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Lexar Professional 500MB/s USB 3.0 Dual Slot Reader
Lexar Professional 500MB/s USB 3.0 Dual Slot Reader
Price: 19.14

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super speedy, 3 Jun 2011
This is probably the best present you can give to a high-end UDMA CompactFlash card such as the Sandisk 32GB Extreme Professional Compact Flash Card 90MBS.

On Windows 7 (64-bit Pro), it doesn't need any drivers - it just works and works extremely quickly too. I've downloaded 16GB of photos off the previously mentioned Sandisk card at 80MB/s.

One of the best purchases I've made.

If you've got fast cards, stop reading this and buy one. If you haven't got any USB 3.0 ports, buy an adaptor card to give you some then buy one of these.

In the interests of fairness though, I don't have any SD cards to try it with so can't comment on the performance with those.


SanDisk Extreme Pro Compact Flash Card 32GB
SanDisk Extreme Pro Compact Flash Card 32GB
Offered by Buybenchmark UK Ltd
Price: 133.99

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 3 Jun 2011
This thing is, quite simply, like greased lightning and probably quicker than the proverbial off a shovel.

It almost makes the 6 (RAW) shot buffer on an EOS 7D a thing of the past as it seems to increase to a more usable 9-10 shots before it slows down - and even when it does slow down, it still seems to be usable. On JPEG only, the buffer is now effectively endless although I'm not going to take several hundred shots at 8fps just to find out for sure!

Though I'm more than happy with the performance increase it's brought to the 7D, where it really is a game-changer is with a ridiculously quick card reader. I bought a Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual Slot Reader to go with it (although obviously you'd also need a USB 3.0 port to plug it into)...

Downloading ~16GB from a CF card used to take between 10 mins (Sandisk Extreme III 30MB/s) and 25 mins (Kingston Elite Pro 133x) on a non-UDMA Firewire 400 card reader. It now takes just 3 minutes and downloads at a fairly constant 80MB/s. That's close enough to the rated 90MB/s for me!

It's not exactly a cheap buy but with the right gear, it's a seriously quick card and worth every penny.


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