I have these old card readers that are unreliable and often seem to lose their connection with the computer halfway through a transfer. So, I'm going to buy a new reader. Anyone have a recommendation for one? I use a MacBook Pro if that somehow impacts the answer.
The "expensive" one is a SanDIsk Imagemate SDDR-92 CF reader. It was probably about $40 bucks.
The cheap one is a Digital Concepts "6-slots Hi speed 51 in 1 Card reader/writer. It probably cost $8
Both work just fine via USB.
I own both because in my experience, it's pretty easy to bend the delicate pins on a CF card - and the SanDisk unit has a much better engineered card feed slot - so the chance of bending a pin on the CF downloads that I do all the time on my 5d footage rolloffs are easier.
The cheap one reads virtually ALL card formats. I use it mostly for smaller cards like SD, memory stick, etc - devices that don't have those hair fine pins.
I have used the cheap one to read CF data - I'm just VERY careful about seating the cards since I don't want to screw up the pins.
My 2 cents.
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