I finally got my long-awaited D300 yesterday, 2nd hand, and lo and behold there was no memory card with it - stingy seller! Anyway, since I can't use my D60 SD card on the D300, which would be a good memory card to buy? As I don't usually shoot in RAW I don't need a super big one, 4gb or 8gb is fine. Which is your favourite brand, and what class should the card be - I don't know what the class number actually means.
and welcome to Nikonians. For my D300 and D300s bodies, I've been using 16GB SanDisk Extreme Compact Flash cards (60MB/s). They're serving me well on those cameras, even though such cards have much more capacity than you specify.
I've also used another photographer's Lexar 2GB and 4GB cards when I shoot second camera at weddings; my apologies. Off the top of my head, I don't know the write speed of those cards, but those cards have worked well, too, for my uses.
I have used Sandisk cards for five years now and have not had a problem.
My manual .. in case you did not get a manual .. states the approved Sandisk cards are the Standard .. Ultra ll .. Extreme lll and llll. Anywhere from 1 to 8 GB.
I use the Extreme 8 GB 60 mb/ s card and the Extreme lll 4 and 8 GB 30 GB/sec cards and an Extreme llll card at 4 GB.
For all practical purposes I don't notice much difference. If you are not shooting RAW a couple of 4 or 8 GB cards or more if you want would serve well on a big trip. I don't like to put everything on one card and always carry extra cards and batteries.
I went into town (a 3 hour drive) and bought a Sandisk Ultra 4gb for US$20, so far so good. Since my laptop only has a built in card reader for SD cards, I got a card reader as well. When I got home it I realized that support only went as far as Windows Vista - and does not work on Windows 7. Now I simply connect the camera via USB cable directly to the laptop and it transfers the images just fine.
What brand and model card reader did you buy? Since it is connected via a USB port, Windows 7 should be able to read it as well, if not better than vista. Try using another USB port on the computer or attaching the card reader then restarting your computer. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
For several years I've used Sandisk Extreme III on my D300 - but I suggest you go no higher tahn 8Gb. My 16Gb card often shows write errors and the raw files are unuseable. A complaint to Nikon got the simple responbse - "we do not recommend 16Gb cards on the D300"! Lexar are excellent too, but I've used only 8Gb.
I have a D300S (a second one coming today), and I've always used Lexar cards. I highly recommend the company since I've never had a problem with any of their cards. I use 8 gig cards, 400X speed. At B&H, they're around $50 for a "two pack", which I think is a great deal. Good luck! Jim http://www.jimsack.com