I am having an problem with my camera recognizing the CF card. I took the card out of the camera to download images… when I inserted the disk back into the camera this message appears: "This card cannot be used… insert another card"
I get the same message after trying several CF cards. Wondering if anyone else has experienced this… and if there's a quick fix.
It would help to know the brand, model and size of the CF cards, and if you formatted the cards using a Mac or PC before trying them in the camera again.
Did all the CF cards work in the camera prior to the problem? If so, the problem could be in the camera although that sort of issue is really rare.
If you used a different CF card to do a firmware update prior to re-installing the first problem CF card and if the problem cards are all older and/or 2nd tier brands, the firmware update might by causing the compatibility issue. That's a relatively rare occurence as well.
The card that I had in the camera was a "64 GB Hoodman Steel"… I had been using this card for roughy a year. Prior to purchasing the Hoodman… I used the 32 GB "SanDisk Extreme." After the camera displayed the error message with the Hoodman, I inserted the SanDisk, and a 16 GB "transcend" all with the same error message. I could not remember if I had ever used the Transcend disk in the D800.
Nothing wrong with the brand or model of any of the cards. Perfectly good CF cards. So like Wilson posted below, it's worth checking the CF card slot for a bent pin or debris of some sort. It's rare for a card slot electronics to go bad, but it happens. A bent pin is still more likely, but fixing will also still require a trip to Nikon service.
I assume you are using "Approved" cards. Pleae identify the card details. Are all the cards identical in details? Can you read the card contents in your computer.
Some specific card manufacturing lots have a firmware issue for which the manufacturer is aware and will replace free. This is true for both Lexar and Sandisk that are reported in this forum. Sandisk has replaced my 128GB CF Extreme Pro 100MBs. Lexar has identified the specific CF lots in recall for their 1000X cards.
Of course there could also be a card slot problem in the camera requiring it go back to Nikon Repair Service. Jim
I am fearing the camera slot problem. I had been shooting for two days using the 64GB Hoodman Steel. After downloaded the images from the last shoot… I reinserted the disk… formatted to clear the disk, it was at this point that I recognized the issue.
When I hit the image review arrow, the error message reads: "This memory card cannot be used. Card may be damaged use another card"
In the top viewfinder I get a blinking "CARD" error message. When I remove the CF card… the camera will function with the SD card… however when I reinsert the CF card… nothing.
The second disk that I inserted was the 32GB SanDisk Extreme… same message. I also had a T16GB Transcend CF card… however I don't ever remember using this disk in the D800.
Can you see images on your compouter for the two CF cards? In my previous response of CF firmware bug, the problem was obseved only occassionally and when there was a card in the SD slot of the D800 or in the XQD slot of the D4. You might try removing the SD card and then inserting the Sandisk 32GB. (Both Lexar and Sandisk do have lifetime replacement, however I am unfamilair with your two other brands). If same card error, as before I suggest calling Nikon Repair and then sending the camera in for a card slot problem.
I had the same issue on my D700, a slightly bent end pin. When I detected some resistance while inserting the CF card, I examined and found the culprut. Had I pushed harder, the pin would have bent further. It was an easy fix with a sewing machine needle. Wilson