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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for dual card-type users or pure CF card users!, April 27, 2012
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This review is from: CowboyStudio MC-3 Water-resistant Holder Hard Storage Memory Card Case Cover Protector For 4CF 4SD 4XD 4XMemoryStick Pro Duo (Camera)
I read the reviews of this before I purchased one, and was a little skeptical based on Trebe's review. I figured that for the price, it was worth a try, especially as it was marketed as a "sealed, water proof" card case. I am not unhappy with my purchase at all. I picked up bird and birds-in-flight (BIF) photography at the end of 2011, and ended up getting a Canon 7D, a few CF cards, and this case. Since then, I have spent a fair amount of time photographing in some pretty extreme weather, experiencing everything from rain, sleet, snow and hail. I've had to change cards in the middle of high winds and driving rain and sleet, and snow coming down so thick you could barely see more than a few feet ahead of you. Here are my conclusions:

1. The fact that this is sealed and water proof is an important factor. I wouldn't bet on it keeping out water if fully submerged under several feet of water, but so long as you angle yourself away from the wind when opening this for changing a memory card out, it definitely stays dry...even if you drop it on wet ground, in a puddle, or into a snow drift.

2. It holds CF cards very well. I've never had a problem with them not fitting, being too tight, or not being tight enough. Its a snug fit, but a good fit. I've used it with both SanDisk and Transcend CF cards, although not any other brands.

3. The complaints about other types of cards not holding well are not entirely unfounded, but there are some workarounds. First, if you do want to hold just SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, you can hold them pretty snugly by putting them in upside down, with the angled corner fit snugly into the deeper edge (rather than the center, where there is only a half-height rubber nub to latch the card onto.) These types of cards have an inset ridge along the bottom side which doesn't work well for how this case's SD-type spots are designed. By flipping the cards upside down, you are able to get a much better grip. Its not enough to keep all of the cards from flopping around loosely inside if you drop the case or bang it against something nice and good, but under general use (not dropping it or banging it hard on a regular basis), I've found it holds all four of my SDHC cards with only a very low rate of failure.

4. If you are the type that uses two kinds of cards, such as SDHC and CF for a dual card slot DSLR (such as the Canon 5D III or Nikon D800), this case is excellent. You can fit the SDHC cards upside down in their areas, and still fit the CF cards above them. The trick is to simply insert the CF card such that the raised ridge on the bottom is opposite where the SDHC card is. The CF card will pop out on the other end by about 1mm or less, however it is still a VERY snug fit. You gain the added benefit that no matter what, none of your cards are going to fall out of their place and float freely around the inside of the case when its closed, even as a result of a strong impact.

5. The CF cards, since they fit very well within their space, require that you press on one end (preferably the bottom) to pop up the other end so you can get some grip to pull them out. After months of use, I have noticed that the rubber around the bottom has just barely started to wear. I was probably not very careful earlier on when inserting and removing my CF cards. So long as you are mildly careful about how you insert and remove the cards, there shouldn't be much wear at all on the rubber that holds each card in place. It takes a little experimentation, but you'll figure out how to insert the cards cleanly without roughing up the edges of the rubber.

I figure this case should last a couple years of heavy use if its used well. At a mere $9 a pop, even if it does wear out, its cheaper than a lot of other card holders, water sealed to boot, and can easily hold a total of 8 cards at once if you store both CF and SD type cards in one container. If it wears out in a year, you could by another and still have only spent about as much as any of the cheaper more "feature rich" holders that don't offer any kind of water proofing. Good deal in my book. Well worth the price.
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