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    Memory Card Readers

    I'm not personally keen on hooking up the DSLR directly to the PC and up until the recent purchase of my 50D, it wasn't an issue due to the built in SD card reader in my notebook.

    Just wanted to know what do you use if you use one at all? Do the cheap Chinese ones you've picked up from Ebay do the same job as an expensive Sandisk/Lexar job?

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    Yes: They read and write fine on the cards the cards
    No: Most of them dont read at 45+/mb Sec speeds

    So they are ok if you dont mind slow transfer speeds

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lines View Post
    expensive Sandisk/Lexar job?
    Nath, reexamine your fears and needs.

    I don't consider $50.00 for a Sandisk reader very expensive compared to the cost of a 50D if you are concerned about frying the camera when hooked to the PC.

    Buying a camera and lenses can be quite expensive --- but there are so many other "goodies" out there to keep us in poverty as well.
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    I use a portable reader at the moment, but I have one of THESE on order for my PC.

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    Ive got a built in one in my main PC and a sandisk firewire one that I use attached to my laptop in need (i generally don't edit photos on the laptop).
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    i have a Swann, was about $70 (300000 in one card reader) and it is a very good little thing i also have one of these usb stick cardreaders that came with the card that i bought also very good it is a sandisk micromate.....in the laptop i use the inbuild reader and again nothing wrong with it........

    i think the cheapie's might not be that fast but don't think there's anything wrong with it.

    just my 2 cents....just remember what you pay is what you get

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    The card reader on my PC is pretty slow, so lately I've ben plugging the camera directly into the PC and it whizzes them quickly onto my PC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I @ M View Post
    Nath, reexamine your fears and needs.

    I don't consider $50.00 for a Sandisk reader very expensive compared to the cost of a 50D if you are concerned about frying the camera when hooked to the PC.

    Buying a camera and lenses can be quite expensive --- but there are so many other "goodies" out there to keep us in poverty as well.

    I understand in the whole scheme of things, the cost of a card reader is just a drop in the ocean. Much to my partners dismay, I didn't even bat an eyelid when I bought the 70-200. It's not so much about frying the the camera it's just that I find it more convenient to pull out the memory card than to find somewhere secure to set the camera down when out and about.

    I was just interested as to what others were using and whether there was much difference apart transfer speed between a no name multi-card USB ($5) job and say a wizbang Sandisk/Lexar firewire unit ($100+). For example, I'll be devastated if I skimped and got a kamikaze cheapie that upon use would fry my memory card whilst simultaneously taking out my notebook and remotely destroying my camera that I'd stored safely in it's bag. Unlikely but possible.

    I think I'll aim for a middle of the road Lexar Pro UDMA Dual slot reader unless anyone else has a better recommendation.

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    I plug my camera into the PC it is faster
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    I had a little cheapie and it was so slow, i just got this little one to try and it's brilliant.

    Fast as well as very portable.
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    I just put my card into the printer card readers (it has 4 sizes) Ive never had a problem, maybe a tad slower but it works for me .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanny View Post
    I plug my camera into the PC it is faster
    not that ideal for long term usage particularly for professional work and environment

    I use card readers ever since I had my first DSLR 5 yrs ago, because I dont need to have the camera out and on and wasting battery etc. Not to mention I shoot in CF and SD cards I dont need to have 2 or 3 cameras out - where a multi card reader will suffice.

    Not to mention when I am working on the job, a card reader allows me to have 1 card uploading into the laptop or comp while I can still keep shooting simultaneously - plugging your camera in to upload and make your client or subject wait, especially for wedding and studio shoots - is embarrassing.

    Other factors I found to be useful is when I travel and am able to upload my photos via card reader onto comps at internet cafes or at hostels for facebook and emailing. Also when I would like a friend's photo but they use a Sony camera and memory stick - the multi card reader will be able to take it, and vice versa, without having to plug our cameras in.

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    I use the Sandisk 12 in 1 card reader which I have had for around 4 years now it goes everywhere with me and is very handy being a 12 in 1 as I can transfer memory cards from different formats. Think it retails for around $46 and in the scheme of things it ain't that much more than an ebay 'special' that may or may not die down the track.
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    I've been using one from Dick Smiths, I've had it for about 3 yrs now without any probs, It's got 4 slots and costs about $40
    http://www.dse.com.au/cgi-bin/dse.st...ct/View/XH6315
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbax View Post
    I've been using one from Dick Smiths, I've had it for about 3 yrs now without any probs, It's got 4 slots and costs about $40
    http://www.dse.com.au/cgi-bin/dse.st...ct/View/XH6315
    That's the same as mine, heaps faster than transferring from the camera.

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    Stumbled upon a Transcend M3 $15 delivered. Looked up some reviews and it all seems to be good so placed the order. Thanks for the opinions guys and gals.

    Nath.

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    I have a Sandisk reader and a built in one on my work PC. The Sandisk is faster.
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    I usually plug my camera into the PC but I also have an inbuilt reader and a cheap $20 portable reader I bought from ALDI which works fine. I've never even thought about the possibility of frying my camera from plugging it directly into my computer. Maybe I should use my card reader more?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbax View Post
    I've been using one from Dick Smiths, I've had it for about 3 yrs now without any probs, It's got 4 slots and costs about $40
    http://www.dse.com.au/cgi-bin/dse.st...ct/View/XH6315
    Comes up with nothing..........Just the front page

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    DSE... Search for product XH6315
    http://search.dse.com.au/search?w=XH6315

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