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    I was out on a shoot today and my duel adapter decided that today was a good day to die.

    I have always hated how the thing is designed, but its always done the job. I especially don't like the way it hangs off your laptop in the field when you get in tight spaces and dont have a desk to sit it on right next to your laptop. I am surprised its lasted as long as it has - so props for that much to the Duel Adapters gang.

    So anyway...

    Do y'all think buying a new adapter makes sense, or any thoughts on just buying a cheap laptop with a built-in PCMCIA slot?

    A slightly older laptop is fairly cheap these days, and I dont need the laptop for anything but transferring footage. I lug around a big ol' Dell E1705 (17incher) as it is now, so maybe it makes sense to just buy a cheap-o smaller one.

    The new Panasonic adapter is $350 and I can get a whole new laptop for that.

    I'd love to hear the pearls of wisdom this site so often spews forth...

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    Mike


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    my old powerbook G4 works great for P2 transfer. the only drag is it only has usb1.0 (as opposed to the MUCH faster 2.0) so if a client brings me a usb drive, its painfully slow.

    so what i generally do is:
    1. just transfer everything to the internal drive then dump it to all firewire drive back at the studio
    2. bring my own firewire drive to hand off to clients.


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    There's the new Panasonic PCD2 single-slot USB reader...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry_Green View Post
    There's the new Panasonic PCD2 single-slot USB reader...
    Barry,

    How much longer before we see it ?


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    Barry,

    How much longer before we see it ?
    I don't know -- I thought the new press release said it was "available immediately" so I would expect it to be in stock very soon.


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    Get a Lenovo R500 along with an ExpressCard eSATA or FireWire 800 adapter and then a copy of Mac Drive.

    You'll never be the same!


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    I use an older Powerbook and a Duel with equal success. I understand many people have problems with Duel but mine has always worked flawlessly. I must be living right.
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    I just noticed the Addonics adapter is only $60 and works just as well in my PC world...

    It seems this would also solve the issues presented by having the Duel adapter hanging off the side of the laptop, I think I'll go the Addonics route this time!

    Thanks for your thoughts y'all.

    Mike
    Last edited by valladao65; 04-13-2010 at 07:20 AM.


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    Barry:

    There is some conflicting info about pricing over a the NAB2010 feed.

    Is it $250 or $350?
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