When I first starting taking a lot of photos (most of them tend to turn out crap!), I would use the camera supplied USB lead and connect the camera direct to the computer. This is fine for the odd photo here and there but when you have hundreds of shots each averaging about 40Mb in size, it can be a long boring process. Not only that but what ever battery you had left in the camera has been burnt. I needed something that would speed up the whole process….hmmm what could it be??
Although USB card readers are nothing new, USB performance has improved immensely over the years. We now have USB 3 and Im not going to go in to the theoretical data transfer rates etc [YAWN], at the end of the day, the reader is only ever as good as the device its connected to i.e. if you want USB 3 performance make sure you have a USB 3 port!
Anyway, I did a bit of research and came to the conclusion that the Lexar dual-slot USB 3 reader was the one for me. Now, I don’t use the CF slot but I have read that its not deep enough to secure the card without the high possibility of bending the pins. Although I don’t use it, this was one of the things that put me off Sandisks offering (read a lot of bad reviews).
I have this mostly connected to my iMac and performance is blistering. So much quicker than having the camera connected direct to your computer. Not only this, but it is compact and the shot above with an SD card inserted will hopefully add some scale. This would be a nice travel companion for those that take laptops with them on their journeys.
In terms of price, the best price I could find it for (even on eBay – shock!) is about £21. Some places (well known outlets) are charging more than double this…you know who you are!!
So, anyway, point being, for those that take lots of photos, get a bloody card reader…it will save you tonnes of time and battery!