Available in two capacities, the release of the Manfrotto CFExpress 128GB builds on the companies continued growth and expansion. Better known for premium quality tripods and studio gear, Manfrotto has in recent years been steadily growing it’s product ranges with a series of acquisitions and own-brand products.
These new CFExpress cards, 128GB and 256GB, mark a natural progression – and a direction many smaller accessories manufacturers have already taken. While the market leaders SanDisk and Lexar have launched their CFExpress lines with multiple capacity choices, Manfrotto has kept to the two.
In this test, I’ve looked at the Manfrotto Professional 128GB CFexpress Type B card. This has been designed to fit into the latest range of Canon and Nikon bodies, but more manufacturers are adopting the format with compatible camera releases coming in 2021.
The new format is rapidly taking over from the old SD Cards, which is welcome. Personally, I have never felt that the SD format is durable as it should be, so a slightly larger more durable option for the future can only be good.
The new CFExpress cards are far more durable and slightly larger than SD cards, and the overall handling is more akin to the old CF card.
Another major advantage of the new card format is the speed, read and writing speeds that are far superior to that of SD cards, even UHS-II.