Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Kingston/MPEX Team Up for Special Strobist Memory Card Pricing

This is way cool. Kingston is reaching out to photogs, eager to show that they can run with the Big Dawgs.

Midwest Photo Exchange says, "Hey, we know a lot of photographers."

They sound interested.

I says, "Yeah, and we could put a picture of me on the cards!"

(Sounds of muffled laughter in the background.)

Hey, no prob, 'cause I was, you know, obviously joking...

Long story short, you guys end up with some really good deals on compact flash (and SD) cards. Unfortunately the rebates are U.S. only, there is a limit of two per household and they have a limited amount of cards. So, early bird gets the worm. And get those U.S. citizenship applications in ASAP.

How cheap? How 'bout 8gb CF for $49.95 after rebate? (And 4gb for $23.50 AR.)

UPDATE: Yeah, I guess the prices were pretty good. You guys cleaned out the 4Gb's and 8Gb's. A resupply was expected today but has been pushed back till next week. Plenty more 4's and 8's coming then. Other sizes are still in stock.

The whole lunch special menu is here. No substitutions, and they don't use MSG.
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Hey, if you are a multinational gear manufacturer who wants to show Strobist readers some luv with special pricing, (you know - Vivitar, Nikon, Porsche...) leave your contact info in the comments. We won't publish it and we'll be in touch.

Especially if there is an "evaluation sample" 911 Turbo involved. In Atlas Grey Metallic.


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24 Comments:

Blogger Ill said...

Reading this I got happier and happier...


Until you dropped this bombshell: "..Unfortunately the rebates are U.S. only..."

Should have known, should have known...

June 27, 2007 12:36 AM  
Blogger Where's Wheats? said...

Nice price! Shame us internationals are not included. Does Australia count as part of the USA? Johhny Howard is Dubbya's little lap dog anyway, we're practically in bed together! :)

June 27, 2007 12:41 AM  
Blogger David said...

@ill & where's-

Yeah, I was bummed. (Hey, if I made the rules...)

And that "lap dog" comment made Diet Mt. Dew come out of my nose...

June 27, 2007 12:49 AM  
Blogger Pavel said...

I recently bought two Kingston Elite Pro 2GB SD cards for use with my Pentax K100D. After several lost images, I decided that there must be some kind of incompatibility between my camera and these particular cards so I offered them for sale with the promise of taking them back should the buyer experience any trouble with them. Several people who saw my ad contacted me to say that they've also had bad experiences with Kingston, and to just write them off. Sadly, that's what I'm going to do - no more Kingston for me, thanks. Will stick to the "Big Dawgs" from now on.

June 27, 2007 1:12 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

After our political voyages, many presume the U.K. to be the 52nd state, but I don't think that Kingston will see it that way. We always get the £-$ thing making things SO expensive here.

Ah well. We dip out again. C'est la vie, as the French say.

For those in the U.K., however, I've been getting these ... http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000N3PL9Y/203-6200534-4604751 and I've got three now. They're only class 6, but I used them on an all day/night shoot in a park and safely tucked away 6,317 images with them. The suppliers sent a class 4 by mistake for one of them, but they put the mistake right quickly and even paid the return postage.

Integral is a name known to me as I've had one of their USB keys for three years and it is still going strong. If I want speed, however, I revert to the Sandisk III Ultra 2gig cards, of which I carry two.

June 27, 2007 2:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I seeing things?
The Midwest ad at the top of the page states on two out of three pages
'Shipping available across the globe'

do they have a selective memory problem???

June 27, 2007 4:21 AM  
Anonymous Karl Otto said...

No love for norway either. :(

June 27, 2007 4:54 AM  
Anonymous Enchanted Light Studios said...

Their checkout system doesn't work with Firefox, so you'll probably need to use Exploder.

Kingston's Elite Pro CF cards are good (at least they've done great with my 2 Nikon bodies - D2Xs and the D100). I have 6 of those cards. Figured I'd try the 133x Ultimates this time. Great price and just can't pass that up!

June 27, 2007 5:14 AM  
Blogger AE said...

There is never any love for Canada.

June 27, 2007 6:38 AM  
Blogger Graham said...

well david i hate to burst your bubble, but i'm sitting right above your beloved "911 Turbo involved. In Atlas Grey Metallic"... :D unfortunatly its not an eval version, but the cocoa leather looks amazing with the paint.. i will never understand why more people don't buy that colour...
http://halifax.porschedealer.com <- shot the intro and the pano pic when we opened

it's not in our inventory becuase its sold :(

June 27, 2007 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Rod said...

Mmmh... what about strobistwiki.com?
I guess/hope there's something about to happen. When?

A wiki on all kinds of lighting sounds like real good idea to me :)

June 27, 2007 9:12 AM  
Anonymous lvephotography said...

Do you know if Kingston has a card recovery software? My current cards do and it has come in handy. I am afraid to try a new card without that option. thx

June 27, 2007 9:24 AM  
Anonymous brentj said...

I can use my Sandisk recovery software with my Kingston cards (although I have never needed to). I have never had any problem with Kingston.

June 27, 2007 10:09 AM  
Blogger Josh said...

anyone have any love for us canadians? I'll trade you my beaver hat and igloo for some cheap memory...

June 27, 2007 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish they announced this earlier. I just returned from a 2-week trip to Africa. People told me that they shot upwords of 500 to 1000 pictures per day, so I loaded up on some cards (CF and SD for my 2 different bodies). I also took a portable handheld backup device (no laptop because of weight concerns) and had to format the cards regularly after backing up. I hope I don't need to recover anything....

(rpsip)

June 27, 2007 1:57 PM  
Blogger craig said...

No love for SD users?

June 27, 2007 2:10 PM  
Blogger Tsukasa said...

Hi,
it's a slight offtopic, but
I really liked the photos from the following news:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=464678&in_page_id=1811

These photos reminded me of the lessons I read here :)

June 27, 2007 4:02 PM  
Blogger geodesigner said...

It's great to see Kingston supporting us strobists. Their "Icons of Photography" program is pretty neat too, I've got a great critique from Mr. Harry Benson this month on the site:

http://www.kingston.com/flash/iop/default.asp

Great idea from Kingston!

June 27, 2007 11:59 PM  
Anonymous Andrew Ferguson said...

I know it's nothing to do with you or MPEX, but when manufacturers exclude Canada from rebates it drives me up the wall.

I've had great luck with Kingston RAM, and I'd be willing to try their CF cards but there does seem to be a moderate amount of negativity surrounding them. Makes it hard to tell if it's worth it.

June 28, 2007 1:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

awesome! i have a few sandisk 2gb ultra II cards, but also a kingston 2gb 45x card which i have not had any problems with.
hmmm.... now to buy a 4gb card or two more 2gb cards?!

June 28, 2007 10:38 AM  
Blogger Miguel Palaviccini said...

Pretty sweet! Thanks for the offer, now I can get some more memory for my trip to Europe... yay!

June 28, 2007 11:43 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

Kingston cards are at the bottom of the barrel, speed wise. If you can tolerate leisurely (actually, glacial) read/write speeds, then these things are for you.

Tom

June 28, 2007 4:42 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

I talked with some Kingston reps a few weeks ago. They mentioned their new lineup coming out this summer. They also told me the price point will be the same as their 133x cards so those cards will drop to the cheaper range of cards.

June 29, 2007 12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you live in Toronto, just hit College street. I regularly find 4gb SD memory cards for $35 CAD.

June 29, 2007 8:54 PM  

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