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Aug 14, 2008 12:58 |  #1

Ok guys I need a card reader (well two to be exact)
what's fast, reliable and great priced


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Aug 14, 2008 15:21 |  #2

try looking thru newegg.com
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Aug 14, 2008 16:19 |  #3

i have 2 of these (external link) on sale this time last year


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Aug 14, 2008 20:48 |  #4

I have a SanDisk Extreme Firewire (external link) which ROCKS!


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Aug 17, 2008 00:37 |  #5

Out of curiosity.... how long does it take to dump a 4 GIG card ?

I bought the cheapest reader I could find. Paid $18.99

I just did a small test. I loaded a 4 gig Extreme II card (not the fastest card out there) up with D40D RAW image files (314) and then copied them to my hard drive.

Total time to copy the card to the hard drive was 6:12

I'm sure the Sandisk rocks but by how much ?


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Aug 17, 2008 01:13 |  #6

bohdank wrote in post #6122277 (external link)
Out of curiosity.... how long does it take to dump a 4 GIG card ?

I bought the cheapest reader I could find. Paid $18.99

I just did a small test. I loaded a 4 gig Extreme II card (not the fastest card out there) up with D40D RAW image files (314) and then copied them to my hard drive.

Total time to copy the card to the hard drive was 6:12

I'm sure the Sandisk rocks but by how much ?

My 4GB cards are about a minute-ish. Firewire is lovely :)


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Aug 17, 2008 02:11 |  #7

Which card ?

Trying to find out what bearing the card has on the download speed.

Firewire is faster than USB2 in real use....but the writer is specd at 40m/sec. if everything is perfect (it never is). therefore to move 4 gigs would take, at best, no less than 1:40.... still, very very fast with Extreme IV cards.

edit: I just checked Rob Galbrait's tests of card readers. With the Extreme IV it does actually get 40m/sec (slightly under). With Ultra II, the card I tested my lowly reader with, it did 12m/sec. or 5:33 to read 4 gigs. I would save about 39 seconds with the cards I use.


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Aug 17, 2008 02:33 |  #8

I just did another test with a Transcend 2 gig 133x card. Took 1:25 or 2:50 if it was a, theoretical, 4 gig card. Seems the card has more effect on the speed than the reader. I'll stick with my $18.99 reader and put the difference into more cards.


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Aug 19, 2008 02:12 |  #9

Anke wrote in post #6109853 (external link)
I have a SanDisk Extreme Firewire (external link) which ROCKS!

+1 I totally agree! :D


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Aug 19, 2008 02:15 |  #10

I have Sandisk Extreme USB readers. Cheap as chips, quite fast, and includes a CD of RescuePRO - which is quite good recovery software. My only niggle is they come in a fancy gloss black finish that looks like ass in short order if you do anything more with it than just keep it on your desk. The reasons I went with the USB version over the firewire are A) cost and B) USB version has an SD/SDHC/MMC/MSProDuo slot in addition to the CF.


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Aug 19, 2008 08:14 as a reply to  @ cdifoto's post |  #11

I Have a 4GB Extreme IV and three different card readers - Here are the download times for a full 4GB of 400D Raws

Transcend USB Reader (external link) 323 secs

Sony MRW62E Reader (external link) 194 secs

Sandisk USB Extreme Reader (external link) 118 secs

I had also bought a Sandisk Extreme Firewire Reader that could supossedly reduce this to sub 60secs, however it came with a 8-Pin Firewire 800 interface and would not work on the 4-pin Firewire 200 interface on my laptop:(


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Aug 19, 2008 08:31 |  #12

Viky wrote in post #6136646 (external link)
I had also bought a Sandisk Extreme Firewire Reader that could supossedly reduce this to sub 60secs, however it came with a 8-Pin Firewire 800 interface and would not work on the 4-pin Firewire 200 interface on my laptop:(

I intended to buy the Sandisk Extreme Firewire Reader, but, like you, I have only the 4 pin interface on my laptop. Does anybody know if anything SIMPLE can be done to make it work, I'm thinking of some sort of adaptor cable ?

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Aug 19, 2008 10:11 |  #13

Pete Gl wrote in post #6136721 (external link)
I intended to buy the Sandisk Extreme Firewire Reader, but, like you, I have only the 4 pin interface on my laptop. Does anybody know if anything SIMPLE can be done to make it work, I'm thinking of some sort of adaptor cable ?

Thanks

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Here's a link to Monoprice.com (external link) that sells the 4-pin to 9-pin firewire for less than 7 bucks! This place is very reputable among the home theatre crowd.


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Aug 19, 2008 11:06 |  #14

Zilly wrote in post #6107192 (external link)
Ok guys I need a card reader (well two to be exact)
what's fast, reliable and great priced

well i don't like sandisk. my first one died and the one i have now has to be unplugged and replugged to work at times and sometimes the card doesn't go in smoothly.

i won't be getting another sandisk after this one.

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Aug 19, 2008 11:31 |  #15

$99.99? Henry's is ripping you off! it's a card reader, there are hundreds of them, cheap and cheerful that do the job just as well.

What's the difference between a photograph downloaded from a $100 reader and one from a $25 reader?.....The $25 reader was 75% cheaper! they either do the job or they don't.


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