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Robert Gilkes
P2 Reader PCIe adapter for MacBook Pro
on Aug 31, 2010 at 2:42:33 pm

Hi,

I have a Panasonic AJ-PCD35P P2 Card Reader, but unfortunately it uses a PCIe interface and I want to also connect it to my MBP. Is there any adapter I can buy to hook it up to my MBP?

Please note I have the latest model 15in MBP that does not have an Express 34 Slot.

Thanks for all your help!!


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Shane Ross
Re: P2 Reader PCIe adapter for MacBook Pro
on Aug 31, 2010 at 6:11:53 pm

Man...you have a MBP without Express34? Seriously crippled machine. You can't use this then...

http://sewelldirect.com/ExpressCard-to-PCI-Express-Adapter-Full-Length.asp

From my research, there isn't an option to go from PCIe to Firewire or USB. Just isn't done. And any adapter might run you more than $350...so why not just get the USB P2 single card reader that Panasonic makes?

Shane



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Robert Gilkes
Re: P2 Reader PCIe adapter for MacBook Pro
on Aug 31, 2010 at 6:15:32 pm

I'm not a huge fan of the size of the 17in MBP. The single card reader is nice, but it's just that...a single card reader. I may just put this one on eBay. I'm pretty sure Panasonic released the same reader I have with a USB2.0/FW800 interface sometime after.


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Shane Ross
Re: P2 Reader PCIe adapter for MacBook Pro
on Aug 31, 2010 at 6:19:21 pm

I wouldn't get rid of this. USB is SERIOUSLY SLOW compared to PCIe direct. You will never get the same speeds you get from that device.

Look for a used Powerbook on eBAY...one with a built in slot. I keep one just for this purpose.

Shane



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Michael Sacci
Re: P2 Reader PCIe adapter for MacBook Pro
on Aug 31, 2010 at 6:38:22 pm

https://panasonic.ca/english/broadcast/p2/AJPCD20.asp

but it is slower transfer.

Any the lack of Express34 is a bad thing for the video world with the 15"

Who cares about a slot that replaces an $20 adapter.


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Robert Gilkes
Re: P2 Reader PCIe adapter for MacBook Pro
on Aug 31, 2010 at 6:58:35 pm

Yea, that's exactly what I was referring to.

I wish the Express slot would have stayed. I have so many SD card readers that came with cameras, cards, etc. I don't know what to do with them anymore.


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Dan Brockett
Re: P2 Reader PCIe adapter for MacBook Pro
on Aug 31, 2010 at 8:45:43 pm

I just was given a new 15" too. The loss of the FW 400 slot, Expresscard 34 slot and the glossy screen relegate this laptop to an e-mail, web browsing machine, it is not equipped to do serious video production anymore. Wish I would have had the choice for a 17" model, although I too don't like lugging the bigger 17" around. It wouldn't fit into my CineBags CB-25.

FWIW, I bought the AJ-PCD2 and it is surprisingly fast, I have been pretty happy with it so far. It is not as fast as PCI-E, but it is faster than I thought it would be.

Dan

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Arthur Aldrich
Re: P2 Reader PCIe adapter for MacBook Pro
on Sep 2, 2010 at 5:11:37 pm

I needed to do the exact same thing.

I experimented with a Matrox MXO2 PCI adapter and it works great.

Read more about my experience here:
http://p2pro.com/worlds-fastest-p2-offloader

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Art Aldrich
OTEK TV
Leader, NJFCPUG
http://www.njfcpug.org
http://www.otek.tv


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Robert Gilkes
Re: P2 Reader PCIe adapter for MacBook Pro
on Sep 2, 2010 at 5:34:01 pm

Thanks Art, but the problem (as stated in the original post) is my 15in MBP doesn't have the Express35 Slot.


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Helmut Kobler
Re: P2 Reader PCIe adapter for MacBook Pro
on Sep 3, 2010 at 7:11:09 am

Unfortunately, you're out of luck Robert, given that particular Mac. If you need 5 slots, then the PCD20 is the only option....but it's so damn expensive for a USB2/FireWire 800 card reader (and the FW800 speed is just as slow as USB2 on the PCD20).

If you can make due with copying one card at a time, then then PCD2 is a better value.



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