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need tethering software for Windows 7 laptop

Catfishcounts

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Catfishcounts Registered since 16th Oct 2012
Tue 16-Oct-12 04:55 PM

I purchased Lightroom 3 last year. It promised support for the D7000. After much frustration, I got it working on my iMac, but not my Windows 7 laptop. I wish it was the other way around, because I can't very well take my iMac on location. I need it working on the Dell laptop.
Does anyone know if this has been resolved in Lightroom 4? I don't want to shell out the $$ for the upgrade if it hasn't. Do any of the Nikon software titles work for tethered shooting with the D7000? Maybe other products are better, such as Breeze's NK Remote?

My main need is Live View on my laptop screen. I can't see the focus on eyes well enough when previewing a shot in the D7000's LCD. When I'm shooting business portraits I have to know that I have the eyes spot on. The subjects are already b!tc#ing and moaning that they have to be there in the first place, so it's near impossible, or at the least very difficult and humiliating to ask them to sit again. I use a single spot for auto focus and use the multiselector to put it on an eye, but sometimes it's still not perfect. And I need to be able to still shoot wide open or near (f/1.8-2.8 or f/3.0 at least) to blur background.

I have to get tethering software that will work on a Windows 7 laptop so I can see the focus on the eyes on the laptop screen before I release the shutter. Please Help Nikonians. Thanks! -Craig

mudman2

Jamison, US
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#1. "RE: need tethering software for Windows 7 laptop" | In response to Reply # 0

mudman2 Silver Member Nikonian since 14th May 2009
Tue 16-Oct-12 05:39 PM | edited Tue 16-Oct-12 05:40 PM by mudman2

Nikon Camera control works on both Windows 7 and Mac

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RLDubbya

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#2. "RE: need tethering software for Windows 7 laptop" | In response to Reply # 0

RLDubbya Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Dec 2011
Tue 16-Oct-12 07:35 PM

I spent 20 minutes today trying to make this work, to no avail.

Lightroom 4.2, most recent version.
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
D7000 firmware version. a-1.02 b-1.02 L-1.002

Windows 7 recognizes the camera. I can browse the SD card. Lightroom tether does not recognize the camera is connected. However, LR import can also browse the SD card in the camera.

I know the firmware for the D7k has been updated, but I'm not going there.





Dgastrong

Basalt, US
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#3. "RE: need tethering software for Windows 7 laptop" | In response to Reply # 2

Dgastrong Gold Member Nikonian since 09th Oct 2012
Wed 17-Oct-12 01:30 AM

I use Lightroom 4.2 and my D7000. Windows 7 64bit. Found same issues but realized that once the software did not "see" the camera for live view I restarted the software, plugged in the camera to the computer, started tethered, then turned on camera and waited 20+ seconds for the program to recognize the camera. I also found that turning off the tethered mode in the program forced me to reload he program. Turned the camera on and off for 50+ shots and along as the tether mode was still on Lightroom had no problems seeing the camera.....weird but true.

Hope this helps.

mudman2

Jamison, US
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mudman2 Silver Member Nikonian since 14th May 2009
Wed 17-Oct-12 01:17 PM

Why bother, Camera Control Pro works out of the box

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Catfishcounts

US
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#5. "RE: need tethering software for Windows 7 laptop" | In response to Reply # 4

Catfishcounts Registered since 16th Oct 2012
Wed 17-Oct-12 06:03 PM

Thanks guys for the input. I downloaded Nikon Cam Control for a trial, but I must have tried it last year when I bought Lightroom 3 and it didn't work. Anyway, it wouldn't let me try it in the trial phase. I wonder if I uninstalled it, and got a different IP# for my laptop it would let me download and try it again.

