The D100 manual has a list of approved memory cards. With the exception of the 1 GB microdrive, the capacity limit is 128 MB. Can the camera use the higher capacity/high speed cards such as the Kingston 256 MB without damaging the camera? Does anyone know why there is a size limitation?
I personnaly tried the SanDisk 256Mb Ultra and 512 Ultra and they are working just perfectly. I don't know why the manual is so stupid! With this camera, a 256 is small, and a 512 just nice. With a 512, you can shot around 150 JPEG Fine. That's not luxury... Because when you shot in RAW, it's around 50 (I'm not sure by heart)...
I would have like the LEXAR x24, but it's just too expensive! Exagerated compared to the price/performance of the SanDisk Ultra....
Practically all cards work with the Nikon digitals. Be sure to test them first. Some cards that are identical will work in one camera and not in another. My company currently uses Lexar 192MB 12X cards which aren't approved by Nikon. The majority work. Some cards have failed, won't read or format. We have 12 D1X's with about 400 cards that we switch back and forth. No real problems. My own D1X I use 256MB cards and no problems so far.
The only limit on the size of CF cards is the 16-bit file system - so we'd be able to go up to 4Gb if such cards existed (and if we could afford them... )
I think Nikon are just being cautious in their recommendations. There have been occasional issues with some cards and the D1 series camera - for example the original D1 can have problems with the 512Mb and 1Gb Microdrives, and some Lexar 12x cards could slow down the D1x/h "wake from sleep".
Like several others I've been using higher capacity SanDisk cards (192Mb and 256Mb) with absolutely no problems. 256Mb cards are quite a good buy at the moment: two of them are substantially cheaper than one 512Mb card.
I'm using a plain-vanilla SanDisk 256 Mbyte card in my D100 and it works flawlessly. Right now you can get 256 Mbyte CF cards for under $100, which is much less than half the price of a 512 Mbyte card.
If you are price shopping the D-store, at www.d-store.com, they have bulk IBM 1GB drives for $235. Didn't check their prices on standard memory cards though. I've bought 2 of my 3 drives from them. Just ordered a Mindstor 10GB from them, won't need any additional drives now, but will probably have to get an extra battery pack in order to get full use of it's space.
Currently I'm in my "budget-conscious-mode" after spending for D100, a new computer, and Colorvision monitor calibrator, (yet I'm still missing MB-D100, SB-XX DX and big memory card), so these prices at d-store looks pretty interesting. Is the store reliable ? And what does it mean "bulk" ? I don't care about the fancy packaging, if that's what they will take out for the cheap price, as long as the microdrive can arrive safely. Anybody can help me with these questions ? Thanks.
George Oei Madison, WI "Dude, you're getting a Nikkor !!!"
I currently use a Lexar 256M 12x. It works flawlessly (finger crossed - knock on wood) My wife has asked me to look into more memory (she asked me to spend money...hehehehe!) I am torn between an 1G IBM Microdrive and a MindStor 10G. I like the idea of the 1G MD card but I have heard about reliability issues. I also like the MindStor because of its storage size but it is another piece of equipment to carry.
I had the same problem, Joe, but I went with the Mindstor 10 Gig solution. I use it on my D100 with a mixed bag of CF cards. Right now I will buy the 256 meg cards as they are the best price/value. If you shoot only in the RAW mode, I think the Mindstor solution is the best. It is only about the size of a PDA. Beats having to carry a laptop computer. Only real issue right now is whether to shoot exclusively in RAW mode or to shoot in Jpeg fine/large. That decision makes a big impact on the storage problem.
I purchased a 1 Gig IBM Microdrive from d-store about a month ago. Drive arrived safely and fully functioning within 3 days of order. The "bulk" package is just as you thought, a plain plastic clamshell case similar to those supplied with compact flash cards. Nothing fancy. But who needs fancy when you can save a few bucks... Try this link http://www.imaging-resource.com/ and save a few bucks more. There is also a rebate!! Hope this helps.
I decided to go with the MindStor 10G. Thats alot of space! I also got the All-in-1 adapter so it will take the Smartmedia from my wifes camera. It was $345 + shipping from d-store.com. Since my PC has a Firewire connection (yippee!) I can Download at 1G/min. It will also act as a card reader when both memory card and PC are connected to it. Since I plan on shooting in both RAW and JPG, it was the way to go.
