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Essential Acessories

Tools and extras for a better photo experience

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DSLRMEMORY
For the best performance with DSLRs packing HD video and multi-megapixel stills, fast memory is essential.

SANDISK EXTREME PRO
The latest cameras that support UDMA (Ultra Direct Memory Access) CompactFlash can take full advantage of write speeds up to 90 MB/s—about three times the speed of non-UDMA cards. While the list price for the 16 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card comes in at $335, you can pick one up at considerable savings if you shop around. Available in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB capacities, it’s the ultimate CompactFlash for a pro DSLR.

KINGSTON SDHC ULTIMATE CLASS
For SDHC-compatible DSLRs, Kingston’s SDHC Ultimate Class 10 cards come in 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB capacities. Class 10 cards, currently the fastest SDHC card Kingston makes, offer write speeds of up to 10 MB/s. If your camera has dual slots for both SDHC and UDMA-compatible CompactFlash, consider using the faster CompactFlash for video and SDHC for your stills. Estimated Street Price: $159 (32 GB).

ADATA CLASS 6 SDHC
The most common memory for pocket cameras is SD, and most new models support SDHC for bigger storage capacities. ADATA’s Class 6 card, with 6 MB/s write speeds, is perfect for most pocket cameras, and offers an easily stored, instant archive of your original photos after you download. List Price: $19 (4 GB).

LEXAR MEDIA DUAL READER
No matter which memory your camera takes, we recommend a dedicated card reader for convenience and speed. In addition to memory cards, Lexar Media makes some excellent card readers, like the Professional Dual-Slot Card Reader. It’s fully compatible with UDMA CompactFlash and SDHC cards for optimal download speeds—no camera cable required. List Price: $43.

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