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Old November 13th, 2007, 09:59 AM   #1
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Cost of the SXS card reader....

Well, I might as well ask it now....

Why does the SXS card reader cost so much........
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Old November 13th, 2007, 10:04 AM   #2
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Four letters...

$ O N Y

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Truth is, no-one else makes them (at the moment) so early adopters will be footing a large part of the R&D costs until demand and production meet each other on more equal terms.
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Old November 13th, 2007, 03:09 PM   #3
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On the other hand try to get a minidv or hdv deck for less.
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Old November 13th, 2007, 04:34 PM   #4
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Of course, depening on your workflow you can always use the USB port on the camera. It's not like you're wearing out heads.
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no-one else makes them (at the moment) so early adopters will be footing a large part of the R&D costs....
Doesn't SxS fit in a standard ExpressCard slot? If the reader costs more than a couple hundred dollars, why not just buy a cheap laptop with one of those slots in it?
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Old November 13th, 2007, 05:33 PM   #6
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The SXS card will plug directly into a MacBookPro or Sony Vaio (not sure which models). I don't think those are cheap laptops though.

MacBook, for example, does NOT have ExpressCard slot.

I think the card readers will be the convenience of loading into a desktop NLE without the camera. Unless one has more cards than needed on a shoot, I can't see too many situations where you're sending the camera out on shoot while someone offloads other cards at "the office." That day may come though.

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Doesn't SxS fit in a standard ExpressCard slot? If the reader costs more than a couple hundred dollars, why not just buy a cheap laptop with one of those slots in it?
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Old November 13th, 2007, 07:03 PM   #7
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On set it is nice to have the choice of express card or USB 2.0 some DIT's are using the express card slot on their mac for Sata cards.
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Old November 14th, 2007, 03:59 AM   #8
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my Dell M90 has an express slot seemingly which I now know of now that I need one...lol

So looks like I am set so.
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Old November 14th, 2007, 06:21 AM   #9
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The Macbook Pro has a 34 card slot dosen't it need a 54 card slot?
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Old November 14th, 2007, 06:27 AM   #11
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SxS cards are 34.

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The Macbook Pro has a 34 card slot dosen't it need a 54 card slot?
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Old November 14th, 2007, 06:54 AM   #12
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Old November 14th, 2007, 07:25 AM   #13
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Just google-bumped into this...

http://onlinestore.siig.com/shopexd.asp?id=863

Only question is whether SxS cards are "USB-based" or "PCI-e based" cards(?) If the former, then at $40 this represents a genuine saving of $200+ over the Sony reader!

EDIT: I suspect the latter is true judging from some specs for the reader that I've checked over at http://www.creativevideo.co.uk/publi...productID=4287

At least that would explain the price delta.
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Old November 14th, 2007, 08:14 AM   #14
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So does that mean the "USB based" versions are not compatible, or is the transfer rate slower?
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Old November 14th, 2007, 09:10 AM   #15
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extract from the "More Details" link for the cheaper reader:

http://www.siig.com/ViewProduct.aspx?pn=JU-000012-S1

"Important: This adapter only works with USB-based ExpressCard devices. PCI Express-based ExpressCard devices will not be detected. Please check with your device’s manufacturer if you are not certain"

My guess is that it's a bus/pin compatibility problem which Sony have overcome with their pricier device.
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