigs a day and we all know that if you put 400 files in that software it's gonna choke, stall then explode.
I'll bet ya 10 bucks that if you go to th eLeaf stand at Photokina some ding dong will be standing there, microphoone in hand saying those exact words and some unfortuante, hard working phtographer will plunk down $30 grand for a back, 6 grand for a computer and two weeks later start e-maling wondering why he can't connect through firewire.
I'm not picking on Leaf, I just know the product and the software.
In fact, I'm partial to Leaf because their camera shoots a beautiful file and I can process it in multiple ways. It's like having about 8 films and labs at my disposal, but for the life of me I'll never understand how they can be so bull headed about LC10 when it not only came to market 2 years late, but also is still a work in progress.
The word on the street is Leaf makes a better back, Phase better software.
The silly thing is if you use V-8 (and really learn it), this is not true.
Personally it matters nothing to me what anyone uses, but I am positive what I use works and every week just chuckle to myself when a client or a crew member says, "wow that was great, everytime we work with a photographer that shoots to the computer, the software crashes or we are always waiting for the camera to be ready".
What works for me is V-8, rock stable, fast and simple.
I-view for quick editing and renaming/sorting .mos files. Not a very big preview but very fast and very quick to move, sort and copy.
PSCS for batch processing. I give Russell Brown a big gold star for his batch processing scripts.
They're free, fast and his tutorials take about 10 minutes to learn. Every manufacturer could take a big lesson from Adobe about how to train people on thier products.
Back to I-view for web galleries and my post production day is done. Actually my 1/2 day.