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USB-C Card Reader
Harvey Levine, Photographer
Harrisburg | PA | | Posted: 1:46 AM on 10.19.17
->> What's a good Compact Flash card reader for a USB-C MacBook Pro?
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Daniel Malmberg, Photographer
Huskvarna | Sweden | Sweden | Posted: 12:10 PM on 10.19.17
->> Harvey!

I guess that you have a newer MacBook Pro with the USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 connectors!?
First of all it´s important to understand that the USB-C part of that connection actually is USB 3.1 that is fully backwards compatible with USB 3.0 (and USB 2.0).
(Thunderbolt 3 is a totally different beast).

Therefore you can use a USB 3.0 reader like this one:
And connect it with a ”special” cable like this one:

And of course, if You have a good working USB 3.0 reader. There is a good chance that it uses the USB 3.0 Micro connection on the reader. Which means that you can keep Your existing reader, and just buy a cable like the one linked above.
If You have a USB 3.0 reader, with a USB 3.0 B connection You can use a cable like this:

Also important to remember that even though USB 3.1/USB-C is faster than USB 3.0
You do have a speed limitation with Your CF-cards. Which means that a USB 3.0 reader will be faster then the read speed for Your CF-cards.
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Alex Ho, Photographer
Cambridge | UK | England | Posted: 12:56 PM on 10.19.17
->> Howdy!

I got tired of dongles and switched to these a month ago. They seem to be working okay. I haven't benchmarked them against the Lexar or Sandisk readers.
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 4:03 PM on 10.21.17
->> This one.
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Mike Gatzke, Photographer
Ankeny | IA | USA | Posted: 10:35 PM on 11.13.17
->> I have been using a new MBP 15" with USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports. I've tried several CF card readers and my favorite is the model Alex suggests. My only complaint is that the card fits very tight and the face gets scratched by the reader. I haven't, personally, tried the PixelFlash model Jim recommends, but I've heard they are good too. I've tried USB3.1 readers and have attached the USB-C dongle/adapter to them, but they just aren't as fast as a native USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 unit.
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