Kingston Digital CompactFlash Ultimate 600x 32 GB Flash Drive CF/32GB-U3
The ultimate card for professional photographers. Professional photographers need Flash memory they can count on for even the most demanding shoots. CompactFlash Ultimate 600x offers sustained write speed ratings of up to 600x, making it Kingston’s … see full wiki
Kingston's Fastest: A Kingston Technology Digital CompactFlash Ultimate 600x 32 GB Flash Drive CF/32GB-U3 Review
Apr 10, 2013
With fast shooting high mega pixel digital cameras, the CompactFlash memory card can be a major performance factor, especially now that many DSLR cameras include video capture. Why would anyone bother purchasing an expensive DSLR camera and use a slow CompactFlash memory card? I'd rather take advantage of a high performance CompactFlash memory card than become frustrated with shutter slowdowns and time consuming image transfers. 32GB of memory is great for my camera's larger sized images, but is the Kingston Technology Ultimate 600x CompactFlash memory card a good match for my Canon EOS 7D?
The Kingston Technology Ultimate 600x CompactFlash memory card, assembled in Taiwan, boasts speed ratings in ideal conditions at up to 90MB/sec. read and write in UDMA 6 compatible devices. Fast read/write speeds are desirable with large image files, especially when there are many. Plus cameras typically use buffer memory to hold images while writing to the card during continuous shots. At some point, if the card cannot write fast enough, the camera will stop shooting until the buffer clears enough room for more images. The speed of this CompactFlash memory card is reasonably quick; however there are faster cards on the market if you're willing to pay extra. It would also require UDMA 7 compatible devices to achieve the performance increases.
The Kingston Technology Ultimate 600x CompactFlash memory card is designed to withstand tough weather conditions. Operating temperatures include 32° to 140°F / 0° to 60°C while storage temperatures include -4° to 185°F / -20° to 85° C. Plus an economical auto-sleep mode preserves system battery life
People generally want to know how many images a card will hold. This is a difficult question to answer and greatly depends on the card, the camera being used, and the camera's settings. Although I've provided image counts based on a few settings on my Canon 7D for an idea of what this card holds. The 7D cannot provide counts above 999, so image counts are approximated by using a 16GB card with the quantity doubled.
If you're worried about reliability, the Ultimate 600x CompactFlash memory cards are backed by a lifetime warranty within the US as long as owned by the original purchaser. The warranty ensures the Kingston Technology Ultimate 600x CompactFlash memory card is free of defects in materials and workmanship under normal use.
Professional level CompactFlash memory cards commonly include data recovery software. Kingston Technology's Ultimate 600x CompactFlash memory card line includes their MediaRECOVER(tm) 4.0 software. This software package provides recovery of over 250 file types including common photo and video files, even when they've been erased or the CompactFlash memory card has been corrupted. The software can also be used to securely erase data forever.
Using the Image Rescue4 is pretty simple. First download the software from Kingston's website, then install. Use the supplied activation code found in the information sheet to unlock the software, then open to use. Once opened, a small screen appears giving several options including Scan and Advanced Scan, plus Tools and Help. Clicking the Tools button will allow one to restore corrupt media and/ or securely delete files and folders, which helps to destroys sensitive data to alleviate recovery. A PDF quick start guide is provided on the download page if needed. The software is intuitive, and recovering files seems to be time consuming but effortless.
For my needs, my older cards are too small and slow. I prefer using my Lexar Professional 1000x 16GB CompactFlash memory card, and have considered buying a second to replace the three older and smaller memory cards I rarely use anymore. The Kingston Technology Ultimate 600x CompactFlash memory card will become my backup memory card. I like having two cards so I can pass one off for downloading while I continue shooting images with the other, plus faster transfer speeds saves time. The Kingston Technology's Ultimate 600x CompactFlash memory cards are definitely faster than my older cards, but I still prefer the Lexar CompactFlash memory card
I am concerned about reports of failures by other reviewers; however I haven't personally experienced a card failure. If I were purchasing a new card today, these reports may sway me to stick with a brand I know, however the Kingston Technologies Ultimate 600x CompactFlash memory card is worthy of consideration.
PROS: Free tech support Fast read/write times Low power consumption Backed by a lifetime warranty Also available in 16GB
CONS: None I experienced
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