• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flimsy thunderbolt plug

    • Written by Maciej R from London

    It usually works fine until you move your device. Often disconnects if you touch it and falls off if you move your device.

    The issue with pretty much all thunderbolt 1 and 2 apple connectors that I used including display cables.

    I think it is greatly overpriced considering this problem.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine, just be careful to have an old version of iMovie

    • Written by Matthew T from Etoy

    Wanted to connect up an old 2005 Canon DV camcorder to my MacBook Air 2017 - and yes it works!
    I needed a FireWire 400 to 800 adapter (found on internet) and there are a few bugs with the clips getting muddled up by year/month.
    The trick is to have the right version of iMovie - I have version '09 (version 8.0.6) since this is my 3rd MacBook and I have always imported the disk and not reinstalled the various Apple components unless required.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This adapter won't work with new iMacs

    • Written by Gary P from Austin

    So I buy a brand new (2017) top of the line 27" iMac (this is my 3rd iMac) and it doesn't have a connection for my Firewire RAID external hard drive. So I order a Thunderbolt to Firewire (Apple) adapter from B&H Photo. Guess what, it won't work with my new iMac because the adapter is Thunderbolt 2 and the new iMac has Thunderbolt 3 connections. I think Apple needs to clearly state in the description of this adapter that it is only for Thunderbolt 2 and will not work with current iMacs. My RAID drive also has eSATA so I am ordering an adapter cable to connect to the USB-3 ports. Let's hope that works. Be prepared that when you buy that new Mac, you are going to be spending a lot of additional money on adapter cables or replacing your peripherals.

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt to Firewire Adapter + Thunderbolt3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt2

    • Written by Jon N from Sugar Land

    I have a number of Firewire devices used with my older Macs. A recent upgrade to a 2017 27" iMac left me without Firewire, so I have successfully attached the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to my new iMac, and to that, the Thunderbolt to Firewire Adapter adapter. I an pleased to report it all works. I have checked three different Firewire external drives with my system, two of which are powered over Firewire and they all work. I attached my old Canon MiniDV camcorder, fired up iMovie, and it also works. The camcorder was daisy chained off of one of the external drives (WD My Book Studio).

    I've not tried this with a MacBook, so your results may vary.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It worked, but iMovie 10 couldn't import audio from my camcorder

    • Written by Karen P from Duluth

    I got this adapter to import mini-DV tape footage from my Canon Optura Pi camcorder into my Mac (running 10.13.3). With this adapter, both iMovie 10 (current) and iMovie 9 (2011) could import the footage, but iMovie 10 could not import the sound. Using iMovie 9, I made a movie, and then had trouble making a DVD with iDVD (from 2012); iDVD only found the themes one time, and kept crashing or freezing and having to be "Forced to Quit." Conclusion: The adapter worked, but iMovie 10 couldn't bring in the audio. Unless you want to try 3rd party software, this adapter may not help much for turning mini-DV footage into movies on DVD.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Firewire harddisk on newer Apple computer

    • Written by Rudi C from Holte

    Cable works fine, it's just not a stand alone cable.
    From computer to harddisk you need to daisy chain 3 cables:
    -Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
    -Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter
    -Firewire 800 cable

    Not that elegant, any very expensive.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked out pretty well for me!

    • Written by Laurent D from Dilbeek

    I bought this for my Mac Pro 2013 because my Audio Interface (Steinberg MR816csx) needed this FireWire Adapter. I was a bit scared if it would work or not, but it works just fine! Really happy! :-)

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Had to buy another

    • Written by Andrew G from New Orleans

    Using some legacy FW 400 sound gear - have to buy an adapter for the adapter.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine for my use (Migration Assistant)

    • Written by Howard B from Pittsford

    I bought this adapter (and the Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 adapter) to connect my 2009 MacBook Pro (using the firewire port) and my new 2016 MacBook Pro (w/o TouchBar). I started the older MacBook in target mode, and then ran the Migration Assistant on the new MacBook. Everything went OK, and was much faster than WiFi. I have an older firewire hard drive, and that works fine through the adapter.
    I can't comment on the longevity of the adapter.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    breaks super fast

    • Written by Alexander D from Hermosa Beach

    i have bought 2 of these and both only lasted me 4-6 uploads from my videocamera before breaking. i thought maybe it was my fire wire so i got a new fire wire but nothing changed. i tested both firewires directly into very old computers that still had the firewire plug and both worked fine. Amazing how a technology developed by apple in the late 80s works better than the adapters they make for that tech now...

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine---but not forever!

    • Written by Keith B from Santa Monica

    My adapter perfectly accommodated my 9-drive external FW800 daisy chain to my Thunderbolt-equipped Macbook Pro. After a little over 2 years of light use---estimated at about 3 hours per day for the year--- the external drives along the daisy chain started having connectivity and random unmounting of volumes issues. I finally swapped a fresh Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter into the line, and all issues disappeared. Buy one, and then buy a spare.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    HDV camera - FW to Thunderbolt

    • Written by Christopher S from Dundas

    Purchased the adapter to support moving data from a Canon HDV-20 video camera to my Macbook Pro. I run a FW 400 to FW 800 cable to this adapter. Works as designed and intended.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfectly

    • Written by John H from Dudley

    I'm using this adapter to connect a 4 drive array to my 2014 Mini. Works exactly like it should. Have been using 24/7 for 2 weeks without issue.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great for me

    • Written by charles W from Portland

    I have two older LaCie FW external HD's. Bought new 21.5 Retina display iMac running Sierra. This adapter works perfectly and the performance is even faster than straight FW connection to the old iMac.

    I wonder if some folks are trying to use this adapter for something it was not designed to do.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Firewire 800 to Thunderbolt Adapter

    • Written by Jeffrey G from Burbank

    I am using it to connect a NewerTech GMax Mini to my new Mac Mini 3.0Ghz//16/2T Fusion. Works very well.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 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.


    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.

    67 of 70 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