I still like the 1G MicroDrive but it leaves me with reliability, write speed, and power consumption questions. From what I have read, its reliabilty is 50/50 when used with Nikon D series cameras. Here's hoping you are on the good side of that 50/50.
I also purchased the MindStor 10G. I have taken over 1,000 pictures using my D100 and the 1G IBM microdrive without a problem. I carry the Mindstore unit and offload to it when the microdrive is full. It's still early but both units have peformed flawlessly. I save all in the NEF format. Oh and yes I also have firewire on my PC. As far a power consumption and write speed goes I find they are both acceptable. My estimation is that I can take somewhere between 200 and 400 pictures before my battery runs down then I merely pop in my second battery and I'm good to go. Thanks for your wishes that I be on the good side of 50/50 issue. So far I think I am.
I bought a 10 Gig (1810 model) back on 8/14. I got to put it through its paces while on vacation last week. After numerous "Disk Not Ready" errors while downloading from CF card to Mindstor, I got the images in. I loaded in about 1 Gig of images over 4 downloads. It took 6 tries on one DL and I HAD to use the AC adapter. It just would not DL without AC power. Yes, I had the Auto Shutdown disabled.
Last night, I tried to download them from the Mindstor to my PC. After 3 hours of fustration I called Tech suuport (the Mindstor would shutdown or reboot while downloading every time which would lockup my PC - 10 times in all). I was put on hold for 20 min then told to leave a message. After a number of calls, I got through. The tech wasn't very helpful. He basically read the manual to me. Hey, I can read the manual too! After being transferred to the head of Tech support, he offered to repair it and send me my images on a CD...IN 2 WEEKS (film would be faster!). Excuse me, its brand new! It hasn't been dropped, bumped or bruised. (Though I did speak to it in VERY harsh tones!) My other choice was to send it back to D-store for a refund (less the usual charges). I hung up completely unsatisfied.
So, I went back to try again. I uploaded the latest firmware and drivers...AGAIN. The firmware was no problem, but the link on their site for the PC drivers doesn't work. Once DL'ed the file won't run. So I reloaded the drivers that came with it...AGAIN. I finally got my images out without their help. Needless to say, this sucker is going back. Their product is questionable and their tech support stinks. Its time to look for another alternative. A pocket full of 256M CFs sounds good now!
experience. I purchased it through D-store.com. After explaining the situation to them (unit and support, both defective), they offered me store credit (which I declined) or a refund (only after I declined the credit). They usually don't get defect return/refunds. Its usually an exchange for a new one. BTW, the refund is for merchandise only, not shipping, which I still had to pay for the return trip. Oh well.
I will say that D-store.com was prompt with their delivery and easy to deal with in the return and refund. Would I buy from them again? Yes.
I have purchased two IBM Microdrives (one-gig) from D-Store.com. They provided excellent service.
The "bulk" packaging is simply a nice white box. There are no IBM advertisements on it, just plain white. It is the type of box you would get if you were a dealer instead of a buyer. It is referred to as a non-retail box.
In a fit of recklessness, I bought a 512 MB CF card on Ebay, $211.00 + 7.00 shipping. It is made by the giant in memory manufacturing... RAM STAR. I've never heard of them, but it has performed flawlessly in my D100. I also bought a Mindstor 10gb at Fry's. I go back and forth to various countries in Africa. Laptops are considered a threat to national security in some countries, so the Mindstor is the safe alternative. It has worked on 110VAC 220VAC and on three continents. Both the CF card (the really cheap one) and the mindstor have been through all types of x-ray scanners from the latest at Heathrow and and Gatwick to the antique (designed by Madamme Curie herself!) ones in Zambia. They both have been up and down in bush aircraft in Zambia and both just went on a 5,000 mile trip across and back the US in a 1950's warbird (hot, cold, up and down and 30 hours of brutal vibration). So far, neither one has failed me. I supose I could shoot them up in space and see how they do, but I'm not up for it. My experience with electronics is: it works out of the box for the product expected life, or it dies within minutes of purchase. It is kind of like getting a car made on wednesday or one made on friday.