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Old January 17th, 2011, 01:18 PM   #1
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SanDisk Extreme Pro ExpressCard Adapter

Introduced today is a new card reader for laptop users, the SanDisk Extreme Pro ExpressCard Adapter. The ExpressCard/34 adapter is designed for fast transfers with UHS-1 cards, including Extreme Pro SDHC as well as UHS-1 SDHC and SDXC cards from SanDisk and others.

Ready to Run: The SanDisk Extreme Pro ExpressCard Adapter for SD memory cards (Photo courtesy SanDisk)

http://www.robgalbraith.com/data/1/r...sd_adapter.jpg

The SanDisk Extreme Pro ExpressCard Adapter is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers equipped with ExpressCard/34 or ExpressCard/54 slots A driver is required.

ExpressCards can communicate internally with the computer over slower USB 2.0 or faster PCIe data paths. SanDisk's adapter goes the PCIe route. This means the new adapter, if it's well designed, should be capable of delivering the full speed capabilities of UHS-1 cards like the Extreme Pro. It's compatible with non-UHS-1 and SDXC (capacities over 32GB) cards too.

The SanDisk Extreme Pro ExpressCard Adapter is US$49.99 when purchased direct from SanDisk's online store. It should be possible to place an order for the adapter as soon as today. Shipping is to commence in early February.
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Old January 17th, 2011, 01:19 PM   #2
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This sounds like it might be an ideal SxS card replacement. More speed means that it might be able to handle overcranking. Correct?

I have no experience with this type of stuff as I've only ever used SxS card's in our EX3. Just thought I'd share.
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Old January 17th, 2011, 04:05 PM   #3
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Nice looking case, but it needs to be tested as with any adapter or card for this purpose. In terms of general use, the mostly negative user reviews of a similar one seem to be restricted to the Mac.

SanDisk ExtremeŽ Pro? ExpressCard? Adapter

SDADX6-CF-G20 (for Compact Flash Cards)

The one you linked looks identical (on the outside):
http://www.sandisk.com/products/read...xc-uhs-i-cards

SDDR-300-RG56 (for SDHC and SDXC cards).

No reviews yet.

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Old January 18th, 2011, 05:09 AM   #4
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Might be worth waiting until the likes of MxM and MxR have tested this device. If it works then it might be possible for them to produce a proper EX version that does away with that attachment on the end that would prevent the doors from closing. The speed increase would be welcome if the claims are true.

Has to be reliable though. We've now got to a stage where the modern USB based cards are very reliable when used with the correct SDHC media, so speed aside, these new cards have a lot to live up to.
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Old January 18th, 2011, 07:55 AM   #5
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Endgadget reported this today, clearly stating that SanDisk can only achieve 45MB/s transfer speed which is no where close to the UHS-I spec. Apparently Toshiba cards have been tested to achieve 95MB/s and 80MB/s read/write. However, as DSLR camera manufacturers are claiming to have the firmware to support UHS-I most don't come close to the advertised transfer rates.

In our case with EX camera's, Sony would need to provide a firmware update to support the UHS-I protocol, if that is even possible with their hardware implementation of SxS and its unique protocol. Would Sony really shot themselves in the foot again is the question? Cheers.
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Old January 18th, 2011, 07:24 PM   #6
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Speaking of adapters, has anybody here bought and tested any of the recent Sony-branded adapters? Either this one:
Sony MEAD-MS01 Memory Stick Adapter MEAD-MS01 B&H Photo Video

or this one?:
Sony MEAD-SD01 SDHC Card Adapter MEAD-SD01 B&H Photo Video

They both came out but I never heard much about them after that.
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a colleague of mine bought two sony's sdhc adapters and uses them together with ex1r and sandisk extreme class 10 32gb cards.

nothing out of ordinary, they just - work.
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They both came out but I never heard much about them after that.
At twice the price of an MxM card, you'd have to be feeling quite well off to be buying one.
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