Manfrotto has been a steady name in photography since Lino Manfrotto was a photo reporter in the early ’60s in Italy. His original passion has developed into a a long standing and successful business in the camera industry. Primarily known for their stands, camera bags and studio lighting and accessories, it was only a matter of time until Manfrotto jumped into the flash foray with their newest Manfrotto Professional CFExpress Type B Card line.
Today, we are testing the Manfrotto Professional 128GB CFExpress Type-B Card and we also have their USB 3.2 CFExpress Type-B Card reader to make a great pairing. If you follow our reviews and it seems that this card reader looks familiar, you have a great eye. This reader is exactly the same as that marketed by Delkin, changing the branding and color of the reader of course.
This reader comes with a Type-C to Type-C cable for data transfer speeds up to 1GB/s, as well as a Type-A to Type-C cable for performance up to just above 500MB/s. It will attain read and write data transfer from the CFExpress B card up to 1GB/ s.
The Manfrotto Professional 128GB CFExpress B Card is available in both 128 and 256GB capacities, is based on PCIe 3.0 x2 (two lanes) and is a CFExpress Type-B card. Performance is listed at up to 1730MB/s read and 1540MB/s write and the card is not waterproof but can withstand temperature variations of -25°C – +70°C.
For our testing today, we will be using a specific PCIe X4 AIC card with attached CFExpress Type-B card reader made for us by Lexar some time ago. This reader allows for the highest performance one might attain from any CFExpress B card. One must remember that the Manfrotto reader will only attain speeds up to 1GB/s and not the maximum that the card can achieve; that is what this AIC is for.
Checking Amazon, we can see that the Manfrotto Professional CFExpress B card is priced at $186.99 for the 128GB capacity and $351.99 for the 256GB which is a tad high to say the least. Checking Manfrotto directly, we find the reader at $41.