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Old 12-30-2008, 04:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any of you guys ever tether your camera into a small computer while shooting so you can view your shot on the larger screen? How do you do it? Do you need special software?
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Old 12-30-2008, 04:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I do it a lot. I shoot canon and I use the software that came with the camera and Lightroom. The two work great together and it is much nicer seeing the big image on the laptop.
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Old 12-31-2008, 04:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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it is much nicer seeing the big image on the laptop.
it's even nicer seeing it on my two foot imac :raz:

Ok seriously, I use Nikon's Camera Control Pro without a hitch (for my Nikons) and the appropriate software for whatever mf back I'm using that day.
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Old 12-31-2008, 07:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Shooting tethered with a Canon is a great option unless you are using a Vista 64bit system. You will either need to set up a dual boot system with a system that supports the drivers for Canon cameras or use a type of Virtual system that supports USB. Vista 64 has no Drivers available for Canon Camera.
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I am using it on a 64 bit system with the canon software
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:49 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I am using it on a 64 bit system with the canon software
Which system. Canon doesn't offer a Driver for the 64bit system. At least according to their email to me. You can put your card into a card reader and upload images but that is about as far as the EOS Utility seems to work.
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Old 12-31-2008, 04:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Any of you guys ever tether your camera into a small computer while shooting so you can view your shot on the larger screen? How do you do it? Do you need special software?

Pardon me for asking. While I understand the reason you might want to see the images (on occasion) immediately, isn't being thethered to a computer a bit restricting? I move around so much I am sure I would pull something loose or trip over the cable.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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THe software that came with my 5d mark 2 works. However, I think my laptop came partitioned for both 32 bit software and 64 bit. The lightroom version I have is 2.2 and is 64 bit. I set it to watch a hot folder and it works fine.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:08 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Ben,

The very first shoot after replacing my stolen laptop I pulled it in the floor and scratched my week old laptop up. (lucky I did not break the LCD off) I felt so stupid, since then I bought a 15 foot extension and have not had any issues.

Have you ever shot an image and thought it was fine when looking at the little LCD on the camera only to get home and find it was not as good as you thought and it is too late to take it over?
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Buster,
Your previously mentioned senario is exactly why I want to use a larger LCD screen. It seems I miss so much when looking at the back of the camera. Inexperience perhaps(?). A couple of more questions for you:

1) What size lap top would you recommend? Is bigger better, or just more cumbersome to lug around?

2) There is some kind of gizmo made that acts as a platform for your laptop. It essentially secures it to the top of a tripod. Anyone knows what that it called?

Thanks David
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