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Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x

B&H # KICF133X4GB Mfr # CF/4GB-S2
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Product Highlights
  • 4GB Data Storage Capacity
  • 133x Speed Rating
  • Read Speed: 25MB/s
  • Write Speed: 20MB/s
  • Lifetime Limited Warranty

The Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x memory card is designed specifically to help advanced amateur or professional photographers get the best performance from their high-end imaging devices and applications. The autosleep feature of the cards preserve system battery life. No matter how fast you work, the Elite Pro cards can keep pace with its ultra-fast transfer rates of 25MB/sec. read and 20MB/sec. write. The cards high capacity means you can capture more continuous, high-resolution images, and when it's time to transfer your largest files, the high speed rating of these cards means that your production workflow will be more efficient than ever.

Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x
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    Kingston4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x
     
    4.6

    (based on 170 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (126)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (6)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Reliable (119)
    • Easy to use (89)
    • Writes/reads fast (78)
    • Large capacity (76)
    • Great value (48)

    Cons

    • Writes/reads slow (10)
    • Unreliable performance (7)
    • Small capacity (4)

    Best Uses

    • Portable images/multimedia (71)
    • Storing images/multimedia (45)
    • Digital photography (28)
    • Digital capture (11)
    • Everyday (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (71), Semi pro (36), Professional (35), Casual user (11), Power user (7)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (73), Business (53)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (35)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Deal for High Speed Card

    For the price you can't beat this. Extremely fast for a midrange card. I have several Kingston cards and I haven't had any problems with Kingston cards in the past, and don't expect...Read complete review

    For the price you can't beat this. Extremely fast for a midrange card. I have several Kingston cards and I haven't had any problems with Kingston cards in the past, and don't expect any with this one.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Corruption Issues - Slow - Unreliable

    I bought this as a backup for my higher end CF cards. It was 1/3 the price and based on reviews it seemed like a bargain. Unfortunately I have had many issues with...Read complete review

    I bought this as a backup for my higher end CF cards. It was 1/3 the price and based on reviews it seemed like a bargain. Unfortunately I have had many issues with it.

    Right out of the box I popped it in and shot a few photos. On the second photo I got a CF read/write error. I figured that maybe it was because I didn't format the card first (something I have never had to do with a higher end card) so I formatted. Things seemed to have worked after that until I got to photo 150. At 150 I had the same issues. I pulled the card out of the camera and reinstalled it and the error went away until another 5 shots later. When I downloaded the images off the card about 1/3 of them were corrupt and could not be read. I reformatted a few more times and was able to get the card to fill to about 90% with images before having an error. At about 75% full the remaining shots counter on my camera went from 150 to 9999 so something happened with the communication and the camera was unable to figure out the total space of the card. Once at 90% the card stopped filling and gave me a CF read/write error again. When I downloaded the images off the card about 10% of the photos were corrupt and could not be opened.

    The read/write (I/O) speed of the card is about half that of my Lexar Pro of the same speed. My camera takes a burst of 9 images and then hit it's buffer. On my Lexar pro's I have yet to fill the buffer even when shooting high speed sine the Lexar's read / write speed is faster. On this card I hit the buffer very quickly but both this card and the Lexar claim to be 133x speed but clearly this card is much slower.

    Overall I will not be buying this card again or recommend it. It is cheap for a reason and I think I found out why. I've never had a CF card corrupt on me and the worry that it will throw an error at any time is not a comfortable one. I was going to return this but I was worried about privacy issues since when you delete a file the file still remains on the card and I had taken photos of friends and family as test photos. I ended up keeping it and I am simply out the couple of bucks it cost. I will keep it in my bag as a absolute desperate backup since I know I can get at least a few shots on it but I will not trust my serious shooting to it.

    On a side note, it seems that with more use it does not corrupt as much. As I said the first few times I used it I could not get past 100 images but after formatting and shooting around 1000 images it seemed to get to the point where I can get it 90% full before it throws an error. I may have gotten a bad card based on other reviews but I won't buy this brand or go cheap again. The Lexars and SanDisks are 2-3 times the cost for a reason.

    A good price: just not worth the issues I've had.

