A long time ago, I only had two CF cards and "organizing" them wasn't a problem - I just had to remember whether I've used the one outside the camera or not. But now, I've added some Sandisk higher capacity cards plus some cards of smaller capacities that I got from some photography conventions - my collection of CF cards has grown into something that's more difficult to manage by just keeping them in the plastic case that they came in.
So, I needed something to keep my cards organized. I said on a previous post that, for me, Lowepro is always a good place to start when it comes to photography accessories and that is where I looked for something to keep my CF cards in check.
I got the Lowepro DMC-Z.
This is a simple but very useful accessory to have. As a sort of mnemonic, I trained myself to think like this: if the label is showing then it is an unused card; if the back side is visible, then that is a used card. This is something I've learned from other photographers and it's a nice thing to know so that you won't overwrite on a card you have already used for the day.
You can store six cards on this thing.
As you can see from the picture above, I use the last pocket to store my business cards (which I have to remember to give away whenever the opportunity arises).
Another thing that I like about this case is its "SlipLock" feature: you can easily attach it to your belt, a strap on your bag, etc, because of the velcro strap at the back.
On the picture above, you can see the pouch attached to my favorite bag, the Lowepro Versapack 200AW (my reviews here and here). I actually got this idea from Derrick Story from this video though I put the DMC-Z on the right to make the left-sided opening consistent with my other bags, like the Lowepro CompuDay Photo 250 (my review) and Lowepro Slingshot 202AW (my review).
Is there anything not to like? Well, the middle pockets can get really tight when you fill it with cards. This makes taking out the cards more difficult than usual. But aside from that, the CF card case is a really good accessory to have. And, as expected from Lowepro, the materials used are of very good quality and the craftsmanship is superb.
So, when you find yourself struggling to keep your cards organized, consider getting one of these.
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