11 Replies Latest reply: Feb 27, 2008 4:06 AM by Ian Wood
Smokedmeat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have a D200 and want to shoot macro images in the field and check images especially depth of field on my MacBook (Intel). Is it correct that with Aperture 2.0 no other Nikon software is required for tethered shooting? Thanks for any help and/or web info on this subject as I have never tried this before. Peter

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.2), Intel Core Duo
  • AMRosario Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)
    I believe that is correct. I was able to hook up my Nikon D80 and shoot tethered right into Aperture, with no problem at all. It wasn't the fastest way of getting pix into Aperture, but it worked fast enough. Just make sure your D200 is not set to "mass storage" when you connect it to the computer.

    Antonio
  • bdiverson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Any secrets?? When I connect my D100, it just says "PC" and won't do anything. It's set to PTP.
    Thanks
  • William Lloyd Level 7 Level 7 (20,915 points)
    The D200 is supported for tethered shooting. A list of cameras supported this way is here:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1085?viewlocale=en_US

    No Nikon software is required for this... it's connect, plug, and shoot.
  • Kenneth Wilcox Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Yes the D200 works with tethered. In the setup menu you need to change the USB setting from mass storage to PTP mode. (pg 121 in the manual). Turn the camera off, plug in the USB cable and then turn the camera on. To be clear, I haven't tried it in Mass Storage mode, so you might not need to do this.

    Tethered only works if there is a CF card in it as well. I didn't like this at first, but USB is slow, with out using the CF card you would be lucky to get in one shot every 5 seconds.

    I have a D200 and tried the tethered feature first thing on the day the trial was released. I LOVE it. Really, I was enjoying it so much I was laughing. Granted, this was done on my iMac G5, I have not tried it yet on my MacBook Pro yet.
  • rayludtoo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I tried tethering my D70 and it worked, but to see what I had shot I had to quit the tethering and import session. Am I missing something? I want to see the shot immediately after I import it like I could when I used the Nikon software.
  • Chris Chambers Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I just verified that tethered shooting works perfectly with my D200. Setup is extremely easy, essentially just plug in your usb cable and go. I didn't take the time to change my usb settings from Mass Storage to PTP and it worked fine. All the images I shot were copied into Aperture and also copied onto the CF card in the camera - this may or may not be the case if you change the usb settings in the camera, I was in a hurry so I didn't check? What really surprised me is that when the "Tether" dialog box comes up you can click "Capture" and remotely fire the camera from Aperture. I mainly concentrate on wildlife and nature so I don't know how often I'll use this feature, but it's nice to know it's there.
  • rayludtoo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    If I use a second display I can see the shot right away without stopping the session. This is a solution for the studio, but no help on-site. Does anyone know of a screen configuration to see both the import session and the project on one display?

    While testing I discovered a couple of other anomalies:
    - the first shot would not import until I took the second shot and then both would be imported.
    - I got a duplicate of one of the shots (same master file -- two versions)

    Has anyone else noticed this?
  • culcheth Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    Perfectly, but how quickly? And usably quick? I was happy that uncompressed raws took about 9 seconds to get onto my MBP, though I couldn't shoot again during that time. Fine for my minimal use of tethering, but a studio-based friend found this much too slow.
  • Ian Wood Level 5 Level 5 (4,350 points)
    culcheth wrote:
    Perfectly, but how quickly? And usably quick? I was happy that uncompressed raws took about 9 seconds to get onto my MBP, though I couldn't shoot again during that time. Fine for my minimal use of tethering, but a studio-based friend found this much too slow.


    That's an inherent limitation of the slow USB implementation in most cameras. You'll see almost identical download times whenever you try to download images directly from the camera, tethering or not.

    Ian
  • culcheth Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    Ian Wood wrote:
    That's an inherent limitation of the slow USB implementation in most cameras.


    That's being kind to Apple. For example, see
    http://lightroom-news.com/2008/02/07/shooting-tethered-with-the-canon-eos-1ds-mk iii/
  • Ian Wood Level 5 Level 5 (4,350 points)
    I think you (purposefully?) misunderstood my point - downloading images direct from the camera via USB is normally 2-3 times slower than sticking the exact same card into a good card reader, regardless of the operating system involved.

    Ian