... stumbled on a USB 3.0 'Transcend USB 3.0 Multi Card Reader RDF8'. My order just arrived here at work. Interesting, the reader has a USB 3.0 cable included and a proprietary figure-8 style connector on the card reader side. I was expecting a standard micro or mini connector. Has anyone seen this approach on other card readers (proprietray or off-standard connector)?
It's actually not a proprietary connection. It is the standard Micro USB 3.0 connection. It's wider to make room for the additional contacts that are required. It is also designed to be backwards compatible. You can plug a normal micro USB 2.0 cable into one side of. the port, although you will only get USB 2.0 speeds. Search google for a USB 3.0 A to Micro B cable if you need a longer one. I bought mine through DigiKey. Cables to Go is a good source for them too.
Nice - thanks for the insight. I only have one other USB 3.0 device, a hard drive dock from Thermaltake and it has a much larger connection on the peripheral side.
Good to know a standard micro cable would do in a pinch.
I have this card. http://www.amazon.com/Transcend-Compact-Flash-Card-400X/dp/B002WE4H8I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334940349&sr=8-1
I did a search before I bought it and it got as good or better reviews than the more expensive cards in all categories including speed and reliability (at least for my purposes of maxing out a 7D's FPS and video performance). Mine has been rock solid. I just ordered a second one to put in my 2nd body. Let me try to find that review site for you. Edit: here it is, http://sportsphotoguy.com/all-about-cf/
If you are planning to get some ridiculously more expensive card, I would get this one first and test it vs. Canon's advertised max FPS speed. It captures shots at what appears to be (without some crazy timed test) 100% of what the 7D is capable of, which is to say, extremely fast, and does great for video for me so far as well, no dropped frames to date. Nothing but flawless performance to this posting (knock on wood, but I'm not sure I even need to with this one) I have the 32GB model.
I have some 30MB/s Sandisk 8GB Extreme III cards and will try to test them head to head with the new 90MB/s Sandisk.
BTW, the link to the Sportsphotoguy site says:
"If you have the Canon EOS 5D Mk II, this camera can take advantage of class-leading performance of the SanDisk Extreme Pro 90 MB/sec cards."
The reasons I bought the Sandisk 90MB/s was
a) reliability - I have never had issue with Sandisk cards
b) I asked in this tread and many said they were good cards
c) I wanted one of the fastest (I know the 1000x Lexars are faster) card that would not impede the camera buffer. Transferring to the computer was secondary in terms of priority.
In my brief test yesterday on my 5D3 & Sandisk 90MB/s card, I think the max burst with full size raw and - JPEG enabled, both going to the same card was 6 shots. I have a Sandisk in the second slot in a fill and spill config. It would be interesting to see if the 90MB/s card exhibits a BIG difference in performance over the 30MB/s one.