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09/24/2007 03:57:25 PM · #1

I just got a Canon 300D, my first DSLR and bought an "Extreme III" CF card and it surprises me how slow the pictures transfer to my computer.

I transferred about 640MB of pictures and it took a little over an hour. This is way slower than the point and shoot I'm replacing, a Canon A610.

Is the 300D not USB 2.0? or is this normal?

Do most people buy CF card readers to fix this problem? Would this fix it?
09/24/2007 04:00:53 PM · #2
I don't think that the 300D is USB2.

A card reader is certainly the quicker option by far and you don't use the camera battery during transfer, either.
09/24/2007 04:17:10 PM · #3
most modern PC's have a variety of card readers already built in, if yours doesn't (or is a laptop) you can buy a Sandisk Extreme CF card reader from Amazon for only about $25.

This will transfer everything in minutes.
09/24/2007 04:50:52 PM · #4
How old is your computer? It might not have a high speed USB port. I have the same problem with my home computer but not with my "newer" work computer.
09/24/2007 05:13:11 PM · #5
The 300D almost certainly is not USB 2.0; buy a card reader, preferably a FireWire one (if you have FIreWire on your 'pooter) or one marked "USB 2.0 High-Speed" if you don't have FireWire.
09/24/2007 06:27:38 PM · #6
Yeah, a card reader is the way to go, if for nothing else, it saves precious battery power. Make sure, if you find a very good deal on one, that it is not CF-I. Make sure it is CF-II. CF-I will work, but it will be much slower.
09/24/2007 06:32:28 PM · #7
One of the best things I have bought is a JOBO external hard drive. It allows me to plug my card in and download the photos on to it, on my way home from the shoot.

Bam! Now I have two coppies of my photos. Two is better than one.

Then I plug the hard drive in my computer, usb 2.0, Seriously it will download about 26gb in an hour. It is the fastest thing I have ever worked with.

09/24/2007 06:41:05 PM · #8
Get yourself a Lexar Firewire CF card reader, you wont be disappointed.
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