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Best Nikon D1 SD Memory Cards

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Nikon D1 SD Memory Card Compatibility

´╗┐The Nikon D1 uses Compact Flash memory cards. 2GB is the max card memory size that is compatible.

A CF card larger than 2GB will either not be recognized or cause the D1 to display an error message. Additionally, a CF card will need to be formatted by the camera or with the FAT16 file system.

Verbatim 2GB CompactFlash Card

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Verbatin 2GB CompactFlash card
  • Excellent value.
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty.
  • High Performance Controller for demanding applications.
  • Low Power Consumption.
Check prices on: Amazon, Adorama or KEH

Transcent 2GB CompactFlash Card

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2GB CF card
  • 133X Speed.
  • Data Transfer Rate Up to 12MB/sec.
  • Built In Dynamic Defect Management and Error Correction Technology.
Check prices on: Amazon, Adorama, or KEH

SanDisk 2GB CompactFlash Card

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2GB CF card
  • Fully compatible with an interchangeable in all CompactFlash digital cameras.
  • Operating shock rating of 2,000 Gs, equivalent to a 10-foot drop to the floor.
  • Limited lifetime warranty.
Check prices on: Amazon or KEH

Compact Flash Card Types

CF Memory cards come in two sizes. The cards are known as Type I or Type II.

The difference between the types of cards is the thickness. The width and length of the cards are the same.

  • Type I - 3.3mm thick
  • Type II - 5mm thick

The Type II spec allowed for the use of Microdrives in the Nikon D1. A Microdrive was a tiny mechanical harddrive, the size of a CF card.

When Compact Flash memory cards were first introduced they had high prices and small storage capacities. Microdrives were the only option to get large storage sizes.

Microdrives are no longer being produced. Because they were mechanical , they often failed. So you can’t find them used.

SD to Compact Flash card adapters also take advantage of Type II slots. There are adapters that will allow you to use Micro SD or SD cards in a CF slot.

Card Reader

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UGreen Memory Card Reader

The UGREEN 4-in-1 card reader is what I use with my CF cards.

The UGREEN reader is compatible with USB 3.0. Transfer speeds over USB 3.0 will be much faster than the Nikon D1.

The card reader can read the following memory card types:

  • CompactFlash Cards
  • SD, SDHC, & SDXC Cards
  • Memory Stick (MS), MS Pro, MS PRO-HG, & MS XC DUO
  • MicroSD, Micro SDHC, & Micro SDXC Cards

Avoiding Card Read Errors

A frequent errors with cameras that use Compact Flash memory cards are damaged card slot pins. When a pin is bent, you may see a ‘unable to use card’ error.

To avoid damaged pins, don’t force a Compact Flash card into the Nikon D1. The extra space for a Type II card makes it possible for a Compact Flash card to be aligned incorrectly.

If the compact flash card will not effortlessly slide into the slot, remove it and check the positioning of the card. Also, check to see if these is any damage to the card.

If everything looks good, carefully position the CF card and try again.