I think it's safe to say that a large percentage of photographers are Apple users. I believe that a lot of those same users don't enjoy importing their photos using USB 2.0 card readers. Making matters worse is having to hear their PC friends brag about their fast USB 3.0 card readers. Granted, if funding isn't an issue, this could all be solved by buying a Mac Pro and adding in a USB 3.0 PCI card.
Well, there is another solution to this problem. In fact, it's an old solution in a new package. Firewire 800 card readers more or less vanished upon discontinuation of the controller boards used in the majority of these devices. This caused prices of these now "limited edition" card readers to skyrocket on the used market. Often selling for two or three times the price of the original retail versions.
Before we all rush out to buy Dell laptops, let me tell you about a new Firewire 800 compact flash card reader on the market. It's made by a company called Delock. It's not the prettiest gadget I've ever seen; but at a price of roughly $50 I'm willing to look past that. Currently it seems the card reader is a little tricky to find in North America. There is a company based in Montreal, QC selling it online though: memorydepot.com
Via: Rob Galibraith