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jabehling
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Mar 01, 2010 07:27 |  #1

I need to get a card reader for my Sandisk SDHC cards. I'd prefer a small USB one. I have been doing some research, but cannot tell if it matters what brand I get? Are they all pretty much the same?

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Mar 01, 2010 23:20 |  #2

I've always bought the cheapest one I could find at Best Buy, Wal-Mart, etc. Never had a problem with any of them. A card reader is not exactly rocket science, it's a pretty simple device.


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Mar 02, 2010 17:42 |  #3

Yes, but there are large differences regarding the speed of it. In my experience, the cheaper the reader, the slower it is...




  
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Mar 02, 2010 17:42 |  #4

isnt speed mostly determined by the card?




  
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Mar 02, 2010 18:07 as a reply to  @ -MasterChief-'s post |  #5

I use the Kingston Media Reader. It reads CF, SD and MMC cards. There is a slider device that draws the card into the housing and the USB cable is in a little recess at one end of the housing. A longer cable is also supplied. Costs about GBP 9 or USD 15 on Amazon. Best card reader I've ever used. The other cheaper ones tend to last only around a year or so... with me anyway :rolleyes:


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Mar 05, 2010 01:55 |  #6

Readers vary quite a bit.

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Mar 05, 2010 02:10 |  #7

Veemac wrote in post #9711246 (external link)
I've always bought the cheapest one I could find at Best Buy, Wal-Mart, etc. Never had a problem with any of them. A card reader is not exactly rocket science, it's a pretty simple device.

That's what I did, until one day... suddenly, a warning pops up on my taskbar that say my USB device is unrecognized. That's weird, I did not connect anything. So I did not do or check anything. A couple of minutes later when I want to remove my CF card. The cheap reader is really hot and smell like burning. I quickly removed it. Wait until the CF card cools down. test it... Thank God it's still working. But the reader is melted a little bit and is dead.

Now, I'm using Kingston reader. I will never buy the cheapest reader anymore.

Buy something with a brand. Not the cheapest one in a store.


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Mar 05, 2010 09:43 |  #8

FireWire rocks.


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Mar 05, 2010 15:45 as a reply to  @ anthony11's post |  #9

Thank you for the replies. I'll check out the Kingston. My current PC is a dinasour, or I would go with the firewire :)




  
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Mar 23, 2010 09:09 as a reply to  @ jabehling's post |  #10

Will the Firewire card readers read all cards, I have some Ultra II cards and some older ones that are not Sandisk??




  
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Mar 23, 2010 10:09 |  #11

One of the really good things about CF cards is their compatibility. Any reader should be able to read any CF card. They may not be able to take advantage of features like UDMA, but they should be able to read the cards.


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Mar 23, 2010 10:18 |  #12

I have the Lexar Dualslot USB reader (external link), and I get about 28 MB/sec sustained reads with my Sandisk 30MB/s cards. I have had no complaints with mine.


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Mar 23, 2010 11:12 as a reply to  @ aubsxc's post |  #13

I’ve just started using a Lexar FireWire 800 reader with Lexar 600x UDMA cards. Fast! Way faster than my old Firewire 400 reader and way, way faster than my USB readers.

The UDMA card seems to be clearing the pictures off the D7 pretty quickly too.


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Mar 23, 2010 20:57 as a reply to  @ Simon_Gardner's post |  #14

I too am looking for a card reader and don't mind spending a few bucks to make sure it will be fast and last a while. The question I have is, when using a card reader does it open the EOS utility when you plug the card in? Or do you have to program it to do so? I've never used a card reader besides the one on my printer a few times but that opens my printers software which I hate!


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Mar 24, 2010 05:22 |  #15

Rob Douglas wrote in post #9858021 (external link)
The question I have is, when using a card reader does it open the EOS utility when you plug the card in? Or do you have to program it to do so?

You can tell Windows what you want it to do when you insert the card. Just how you do it depends on which version of Windows.


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