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    4.0

    in a post 911 world, a must

    By Jim McGregor

    from Toronto, CA

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Great Value
    • Reliable Performance

    Cons

    • Writes/reads slow

    Best Uses

    • Portable images/multimedia

    Comments about Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x:

    Since almost all CF cards available now are 8GB and up, pros find that they are loading up 500 or more images at a time. While this is something that sounds really convenient, consider the following:
    -all cards eventually fail. How many images are you willing to lose?
    - since 911, many authorities have become very paranoid about photographers. They may ask you to erase your card right in front of them.
    - This card will still hold 250 images for me, but the relatively smaller size reminds me to swap out my cards more often, so I carry 5 4GB cards instead of a couple 8GB or 16GB cards. Safer all around.

    These are older cards and not suitable for video or rapid fire shooting, but suit my purposes fine.

    • Primary use:
    • Business

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    5.0

    I found a Compact Flash card

    By Landy

    from Columbia, MD

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

        Comments about Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x:

        Use it in my Canon SLR. Wasn't sure it would see 4gb--it does and it works, a key point. The best part is the pretty leaves on the label. Really glad to still get CF at a good price and free shipping. Fast deleivery, wow!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Thank you for remembering us "oldies"

        By Phantom Photographer

        from Champaign, IL

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Value

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x:

            There aren't too many places that still sell smaller CF cards for older Canon Rebels that freak out with the new high capacity ones. Thank you for remembering that not all of us can upgrade to the fancy new technology.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            It works as it's supposed to.

            By Jack

            from Duncan, OK

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Storing images/multimedia

              Comments about Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x:

              I use it in my Canon Rebel.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Great value for performance

              By epw

              from Round Rock, TX

              About Me Professional

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              Pros

              • Great Value
              • Reliable Performance
              • Writes/Reads fast

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x:

                  Was initially worried using a lower priced CF card as I usually use SanDISk Extreme cards. This one performed great out of box and has had no issues.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  1.0

                  Limited Life ?

                  By rot

                  from Timonium MD

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Large Capacity

                  Cons

                  • Unreliable Performance

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x:

                    I use the card exclusively for digital camera - A CF card is a CF card - This one, however, has become unreliable in read/write operations during a shoot this weekend - As I recall it was an emergency purchase from a drug store - I have a dozen SanDisk cards with never a problem - Presume Kingston quality control might have missed this one

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                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    1.0

                    DOES NOT FIT WELL

                    By DB

                    from NEW JERSEY

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                      Cons

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                          Comments about Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x:

                          I had to push this into my canon 50d a little hard to get it to click in.Coming out was not too smooth.My lexar and sandisk go in nice and smooth and come out the same.I WILL NOT USE THIS CARD IN MY 50D.I'M WORRIED IT COULD BEND THE PINS IN CF SLOT.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Just what I need

                          By Kansas gal

                          from Olathe, KS

                          About Me Semi Pro

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Great Value
                          • Reliable Performance
                          • Writes/Reads fast

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x:

                              I work with student photojournalists. They need CF cards for some of the cameras they use, and I need to have cards that are reliable, fast and reasonably priced—yes, students lose things. These cards fit the bill.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Good quality card

                              By ToddH

                              from West Chester Ohio

                              About Me Semi Pro

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Great Value
                              • Large Capacity
                              • Reliable Performance

                              Cons

                              • Writes/reads slow

                              Best Uses

                              • Portable images/multimedia

                              Comments about Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x:

                              It's a good quality card and very durable. I had one go through the wash two years ago. I let it dry in a paper bag with some silica gel, and it still works today. The only down side is when shooting several frames fast it sometimes slows down. I shoot w/a Nikon D200.

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                              • Personal
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great price

                              By Pat

                              from willow Grove, Pa

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • I like 4gb for shooting

                                  Comments about Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x:

                                  [...] Should have ordered more at such a great price. I like

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  1.0

                                  Card Failed and Lost Images!

                                  By KJHanson

                                  from Minneapolis, MN

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Unreliable Performance

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x:

                                      I've had five digital cameras, including three that use Compact Flash. I've shot tens of thousands of photos over the last decade. I think I had a card error a few times in the mid-2000s but had not had one in several years. Due to some computer issues, I've been buying additional CF cards rather than saving off the files and reformatting the cards. I bought this Kingston card this summer due to the lower price, along with 3 new SanDisk cards. The new SanDisk cards were now full so I tried this one last. I formatted it as soon as I put it in the camera and had shot about 100 photos over the span of the last week, and then today I took the card on a photo shoot at an arboretum. After taking about 130 more photos (230 total), the camera locked up. After the second time, I got a CF Error message and then my photo shoot was done... no more photos could be taken. When I got home, the card only had 153 images. I am in the process of running a third party card recovery program and so far it looks like it can recover 230 images. So, hopefully I will not actually have lost any of the images. However, I lost the rest of my day at the Arboretum. I saved $20 on this card compared to the SanDisk Elite card that I bought at the same time. Was it worth it? I spent $30 on a card recovery software program and lost the ability to take any more photos. This is not to say that it wouldn't have been possible for this to have happened with the more expensive card, but so far over the last 5+ years, it hasn't. I'm chalking my experience with this card up under the category of "penny wise, pound foolish."

