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Which FW400 CFcard reader?

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pointertovoid

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Hi everybody and everyone!

 

I consider adding a CF card reader, this time on my machine's Firewire 400 ports.

 

- Which reader is the best? I've seen "the" Lexar one (are there several?), but maybe others are better, or are cheaper and equivalent because they use the same chip...

 

- Can some readers accommodate SD cards as well?

 

- No experience with FW. I see some readers have two connectors. Can I have two cables to the computer to cumulate the throughput?

 

- Do you confirm that FW400 and FW800 have uncompatible connectors that need adapters?

 

Thanks!




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The 400 and 800 connectors are different (Alpha vs. Beta) but worse than that, since there are adapters for the different connectors, the issue is that a Firewire 800 port (on the PC) can manage a Firewire 400 device (backward compatibility) but a Firewire 400 port cannot make use of a 800 device. :(
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_1394
 
There is little around about these readers, because they are almost exclusively used in the Macintosh world, you have to go more about "brand name" or reputation, Lexar, Sandisk or DeLock are "known" names (though I believe DeLock only made a Firewire 800 version), but  as often happens with these kind of devices, it is more a hit and miss game than anything else.
 
There are "multireaders" that can use both CF cards and SD cards but they are all AFAIK/AFAICR USB.
 
There is however (JFYI) another option  (example):
http://www.amazon.co...s/dp/B000YZGCIU
http://www.wired.com...eeded-solution/

These CF/SD card adapters are either brilliant or bafflingly bad. The trouble is, we’re not sure which.


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Well, if Sd+Cf readers don't exist with Firewire, I'll read only Cf there.

And take a Fw400 reader since my ports are Fw400, thanks for the info.

 

Hints for the model? I suppose several chips exist, so there must be differences.






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