Compact Flash (CF) cards are the ideal storage medium if you're working with professional equipment.
SanDisk CF Extreme Pro 64GB 160MB
List price 119.49
SanDisk Extreme CompactFlash 64GB 120MB/s
List price 69.49
SanDisk Extreme Pro CF 128GB 160 MB/s
List price 211.-
Sandisk CF Extreme 32GB 120MB/s
List price 60.99
Sandisk Extreme PRO CF 32GB 160MBs
List price 80.49
SanDisk CF 128GB Extreme 120MB/sec
List price 130.49
SanDisk CF 256GB Extreme Pro 160MB/s
List price 427.-
Transcend 16GB CF Ultimate 1000x
List price 46.99
Transcend 64GB CF Ultimate 1000x
Integral 256GB CompactFlash UltimaPro 160/135MB/s
Integral 128GB CompactFlash UltimaPro 160/135MB/s
Integral CompactFlash 155/130MB/s 64GB
What is a CF card?
A Compact Flash (CF) card is a type of memory card introduced by SanDisk in 1994. Its higher storage speed and larger memory capacity in comparison to market forerunners saw this card type rapidly grow into an important storage medium for camera and computer use. Despite the advent of the SD card, CF cards are still very popular in professional DSLR cameras and HD filming equipment. The larger size of SD cards makes them less suitable for compact models.
Following the introduction of the Compact Flash card, two mainstream models followed that are still commonplace. Type I measures 3.3mm in thickness, and type II 5mm. The first type can be used in devices that are compatible with both; due to its thickness, type II can only be used in type II compatible devices. In particular, the latter is used in higher capacity cameras.
Storage capacity and transfer speed
CF cards are available in different formats, up to a whopping 256GB. This not only makes them suitable for mirrorless or DSLR cameras, but also for Ultra HD video equipment. In addition to the favourable storage capacity, the transfer speed is another huge plus point of the Compact Flash card. Speeds of 50, or even 160 MB/s, are par for the course and show that this card type can still be immensely beneficial for use in your camera.