The Nikon D700 can use Compact Flash cards up to 64GB in storage size, as long as you have the most recent firmware installed. Due to few 16GB or smaller Compact Flash memory cards being made, a 32GB CF card will end up being the best value per GB of capacity.
The D700 will format Compact Flash cards to use the FAT32 filesystem to store photos and files. For best operation, ensure that your D700 has the latest firmware installed.
You will also want to use the Nikon D700 memory card format function to format cards as opposed to doing it on a computer or other device.
My recommendation for the best Compact Flash memory card to use in the Nikon D700 is:
- Fastest card available and largest supported capacity.
- Read speeds up to 160MB/s.
- Write speeds up to 150MB/s.
- Water, x-ray, & shock proof.
Best CF Cards
The best value card for the Nikon D700 will be a 32GB capacity card. 64GB cards can only be used, but only if you have the latest firmware.
The two best manufacturers are SanDisk and Lexar as they make the most reliable memory cards. They both offer recovery software in case something happens to your photos.
Lexar cards are going to be more difficult to find than SanDisk cards. The parent company of Lexar stopped manufacturing memory cards and ended up selling the brand.
CF cards with a lower capacity than a 32GB size memory card will cost the same or more than one with 32GB. It doesn't make sense to spend the same money on lower capacity cards that will store fewer photos.
A high-speed, quality card won't add a noticeable amount to the price. Having a high-speed card will remove the need to replace the card with use in other digital cameras.
Recommended CF Cards
- Transfer speeds up to 160MB/s.
- Video Performance Guarantee sepc VPG 65.
- Limited lifetime warranty.
- Read speeds up to 120MB/s.
- Write speeds up to 85MB/s.
- Sustained data recording of 20MB/s.
- Water, x-ray, & shockproof.
- Speeds up to 50MB/s.
- Excellent reliability and value.
- Ideal for mid-range DSLRs.
Memory Card Reader
The UGreen 4-in-1 memory card reader supports four common types of memory cards. These cover everything camera manufacturers make use of in all but the most recent professional-level cameras.
The UGREEN reader uses USB 3.0. Transfer speeds over USB 3.0 will be faster than what the Nikon D700 is capable of by connecting it directly to a computer. Having faster cards will be helpful if you have a large number of RAW files to transfer.
The card reader has several memory card slots that can used with the following cards:
- CompactFlash Cards
- SD, SDHC, & SDXC Cards
- Memory Stick (MS), MS Pro, MS PRO-HG, & MS XC DUO
- MicroSD, Micro SDHC, & Micro SDXC Cards
Compact Flash Card Types
Compact Flash cards come in two different physical sizes either Type I or Type II. Both types of memory cards can be used in the Nikon D700.
What makes the cards different, is how thick they are. The length and width of the cards are the same.
- Type I - 3.3mm thick
- Type II - 5mm thick
The Type II standard allowed Microdrives to be used with the D700. A Microdrive was a compact mechanical hard drive. These were a stop-gap to be able to store more photos as they had a larger storage capacity than what CF cards were available at the time of the D700's release.
Compact Flash cards had small capacities when they were first released. Microdrives made it possible to get larger amounts of storage.
There are no longer any companies that manufacture microdrives. Due to their mechanical construction, the drives often failed and had slow read and write speed.
Another use of the Type II slot is for CF card adapters. An adapter will make it possible to use a MicroSD or SD card in a camera CF card slot.
D700 Firmware Update
You can get the latest firmware for the D700 directly from Nikon. When doing an upgrade make sure to do it with a battery that is fully charged.
You will need a Compact Flash memory card in order to update the camera's firmware. Additionally, a USB cable or CF card reader will need to be used to get the firmware update onto the memory card.
Avoiding Card Read Errors
The most common CF memory card error is caused by the Nikon D700 having bent pins in the CF card slot. When a memory card can not be read in the Nikon D700, a CHA error will be shown on the LCD.
After bent pins, there can be problems with the memory card. That's why you should always go with SanDisk or Lexar CF cards as they are the most reliable and will keep your images safe.
Due to the LCD screen, the error can appear to be CHR.
Be gentle when putting a CF card into the camera's card slot. Never force a Compact Flash memory card into the slot.
If the CF card does not slide in to the D700's card slot properly, remove the card. Check to make sure the alignment is correct and then try to insert the card again.
That should be everything you need to know about Compact Flash cards and the Nikon D700. That's why the SanDisk Extreme 32GB CF Card is the best Nikon D700 memory card.
Here are cameras with similar memory card requirements compared to the D700: