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Wireless shooting - no flash cards needed
Old 12-21-2002, 12:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Using the Nikon D1 series (and several other brands) you can shoot "teathered" to a PC, and not have to use a CF card to store images.... they are stored direct to the hard drive in the PC. But who likes to be teathered?

I am working on a Bluetooth adapter... it basically is a Firewire extender that you wear in a fanny back, and connect it to the firewire port on the camera. This will then transmitt back to the receiver on the PC, well over 100 feet away. I can even shoot outside with it on the beach, and the images are being saved back in the house on the computer.

I was wondering if any other pros out there think this is a good idea, and if so, what would it be worth it you could buy it?
 
 
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OK not a pro but a techie....

Several things to keep in mind...in no particular order and realizing that the chance of someone else having a wireless reciever for a firewire is in fact slim...but possible

1. UNless a secure coomection any firewire can pick it up unintentionally and cause disruption in communication...that covers annything from another machine to a guy with his laptop passing on a bus. IBM had a massive security breach due to the infared port and wireless ethernet due to this....ended up going to encrypted ethernet and software to secure the infareds..

2.Housing material can cause communication breakdown depending on the type of insulation as well as paint...also wiring thru the hosue can cause degredation of the signal from electrical wires in the wall to phone lines...

3. Lag time to communicate,,unless almost instantanious would slow down a shoot...ESPECIALLY dealing with tiifs or raw files...even large jpegs

Sounds like a great idea if you can get it to work considering the problems...

Just throwing a couple of thoughts to consider...

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Old 12-30-2002, 04:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Great idea, although I don't believe I would buy it.
My concern would be if for some reason you were to have a transmission problem.
You could be making nice images, but what do you do if the images do not transmit to the computer?
I would always save the images to a flash card as well.

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I am also a non-digital novice, but my friend who has a D1, hooked up his La Cie 30GB Pocket HD directly to the firewire port, and because it is self powered, it will drain your camera batteries in a hurry, so he uses a quantum turbo unit in addition to his camera.
 
 
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I'd be concerned about the time it takes to transfer the image using Bluetooth. If I'm not mistaken (and I may be) Bluetooth is pretty slow even at its best (~700kbs). 802.11b (wireless lan at 11Mbs) may even be too slow but it would be better.

Have you put this together yet? If so, how did it work?

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