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Is a FW card reader worht it?
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Jan 24, 2005, 04:55 PM
I'm getting a Digital Rebel and want to buy a good card reader for it. Is it worth the extra cash to get a FW reader over a USB?
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Jan 27, 2005, 09:43 PM
It really depends on the speed of your card. For low-speed CF cards, the FireWire reader didn't give me much of an advantage, but for my new high-speed card it sure is and advantage over USB.
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Jan 28, 2005, 12:32 AM
When I had a slow 256 MB CF card, it didn't matter whether my reader was usb or fw, but I recently bought a SanDisk Ultra II 1 GB CF card for by Rebel and decided to try shooting raw.

It was very slow to transfer pictures over usb, so I bought a SanDisk Firewire CF card reader. It is much faster than my usb 2.0 card reader.

Switching to a FW CF reader also freed up one of my usb ports allowing me to keep my my scanner and my ups connected to my mac all the time.

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Jan 31, 2005, 01:57 PM
Get a sandisk firewire reader (www.jr.com, maybe 35 bucks) and enjoy. about the same speed as usb2, in my non scientific tests with some photographer friends, but the reader pulls free from the firewire cable, excellent when travelling or on location for emergencies and networking. Also starting two computers connected via firewire, hold down t key at startup and second unit becomes hard drive on desktop of running unit. all of this impossible via USB or USB2.
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