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P2 card reader via firewire
P2 card reader via firewire
by Peter Roof on Sep 26, 2008 at 2:47:36 am

Has anyone found or built a solution to read P2 cards without the PCMCIA or PCMCIA Express slot? My Apple laptop has neither. Spending more than the laptop to get a reader from Panasonic does not seem like a solution I want to explore at the moment. Initial Google research has led me to a pair of products from WiebeTech that can receive a PC Card (same as P2?) and output to Firewire 400. Total cost would be around $250. Has anyone tried this?

Thank you,

-pete


Re: P2 card reader via firewire
by Steve Eisen on Sep 26, 2008 at 2:21:19 pm

You can always connect your camera via firewire or USB, if available.

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Re: P2 card reader via firewire
by Peter Roof on Sep 26, 2008 at 2:35:01 pm

Using the camera is an option for transferring material after the shoot. I need to find a reader to mount, transfer, and clear cards DURING the shoot. This seems like something simple but I can't find any solutions. Thanks for your feedback.




Re: P2 card reader via firewire
by Noah Kadner on Sep 26, 2008 at 4:33:18 pm

There's nothing I've seen that's cheap and ready to go yet. If you are able to spend 2K you get the P2 Drive from Panasonic. Otherwise I recommend a cheap PC or used Powerbook with PCMCIA slot.

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Re: P2 card reader via firewire
by Rachel Lears on Sep 26, 2008 at 6:11:58 pm

There's also this:
http://www.duel-systemsadapters.com/?productid=DP-0001

Haven't tried it but I'm looking for something similar.




Re: P2 card reader via firewire
by Matthew Romanis on Sep 27, 2008 at 11:11:58 pm

Hi Peter,
Is your Mac laptop an Air or an iBook?
Have you considered the Panasonic AJ-PCD 10 (usb support)? There may be some cheap ones around because people wanted the FW800 support instead.




Re: P2 card reader via firewire
by Peter Roof on Sep 29, 2008 at 9:33:50 pm

MacBook (not Pro).




Re: P2 card reader via firewire
by Tom Klein on Sep 28, 2008 at 11:38:52 am

Hello Peter,

"WiebeTech", I sent them a few emails with some similar questions, that was months ago, they don't respond to questions, sad reality these days with most companies.
Cheers
Tom K







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