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                                      • Personal
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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Works just as it should

                                      By bubble

                                      from massachusetts

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Comments about Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x:

                                      Thank you, useful product

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                                      1.0

                                      I will not buy Kingston again.

                                      By Smokemaster

                                      from St. Louis, Mo.

                                      About Me Professional

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                        • Unreliable Performance

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x:

                                          This card failed the first time I used it lost over half of the images about 150 at a wedding.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Business
                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Great Cards - Fast Capture

                                          By Photos by Deb

                                          from Harrisburg, PA

                                          About Me Professional

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Great Value
                                          • Large Capacity
                                          • Reliable Performance

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Storing images/multimedia

                                            Comments about Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x:

                                            Great Card - Fast recording~

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Business
                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                            • No

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                                            5.0

                                            Extra Storage at a great price

                                            By Elliottsurf

                                            from Minnesota

                                            About Me Casual User

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Great Value
                                            • Large Capacity
                                            • Reliable Performance
                                            • Writes/Reads fast

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Portable images/multimedia
                                              • Storing images/multimedia

                                              Comments about Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x:

                                              I needed a backup card to use while shooting in RAW and didn't want to spend an arm and a leg!
                                              It worked well enough for my needs.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Personal
                                              • Was this a gift?:
                                              • No

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                                              5.0

                                              Flash Card

                                              By Foal Doc

                                              from Weatherford, TX

                                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Great Value
                                              • Large Capacity

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Portable images/multimedia

                                                Comments about Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x:

                                                I purchased the card to use in an older Coolpix for microscope photography. Good size for detailed photomicroscopy.

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                                                • Personal
                                                • Was this a gift?:
                                                • No

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                                                5.0

                                                IT WAS GREAT!

                                                By laugh183

                                                from New York, NY

                                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Use
                                                • Great Value
                                                • Reliable Performance

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Portable images/multimedia
                                                  • Storing images/multimedia

                                                  Comments about Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x:

                                                  no problems.[...] it was exactly what I needed!

                                                  • Primary use:
                                                  • Personal
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                                                  • No

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Nice size cf

                                                  By fotodude

                                                  from Sacramento, CA

                                                  About Me Semi Pro

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy To Use
                                                  • Great Value
                                                  • Large Capacity
                                                  • Reliable Performance

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Portable images/multimedia
                                                    • Storing images/multimedia

                                                    Comments about Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x:

                                                    I use it for editorial shooting with a 4gb Kingston sd card as a backup. The cf card is great because it is just the right size for any shoot, whether it be a sporting event or just a speaking engagement. I find that its download time is just the right time because it doesn't take long and I can begin working the images immediately. Kingston makes great products and I will continue buying their products.

                                                    • Primary use:
                                                    • Business
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                                                    • No

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                                                    5.0

                                                    It works!

                                                    By The Photographer Man

                                                    from Wisconsin

                                                    About Me Semi Pro

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Use
                                                    • Great Value
                                                    • Reliable Performance

                                                    Cons

                                                    • Small Capacity
                                                    • Writes/reads slow

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x:

                                                      Recieved it as part of a package deal. Used for a backup card and works well.

                                                      • Primary use:
                                                      • Business
                                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                                      • No

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Good Memory Card

                                                      By mr_rax

                                                      from New York, NY

                                                      About Me Semi Pro

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Easy To Use
                                                      • Great Value
                                                      • Reliable Performance

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Portable images/multimedia

                                                        Comments about Kingston 4GB CompactFlash Memory Card Elite Pro 133x:

                                                        After using this memory card as a backup card for my shootings for several months I can say it is good an reliable. It seems to me that the comparable SanDisk one works a little faster when downloading to the computer, but otherwise I can't complaint.

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                                                        • Personal
                                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                                        • No

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