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#1 loftus

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 07:42 AM

For a few months I have been searching for an Express Card CF reader for my MacBook Pro. Finally I found one, the Delkin Express Card CF Reader. Specs say 20MB/sec. I have not measured it, but it's definitely much faster than my previous USB device. About $50 at Adorama.
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Posted 14 December 2006 - 08:57 AM

I just received mine from Adorama yesterday. I dislike how it sticks out of the side of the laptop versus the stowed away configuration of the PCMCIA card reader. Glad to hear it is faster though. At least there is a beneficial trade off.

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 09:28 AM

Yes, it would be nice if it did not stick out, but I think it's inevitable with the CF card being too wide for an Express slot.
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Posted 14 December 2006 - 09:24 PM

For a few months I have been searching for an Express Card CF reader for my MacBook Pro. Finally I found one, the Delkin Express Card CF Reader. Specs say 20MB/sec. I have not measured it, but it's definitely much faster than my previous USB device. About $50 at Adorama.

Recently I moved to Smartdisk's Zio Thunderbolt and it transfers a 2 gig card in about 60 seconds, do express card work that fast? My laptop has PCMCIA slots so express cards isn't an option but I do wonder if they are as slow as PCMCIA reader/writers are or if they are as fast as the better USB2.0 reader/writers.
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Posted 15 December 2006 - 01:22 PM

That is very fast. Guess I should have researched it better. The Express Card downloads a 4 GB card of Raw files in 6 minutes. My USB 2 reader does it in 7 1/2 minutes.

Recently I moved to Smartdisk's Zio Thunderbolt and it transfers a 2 gig card in about 60 seconds, do express card work that fast? My laptop has PCMCIA slots so express cards isn't an option but I do wonder if they are as slow as PCMCIA reader/writers are or if they are as fast as the better USB2.0 reader/writers.


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Posted 15 December 2006 - 01:54 PM

That is very fast. Guess I should have researched it better. The Express Card downloads a 4 GB card of Raw files in 6 minutes. My USB 2 reader does it in 7 1/2 minutes.

Yes, the Thunderbolt is fast. In fact it has no published spec. It simply says it will perform to any media currently available, and seems to honor that claim. So it really is your media that limits download and writing speed. I can't remember the cost but it seems like it was 20 bucks or so. But it is a plugin device, so not nearly as streamlined as a PCMCIA or Express card.

For anyone interested here's a link to start with:

http://www.smartdisk..._SingleDual.asp
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