Best Nikon D2HS SD Memory Cards

´╗┐The maximum size Compact Flash card that is compatible with the Nikon D2HS is 32GB. There will likely be compatiblity issues if you use a larger card.

The size limitation comes from the use of the FAT32 file system. The D2HS is not able to format a card to bigger than 32GB.

If you are in a hurry, my recommended CF memory card is:

SanDisk Extreme 32GB CF Memory Card
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.

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

A professional card doesn’t add a large amount to the cost. Having a high-speed card will get rid of the need to upgrade the card if you upgrade your camera.

SanDisk Extreme 32GB CF Memory Card
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.

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Transcend 32gb CF Card
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.

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Lexar Professional 1066x 32GB Compact Flash Card
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.

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SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB CompactFlash Card
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.

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

The difference between the types of cards is how thick they are. The length and width of the cards are identical.

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

The Type II spec was thicker to allow Microdrives to be used in the Nikon D2HS. A Microdrive was a little mechanical harddrive.

When CF cards were first released they had high prices and limited capacities. Microdrives made it possible to have large amounts of storage.

Microdrives are no longer built. Due to their mechanical nature, they often failed. So you can’t even find them used.

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

UGreen Memory Card Reader
UGreen Memory Card Reader

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

The UGREEN card reader has USB 3.0. Transfer speeds over USB 3.0 will be much faster than the Nikon D2HS.

The card reader can read the following 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

A common problems with cameras that use CF cards are damaged card slot pins. When a pin is bent, you could see a ‘unable to use card’ error.

To avoid bending pins, do not force a Compact Flash card into the Nikon D2HS. The extra space for a Type II card allows a Compact Flash memory card to be aligned incorrectly.

If the compact flash card won’t easily slide into the camera slot, take it out and check the positioning of the card. Also, check to see if the card is damaged.

If everything looks good, carefully align the compact flash card and try again.