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Tethering to DSLR  cameras

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ddmphotography Calculating status...
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Mar 8, 2011 12:22 PM
I would like know if you can tether a DSLR camera to the iPad vI basically to use it as a large screen to preview photos. I have my eye one the ipad vII specifically for this reason.
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  • Asatoran Level 4 Level 4 (2,535 points)
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    Mar 8, 2011 12:47 PM (in response to ddmphotography)
    Simple answer: no. However take a look at [this thread|]. I mention that the EOS had a remote control device that allowed for remote viewing of the pictures, but that would appear to be more than what you're asking for. And obviously not an option if you don't use EOS equipment.

    The thread also mentions Eye-Fi. It's an SD card with a Wi-Fi transmitters, primarily for uploading photos. Using [Shuttersnitch|> you can directly upload pictures to the iPad. The main supported way is to be near your Wi-Fi network. (Not a "public" Wi-Fi as you have to pre-configure the Eye-Fi device.) Away from your home/office Wi-Fi, you'll have to setup an ad-hoc wireless network. I have done this, but it is limited. (e.g.: having your iPad connected to a ad-hoc network means you won't have internet access over Wi-Fi. If you only plan to use one iPad and one Eye-Fi card (i.e.: only one camera,) then the Eye-Fi may be sufficient f)or you. Note that you need the more expensive "Pro" series of Eye-Fi cards in order to get Ad-hoc wireless. There are other suggestions such as using a Mi-Fi device or other portable Wi-Fi router to avoid having to create a ad-hoc network, but then you get into the added expense. (As you can see, not so simple so may or may not be worth the trouble for what you want. So if the Eye-Fi method interests you, Google the heck out of the subject and read the Shuttersnitch forms to get as much info as you can.)
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  • Rudegar Level 6 Level 6 (18,520 points)
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    Mar 8, 2011 12:49 PM (in response to ddmphotography)
    you may want to look at the camera connection kit to ipad

    but it's not teethering it's a term used because of the mobile std called bluetooth
    where one connect using bluetooth and gain internet over that protocol
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  • David_o99 Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    Mar 8, 2011 1:04 PM (in response to ddmphotography)
    There is no direct connection that would do this, but Capture One has a very nice features with the raw processing software. You tether the camera to any laptop running Capture one. The laptop connects to the iPad wireless and people will be able to see the images as they are coming into the laptop. They have a free App for the iPad and iPhone for that. Google 'Capture One', they have a video showing how it work. It's pretty neat as it allows you to shoot raw, and still get a preview on the iPad very quickly.

    It is not entirely wireless as you still need a cable connection to the laptop first.
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  • bdmarsha Level 4 Level 4 (2,585 points)
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    Mar 8, 2011 1:07 PM (in response to ddmphotography)
    If you have a compatible Canikon camera, this <> should do the trick.

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  • Jonsworld Calculating status...
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    Apr 11, 2011 10:45 AM (in response to David_o99)
    Sorry, I can't see the point with the Capture One solution. If you need a laptop to tether with the iPad why not use the laptop only? This is going backwards into the future.
    We need one app that makes camera/iPad connect with or without cable. In the meantime eye-fi/shutter snitch and the like are just intermediate solutions.
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  • rooseveltfromalbuquerque Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 30, 2011 3:00 PM (in response to ddmphotography)

    I've been looking for a simple Tether solution, but so far no success.  Using the camera kit does bring up your photos, as thumbnails, as they are shot, but as thumbnails only,  same as regular image down load.  A simple app to display in full screen, USB tethered through the cam kit, or a change to the existing photo app to allow for full screen preview of downloaded  photos " tap" to select for download " double tap" to display in full screen ? Live view would be a plus, but not a necessity. For now there's the eye fi, with it's limited storage and software glitches doesn't work for me. Keep it simple....




  • Henchard Calculating status...
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    Jul 27, 2012 4:47 PM (in response to ddmphotography)

    Like you, my interest in buying an ipad was the assumption that tethering would be possible.  It seems a real omission, as photographers like myself would love to review images just shot, on a larger screen.  The LCD's on cameras simply are inadequate for critical focusing.


    I'm also surprise to learn that Aperture is not an available application.

  • urashid Calculating status...
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    Aug 7, 2012 3:47 PM (in response to ddmphotography)

    There is a solution on Kickstarter for wirelessly tethering iPad to DSLRs:


  • Sullinator07 Calculating status...
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    Oct 19, 2012 3:21 AM (in response to urashid)

    I see this up every where and it's a great idea however, it takes your hot shoe making it even more difficult to connect a trigger for lighting when you need it.

  • urashid Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 19, 2012 9:45 AM (in response to Sullinator07)

    CameraMator actually does not use any connections thru the hot shoe so you can mount the device on top of flash triggers (like MiniTT1), put it on an extender bar, hand grip or even velcro to the camera strap.  The unit also incorporates a 1/4-20 thread so you can use any other standard mounting hardware.

  • TreenM Calculating status...
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    Dec 9, 2012 4:27 PM (in response to Henchard)

    Great post and discussion. I made this blog post to some of these same questions.

    This whole thing definitely becomes more viable with the new Eye-Fi card comgin out recently.

  • rooseveltfromalbuquerque Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 5, 2013 2:08 AM (in response to ddmphotography)

    Have come across a new solution, looks promising.. check it out at


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