The solution to connecting your older Firewire 400 gear is an easy one. You buy a converter. No news here, really, they’ve been out for a while. What is news is that Newertech has announced a cheap converter. We like that it doesn’t have a cable attached. It just modifies your existing Firewire cable. Better than having another length of cable to carry about.
Newertech’s pricing is $US12.99. Locally that translates to $22.90 at MacFixIt.
Shopping around we found that Moshi’s converter, a similar product but with a short length of cable, is going at epowermac for $19.95. Even cheaper.