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  1. #1
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    D810 and CF cards

    I am finding the D810 is exceptionally picky on the CF cards it will use. I've had a number of 32GB ones rejected with the error “This memory car can not be used. Card may be damaged. Insert another.” . This has included cards on Nikon's recommended list.


    What experience are other having with the D810 and CF cards? The D800's, D700's, D300's etc don't have this problem.


    All of those cards work fine in other cameras or on various computers. Doing memory card tests on the computer they are indicated as OK. I think this is a Nikon problem, not a card problem. Older smaller CF cards work fine, one 32GB Lexar works fine another didn't, so its not just that Nikon is supporting newer standards. Basically the camera software isn't up to scratch.


    Out in the field when using a camera not being able to buy, borrow just about any CF card is going to be a real problem. Compatibility with a wide range is incredibly important.


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  2. #2
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    Re: D810 and CF cards

    Who makes the cards that you're using that are failing?

  3. #3
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    Re: D810 and CF cards

    Try formatting the cards twice in a windows computer THEN format them in the camera.

    You might be surprised.

  4. #4
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    Re: D810 and CF cards

    Sandisk extreme 64gb work fine , got CF card and SD card .. Never an issue

  5. #5
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    Re: D810 and CF cards

    The cards not working have been Lexar Professional (x2) but 3rd one is fine, MyMemory ((x2) and I think one Transend (?sp). A whole mix of older cards from 250mb to 16GB have worked.

    But the point is really that the camera should accept at least most CF cards, not being so picky. Think of being out on an expensive shoot and needing an extra card - might well not find one which works. Think of compatibility with cards that work fine in other cameras (I have 3 other Nikon cameras taking CF cards and partner another 2 cameras), what if I go off and grab a wrong card.

    CF cards are all made to standards and till this camera they have all worked as they should. OK, once I had 4 corrupted NEF files in a shoot of a few hundred.

    Oh, forgot - yes have formatted card in computer (3x and did a scan of it) all came out fine, just not in the camera. Same problem.

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    Re: D810 and CF cards

    Bit weird that. I use Sandisk Extreme Pro with the old D800 and now the D810, 100% of the time with no problems at all. The other day i had to do some eBay photographs and picked up the crappy no name SD card. It worked absolutely fine

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    Re: D810 and CF cards

    I use Sandisk now and it works fine. Well, it plugs the hole without an error. It took me some to find one that worked.

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    Re: D810 and CF cards

    Quote Originally Posted by J-see View Post
    I use Sandisk now and it works fine. Well, it plugs the hole without an error. It took me some to find one that worked.
    This is exactly my comment, it shouldn't take time to find the special card that does work.

  9. #9
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    Re: D810 and CF cards

    Quote Originally Posted by jaydean View Post
    Bit weird that. I use Sandisk Extreme Pro with the old D800 and now the D810, 100% of the time with no problems at all. The other day i had to do some eBay photographs and picked up the crappy no name SD card. It worked absolutely fine
    What size were they? I wonder if it is particularly the 32GB cards. Like you all my smaller older ones work just fine.

  10. #10
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    Re: D810 and CF cards

    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesUK View Post
    What size were they? I wonder if it is particularly the 32GB cards. Like you all my smaller older ones work just fine.
    I'm personally more annoyed they wasted one slot at a dead format but even so, I agree that it should not matter what card you insert. That some will perform slower than others would be acceptable but that the one works while the other doesn't is a no-no.





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