It goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: pro photographers deal with a lot of photos. Each assignment can mean several thousands, all of which need to be imported to the computer for sorting and post processing. A new card reader hub from Lexar, however, promises to make at least the importing part of the process that much faster and more efficient.
Officially dubbed the Professional Workflow HR1, the hub is equipped with four slots that can handle any four insertable card readers that suit you best. If you use only CF cards, pack it with four CF card readers. If you’re going to need CF, SD and XQD readers, no problem — each reader is sold separately so you can customize to your heart’s desire.
The hub itself is equipped with a USB 3.0 cable that hooks into your computer, and every card reader stacked inside can upload at the same time through that one cable. If, on the other hand, you’re on the go, each individual reader also comes with a USB 3.0 hookup on the back so you can remove the needed reader from the hub and throw it in your camera bag.
Now all you need is a crazy-efficient Lightroom workflow à la Nick Fancher and you’ll be working so fast you won’t even know what to do with all the free time.
The HR1 hub is available for pre-order from B&H now, with an expected ship date of September 16th. The hub itself costs $80, while the SR1 (for SD cards), CFR1 (for CF cards) and XR1 (for XQD cards) individual readers will run you $30, $30, and $45, respectively.