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Fast card reader
Old 08-09-2004, 09:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

Can you tell me what is the fastes CF card reader out there and how much? I'm using Lexar 256mb 40x cards and it seems their Jumpshot Card reader a bit too slow. I saw one on Saturday at New England photo shootout and pretty fast but I forgot to ask what is the brand. So.. any input?

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Re: Fast card reader
Old 08-09-2004, 09:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Jumpshots are more of a convenience then speed, honestly most card readers out there right now max out around a 40x capability. One woln't give you an overwhelming edge over another (you can honestly make some cases in USB 2.0 vs Firewire) but Jumpshots are more of a quick easy transfer device, not really intended for speed.

Give it some time if your looking for something out on the market faster then 40x, as of now very few things able to keep up with the 80's.

Could try out the latest portable HD solution.

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It's often a function of the port -- not the reader. Are you using USB 1 or 2? The fastest reader would be a FireWire or USB 2. If your computer has a port for it -- great. Otherwise, you need to upgrade the computer first!

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An alternative for laptops without USB 2.0 high speed or FireWire is a Delkin CardBus 32 adapter.
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Sonny, what I do is offload to a portable hard drive unit similar to what was shown by Jason - while I am "out in the field". Then I come back and connect it to my computer via firewire. I prefer not to carry a laptop and instead carry something else to aid in my shoot. Viewing images I consider part of post production.

How is your card reader connected? As bob mentioned, how its connected is more important than the actual device speed itself. Its limited by the transfer rate of the port.
 
 
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for the info. And as Bob said.. I think I wanna try switch the port first and see how it goes.

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Lexar has a Firewire card reader for $50
CameraMate has one for $30

If I was still using a laptop with PCMCIA slots, I'd go that route...They bus straight through, and can't be beaten for throughput speed.

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Hackman - I'm curious -

Are you using a Nixvue Vista? It's the only "wallet" that I could find that offers a Firewire option....

Or other (tell tell! LOL)?

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I spoke too soon. Its a USB 2.0 connector not a firewire. I have so many wires here that I get confused sometimes. Its a mini USB 2.0 connection. Looks like a mini firewire connection.

Anyhow, what I have is a ImageTank G2. I opted for that because I can put my own hard drive in. That was an important feature for me. Helped to lower the cost.
 
 
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