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Gordon_O Nov 11, 2002 9:11 AM

firewire compactflash readers - any experience?
I'm thinking of buying Lexar's firewire (1394) compact flash card reader and am curious if anyone out there has any hands on experience. I've seen another brand that is also for firewire, but I don't remember who makes it.

Apple has decided to support firewire rather than USB 2.0 (for technical reasons irrelevant to this forum). Since I use a Mac and want something faster than the USB 1 that my coolpix supports, I'm looking at firewire.

Any relevant experience would be appreciated,


ras Nov 11, 2002 10:06 PM

hi.. i have the UNITY mdcf-fw(firewire) by datafab works fine with type 1 or 2 cards. seems to be faster transfer that my d7i though usb. and saves connecting the digicam. bought it at ebay for $19.00usd. steve's got a good review on it.... :D

gibsonpd3620 Nov 12, 2002 6:12 AM

Firewire is faster than usb card reader. If you have a usb reader, I would not change.

sjms Nov 12, 2002 9:02 AM
lexar firewire reader rev.b $31. Model No: RW011001

i have one. it works fine. and at that price you can't go wrong.

Gordon_O Nov 12, 2002 9:58 PM

With a list price of $119, I thought that B&H's price of $49 was good. At $31, the Lexar reader is really hard to pass up. I've not dealt with, but they are worth a try.

Thanks for the information.


sjms Nov 12, 2002 10:01 PM

they got it out to me real quick too. no issues.

marokero Nov 16, 2002 2:58 AM

I've been using the Lexar firewire reader for a while now and I swear by it :) MUCH faster than USB or through camera cable, plus it's great for iBook owners who resent the fact Apple neglected to put a PCMCIA port on iBooks. Now if only they'd make the reader as small and modular as the Zio USB readers... just a stuby thing hanging out of the firewire port or attach an extension cable to it... :)

John Gant Nov 24, 2002 12:54 AM

I'm using a Microtech FW CF it..

Doug39 Nov 25, 2002 11:32 PM


Originally Posted by marokero
I've been using the Lexar firewire reader for a while now and I swear by it :) MUCH faster than USB

Is that USB 1.1 or USB 2.0? You really can't compare USB 1.1 with Firewire. What I want to know is, how does CF data transfer compare between Firewire and USB 2.0?

marokero Nov 26, 2002 12:33 AM

I use both USB (1.1) and firewire on my iBook and my PC desktop, both are similarly "legacy" technologies that have been and will be succeeded. USB 2.0 has reached 480Mbps, and what of IEEE-1394b with 800Mbps (with 1.6 - 3.2Gbps specifications to folow)? But none of that matters since the flash memory is the real bottleneck in all of this. Computers are all tools, so long as it gets the job done in the time you want it to, it's all good :wink:

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