SOLVED: Importing images from CF cards into iPad

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Boomanbb
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SOLVED: Importing images from CF cards into iPad

Hello,

I bought an iPad Air to use as a portable image viewer and lightweight editor thinking I could use one of the rare Lightning to CF reader dongles. Turns out that the only company I trusted to buy from stopped selling the device. Turns out, it is easy to read any kind of memory card. You just need enough power to do it.

You will need a powered USB hub, the USB Camera Connection kit and of course your card reader. The picture should say it all. Here it is, the iPad reading images from one of the most power hungry CF cards made, the 1GB Microdrive!

Check back later when I finish my battery powered version of this project.

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Re: SOLVED: Importing images from CF cards into iPad

Hi, that looks fairly complicated!. I have just bought a apple lightening sd card camera connector for iPad 4, but it doesn't recognise my sony memory stick. Any suggestions?. Thanks, John.

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Re: SOLVED: Importing images from CF cards into iPad

The Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adaptor only works with supported cameras.

The Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader only works with SD cards.

Third party hardware, software hacks, etc. are unsupported. The simple answer is some of them may work some of the time, none will work all of the time. Any of them could possibly damage your device or void your warranty. If you’re a tinkerer, tinker away, but $50 to $100 later, you may have nothing that works.

For your requirements I’d look to a wireless solution like a Kingston Mobilelite wireless hub. It will accept card readers (among other inputs). OTOH, it’s also really easy to transfer files wirelessly from a PC/Mac to your tablet without spending any money at all.

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Re: SOLVED: Importing images from CF cards into iPad

Its actually very safe and very easy. You will do absolutely no damage to your iPad connecting a hub to it and it is the only way to connect certian midi devices for instance. Follow the information in the Apple kb for additional details. I will have a cleaned up version of the setup in a day or two for you too see.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4101

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Re: SOLVED: Importing images from CF cards into iPad

Depending upon how much power the media draws, you may be able to read it by plugging a cheap unpowered USB hub into the Camera Connection kit and then plugging your card reader into the hub's USB port.

That worked for me with CF cards of 4GB or less. I needed a powered hub to read larger capacity cards.

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Now using a Li-Po battery to power the hub. Found an inexpensive folio case for the Air and velcro adhesive strips to hold the hub and battery on the back. The whole thing works like a champ and really expands the types of devices I can now use with my iPad. The hub doesn't draw power until a device is plugged in.

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pavi1 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,786
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This works great for third gen iPad and all my CF cards. I do not have a micro drive and never will so do not know how or if it will work with a micro drive.

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Menneisyys Senior Member • Posts: 1,435
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pavi1 wrote: I do not have a micro drive and never will so do not know how or if it will work with a micro drive.

It won't, given that there are currents on the order of 190 mA, peak 310 mA. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microdrive ) and Apple have artificially made "high-current" peripherals like this useless - to avoid people connecting for example USB memory sticks to import videos from.

Very typical of Apple.

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Well, I can tell you that I can easily read a microdrive with this powered hub setup since the battery pack is supplying the power. Not that I would want to use that slow card, rather it was a demonstration that by using a powered hub you can access devices previously off limits to the iPad.

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Boomanbb wrote:

Well, I can tell you that I can easily read a microdrive with this powered hub setup since the battery pack is supplying the power. Not that I would want to use that slow card, rather it was a demonstration that by using a powered hub you can access devices previously off limits to the iPad.

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I've been speaking about a not externally powered solution - something that Apple have deliberately disabled after the 3.2.0 "fiasco" in iPad 1. (3.2.0 still allowed for "high" power peripherals. Then, Apple noticed they really don't want to power external peripherals, including all kinds of USB sticks, to protect their lucrative $100 / capacity doubling storage business. This is why they introduced the 100 mA restriction in 3.2.1 and all iPad firmware versions ever since.)

lumpster New Member • Posts: 1
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I spent some time digging around various sites trying to figure out how to import and edit RAW photos from my Canon 5D Mk III (with firmware version 1.3.4) to an iPad mini 4 (running iOS 10.3.2) -- so I didn't have to lug around a laptop to edit RAW, create .jpegs, and then send them on. I found two techniques that "just worked" for me. Not saying there might not be better solutions, but these two worked for me with a minimum of muss and fuss.

If your CF card is still in the camera, start with the USB cable that comes with the camera (IFC-500U, in the case of my 5D Mk III). It connects the mini USB B-type socket in the camera to anything that can take a standard USB port (computer, etc). Connect the standard USB connector to the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter ($29 from Apple). Plug that into your iPad mini, turn on the camera, and the Photo app should "just read" from the CF drive in the camera using the camera's power. Upside (at least to me) is simplicity; connect two cables and you're done. Downside (at least to me) is having to leave the camera turned on to power the CF slot so you can import images, draining the camera's battery.

If your CF card is not still in the camera, then believe the various posts that say that you need a powered CF slot... a simple CF-to-USB adapter won't work. At least, I couldn't get it to work, and I happen to believe comments elsewhere that the insufficient power from the Lightning slot is the culprit.

Insteadk, I used a Unitek Y-3123 USB 3.0 Port Hub + Card Reader. Plug the AC adapter that comes with the Unitek into any AC outlet, plug the USB 3.0 cable that comes with the Unitek from the Unitek Hub to the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter ($29 from Apple), insert the CF card into the CF slot in the Unitek, and the Lightning cable into the iPad mini. The Photo app should "just read" from the CF drive in the Hub. Upside is you can use any media (SD, microSD, not just CF), if you believe the Unitek spec's. Downside is you need the Hub and external power.

In both cases, it was trivial to import RAW photos into the app on the iPad mini. I happen to use Adobe Lightroom Mobile, and it works well for me, but I know there are other applications that other users love (so not absolutely NOT trying to plug Adobe).

Reviews on the Unitek device seem all over the map, some saying they've used the device for years without incident and love the device, some saying it died after a few months and hate the device, some saying it corrupted images on their CF cards and they hate the company. All I can say is ... it's worked well for me (but willing to add "so far."). I'm NOT using the Unitek as a generic USB 3.0 hub, and I'm certainly NOT trying to push any speed limits, so your mileage may vary.

Also, important to note that the CF slot in the Unitek is very shallow (unlike many other CF adapters that I also use). This means most of the CF card remains outside the Hub enclosure. So my standard advice is to be very gentle and very careful inserting the CF card into the CF slot on the Hub.

Finally, per DPReview rules, I'm not intending to endorse any products here, but simply trying to be complete in my description of two configurations that worked for me.

wklee Veteran Member • Posts: 6,143
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This is a 4 year old discussion which has got revived but seeing that iOS 10 blocks the use of 3rd party powered hubs in favour of the new Apple Lightning to USB 3 dongle, I doubt it will work anymore going forward.

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Re: SOLVED: Importing images from CF cards into iPad

wklee wrote:

This is a 4 year old discussion which has got revived but seeing that iOS 10 blocks the use of 3rd party powered hubs in favour of the new Apple Lightning to USB 3 dongle, I doubt it will work anymore going forward.

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Yes, as the OP that many years ago I have found that if you just use this:

https://www.amazon.com/Apple-MK0W2AM-Lightning-Camera-Adapter/dp/B01F7KJDIM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1498592292&sr=8-3&keywords=apple+usb+lightning+adapter

along with your iPad power supply, you can then connect either your camera or a card reader without issue.

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Just a quick heads up for anyone trying IOS11. The SD card reader crashes the Photos app. If you need this function then stick to IOS10 for now.

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