« on: March 22, 2012, 09:41:14 AM »
Wow, to bend those pins you had the be shoving it in the wrong way trying to make it fit!CF has a huge durability factor in it's favor as well. I've cracked a few SD cards in my time. Not too mention what my kids have done to theirs!
As a connector design engineer, I'd be more concerned with damage to my camera, since a trip for repair and replacement of the CF header is very expensive.
I've had three cameras with bent or broken CF pins in the camera, plus one that was shorted by a bad CF card and needed a new internal power supply board. Two were p&S bodies that I threw out, I was able to repair the DSLR since I do have repair tools.
The pin in camera concept violates all the reliability and safety rules for pin and socket arrangements. The pin side of a connection should never have power applied while disconnected. Bend one against another and your camera can be damaged or ruined.
Cracking a SD card would be the least of my worries, it would let me keep on taking photos by merely using another card and tossing the broken one. Soiling one is nothing, just wipe it off. but contaminate the sockets of a CF card and you may not see they are blocked up, and it can ruin your camera.