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Best Nikon D2X SD Memory Cards

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Nikon D2X SD Memory Card Compatibility

´╗┐The largest Compact Flash card that is compatible with the Nikon D2X is 32GB. There may be compatiblity issues if you use a larger card.

The memory limit is due to the camera using the FAT32 file system. The D2X can not format a card to greater than 32GB.

If you don’t want to read a bunch of specifications, my recommended Compact Flash 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. Larger or smaller cards are going to offer a worse value.

A pro card is not going to add a noticeable amount to the cost. Having a high-speed card will get rid of the need to replace the card if you upgrade your camera.

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

The only difference between the types is the thickness of the cards. The length and width 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 D2X. A Microdrive was a little mechanical harddrive.

When Compact Flash memory cards were first introduced they had high prices and very limited capacities. Microdrives made it possible to get large amounts of storage.

Microdrives are no longer manufactured. Because they were mechanical, failure came from prolonged use or age. So they are practically impossible to find used.

Another use of the Type II slot is for Compact Flash adapters. The adapters allow you to use Micro SD or 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 card reader has USB 3.0. Transfer speeds over USB 3.0 will be much faster than the Nikon D2X.

The 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 CF memory cards are bent card slot pins. If a pin is bent, you might see a ‘unable to use card’ error.

To avoid damaged pins, do not force a CF card into the Nikon D2X. The extra space for a Type II card makes it possible for a CF memory card to be out of alignment.

If the CF card will not easily slide into the camera slot, remove it and check the alignment of the card. Also, check to see if these is any damage to the memory card.

If everything looks fine, carefully align the CF card and try inserting it again.