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Old 03-31-2008   #1
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Hello,

I'm getting tired of uploading my images at USB 1 speeds (Nikon D70), and I'm looking to get a decent USB2 / Firewire card reader.

I need one that's at least capable of reading CF cards, but I really don't need anything else.


Any suggestions that won't completely empty my wallet?

Thanks

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I've tried about 8-10 of them and don't really see much difference, as long as they meet USB2 requirements. I usually end up leaving them somewhere (intentionally or otherwise), putting them in the wrong bag, or losing them. I just started buying the cheap ones after two or three times of that and haven't noticed much of a difference in speeds.

My last one cost $20, including USB cable, and reads a number of different cards.
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Hehe, thanks for the info Brian.

Guess I'll take a look at a few stores in the nearby mall.

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I use the SanDisk Extreme USB 2.0 reader. I see enough of a speed difference as compared to other readers (i.e. the older SanDisk 12-in-1, and various cheaper brands) that I tend to bring my own card reader into the office when I have a lot of images.

Of course, if your cards can't take advantage of the speed, then a slower card reader is fine. I, however, see a significant speed difference even with SanDisk Ultra II CF cards.
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Thanks Michael. I'll see if the SD Extreme is available in my local store.

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I use the SanDisk Extreme USB 2.0 reader.
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We are all spoiled!!!! We stand in front of the microwave, heating up our coffee, groaning "come onnnnnn." Most of the noticeable speed from the card readers is going to depend on your system. Just go out and get one that handles the cards you use. You'll be happy.
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I use a $20 one from Staples. Tried it against a much more expensive one (I love going school with the kids of rich parents) and at the end of transfering 20 RAW files there was less than a one second difference. The young man and I each learned a lesson. I suppose if you were going to transfer a hundred files, the 5 second difference might be important.
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If you have an empty 3.5 slot in your computer and your motherboard accepts internal usb2, get an internal one. other than that Sandisk extreme is the only way to go.
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I love my San Disk FW CF card reader. It's small, fast, and comes with its own case.

Here's a link to the San Disk site:
SanDisk | Products | Accessories | SanDisk Extreme Readers | SanDisk Extreme® Readers


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