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grnzbra

Springfield, US
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grnzbra Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Sep 2011
Mon 12-Nov-12 12:59 PM

I have a D5100 and just picked up a 32GB prospec SDHC memory card. I formated it and fird a couple of shots and got a message saying the either the card was defective or that card couldn't be used in the camera. I tried formatting it again and got 6 or 7 shots before I got the same message. I didn't see any spec in the owner's manual indicating a limit for the size of memory card that could be used. Is there a limit for the size of memory card that can be used in the 5100?

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MEMcD

US
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#1. "RE: GB Memory Card Limit 5100" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Mon 12-Nov-12 03:10 PM

Hi C.,

There are 4 32GB cards and 2 64GB Cards listed as Approved on page 207 of the D5100 Users Manual. Therefore the capacity of the card is not the problem.
Did you format the card in the camera?
If so, I would suspect the card is defective or corrupted.
Is it a ProSpec card purchased at Calumet?
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

grnzbra

Springfield, US
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#2. "RE: GB Memory Card Limit 5100" | In response to Reply # 1

grnzbra Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Sep 2011
Mon 12-Nov-12 08:07 PM

Yes, it is a ProSpec that I got from Calumet. Formatted it in the camera. The list of approved cards on p207 does not list ProSpec cards (although there is a refernce to Professional brand - any relation between Professional and ProSpec?)

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DavidN4

Johns Creek, US
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#3. "RE: GB Memory Card Limit 5100" | In response to Reply # 2

DavidN4 Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Nov 2011
Mon 12-Nov-12 08:46 PM

I've used 32GB cards not on the list, but that does not mean that all will work fine. PNY 32GB Class 10 works fine in mine, but I usually still stick to SanDisk cards.

MEMcD

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#4. "RE: GB Memory Card Limit 5100" | In response to Reply # 2

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Mon 12-Nov-12 10:15 PM

The list of approved cards on p207 does not list
>ProSpec cards (although there is a refernce to Professional
>brand - any relation between Professional and ProSpec?)

No!
The Manual is referring to Lexar Professional SDHC cards.
The ProSpec cards have a lifetime warranty so you should have no problem exchanging it for another one.
I would recommend trying the new one out in the store to make sure it works correctly just in case.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

Daveecopping

Polegate, UK
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#5. "RE: GB Memory Card Limit 5100" | In response to Reply # 4

Daveecopping Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Jan 2011
Tue 13-Nov-12 07:00 AM

I recently put a Transcend 64GB SDXC card in my D5100. It's not on the approved list and not that fast. A: I don't need speed and B: It was going dead cheap at £40.I have experienced no problems with this card.

Dave

John Bertotti

Garretson, US
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#6. "RE: GB Memory Card Limit 5100" | In response to Reply # 0

John Bertotti Gold Member Nikonian since 01st Jul 2012
Tue 13-Nov-12 11:36 AM

I just had a new sandisk give me that error, had to format it twice. I don't know but it makes me a bit leary to use it.

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grnzbra

Springfield, US
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#7. "RE: GB Memory Card Limit 5100" | In response to Reply # 6

grnzbra Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Sep 2011
Tue 13-Nov-12 11:56 AM

Last night I formatted the card again and ran it 'til it failed. the first time it failed after the second shot. The second time it failed after six shots. After formatting it the third time, I had to run it out to almost 700 shots before it failed.

I vaguely remember that with a computer hard disk, any bad sectors are marked so that the computer doesn't try to write to them. Could the same thing be happening here?

As far a speed is concerned, it comes in handy if one is trying to make a series of continuous shots. I was trying to get birds flying between a bush and a bird feeder - a distance of about 3 feet. I set the camera on a tripod, aimed the camera between the bush and the feeder and set the focus to manual. Then, as soon as I saw movement, I woulld fire a 3 to 5 shot burst. Got some great pix, but missed others while the camera was writing to the card. That's why I wanted the faster card.

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dGottfried

CA
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#8. "RE: GB Memory Card Limit 5100" | In response to Reply # 0

dGottfried Registered since 06th Nov 2012
Wed 14-Nov-12 02:07 PM

I use Lexar 600x 32GB cards. I had to format the first one twice, but it's worked fine since. Other card never had a problem with. I think like someone mentioned above, possible card corruption.

Updated list of approved cards can be viewed here:
http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/17353/~/approved-sd-cards-for-d5100

Cheers
DG

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