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Old June 1st, 2008, 12:26 PM
D. Silvio Righello D. Silvio Righello is offline
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I recently purchased a new digital camera which uses the Compact Flash device to store picture files. The camera came with an assortment of accessories, and included with them, was a USB CF card reader. Well, it worked just OK except it was difficult to insert the card into the side pin slot. Eventually a pin was bent over a bit, I gave it a slight tweak, and all was well but only for a while. I believe the reader is just not up to snuff. It's physical specifications are just a bit out of line. I have decided to replace it but I have not found many choices on the Internet, nor can I find much chatter regarding these items, I found plenty of choices for CF cards, but for readers, it looks like slim pickens. Any suggestions on what is working well, is very durable and can stand up under repeated use? I would like to find a high quality device if possible. It's a very important step in the file acquisition process, and I would rather have something I can depend on..
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Old June 1st, 2008, 12:51 PM
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Any suggestions on what is working well, is very durable and can stand up under repeated use? I would like to find a high quality device if possible. It's a very important step in the file acquisition process, and I would rather have something I can depend on..
I have had good luck for reliability with a couple of external CF card readers. They are in general, simple devices that are mass produced. Just go down to your local store and buy one that is USB 2.0 or FireWire and use it. If it is out of spec (hard to insert into), then you can just return it.

I have seen reviews in the past and with some working and the expense of extra money you might be able to buy a faster one, but this one one workflow element that I personally walk away from making speed less critical (my computer spends as much time or more validating the copied files as it spends copying them).

some thoughts,

Sean (Who uses a Dazzle USB 2.0 reader from Radio Shack)
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Old June 1st, 2008, 01:13 PM
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The newer Sandisks are very good. If you only have CF cards (no SD or SDHC), then the Sandisk Extreme Firewire reader is one of the fastest available. It's about $60, but there's currently a $30 rebate on it.

If you have both CF and SD, then the Extreme USB reader is good, although not as fast as the firewire reader. It's also less expensive, but no rebate.

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Old June 4th, 2008, 09:55 AM
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I have the Sandisk Firewire 800 and love it. It's only for CF cards, but then that's pretty much all I use. For SD cards I have a USB 2 reader that plugs directly into the USB port in my computer. That one is made by Blue Proton and is also very fast.
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Old June 13th, 2008, 07:06 AM
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Rob Galbraith has updated his memory card database to include readers: http://forums.robgalbraith.com/bins/...id=7-9311-9471
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Old October 7th, 2008, 05:07 AM
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I've got the big Sandisk that comes to two parts, and it works very well for me. It accepts four different card sizes. You can't go wrong for $20.

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Old October 8th, 2008, 06:32 AM
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Rob Galbraith has updated his memory card database to include readers: http://forums.robgalbraith.com/bins/...id=7-9311-9471
Yes, this is a phenomenal resource. Based on that I bought a 8Gb Sandisk Extreme IV and an accompanying Sandisk Firewards card reader.

Importing my photos is now super quick.

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