Lexar Professional CompactFlash (CF) UDMA High-Speed Memory Card Reader with FireWire 800 Interface

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About Lexar

High-Speed Reader for Professional Photographers...
Lexar offers high-performance Professional UDMA readers designed to help professional photographers and advanced photo enthusiasts maximize their post-production workflow speed. Lexar Professional UDMA Readers are ideal for use with high-speed cards, and provide incredibly fast download speeds when paired with a UDMA card so you can maximize your workflow and minimize your post-production time.

The Lexar Professional UDMA FireWire 800 Reader is a high-performance reader with a stackable design that allows for concurrent downloads from multiple cards. Fully compatible with both UDMA CompactFlash (CF) and standard CF memorycards, the reader provides versatility and the ability to leverage blazing-fast UDMA CF card speeds.

Save Time and Improve Workflow...
High-Speed Downloads. The Lexar Professional UDMA FireWire 800 Reader supports the FireWire 800 interface with data transfer rates of up to 800Mb/sec (or 100MB/sec) twice as fast as traditional FireWire 400 which satisfies the demand for faster transfer rates from card to computer. When paired with a blazing-fast Lexar Professional UDMA card, the reader is performance optimized to deliver blazing fast read/write speed from the card.

Innovative, Stackable Design. Lexar Professional UDMA FireWire 800 Readers have an innovative stackable design that allows up to four readers to be daisy-chained together for concurrent downloads. This unique feature lets you configure the readers to your specific needs, and allows you to streamline your productivity and drastically accelerate your workflow capabilities. The stackable design makes it ideal for boosting productivity in a photo studio environment.

Enhance Your Business...
Lexar is the brand trusted by professionals. When used in conjunction with a UDMA CF card, the reader's high-speed performance allows you to reliably improve workflow and drastically accelerate download speeds from card to computer-saving you time and money.

The sleek, stackable reader comes with free, dedicated customer support and a two-year limited warranty. Designed with professional photographers in mind, the Lexar Professional UDMA FireWire 800 Reader delivers high-speed transfer speeds, so you can get back to the business of photography.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast transfer (22),Reliable (21),Lightweight (13),Durable dock (9),Excellent interface (7),Highly compatible (7),Large capacity / good size (6),Long cable (4)
Difficult setup (4)
Best Uses:
Image transfer (19),Digital photography (13),Cameras (7),Digital capture (7),Viewing images (4),All-around (3),Computers (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Professional (12),Enthusiast (9),Semi-professional (8),Tech savvy (7),Multimedia professional (5)

Lexar Features

  • FireWire 800 interface for high-speed file transfer*
  • Innovative, stackable design for concurrent downloads
  • Reads both UDMA CompactFlash (CF) and standard CF cards
  • Activity LED and card eject button
  • Lexar Two-year limited warranty

Reviews about this item

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(based on 39 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Fastest way to get images from CF to PC

For reading CF cards, this is the best reader I've used. It is extremely fast and multiple units stack very nicely right on top of one another. For those not familiar with Firewire 800 ports, they are NOT the same as a standard Firewire port. For most PC's, you'll need to add a Firewire 800 adapter card to uses this reader. However, if you use large capacity CF cards the speed difference with this reader is significant and definitely worth it.


Most Liked Negative Review


HIgh Hopes But Big Let Down

The unit was dead on Arrival. I sent Adorama a email telling them the unit didn't work and they said to send it back. NO PROBLEM IN THE RETURN OF THE LEXAR READER.

Reviewed by 39 customers


Bulky and unreliable


from Montreal, Canada  -  Professional

8 out of 10, the computer won't see the reader... Both on my pro book and imac. And its way too big.


great CF reader


from San Diego, CA  -  Professional

fast FW800 CF reader. can't wait for a thunderbolt or USB 3.0 reader!


Not reliable


from Montreal, Canada  -  Professional

Super fast transfer but sometimes it won't be recognized by my computer...I have to plug and unplug and jerk the cable for a while...


Works as advertized


from Salt Lake City  -  Semi-Professional

Works just fine.


solid reliable card reader


from San Bruno, CA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

The reader has a solid feel to it and reads quickly. I have not had a transfer error yet. The deep path to plug into the reader is not like the cheap usb readers and the plug in is solid. My only negative remark is that it takes a lot of force to plug it into the reader and it must be plugged in "fully". If I had it to do over again, I'd buy it again. Its a great reader.


wasted money


from Moreno Valley, Ca.  -  Semi-Professional

I tried to hook it up to my Imac the interface was hard to get to work finally I got a light tried to put my card in... tok a while but it would not enter correctly at all, finally I reverted back to my USB reader and it worked fine. Next day I tried again to get it to work... no luck plain Garbage from this manufacturer. I am sorry I wasted my money.


This is a real time saver


from Ben Lomond. CA.  -  Semi-Professional

I`ve gone thru 3 card readers in a year.why because they were poorly designed and kept bending the pins. This card reader has a long track that guides the card in perfectly.


Must have for large RAW files


from Portland, OR  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I use this to transfer RAW files. Without it I would grow old before the photo files would be on my computer. The firewire interface is the way to go.


Not again


from Atlanta GA  -  Professional

First review ever of a product for me and this one was given away last night to a student after it corupted yet another card. As a working Pro, the thought of losing images is just too much and after 5 cards having to be retrieved with software, its just not a risk I am going to take. Losing a Bride's photos is just not worth the risk. Reader costs way too much to act like this. When the reader worked it was fine and pretty fast, but it chose when it wanted to work.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Opens files and then looses them


from Eldorado, Illinois  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I have lost all the files on my card two different times. I opened the card then edited one of the files on my card and then proceeded to save as and then when I tried to open another file the card was empty. I thought my card had gone bad so I had it replaced and it done the same thing with the new card.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
WK A  As a long time Macintosh user I always prefer FireWire peripherals. I use 32GB Lexar UDMA cards in my Canon cameras and this Lexar FW800 CF Reader works well and allows daisy chaining (2 FW800 ports). Most modern Macintosh computers are becoming less FW friendly with only one FW800 port. The new clamshell laptops have their ports too close together so even USB devices need a cord to be used. And of course, USB cannot be daisy chained, so when you are out of ports, you are out of luck.
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