It’s beginning. The compact Flash card has been usurped by SD. In digital photography circles, this is a big issue. CF has been the king of memory cards for ever, and many of us have substantial investments in these little chips. Yes, SD has a greater market share among consumer-level products, but they have always been behind in professional applications. Memory capacity and speed have always been paramount in digital photography, where the dominance lies. For the more technical among you, I’m referring to SDHC (MMC) cards, vs. Type 1 CF, not microdrives. Today I received my new “Porter’s” catalog, and, low and behold, there was a 8GB SD card for sale. All the CF cards are maxed-out at 4 GB. Oh hell no.

This doesn’t mean that there isn’t some solid state 12mb chip on the back shelf of San-disk corp out there. It just means that the market, which has been pretty predictable in it’s progression over the years, has finally turned. For a long time CF was always just ahead of SD. SD not only caught-up, but flew ahead of CF. I’m not too worried; it will still be some years before CF is phazed-out. This is a shame. If half the technical innovations applied to SD cards over the years had made their way to CF, Type 1 CF would still be lightyears ahead. There’s SATA CF and other architecture innovations that never made it to market. Shame. CF still leads in speed, and that is extremely important when you’re getting 12Mp shots at 3 fps. But, this is the writing on the wall. Pro-level equipment should soon start more offering SD-only models. What ever will I do with all these CF cards? Well, I still have a CF MP3 player in the desk. Somewhere.