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Old 02-17-2007, 10:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This may be old news to some, but...

I'm using Nikon's Camera Control Pro and the issue of "Where to put the Laptop" has arisen. This is what I'm using and I reeeeeally like it!

http://instand.com/CR3/cr3.html

Very solid and adjustable - it even tilts. Originally designed for court reporters. Mine is the portable, lightweight version, but they have heavier versions, too. I'm thinking about getting another one to hold a small monitor facing the model/subject. For safety, I always use the supplied Nikon 6' USB cable tied to the camera tripod base, then connected to the USB extension cable w/booster, then another 6' USB cable tied to the laptop tripod base. That way, if I (or some one else) snag the extension cable, it just unplugs at either end instead of toppling over ($$$). I am looking for a flat extension cord cover to use with the USB extension cable - since I use three Nikon SB-800s and one SU-800 on my D70, I'm wireless except for the extension cable.

Wireless in West Florida,
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PS I always use a small sandbag to weight down the base of each tripod or lightstand just to provide a little more protection.
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Re: Laptop Stand for Camera Control Pro apps
Old 02-17-2007, 04:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Doc, the control pro software sounds like a great idea, but I thought you were going wireless via the WT-3 transmitter versus usb cables, I would love the program, but I think wireless is the way to go but I understand its kinda pricey (transmitter that is)

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Hey Dusty -

I'm really into the Nikon CLS system - which is optical via IR flashes, and I'm reading eveything Joe McNally has written about the system (as I can find it). I'm bound and determined to understand as much about it as I can. I read about too many folks putting their expensive multiple SB-800's on Manual - Ugh. CLS breaks a lot of rules (I can't bring myself to say "paradigms"), but then so have I! My CLS kit is now: D70 w/70-200 AF zoom, 1 SU-800 and 3 SB-800s. The D70 is tethered via USB to a souped-up Toshiba laptop running Nikon's Camera Control Pro (30-day free download, then $65 on Amazon - in the mail!). I don't use RF wireless between the camera and the laptop because of the transfer speed - waaaaay too slow. In fact, I don't even use my home wireless network any more - everything is hard wired, except for my roaming laptop. CLS is really great - you think in EVs for key, fill, and accent on the on-camera SU-800 for adjusting output and the little SB-800 fockers just turn it down or blast it out until your criteria is met - and you can do just about everthing else (exposure compensation, autofocus, shutter control, etc.) on the laptop instead of on the camera - although all the on-camera controls are still functional. You get a real-time full screen image on the laptop to keep or trash. Combining CLS and Camera Control is a lot of fun. I'll keep you informed...

That is all,
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