hi-speed compactflash worth it?

Ambrose Chapel

macrumors 65816
Original poster
Jul 24, 2002
i just bought a d-rebel xt and now i need to upgrade my memory. i want to get a 1GB compactflash card, so i was looking around and saw that buy.com has these two:

Kingston 1GB Elite Pro Card for $70 or a vanilla Kingston 1GB card for $50.

the blurb for the Pro card claims transfer rates of up to 8 MB/sec & write performance and a read speed of 10 MB/sec. my question is, is it worth it to go with this Pro card? will it make a difference in the camera? i'll be uploading the pics to my TiBook using a card reader (and usb 1.1), though i'll be getting a new Mac within a year that will obviously have usb 2.0.



Moderator emeritus
Jul 28, 2003
Citizens Bank Park
I have two 258 CF cards. One is "high-speed" while the other is not. The only difference I see is when I want to take two pics back-to-back real quick. I high speed card seems to be ready to take the next pic much sooner than the standard card.


Moderator emeritus
Jun 25, 2002
Gone but not forgotten.
I've seen a big difference between 1x, 4x, 16x, and 50x cards. The Pro card which you've mentioned is about 40x/50x. Your camera should be able to take advantage of the card's speed. I'm still impatient when I'm uploading 100+ 5 MP shots into the computer from my fastest card.

You might also check out the SanDisk Extreme III, which I believe is twice as fast as the fastest card I have, an Ultra II.


macrumors 603
Jul 17, 2004
High Speed CF cards are much better suited to higher-end cameras where you snap off pictures one after the other. That way you don't fill up your camera's buffer with pictures.

Lower Speed CF cards are fine for taking studio pictures. But if you want to take pictures of a soccer game or something, then you might hit your camera's buffer limit a few times. (Means that you must wait for buffer data to be written to the card).

Go for something 30x and up, that's my thought.


macrumors 68030
May 11, 2004
fig tree
this probably isnt an issue with your new camera, but with my hp photosmart camera, i had a cheap sd card (actaually free with the camera) and then got a 40x 256mb kingmax card and noticed no difference because the bottleneck was the camera. just a thought
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