Anyway, I've read today several others that have also had good luck tethering their D7000 with Nikon CC Pro2. It's $145 though, and I just bought a lens, so I guess I'll give it a go next month. Thanks again! -Craig

cwils02

HIXSON, US
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#6. "RE: need tethering software for Windows 7 laptop" | In response to Reply # 5

cwils02 Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Apr 2012
Wed 17-Oct-12 06:59 PM

Craig,

For me, at least, I found Nikon Camera Control to be more trouble that it's worth. You can change most of the menu items rather using the camera's menu. Whoop! The problem that I remember was that you had to use someother software to actually shoot tethered. ViewNX? Not sure. I'm thinking that it hadn't been updated in quite sometime. Perhaps it has been now.

There is another product that some people like that is nowhere near $145.00. I'll try to locate it and reply to your post.

As far as retrying a trial is concerned, most companies either put something in the registry that isn't removed on uninstallation or put a file somewhere that shows when the trial started.

Charlie

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blw

Richmond, US
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#7. "RE: need tethering software for Windows 7 laptop" | In response to Reply # 0

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Wed 17-Oct-12 08:09 PM

I use ControlMyNikon for this. Amazingly, it costs only $19 and it's a breeze to set up. I actually run it on my MacBook in a Windows virtual machine, and it does the job. I use it for other things, but certainly the LiveView works as you wish.

On the other hand, do you REALLY need to use the laptop? I usually zoom the LiveView display and that is easily enough to get very precise focus. (Usually I'm focusing on architectural details through a perspective control lens, meaning that those details are usually quite small in the frame.)

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jadiniz

Estoril, PT
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#8. "RE: need tethering software for Windows 7 laptop" | In response to Reply # 7

jadiniz Registered since 25th Dec 2010
Thu 18-Oct-12 12:33 PM

Another vote for ControlMyNikon3. Inexpensive and very, very good.

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RYnikon

Pittsford, US
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RYnikon Silver Member Nikonian since 14th Oct 2003
Sat 20-Oct-12 04:20 AM

Looks like $29.95 on the ControlMyNikon website today -- where can it be had for $19?

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mudman2

Jamison, US
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#10. "RE: need tethering software for Windows 7 laptop" | In response to Reply # 6

mudman2 Silver Member Nikonian since 14th May 2009
Sat 20-Oct-12 10:18 PM

Once you use CCPro to view and take the shot it actually opens the resulting image up full size in View NX, a free program from Nikon

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mfphoto1

Cincinnati, US
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#11. "RE: need tethering software for Windows 7 laptop" | In response to Reply # 0

mfphoto1 Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Sun 21-Oct-12 04:18 PM

I use http://www.oxfordeye.co.uk/tetherPro/tetherPro.aspx the software is good and the support is great.

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Catfishcounts

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Catfishcounts Registered since 16th Oct 2012
Tue 23-Oct-12 02:53 PM

Thanks for the info! Looking into ControlMyNikon.

Catfishcounts

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Catfishcounts Registered since 16th Oct 2012
Tue 23-Oct-12 02:54 PM

Thanks for the info! That's two for ControlMyNikon. Will check on it today.

Catfishcounts

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Catfishcounts Registered since 16th Oct 2012
Tue 23-Oct-12 02:55 PM

THanks! Comparing this to ControlMyNikon. Many thanks for the input!

gbowen

Canton, US
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gbowen Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Mar 2011
Wed 24-Oct-12 02:03 PM

I definitely gotta get CMN! I'm getting into macro work with my little apartment studio, shooting gems and minerals for online sales. This would certainly streamline my workflow. I have a desktop running Windows 7. A laptop would be nice and probably will get one in the future.

George

RYnikon

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RYnikon Silver Member Nikonian since 14th Oct 2003
Wed 24-Oct-12 02:08 PM

Craig,

I would be very interested to see what you think as you compare these programs!

Robb
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Catfishcounts

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Catfishcounts Registered since 16th Oct 2012
Tue 20-Nov-12 06:18 PM

Hey all,
Sorry for the disappearing act. Family matters to deal with. Still need to compare these tethering tools that have been recommended. Hope to get to it early December.

G