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Best Nikon D2H SD Memory Cards

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Nikon D2H SD Memory Card Compatibility

´╗┐The largest CF Card that is fully compatible with the Nikon D2H is 32GB. There could be compatiblity issues if you use a bigger card.

The size limitation is due to the use of the FAT32 file system. The D2H can not format a card to larger than 32GB.

If you don’t want to read a bunch of specs, my recommended CF memory card is:

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SanDisk Extreme 32GB CF card
SanDisk Extreme 32GB CF Card
  • Read speeds up to 120MB/s.
  • Write speeds up to 85MB/s.
  • Water, x-ray, & shock proof.
Check prices on: Amazon, Adorama

Best CF Cards

The best value CF memory card is going to be either 32GB or 16GB. Smaller cards are going to offer a worse value.

A pro card is not going to add a noticeable amount to the price. Having a high-speed card will eliminate the need to upgrade the card with a camera upgrade.

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SanDisk Extreme 32GB CF card
SanDisk Extreme 32GB Compact Flash Card
  • Read speeds up to 120MB/s.
  • Write speeds up to 85MB/s.
  • Sustained data recording of 20MB/s.
  • Water, x-ray, & shockproof.
Check prices on: Amazon, Adorama

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Transcend 32GB CF Card
Transcend 32GB Compact Flash Card
  • Fast enough write speeds for burst photography and video.
  • Upto 60MB/s write and 120MB/s red speeds.
  • Supports UDMA7 transfer mode.
Check prices on: Amazon, Adorama

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Lexar Professional 1066x 32GB Compact Flash Card
Lexar Professional 1066x 32GB CompactFlash Card
  • Transfer speeds up to 160MB/s.
  • Video Performance Guarantee sepc VPG 65.
  • Limited lifetime warranty.
Check prices on: Amazon, Adorama

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SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB CompactFlash Card
SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB CompactFlash Card
  • Transfer speeds up to 160MB/s.
  • Can record 4k Ultra HD and Full HD video.
  • Video Performance Guarantee sepc VPG 65.
  • Limited lifetime warranty.
Check prices on: Amazon, Adorama

Compact Flash Card Types

Compact Flash memory cards come in two physical sizes. The CF cards are known as Type I or Type II.

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

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

The Type II spec was thicker to allow Microdrives to be used in the Nikon D2H. A Microdrive was a little mechanical harddrive, the size of a CF card.

When Compact Flash cards were first released they had high prices and very limited storage capacities. Microdrives were the only option to get large amounts of storage.

Microdrives are no longer manufactured. Due to their mechanical nature, failure came from prolonged use or age. So they are almost impossible to find used.

SD to Compact Flash adapters also take advantage of Type II slots. The adapters allow you to use SD or Micro SD cards in a Compact Flash 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 USB 3.0 compatible. Transfer speeds over USB 3.0 will be faster than the Nikon D2H.

The reader supports these additional 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

One of the most common errors with cameras that use Compact Flash memory cards are bent card slot pins. If a pin is bent, you might see a ‘unable to use card’ error.

To avoid damaging pins, do not force a CF memory card into the Nikon D2H. The extra space for a Type II card makes it possible for a CF memory card to be aligned incorrectly.

If the CF card will not effortlessly slide into the camera slot, take it out and check the alignment of the memory card. Also, check to see if the memory card is damaged.

If everything looks undamaged, carefully align the CF card and make another attempt.