Professional and semi-professional photographers are like a Top Gun-era Tom Cruise—cocky and in The Need, The Need For Speed. That's why SanDisk's Extreme IV CompactFlash cars are touted as the "fastest cards in the world" at a read/write speed of 40MB/sec. Very speedy compared to the no-name brands the weekend point-and-shoot crowd prefer.
To allow quick reads for dumping pics into the computer, something the crappy 53-in-1 card readers fail at, SanDisk is releasing its Extreme FireWire reader at the same time. Firewire 800 connections will be able to hit the 40MB/sec, and the Firewire 400s will make do at 20MB/s.
The cards will cost around $200, $400, and $700 dollars for the 2GB, 4GB and 8GB cards, respectively.