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Ryukyu
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Card readers for Mac


I just put my name on the waiting list for D800 at the local camera shop, and in anticipation, I've been looking for a dual card reader for use with my Macs.

Macs don't support USB 3.0, and USB 2.0 isn't that fast compared to either Firewire 400 or 800.

I've looked and so far have not found a dula slot firewire card reader.

Does anybody know of one?

Thanks.



Mar 24, 2012 at 02:49 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Card readers for Mac


FW is basically dead technology for consumer equipment such as computers. Is it not feasible to add a PCIe card for USB 3.0?

EBH



Mar 24, 2012 at 03:12 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Card readers for Mac


On the Mac side, FW800 is alive and well for things like external HDs, but I get your point.

I'm using a Macbook Pro, so unless there is an express card for USB 3.0, I'm out of luck.

There have to be more Mac users here. What do you guys do? Just live with the USB 2.0 speed?



Mar 24, 2012 at 04:23 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Card readers for Mac


A quick google will find you a few express cards for a mac.

http://www.sonnettech.com/product/usb3expresscard34.html

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1316107



Mar 24, 2012 at 04:53 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Card readers for Mac


Thanks, I did that after I posted. It seems from most of what I have read on the subject states that it's a less than ideal solution, but it's the price I pay for using Macs I suppose.

Let me ask this now. Is using a card reader who's throughput is somewhat crippled going to be any faster than just exporting from the camera?



Mar 24, 2012 at 06:57 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Card readers for Mac


Ryukyu wrote:
Thanks, I did that after I posted. It seems from most of what I have read on the subject states that it's a less than ideal solution, but it's the price I pay for using Macs I suppose.

I also have a D800 on order and picked up a SD card and will use the reader built in to my MacBook Air. Doesn't your MB Pro also have a reader? dave



Mar 24, 2012 at 07:02 PM
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Ryukyu wrote:
Let me ask this now. Is using a card reader who's throughput is somewhat crippled going to be any faster than just exporting from the camera?


That I'm not so sure about. It looks like the D800 has a USB 3.0 port out, so it could be just as fast as a card reader when going through the express card. Maybe start with just the usb 3 card and try it from the camera.

The graphs in my link from macrumors.com shows just how much faster the express card ports are than the built-in usb2 ports so you shouldn't notice it being too crippled.



Mar 24, 2012 at 07:51 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Card readers for Mac


Cool! Thanks for your insight.
Dave, no card reader built in to my MacBook Pro. Maybe in some newer models?
Mine is a pre-unibody model. Still pretty fast though.



Mar 24, 2012 at 08:08 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Card readers for Mac


well, if you can find this thing there you have it.
http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-11673-12298

and here it is: http://www.memorydepot.com/91694.htm



Mar 24, 2012 at 11:46 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Card readers for Mac


That works for compact flash but not the SD card.

Thanks for posting that though.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Card readers for Mac


You could go with something like
http://www.amazon.com/SD-CF-II-Type-Adapter-Supports/dp/B000YZGCIU
You'll definitely lose some speed, but you won't need to carry two separate readers.



Mar 25, 2012 at 09:45 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Card readers for Mac


Well of course any good USB 3.0 card reader like the Lexar can be used on a USB 2.0 port as well. It would probably be faster for SDxx than using an adapter.

EBH



Mar 25, 2012 at 10:53 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Card readers for Mac


Ryukyu wrote:
That works for compact flash but not the SD card.

Thanks for posting that though.


CF to SD adapter



Mar 26, 2012 at 01:31 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Card readers for Mac


EB-1 wrote:
Well of course any good USB 3.0 card reader like the Lexar can be used on a USB 2.0 port as well. It would probably be faster for SDxx than using an adapter.

EBH


That's true, but would it be any faster than just plugging the camera into the computer on a USB 2.0 port?
Is there a real reason not to just transfer directly from the camera in this case?



Mar 26, 2012 at 02:07 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Card readers for Mac


yes

using your cameras battery to xfr is counterproductive. why waste the cameras energy moving images to a computer that is quite capable of supplying the power needed to a reader that will do the task faster and more effeciently.



Mar 26, 2012 at 02:43 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Card readers for Mac


sjms wrote:
well, if you can find this thing there you have it.
http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-11673-12298

and here it is: http://www.memorydepot.com/91694.htm


I have 2 of the sandisk firewire readers and am always fearful that one will break so glad to see a new alternative. Thanks for posting.



Mar 26, 2012 at 07:56 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Card readers for Mac


sjms wrote:
yes

using your cameras battery to xfr is counterproductive. why waste the cameras energy moving images to a computer that is quite capable of supplying the power needed to a reader that will do the task faster and more effeciently.


Yes, and there is the risk of accidentally pulling or tripping on the cord, damaging the socket, etc.

EBH



Mar 28, 2012 at 12:42 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Card readers for Mac


Ryukyu wrote:
That's true, but would it be any faster than just plugging the camera into the computer on a USB 2.0 port?
Is there a real reason not to just transfer directly from the camera in this case?


Sure, you can't use your camera while transferring. What is the rush anyway? I just start downloading from my card reader and go for a coffee, nap, or whatever.



Apr 01, 2012 at 01:43 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Card readers for Mac


I am using an USB2 SD reader and a firewire CF reader.
I think at this point us Mac users need to be patient as I do think very soon we will see a thunderbolt reader. The thunderbolt connection is being used in more than just Macs and it will be extremely fast.



Apr 02, 2012 at 01:20 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Card readers for Mac


I bought a Lexar Professional USB 2 - Dual SD, CF card reader , it was great but then it broke..
cost me like $70.

Im never buying a premium card reader again.. i would rather buy some $10 reader so when it does break I dont hold a grudge over spending alot of money.



Apr 05, 2012 at 02:42 AM
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