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Old 02-07-2007, 07:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I’ve been playing around with a 30-day free trial download of Nikon’s Camera Control Pro ($65 or thereabout at B&H). After it’s installed, you can plug your Nikon into your computer (I’m using a laptop on a stand next to the camera) via a USB cable and control your camera via the on-camera controls (I use a remote) or a control panel on your screen. All the settings (aperture, shutter speed, focal length, etc) and controls show up under tabs and sliders and buttons are used to control things. When the shutter release is pressed on the camera, remote, or on the screen, the image file is sent directly to your hard drive, not the camera’s memory card, and appears full size on the laptop screen. Pretty cool! Now I can see if anybody blinked! If you have Adobe Bridge, you can have Bridge “watch” for the image, automatically import it, and display it also. I’m using a D70 so Camera Control Pro is available for the “low” end of the Nikon series as well as the “high” end. There are even wireless transmitters and receivers for the high end Nikons if you don’t like being tethered to your computer. This would be a great addition to anyone’s studio - anyone using this software package?

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Old 02-07-2007, 07:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Canon has pretty much the same thing that comes bundled with the software..
definately sweet stuff, haven't really had a chance to use it, but have played with it a bit...
wireless would definately be the way to go...
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I have the wireless transmitter that I use with one of my D2 bodies - but I don't use the software. I just have it setup to transmit the image to a folder on my Powerbook. It writes the file to the CF card then transmits it to the Powerbook - so you have the files in 2 places - which is kinda like an automatic backup. The setup of the ftp protocol between the camera & Powerbook was a pain when I first got it - but once it's set up it works great.

It's also great if you have the camera set up as a remote at a sports event - especially if you are working on a deadline.

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The more I use this software, the more I like it. You can make all your camera settings on screen without using the increasingly small and non-intuitive buttons on your camera. One thing I especially like is the ability to save all the settings on the camera as a custom-named file in a Profile folder which can be re-loaded at some future date just like an icc paper profile for your printer. You can have a profile setup for portrait work using a D200, another for macro photos using a D70, another for location nightscape work, etc. You just connect your camera to the computer, pull up the profile and load it. Of course, you can tweak the settings and re-save them as the same profile or a new one. There is no limit to the number of profiles you can have. What I need to know now is the optimal laptop configuration for the software, i.e., RAM and processor speed.

A bargain for the price of a filter!

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Greetings from Malaysia.

From what I read, Nikon's bundled software is the weakest of all major camera manufacturers. I use a D80 and till today, the Camera Control Pro still does not support the D80.

As a Mac OS user, I'm also quite frustrated that the Camera Control Pro and Capture NX run slower on a Mac compares to a Windows. The only consolation is the Mac bundles a program 'Image Capture' which functions in some ways, similar to the Camera Control Pro.
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Hey Doc, I've been using Nikon Capture to control my D100 for several years now and in certain circumstances it's invaluable. I don't use it for model shoots, but I use it for all my product photography ... especially jewelry. When I shoot a small diamond ring, I like seeing the image on a 21" monitor and being able to tweak the lights and exposure without constantly transferring the CF card from the camera to the computer and back. I agree, I'd highly recommend similar software for all product photographers.
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Hey Marty - Yeah, it's great! I just got a Cannon Close-Up converter for my Nikon 70-200 zoomer and I've got a ton of macro EBay work to do for a client and having an immediate download and review will speed things up considerably. I am going to use it for studio model shoots, just as soon as I can figure out how to rig my other laptop facing and close to the model so she can see how the shot came out at the same time - either that or use the D70 Video Out cable to a TV!

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Marty - I'll run a cable out to an additional computer monitor facing the model - video out won't cut it. Additionally, I want to use keyboard shortcuts (F3, F4, etc.) for the "Focus and Shoot" and "Shoot" functions in CCP while the small control panel and viewer windows are minimized and the image fills the screen. Are these keyboard shortcuts available in Nikon Capture 4? Any idea where can I find a list of CCP keyboard shortcuts?

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