• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working for professional medium format digital cameras

    • Written by Benoit P from Halifax

    It doesn't work with medium format digital cameras. When shooting tethered, the camera stop working with an "communication error" message. On top of it, the adapter quickly becomes hot. In a nutshell: Useless, and possibly dangerous for the integrity of the equipment.

    Many pro photographers are coming back to Windows, no wonder.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    iMac 5k to Legacy FW 800

    • Written by Alan Y from Saint James

    Recently upgraded to a late 2015 5k 27" iMac from an early 2009 iMac. I have 3 FW 800 drives and they all are detected and work fine with this adapter. My drives are Drobo Gen 2 (powered), Western Digital My Book Studio (powered) and a Western Digital My Passport Studio (in chain).

    I was concerned given all the mixed reviews so I hope this may help others with a similar configuration.

    Alan

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works terrific! Eliminates needing the Ethernet port on your MacBook!

    • Written by Michele L from Grand Rapids

    Although having a port on your machine is more ideal, this nifty gadget does exactly as it's meant for. It's very portable with my other adapters and such that I take on the go. I feel an ethernet plug is one of those essential ports that should be part of the machine, but because they don't build them into the machines anymore, this is the next best thing. I find that this works fantastic to use for an ethernet connection using my Thunderbolt port of my MB Pro. I currently have a MacBook Pro Late 2013 Retina model. It has never failed me yet. Not sure about the other reviewer problems mentioned, but my use has been minimal, and has been for general use of modem/router & printer setups... or basically when direct connection is required for an initial setup and/or bluetooth setup, etc. I can connect to my device via ethernet just fine without getting errors or other problems. It was a great investment for me!

    3 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I so wanted it to work . . .

    • Written by Nicholas C from Alexandria

    I have an expensive Firewire (FW) 800 external drive that I have been using for the last few years. Rock solid and fast. Got new iMac 21.5" for office. Thought I could use this FW drive with new Thunderbolt port using this $29 adapter but no luck. Checked drive on two other FW 800 systems and the drive is perfect. Just to make absolute sure, I reformatted drive then tried again. No luck. Specifically, drive displays on desktop just fine (as any external drive does) but you are unable to transfer files to or from drive. Just a spinning beach ball. Also can't eject drive. Even "Force Eject" doesn't work. You have to unplug power to drive to get it off desktop. Too bad. Bought a seagate USB 3.0 drive and it is a little faster than FW 800.

    71 of 74 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what I need

    • Written by Scott R from Edmonton

    I can't speak to the issue some have had with devices that require bus power. But, for my particular need, it does the trick.

    I use an old MiniDV camcorder whose tape drive has become unreliable. The camera has a 4-conductor FireWire 400 output, so I decided to try using it as a direct camera input for iMovie. I purchased a FireWire 400 cable (4-conductor at one end and 8-conductor at the other) and patched that through a FireWire 400-to-800 adaptor plug to connect to a MacBook.

    This worked, but my newer MacBook Air has no FireWire. This Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter—effectively the third adapter in my Franken-cable—successfully connects my camcorder to my MacBook Air. Interestingly, the camera will not work properly with the current iMovie, but functions just fine with iMovie 9.09 (thankfully available as a free download, and still compatible with El Capitan).

    64 of 65 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great - Works for me...

    • Written by Glen M from Glen Iris

    I bought this because I now have a new late 2015 27" iMac and needed a way of connecting a Focusrite Safire Pro 26. The Focurite website states that this adapter works fine and I just connected it up then and its working perfectly. Presently I've got it powering the Safire Pro 26 but will probably end up running the unit off it's AC adapter for things like phantom power. But This little adapter works perfectly.

    So a big thumbs up from me.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter failure after thirteen months

    • Written by Thomas Lee H from Falls Church

    I have a 27 inch iMac late 2013 and 9 external firewire drives. I bought the adapter in August of 2014 and have been successfully using it for about a year. In the last month 3 of my drives that were connected to the Nitro firewire hub which was connected to the iMac via the Adapter cable. The Adapter stopped working shortly after the limited warranty expired. (The configuration is iMac-->Adapter->>Firewire 800 cable -->Nitro hub-->Newertech Voyager devices containing 4TB WD drives. While it worked, the drives sometimes disappeared but were always available after a reboot. (I was never able to determine if it was the iMac's "fault" or the Voyager) The real problem is that I spent hours trying to change various cables until I took an adapter from my other Mac and tried it. Everything then worked. Is there any way to TEST the Thunderbolt to Firewire Adapter? This cost me many hours and I don't know how long it will work before this other Adapter fails.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't even see my FW drives

    • Written by Thomas C from Houston

    Been through 2 adapters so far on my brand new 2015 mac mini with exactly the same results. Both my external drives work great via my older mac book pro firewire800 port, but through this adapter on the new mini they aren't even recognized. Its not the thunderbolt side, when monitors are attached to the mini via mini display port i get a good image. Its a useless adapter.

    Buyer beware... this technology does not work.

    65 of 72 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine on Mac, not on PC

    • Written by Scott G from Derby

    I purchased this, from an Apple reseller to use with my PC (MacBook Pro already has firewire 800 port) it works well, however, if I restart my Dell T1700 with the adapter plugged in the PC will POST but fails to BOOT. Thus freezing on the boot screen indefinitely.
    The adapter and PC are both fine and have no hardware issues (Dell engineer replaced thunderbolt card and same issue), this is purely a compatibility issue.

    This adapter is not fully Windows compatible.

    However, it works well on other Macs (I have access to 2014 iMacs)

    19 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work for harddrive and audio interface

    • Written by Cheong L from London

    Too bad I haven't read the reviews before buying it. I have two external hard drive and a Focusrite Saffire LE audio interface. I rely on them for my sound recording work. I bought this adaptor, hoping that I can use them on a new macbook pro, although their light are on indicating that there are power coming through, none of devices were detected on the computer.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    BUS power direction

    • Written by Richard H from hunters hill

    Finally received one and discovered a very interesting BUS power direction. TB --> FW800 device = ok. However, FW800 --> TB device = n/a (no power!) Even with TB AC power hub!?!

    ie TB port (ie MBP, iMac, MacPro) --> FW800 (ie external drive with BUS power, digital backs etc) will work vs FW800 port (ie old MBP) --> TB device (ie external drive) will NOT work.

    Hope that helps...

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unacceptable. Ejects external drive constantly.

    • Written by ben L from elwood

    Constantly ejects my hard drive. The design of the adapter with its very short semi-flexible cord significantly exacerbates any movement at both interfaces, and the firewire input does not provide a secure connection befitting professional devices. A longer, more flexible cable and a better quality firewire input would go some way toward addressing these problems.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Adapter causes iMac 2012 to freeze immediately after connection

    • Written by Lionel N from Singapore

    I have 2 of these adapters, and recently I noticed my FW800 drives are causing the iMac to freeze almost 1 second after connecting the drive to the iMac 2012 via the FW800-Thunderbolt Adapter.

    Freeze means everything stops, screen, mouse, nothing works. Even pressing the power to sleep doesn't work. The solution is to hard power off and power on again.

    Pretty sure one of the adapters was causing a problem, so I marked them as A & B. Sure enough, the one marked A caused random freezes. It's like sometimes it freezes, sometimes it doesn't.

    1 of 1 people found this useful