Nikon D50 DSLR SD compatability

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Warren Thai, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. Warren Thai

    Warren Thai Guest

    I own a Nikon D50 DSLR. I am planning on buying another SD memory card. Can
    anyone tell me what card capacities (ie gigabytes) are safe to use with the
    D50. Also are SD ultra (II and/or III) cards compatible? I think sandisk
    brand is the best, anyone agree or disagree?
    Warren Thai, Oct 24, 2007
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  2. Up to 2GB is definitely OK, not sure beyond that.

    I use SanDisk Ultra II (with my D40 and other cameras) and find them quite
    suitable and reliable.

    David J Taylor, Oct 24, 2007
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    As you can see there are a number cards that are entirely safe to use.
    My own personal experience of using 512Mb, 1Gb & 2Gb cards is that
    there is little difference speed wise 'in camera' but when you get to
    transferring them to your computer you'll notice the difference.
    The D50 will only format 4Gb cards as 2Gb. If you format it on your PC
    though it will work quite happily.


    Dr Hfuhruhurr, Oct 24, 2007
  4. Warren Thai

    Tom Hook Guest

    I just bought a Sandisk SD Extreme III 2.0 GB and it works fine. Got it
    at for $37.99 with free shipping and no taxes.
    Tom Hook, Oct 24, 2007
  5. Warren Thai

    Frank Arthur Guest

    Basically with SanDisk
    SD Ultra II is about 66x faster
    SD Ultra III is about 133x faster
    Frank Arthur, Oct 24, 2007
  6. Warren Thai

    Mbt6 Guest

    I have used an off brand 2gb card and have problems when I get close to
    filling up the card. As I take photos, the card will not record them any
    longer. I've been sticking with the 1gb, not sure if it's a bad card or if
    others have seen this.
    Mbt6, Nov 22, 2007
  7. Welcome to the curse of SD. The D50 does not support SDHC, therefore even if
    a larger SDHC card can be used only 2GB will be accessible by the camera.
    Not to mention that some manufactures implemented their own custom
    "solutions" for cards above 2GB which now are not compatible with anything.

    See also
    for more details.

    I would stick with whatever type is listed in the D50 manual or for larger
    cards at least try before you buy.

    That's a totally different question. AFAIK the Ultra II/III designation by
    some manufacturers indicates the maximum speed of the card. Don't worry, the
    card will accept slow reads and writes, too. But you won't gain any speed
    unless the camera supports that higher speed, too. Well, maybe when
    transfering the photos to a computer if you have a high-speed reader.

    It's certainly a very respected brand. And also pirated already. Buy from a
    respectable source, many cheap internet offers are faked.

    Jürgen Exner, Nov 22, 2007
  8. Warren Thai

    Guest Guest

    the nikon d50 can use 4 gig cards if formatted elsewhere.


    nevertheless, i'd stick with 2 gig or lower, since they are technically
    not supported.
    Guest, Nov 22, 2007
  9. I've bought plenty of cheapo Dane-elec 2Gb SD cards from ebay and use
    them without any problem.

    Dr Hfuhruhurr, Nov 22, 2007
  10. Warren Thai

    ASAAR Guest

    There should be no problem using SD cards up to 2GB. Nikon's
    tech. support rep. couldn't vouch for 4GB cards but said that they
    should be compatible. SDHC cards are incompatible. I had a 4GB SD
    card and found that it couldn't be formatted in a D50, but after
    being formatted in my Canon A620 P&S it worked nicely in the D50.
    To be safe though, I'm sticking with 2GB Ultra II cards in the D50.
    The brand of card used probably doesn't matter much, as long as it's
    not substantially slower than an Ultra II.
    ASAAR, Nov 22, 2007
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