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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rusty Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 March 2011 at 12:18
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FireWire Cardreader...everything else is just too slow IMHO.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote snajper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 March 2011 at 03:11
With my A200 it was card reader. With A550 it was mixture of C/R and USB. With A580 it is now USB only as it seem a lot faster than the other 2.
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I prefer using direct transfer from a card because it is easier and more swift. But if no card reader is available, I use the cable connection method. Whatever works.
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I can't believe it took 3 pages to answer this question. Unbelievable.
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i use both. i have a card reader hooked up to my Mac, and the USB cable's plugged in as well. (and stays that way)

i like it like this because when i go out with the intention of going to a place to shoot serious photography, i often fill up multiple cards, and when i get home i plug one in the card reader, another in the camera via USB and import them at the same time
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Post Options Post Options   Quote hylo66 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 March 2011 at 01:09
I have been using the USB cable for a few years now. Although I do think it is a bit slow sometimes, I never got around to buying a card reader, until yesterday. Now, when it comes, I'll see if I feel dumb for not buying it sooner .
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Using A900's for sports, this is a huge challenge, when we are processing and printing onsite. My last weekend we took 200GB of photos.

I am wondering currently if there is a way to get faster transfers.

I've been looking at the new USB3 reader solutions coming this summer, also considering changing hard drives to SSD, both incase the computer is the bottleneck.

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Thank you for all the contributions so far. What I conclude is that it is mostly a personal preference and that there are no risks involved with either method. It appears to be generally agreed upon that using a card reader provides higher speed.

One reason I had asked my question was the fact that the card door of my KM 5D had broken (something inside its hinge array), but I haven't heard of similar experiences in this thread.

Originally posted by Derekmjb Derekmjb wrote:

Using A900's for sports, this is a huge challenge, when we are processing and printing onsite. My last weekend we took 200GB of photos.

I am wondering currently if there is a way to get faster transfers.


In your case, did you consider using several cards and swapping them during a time-out or a break that is for sure lasting longer than the few seconds it takes to swap?
Using the dual card feature does not seem helpful to me, as it requires going into the menu and changing the file location, which appears to take longer than just inserting the new, empty card.

While you continue shooting, an assistant can read the swapped card and start processing.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Derekmjb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 March 2011 at 20:45
Yes,

Exactly, we have a runner (our daughter) and one or two a900's going. One person doing sales/ downloading, another post processing for on-site printing or DVD burning. (the second shooter)
We have a bunch of 8Gb, 4Gb and one 16Gb card. We had to shoot jpg, as otherwise it takes too long to transfer, and post process, and you get more pictures with jpg. Plus we are selling only on-site, so there is no time for fixing so-so photos. We work really hard to get decent pictures right off the bat.

But we had the same question, use the a700 to transfer or USB card reader?
We are currently using a silcone power reader, which works fine.

I'm just wondering if there is better.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rno. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 April 2011 at 04:54
Just to cover this possible question: is there a difference in upload speed for a card reader connected directly to the PC's USB port vs. a remote hub (like off the monitor or such)?

I had about 610MB of files. The absolute time is not under discussion here, but the difference between the two connection types was only 4% (43 vs 45 seconds, in favor of the direct connection, of course). So, there you have it.
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Originally posted by waleskeg waleskeg wrote:


Can't understand this need for speed when offloading files. Anyone ever do a study on how much time is actually "saved" in using one vs the other? I have read on more than one occasion where someone has had bent / damaged pins after reinstalling a card and close inspection on more than one occasion revealed a pin stuck in the card. I guess being in the insurance industry and dealing with risks in other areas has gotten me to weigh one vs the other and to me the USB is the safest way and as Frank said, coffee is waiting.


Well there are people who prefer not sitting to wait while 16gb of images is being downloaded to the computer, well not waiting more then they have to anyway.

The difference between transferring image from the the camera to that of FW800 UDMA readers is vast especially when you have to offload large amounts of files.

As for bent pins, two reasons this could happen.

1. You bought a cheap crap card and you have only your self to blame for being cheap.

2.You forced in the card in your camera, and one should only pray to god you don't get the silly idea to try to change lens on your camera....

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Post Options Post Options   Quote ADub128 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 April 2011 at 06:25
I use card readers, plus I'm slowly transitioning away from CF cards. The new mid-range Sonys support SD or MemoryStick -- I can't see the pins I might be bending with these cards ... ;-)

I like to rotate between cards in case I somehow lose my most recently imported pictures. I can go back to the card and grab them again.

However, for things like April Foolishness or "The day prime thread", I'll import straight from the camera.

In another thread, I mentioned that I would love it if cams had 3G/4G or WiFi capabilities though (for quick posts to Facebook, and for post processing) ... that would be my preference
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Post Options Post Options   Quote romke Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 April 2011 at 08:37
i use a card reader for my CF cards. it is much faster then using the USB cable. however, not every card reader is created equal. the first cheap chinese one i had was very slow, al be it somewhat faster then the usb cable. the second one from Sandisk really speeds things up. still, transferring 500+ a900 RAW files does need some time, but it is considerably less then by cable.



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