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I want a new pocket-sized camera. But I'm not spending my tax refund on that. The pocketable camera I have is good enough.

I want a new wide-carriage printer. But I'm not spending my tax refund on that. The current printer works just fine for now (even if I have to fight with the ink system from time to time).

I did spend a little money on an Eye-Fi Pro X2 wi-fi SDHC storage card. It's pretty cool. If the card is connected to a network and your computer is connected to a network, it can transfer pictures to your computer while you're shooting. Sound like a waste of money? Well, paired with "auto-import" in Adobe Lightroom, it's a really easy way to simulate "tethered" shooting where you can view your pictures on the computer immediately after you shoot them, without cables. Best of all, it works the same regardless of what camera the card is inserted into.

I haven't got "ad-hoc" network support working yet (because I haven't been able to test it out away from my home network), but that's a big bonus in the "Pro" model card. The others require you connect to an access point that doesn't require a web-based login, and that knocks out a bunch of hotel networks. Ad-Hoc networking lets the Eye-Fi and my laptop directly connect without an access point in the middle.


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Apr. 16th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
I will be very interested in hearing how this works and what the download speed works out to. Tethered is great for quick reviews of what you're working on.
Apr. 17th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
The download speed is about 20+ secs for 10 MB. Think of it more like the camera still writes files to your card, but it's wirelessly copying them to the computer.

I *may* have to buy it for CC28 since I am going to shoot with the Leica M. Previously I have used the E-3, along with the SW I wrote for tethering (which I have sold ~60 copies for $15 each!!!). If I have time in the next 2 weeks, I will write the PTP driver etc. and get it working. Otherwise, this is my plan B.

So let me know how it works :-) Just create a second network with your laptop using ad-hoc networking.
Apr. 17th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
There are warnings on the Eye-Fi website that the metal bottom plate on the Leica M-series digitals shields the transmitter and cuts the range in about half.

They have the cards in stock at BestBuy (Santana Row and Almaden/85 stores). They're out of stock at a lot of other retailers.
Apr. 17th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
Yes, I know about the bottom plate issue. I just may have to write my own... Arggghhhh
Apr. 17th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
You wrote tethered shooting software that's inexpensive? Will it work Nikon to a PC? Talk to me, man!
Apr. 17th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
Not for Nikon, but LR3 will have builtin Nikon/Canon tether support.

If I actually write that PTP library, then it should be "easy" to get the basic tethering support done for just any camera. It's the other controls that makes it more camera specific.
Apr. 17th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
I have absolutely no idea what half of this means. But Andy posted a link that has what I need.
Apr. 17th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
Yes, I thought there are free tethering stuff for Nikon.Canon. Glad he found it for ya!
Apr. 17th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link!
Apr. 18th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
Oh, are we starting lists? I want a new husband, I want to move back to San Diego, and I want a pony. :)
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