The Swag Bag Giveaway Just Got Bigger…

Thank Kubota Image Tools for upping the ante in the Swag Bag Giveaway.

Kubota Image Tools had generously said it would hand out a $100 value gift certificate to the Swag Bag winner.  Well, I just got Kubota’s prize pack in the mail and what I found inside is over twice that value. [Read more…]

SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-I SD Card in the Nikon D7000

The Nikon D7000 is the first DSLR to take advantage of the new UHS-I SD card specification.  Unfortunately though, it doesn’t appear to take full advantage of that speed potential.  The Nikon D7000’s buffer seems to cap at 10 frames during continuous high speed shooting no matter which SD card is inserted.

I got my hands on the latest SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-I SDHC cards, which are due out in March, to see just how well they worked in this first-generation UHS-I camera.

While the difference between the SanDisk Extreme and Extreme Pro SD cards is marginal in the D7000, there is still an obvious difference.  After capturing the full complement of 10 frames at the D7000’s max frame rate of 6fps, the D7000 delivered the following results with each of the cards. [Read more…]

SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I Card Announced

SanDisk has announced a new line of Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I cards. The UHS-I speed boost can be taken advantage with new UHS devices like the Nikon D7000.

The new Extreme Pro cards provide read/write speeds up to 45MB/sec.  When used with non-UHS devices, the Extreme Pro cards provide a max read/write speed of 25MB/sec.

SanDisk’s Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I card is available in 8GB to 32GB capacities and retails from $109.99 to $349.99.  Check availability on

In addition to the new Extreme Pro cards, SanDisk also announced a new Extreme Pro ExpressCard adapter for use with SDHC and SDXC UHS-I cards.  The Extreme Pro ExpressCard adapter retails for $49.99.  Check availability on

More details in the press release below. [Read more…]

New Compact Flash Specs Proposed by Sony, Nikon, SanDisk

SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB CF Card

The future of camera memory cards may be a new CF card that offers transfer rates of 500 MB/sec and capacity in excess of 2 TB. The development of these proposed specifications were announced today as part of a joint effort among Sony, Nikon and SanDisk.

Nikon, SanDisk and Sony have submitted these high-powered specs to the CompactFlash Association in hopes of a future standardization of the format.  The new card specifications are based on a PCI Express interface (in order to achieve a 500 MB/sec transfer rate) instead of the Parallel ATA interface used in current generation cards.

According to the statement issued by SanDisk, Sony and Nikon, the new cards will be similar in size to existing CF cards.  Hopefully, that also serves as a hint that the new cards will do away with the pins inside camera, which are so susceptible to being bent.

Complete details of the announcement are below. [Read more…]