Compact Flash Card Slot on new Macbook Pros?

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    The SD Card is now the standard memory card for cameras up to prosumer level, which is why it's now used by Apple.
     
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    I don't know a single prosumer that uses SD cards in video or photography work. High end cameras such as Canon 7D/5D/and the infamous 1D all use CF cards.

    Since this is a Macbook PRO, it should have pro qualities. Best solution I think, would be to keep SD slot on the 13" and add CF cards on the 15" & 17", since they will probably have full HD resolution for high quality videos/photography. I'm hoping atleast.
     
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    I think he meant SD cards stop being standard at the prosumer level.
     
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    It seems the opposite may be true. With the Nikon D300s (which is considered a prosumer level DSLR), they adopted dual card slots - one CF and one SD. I wouldn't be surprised to see the refresh of the D700, and even the next pro camera (i.e. D4/D4x) from Nikon have SD card slots.

    I'm not aware of another notebook that has a CF card slot. Correct me if I'm wrong.
     
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    I doubt it - Apple is big on design and having a CF slot would change the aesthetics as well as internal layout of the machines. Given the overwhelming number of cameras that use SD vs CF it would make no sense for Apple to abandon it for CF.
     
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    I fully agree, pro cameras use Compact Flash.

    While the MBP may have pro in it's name, Apple's target customer base isn't the pro market. It's the lucrative mid to high end consumer sales Apple are aiming for. The sort of people who own prosumer cameras. :)
     
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    The first time I noticed that the MacBook pro had an SD card slot I was kind of surprised. I always viewed these memory card technologies as rapidly changing...as soon as they came out with one size they would just keep making them smaller and smaller...I'm not up to date on the status of SD cards but I think apple should find something else to put in there.:apple:
     
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    SD and it's variations are currently the most popular memory cards in use so there's no reason to change it.
     
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    It does, it has prosumer qualities. Apple is in business to sell computers, phones and music players and they do it very well.
     
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    I do not see the need for a CF slot. Just use the existing FireWire port and a UDMA card reader and you'll be good to go.
     
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    HP did this years ago on some of their laptops. It was replaced with SD in the next iteration.

    IMHO, SD will appeal to a far greater number of users than a CF slot. I'd put chances of seeing a CF slot in a Macbook as somewhere between slim and none.
     
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    That's actually my current solution. But it would be nice with a CF slot though :) Just saying haha
     
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    Out of curiosity, are there technical benefits to CF over SD? I don't know an awful lot about CF -- not since it stopped being used on consumer electronics in favour of SD.

    SD does seem to be developing faster -- regularly doubling in size and increasing in speed. Is that to catch up with CF?

    I'm wondering if pro-level equipment manufacturers have stuck with CF just because it's historically been used by pro users who are much less amenable to change than consumer-level users.

    I suppose my question is: Is CF the 'standard' for Pro equipment because it's better than SD, or is it the standard simply by convention and resistance to change from the pro market?

    (that's not a criticism, by the way - I can completely understand that when you've invested in a technology to the level that a pro would do, you don't always want that ditched for the latest-greatest just because it's there)
     
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    @displaced

    Its the standard because professionals have been using it in digital photography from day one so there is no need to change. More importantly, it is faster than SD and available in larger capacities.
     
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    I agree 100%. I'm a photographer and would love to see a CF card slot on
    the 15" & 17".
     
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    It took Apple a looong time to get SD slot in the MBPs, I don't see them putting CF. There are too few of their customers using it.
     
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    ...that's right...:)
    I guess they'd include a Blu-ray drive before adding a CF card slot.
     
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    Really can`t see CF happening, it wouldn`t fit in with Apples current trend of removing things and slimming down.
    Less is more, apparently.
     
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    Apple moving from new and tiny to old and large? Yeah right.

    You could try using a SD to CF card adapter, so you can put SD cards in your camera.
     
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    Yeah...that would be a professional solution...:rolleyes:
     
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    The ones I've looked at (hey, I was curious) all appeared to be pretty slow. Better to stick with CF in camera and use a USB or firewire reader.
     

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