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Dec 07, 2014 11:48 |  #16

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Anyone have any suggestions or recommendations? Gonna need to switch from SD to CF when I upgrade to a 7D.

Really any....

On one occasion in Poland I got a cheap Hama card reader - low end third party stuff, still works perfectly fine.
So any will do normally - the simpler the better in general.


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Dec 09, 2014 23:17 |  #17

TustinMike wrote in post #17306274 (external link)
This one is very good, IMO

http://www.amazon.com …LRW300URBNA/dp/​B0050C9ZMC (external link)

Reads both SD and CF cards, and it's USB3.0 so very fast (if and when you have a computer that uses 3.0). It's very reliable.

Also, if you shoot lots and lots of exposures and use Photo Mechanic, you can read upload both the SD and the CF card simultaneously.

Have the same one here 2x format and USB 3.0 is great.




  
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Dec 14, 2014 23:57 |  #18

I would buy the fastest USB 3 CF card reader http://www.amazon.com …RWCFR1RBNA/dp/B​00EJ8CKPC' (external link)

I have two of the readers it replaced and they're good but 2nd fastest http://www.lexar.com …l-usb-30-dual-slot-reader (external link)


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Dec 15, 2014 00:55 |  #19

RodneyCyr wrote in post #17311468 (external link)
I too use a Kingston USB3 reader. THis is a link to it on Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com …_detailpage?ie=​UTF8&psc=1 (external link) I bought several of them two years ago, and have had no problems. They are plugged directly into a USB3 port on my my two computers. I distrust USB hubs, having had trouble with all of the ones I have tried.

Just ordered that one! Hope it's good.


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Dec 15, 2014 03:32 |  #20

Another vote for the Lexar USB 3.0 Dual. Works well, very neat, easy to transport.


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Dec 16, 2014 01:20 |  #21

I've had bad luck with cheap Chinese ones. So thanks to those who posted links! I'll pick a new one up morning.




  
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Dec 18, 2014 01:50 |  #22

This has been stated more than several times, but the Lexar USB 3.0 reader has never failed. It also has the ability to mount multiple cards to your OS. This allows you to access a CF card and a SD card at the same time.


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Dec 21, 2014 11:09 |  #23

I have the Lexar USB3 dual card reader (as well as the older USB2 version) and use it on Macs that only have USB2 - SD card reads are about 2x as fast with the new reader; CF cards reads are approximately the same speed. IMHO it was worthwhile updating just for the SD card speed increase.


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Dec 30, 2014 20:47 |  #24

thegunner wrote in post #17307629 (external link)
regarding the above, the new USB3.0 supported one: http://www.amazon.com …sr=1-1&keywords=cf+reader (external link)

Was looking to pick this up - wow, basically double the price in Canada... so stupid!
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Dec 30, 2014 20:52 as a reply to  @ post 17306274 |  #25

I've had 2 of these - replaced the old one when SDHD came along. Need to get another now that USB 3.0 is out. Never a hiccup.


Never found a need for the other many formats so commonly supported, although a microSD slot might be nice so I don't have to use the tiny adapters for that rare time I want to populate a microSD card.


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Jan 04, 2015 01:26 |  #26

TustinMike wrote in post #17306274 (external link)
This one is very good, IMO

http://www.amazon.com …LRW300URBNA/dp/​B0050C9ZMC (external link)

Reads both SD and CF cards, and it's USB3.0 so very fast (if and when you have a computer that uses 3.0). It's very reliable.

Also, if you shoot lots and lots of exposures and use Photo Mechanic, you can read upload both the SD and the CF card simultaneously.

+1 for this one as well. I have had mine for over two years and have never had any problems and it is fast.

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Jan 07, 2015 09:26 |  #27

I too have the Lexar USB3 dual card reader. Also the older USB2 version I used for years, for backup. From B&H to Canada, no issues.


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Jan 12, 2015 04:23 |  #28

RE: the Lexar card reader. (Lexar LRW300URBEU ) I purchased mine after a cheap USB3 card reader corrupted my Lexar 64GB 800x card. I though it must be the reader as it dropped out of Windows whilst copying the first files. I lost alot of files.

It seems I am not alone. Others have reported Lexar UDMA 7 cards corrupting when copying with older card readers. Including the Lexar unit above.

There is however a firmware update ( takes your LRW300 reader to become a LRW307). Hardware is the same but without the firmware it is not UDMA7 compatible. No problems it seems with any other card make but Lexar.

But I am sticking with Sandisk from now on anyway! Be warned.


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Jan 12, 2015 10:20 |  #29

Hmmm, I've got one that's really, really good. Let me go and check it's name.....

....Oh, yeah - Lexar USB3:-)


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Jan 12, 2015 10:29 |  #30

Have used too many with no name, to too many names to remember and eventually all die sooner or later specially when dedicated to CF. But the bad ones on a few occasions have killed the card...
Be careful to insert the card without/minimal resistance as too much means something is wrong, probably a pin inside the reader is getting bend to say the end of story.
May be there is a reason industry is trying to switch to SD format for good.


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