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Old 09-17-2005, 11:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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OK, I am taking a PS class, finally, and it was suggested to me to get a card reader instead of hooking up my camera to my computer. What is a good brand? Any suggestions??
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Old 09-17-2005, 12:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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this is probly better suited to the tech forum but, that aside, i have a sandisk reader (like my cards) and it does a good job. and, yeah, hooking your camera to the computer means you have to stop shooting while you download. get a reader and a second card and you won't have much unproductive downtime while shootig.
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Old 09-17-2005, 12:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I use the San Disk 7 in 1 reader...works great for me...and if JIMMY D., Mr. radio personality plus, uses it...then it's GOT to be good right?? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Old 09-17-2005, 12:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Just make sure it's a USB 2.0 or firewire (depending what platform you use). A USB 1.1 reader will feel slow as hell. I'm not sure there's all that much difference between brands. I've got 2 different readers I use. A Sandisk on the desktop and a little Lexar I keep with the laptop. They both work great.
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Old 09-17-2005, 01:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Any card reader is better than camera to computer. No chance for software conflicts, faster and with MS XP, plug and go. I use Memorex ($20 US). -Jimbo

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Old 09-17-2005, 03:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have two different models of Sandisc readers that work great. I would advise buying one that reads several different kinds of media. You never know when you might need it.
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Old 09-17-2005, 05:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I too use San Disk since I use their cards. It takes me about 2 minutes to down load a 1 gig card and twenty minutes if I use my lap top without usb 2 so pick up a USB card for your computer if it isn't already USB 2 or fire wire.
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Old 09-17-2005, 06:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
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About dem Sandisk readers...
Old 09-18-2005, 10:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I've used a variety of card readers, including a Sandisk dual Compact Flash and Smart Media version.

It would read Smart Media cards, and most of my Compact Flash cards... but NOT Sandisk Compact Flash cards! I fought it for a week, reinstalling the drivers, etc, and finally contacted Sandisk support. After a week they replied that there was an issue between that version card reader and their own cards. They offered to replace it with a Compact Flash only reader. I declined, I wanted the Smart Media reader. I went out and bought another card reader (a PNY) and it worked flawlessly on ALL compact flash cards.

Just goes to show you, sometimes even the "experts" screw up...

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