CFexpress cards are here now (available and for preorder)

Ton14Ton14 Posts: 489Member
edited January 14 in Nikon Z cameras
Just info, Sandisk made CFexpress cards now. The new Type B CFExpress utilizes the same form factor as Sony’s XQD cards, CFexpress Type B cards but the cards are much faster at reading and writing with speeds of 1700MB/s and 1400MB/s with the 512 GB model.

In the video, the new cards are used in a Nikon Z Series camera. That’s one big advantage for Nikon choosing this type of media.

Here the article with links.

https://www.newsshooter.com/2019/09/04/sandisk-reveals-new-speedy-type-b-cfexpress-media/
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  • tc88tc88 Posts: 360Member
    Did Nikon release the new firmware to support that? I thought they announced half a year ago that they were going to release a new firmware with CFexpress support. But I haven't heard a peep after that. Maybe I missed something.
  • Ton14Ton14 Posts: 489Member
    @tc88 That was my question too. Nothing can be found on the Nikon firmware page, but in this artcle they say: The new Type B CFExpress utilizes the same form factor as Sony’s XQD cards, maybe that is it. The new cards are used in a Nikon Z Series camera here, so I will test it in the shop first, when they become available.
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  • mhedgesmhedges Posts: 1,328Member
    No firmware updates out yet. Everyone is waiting for it.
  • tc88tc88 Posts: 360Member
    @Ton14, please keep us posted. If you get a chance, can you also test out on D850 as well when you are there? Thanks.
  • Ton14Ton14 Posts: 489Member
    @tc88 Wilco, I don't have a D850, but I can always ask in the shop, but I did not see them in the big shops here in Holland at the moment.
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  • EricBowlesEricBowles Posts: 26Member
    Last I heard Nikon was planning on releasing firmware to support CFExpress by the end of the year. It's not a big deal until there are actually cards available.
  • Ton14Ton14 Posts: 489Member
    Today at Calumet I talked with a Nikon representative the CF Express card. Nikon has had problems with the Lexar XQD card for the Nikon D500 in the past. At this moment there are a few different types of CF express cards, one of which seems to be compatible with the XQD cards and therefore also works in the Nikon Z6 and Z7, but definitely not authorized by Nikon, so own risk when used.

    Now the new announced CF cards are still not available here in Holland, the prices are about the same as the current XQD cards, but they are 4 times as fast, which is an easy reason for me to wait until Nikon has the official firmware available .
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  • mhedgesmhedges Posts: 1,328Member
    It's still pretty uncertain whether the CF will be faster in camera. But yes I'd say it makes sense to wait unless you really need a card right now.

    They will certainly be faster reading the data off the card provided your computer can handle the speeds and you are writing to something that is very fast.
  • retreadretread Posts: 537Member
    I have Lexar XQD cards in my D500 and have had no problems. XQD cards are from before the brand was sold. I have SD 11 cards from SanDisk and ProGrade. I wish I knew how fast the camera could write to each card so I did not buy cards faster than I need too. Save a few bucks then. Cards are the fastest I could get when I got them.

    I wonder if a XQD reader will read a CF Express card.
  • Ton14Ton14 Posts: 489Member
    edited November 2019
    The shop where I buy my cards here in Holland writes that the reader can be used for the type CF express we need for our camera. Sony raised the prices for ther XQD cards. I have already seen lower prices then XQD.

    They are still not available here, but I'am not in a hurry.
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  • mhedgesmhedges Posts: 1,328Member
    retread said:



    I wonder if a XQD reader will read a CF Express card.

    That's a good question. If CF express cards have built in USB emulation (like the latest XQD cards) than the cheaper Sony adapter should work. I don't know if a true XQD card reader will work.

  • tc88tc88 Posts: 360Member
    There is no mention of CFexpress in the latest firmware that's released. Honestly, this glacier pace of Nikon engineering development is no longer a surprise anymore.
  • mhedgesmhedges Posts: 1,328Member
    Yeah it's kind of ridiculous. The practical effect of adding CFexpress support right now would be pretty negligible, because there are very few if any cards actually out there, but it would show that they were trying to actually lead for once.
  • Ton14Ton14 Posts: 489Member
    edited January 14
    Just saw this one, for preorder by B&H, cheaper then the Sony XQD's.

    The Wise CFexpress Type B memory cards and card reader (WA-CX01) are now available now in limited quantities. They have been specifically designed to work with the Canon EOS C500 Mark II, Nikon Z6 and Z7.

    CFexpress cards are relatively new, but I think we will start to see more and more cameras starting to use the technology, especially with increased resolutions and frame rates now being offered by camera manufacturers.

    They come with 2-year manufacturer warranty and are available in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.

    They are priced as follows:

    512GB $499 USD
    256GB $339 USD
    128GB $179 USD
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  • tc88tc88 Posts: 360Member
    Looks like sandisk is also in stock. Let's see how long it will take Nikon to update its firmware.
  • Ton14Ton14 Posts: 489Member
    Firmware is updated in the last version, but only for Sony Cards.
    Other cards will follow, the question is, when Nikon updates the list for compatible cards.
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  • tc88tc88 Posts: 360Member
    Yes, I mean how long Nikon will update the firmware to use the sandisk cards. More importantly, when will we see the firmware updates for the DSLR to use cfexpress.
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