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Old November 15th, 2010, 06:47 AM   #16
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Dell Studio laptop has a firewire and an expresscard slot
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Old November 15th, 2010, 12:17 PM   #17
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Most business-class Dell Precision and Latitude laptops still have 4-pin
FireWire jacks. The Latitude ATG I just bought from Dell Outlet has one.

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Old November 16th, 2010, 07:21 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Ian Firth View Post

4 pin does not carry power, only signals. 6 pin can carry power on the extra 2. So your Canon could fry your laptop interface, but your laptop can't fry your Canon. It will only occur if your Canon has implemented power on the extra two pins and you have a cable that has an internal defect or the cable connector internally connects between the power and signal pins or...

Hope this helps at least in understanding the risk.

Cheers, Ian

Thank you very much. I plan on using a laptop connected via firewire for on-location capturing and monitoring, so that is a big issue. I wish they had thought of some firewire lock or anything like that, but alas, my searches never turned up any results.
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