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Gepe Card Safe Extreme - Impressions

Chris Gray (wpgf100)

Keywords: gadgets, non_nikon

Gepe Card Safe – Extreme

I had the opportunity to use a Gepe Card Safe "Extreme" model for a few months. I am still using it after accidentally putting it through a torture test. 


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Gepe Card Safe – Extreme


During my initial test period I found that the unit lived up to the manufacturer's claims about being shock resistant, crushproof, dustproof and watertight. One of the things I really liked about it was how secure it held my four CF cards totaling enough GB of memory. I had no worry about them falling out when the unit was open. I felt that the Extreme was a top quality card safe and was quickly prepared to recommend its use.


But, things changed this spring. I was out photographing the return of the Canada Geese to our area. We had an unusually wet spring with a rapid snow cover melt. That gave us flooding situations over wide tracks of land.  


Due to the need for walking around in standing water I was reduced to carrying just the tripod, camera and one lens. None of the usual items I carried were with me. I had one lens cloth in my jacket pocket and my Gepe (holding two full large GB CF cards and a spare empty card) in my back pants pocket. I had done a lot of shooting that morning.



Suddenly I started to slip and slide on some rocks in the 12” deep water. I managed to get the tripod to stand up by its own in what was a safe position. But my 280 pound frame was not. My feet came out from under me. I landed on top of a large submerged rock, right on my Gepe.


Like most photographers would do once regaining a normal position, even soaking wet, I checked my camera. Everything was OK.

I then thought of the Gepe. My first thought was I hope it is as good as they say.



The cards were safe and dry even after being impacted while it was submerged. Everything downloaded fine.

We have an expression where I come from: "This is better than sliced bread." That is how I feel about my Gepe and will never be without it. This is one outstanding piece of photographic equipment.

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Originally written on May 20, 2006

Last updated on October 28, 2016

Chris Gray Chris Gray (wpgf100)

Awarded for his product reviews and other articles for the Resources Awarded for his shared and inspiring mastery of the art and science of photography

Winnipeg, Canada
Basic, 3127 posts

1 comment

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on January 6, 2015

JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources

And it is more difficult to loose a card than when by itself in a pocket. I now use Gepe cases for all of my cards.