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Old November 2nd, 2009, 08:55 AM   #1
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Thinking of getting a SBAC-US10 SXS Card Reader

I was thinking of getting this card reader. It takes my Ex3 a long time to offload a 32gb sxs card to the PC.
Is there another way of doing this faster, than I can do at present.
BTW I only need to offload when I get home from my weddings, not during them.

Thanks in advance.
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Old November 2nd, 2009, 09:53 AM   #2
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Just wondering, how are you currently offloading your footage? Are you using the USB port from the camera?

One reason I chose to purchase the EX1 is for the fast offloading in my laptop through the expresscard slot. Any USB options instantly double the time it takes to offload the footage.

This is one reason I was very upset at Apple killing off the expresscard slot. Sure they still sell the 17" MBP with it still, however, I fear they will be killing it completely when they redesign/refresh it.

Unfortunately, this puts a lot of us in a tough spot. I'm not sure any other way increase the speed as USB is simply USB. I have been eyeing this one lenovo netbook that has an expresscard slot and is only $300. Even though, I have a 15" MBP, I really don't like carrying my $2k+ laptop to all my shoots and a 10" netbook saves on space and weight.

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Old November 2nd, 2009, 11:13 AM   #3
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Hi Tony.
How long, is long, 35 mins or so ? I would save your money if there is no need for speedy off loading in the field. As you say you are off loading at home, No rush, no problem. Start the transfer, have a cuppa, or pop down the pub for a pint of Guiness. Never been one to spend, when its not nessesary, and at 310 it aint cheap.
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Old November 2nd, 2009, 11:23 AM   #4
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I sold my sony card reader when i started using the sdhc cards, i now use a sdhc>usb reader.
If i shoot anything on my sxs card, which is rare nowadays, then i transfer from sxs to sdhc in camera, then offload that shot with the sdhc>usb reader.

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Old November 2nd, 2009, 11:30 AM   #5
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Hi Colin,
It takes 1 hour to offload a 32gb card and 30 min to copy the two 8gb cards.
I then would need to make a backup to another drive after that, especially if I'm out again the next day, If I'm not, theres no big rush and your right, not much need in spending again, if its not needed.
The cheapest I can get one for is 270.
Just a thought, I wonder would the sony card reader copy it any faster than the camera.

Thanks again Colin.
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Old November 2nd, 2009, 11:34 AM   #6
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... then i transfer from sxs to sdhc in camera, then offload that shot with the sdhc>usb reader.
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Thanks Paul, thats a thought.

I bought this to copy my SDHC cards but it no good for the SxS cards

LINDY USB 2.0 ExpressCard Adapter: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo
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Old November 2nd, 2009, 11:35 AM   #7
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It probably is faster Tony, but then again only of use if you need to off load in a hurry. For that sort of money I would take a nice weekend break, to get away from cameras and all that goes with them, lol. Have you considered the new Memory stick adaptors, for the EX1r ? dont know if they are useable in your cam, I guess they should be with a firmware upgrade. They would probably be a lot faster to off load than SxS. I can transfer a 16gb SDHC from my HM100 in about 16 minutes, just plug the card into the inbuilt reader and away it goes. Should be about the same speed for Memory Sticks.
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Old November 2nd, 2009, 11:44 AM   #8
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..I would take a nice weekend break, to get away from cameras and all that goes with them, lol.
Now, thats a better idea! why didn't I think of that. :)
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Anthony - you could get something like this : SIIG, Inc. : PCIe to ExpressCard Bay - (JJ-000082-S1 ) depending on what type of computer system you have - download times are fast and it is cheap - it doesn't "hot swap" but if you are on a PC you can go to device manager and right click on "disk drives" and choose "scan for hardware changes" and it will recognize the card (this is after you have inserted an SxS card in the slot on bootup of the computer).
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Hi Barry and thanks, yes, I think I could install that into my PC.
I'll look for something like that over here.

How would you think this would work?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/StarTech-PCI-E...item3356ffcff5
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Old November 2nd, 2009, 07:25 PM   #11
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I sold my sony card reader when i started using the sdhc cards, i now use a sdhc>usb reader.
If i shoot anything on my sxs card, which is rare nowadays, then i transfer from sxs to sdhc in camera, then offload that shot with the sdhc>usb reader.

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So you copy from the SxS to the SDHC card in camera. Can you do slow motion? My post people prefer the SDHC Cards because they doesn't have to use the SxS reader.
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 02:53 AM   #12
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Yes slo mo, i shoot it on my sxs card then copy it to my sdhc card, do the copy in camera from slot to slot, then offload the slomo shot from the sdhc card.

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Hi Barry and thanks, yes, I think I could install that into my PC.
I'll look for something like that over here.

How would you think this would work?

StarTech PCI Express to Expresscard Front Bay on eBay (end time 29-Nov-09 12:08:49 GMT)
I tried one of those and nearly fried my computer - it has a connection to hook it up to your computer power supply and, after I rebooted the computer, sparks came from the bay and I smelled an "electrical fire" type smell. I would stick with the Siig.

Here is one that ships wordwide:
JJ-000082-S1 PCIe to ExpressCard Bay Siig on eBay (end time 09-Nov-09 17:42:02 GMT)

Only problem is they get you on the postage. Try to find one in U.K.
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 06:16 AM   #14
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OK Barry, thanks for the tip.

I'll have a look around.
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 07:41 AM   #15
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Tony you can buy my one off me?

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