Slow slow slow photo transfers. I'm using Lightroom 4 and have it configured to auto import from a hotfolder. Setup is Adhoc. Here's my problem. I'd shoot a frame and it takes an awfully long time to show up on Lightroom. But if I shoot subsequent shots, it will then import fairly quickly. However, if I wait in between shots, the network "times out" and I have to wait 30-60 secs before the import begins.
This is the same with the ethernet cable. I would think that a direct connect via ethernet would be loads faster but it's the same crawling speed. No USB tethering yet as LR4 still has not released an update. As with the WT-5, if you wait between shots, the network disconnects and you're forced to wait again for the next photo to import.
Using the iPad to remotely view and control the D4 got old pretty quickly. The streamed images did pop up quick on the D4 using the WT-5 but it's not hi-res on the iPad. It's maybe good for a quickie look and check composition or if the eyes are blinking but when zooming in while viewing on the iPad serves up a pixelated jpeg photo.
I was really hoping to cut the wires when shooting tethered especially event shooting and printing on the spot. But the wait times is just too long between photos taken and actual image import.
WT-5 is going back. I have better things to spend $877 bucks on.
#1. "RE: D4 and WT5 issues" | In response to Reply # 0Luke_Miller Nikonian since 19th Apr 2006Fri 06-Apr-12 08:58 AM
I shoot with the D3 and WT-4A. I disable the camera's meter time-out and that preserves the network connection. Ad hoc is the slowest data transfer. If you use a router and infrastructure mode you will achieve higher transfer speeds. All that said I find transfers of the raw files too slow, so I set up to shoot raw plus jpeg small and send only the jpeg to Lightroom for client review. That goes quickly. For your use you might consider using one of the larger jpeg formats for on-location printing. The smaller (due to file compression) jpegs make wireless practical IMO.
#3. "RE: D4 and WT5 issues" | In response to Reply # 2Luke_Miller Nikonian since 19th Apr 2006Fri 06-Apr-12 07:05 PM
I have an older Linksys WRT54G wireless-G router leftover after upgrading my home wireless network. On its default settings my laptop and WT-4A connect to it without issue. The presence of the router is what makes the network infrastructure mode. Going direct from the WT-5 to the PC (no router) is ad hoc mode. The router does all the assigning of IP addresses, etc. so it should be pretty much plug and play.