cheapest USB Compact Flash reader?

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chris thomas
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Does anyone know where I can buy a nice cheap usb compact flash card reader?

Chris.

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mooblie
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I got one thown in free with my "end of line" Epson 875DC Stylus Photo Printer for about £89+VAT from Jungle.com recently!

This printer includes a PCMCIA card slot on the front, and came with a free Compact Flash adapter (which also takes a Memory Stick to PCMCIA adpater), which means any device (PCMCIA/Compact Flash or Memory Stick) plugged into the printer appears on the desktop as a drive via the USB cable. Neat and free and all in the manufacturer's box from Epson. What more could you ask?

Sorry, Chris, this doesn't really answer your question, but may be a solution if you're looking for a printer concurrently. I think some HP printers have this too.

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chris thomas
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No problem, it's just that I had two 128mb CompactFlash cards full of pictures. Judging by my previous experiments, I thought that it would take over an hour to transfer them directly from my camera to hard disk, with the added irritation of zapping the camera batteries (you don't get a power adapater with my Powershot A20). However, I bit the bullet and downloaded them from the camera last night. It only took about 15 minutes in total, and that was with the first set of depleted batteries that ran out on me after taking only 250 photographs. It's paid to keep my used batteries!

Oh, btw, PC World only had a serial Compact Flash reader, and it was for sale for £50. Needless to say, I walked out, and saved myself £50.

Chris.

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vadonald
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A few months ago, I too was looking for a reader after getting a new camcorder with stills facility.
I looked around on the web, but in the end I got myself a reader from Jessops - the photo people. Mines a SmartMedia card I think, but they have readers for other types. Mine cost £30 - £20 less than the Panasonic equivalent. I believe that the other types were the same price.

chris thomas
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Yeah, I might still get one yet. I'll check Jessops out again.

Oh, btw, you will NEVER BELIEVE what I managed to do at the weekend. Since I've already typed the sorry story out once, here's an edited email I sent to some friends:

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I was sitting at Christian's dinner table, with some other friends, discussing movie making over a cup of tea. I'd taken my
digital camera. Mat asked me on what does the camera store it's
pictures on. I demonstrated by ejecting the £80 compact flash card
into the air in a graceful arc, plopping straight into his hot cup of
tea! It was at this point that my brain generated an interesting mix
of chemicals, causing the tingling sensation of gallons of adrenaline
rushing into my bloodstream; making time slow down, and forcing my
heart to reach 600 beats per minute. Ten seconds of staring at the
cup and violent swearing later, I resolved to transport Mat's fresh cup to the
sink, and pour the rather hot fresh tea and compact flash card into
my awaiting (and unburned) hand. A quick rinse under the cold tap,
blowing into the little data connector holes, vigorous drying with a
teatowel, and 20 minutes of sitting on Christian's warm sattelite
decoder later, the compact flash card tested ok.

...and the moral of the story is DON'T BE A £$%^ING IDIOT!

Well, at least my mother was right... she always said I was 'special'.

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mooblie
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I saw this and thought of you !

They do an even cheaper CF-only reader, but for an extra two quid, it's probably worth getting CF+SM capability.

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chris thomas
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Cheers, Moobile! At just under £20 all in, that's super! I've just ordered it. I'll let you know how it goes...

Chris.

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Stuart B-M
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Dear Chris,
Apologise for "crashing your thread"..

thank you "Mooblie" i ordered one as well, came yesterday and works fine.

Under windows ME it is "seen" as removable drive, (x2) X1 for CF and X1 for SM,

Only downside is it has now made "my computer" slightly more confusing as i now have A/C/D/E/F/G and Z drives

Just have to rename them

Works fine, and of course has given me another x2 forms of "extra large capacity" floppy drives as well.

Well worth the money, thank you for the link.

Regards all

tom hardwick
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The nice thing about the Jessops card reader is that it comes with a male/female cable that can plug into your USB port round the back, and lie on your desktop for any other USB appliance to plug into. Better than the hard wired versions of card reader methinks.

tom.

chris thomas
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Stuart! You say that you've already received yours? Mine's not come yet! Their website has given me a 'cant get your order status' message for the last week, so I phoned them up today, and it was apparently despatched last Thursday (31st Jan). Let's hope I get it soon!

Chris.

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chris thomas
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Hooray! Card reader arrived this morning. Will play with it tonight (oo-er!), and report back.

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chris thomas
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Chuffing Nora!

I spent two hours fiddling and installing, plugging in, uninstalling, unplugging, downloading 'newer' drivers, installing, uninstalling, swearing, unplugging, crying, and shouting.

The instructions for W2k said, install drivers from the accompanying CD, then plug in hardware, which I duly did. No dice. W2k reported that the 'device was already installed as a device or a service', which is bonkers.

The instructions for WinME said just boot up and plug in, and again, no luck. The manufacturer's website had 'drivers', which I duly downloaded, however they also refused to work, or update the current drivers.

Finally, I thought I'd attempt to install the CD in WindowsME, and after a quick reboot, lo and behold, no error message and two little extra drive letters (one for the CompactFlash slot, the other for the SmartMedia slot).

A short test later confirmed the device was finally bloody well working, which is just as well, as I was about to smash it to smithereens up the wall. Sheesh!

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