I posted this in the computer area a couple of weeks ago and got no response, so I'm trying here ...
I want to know if the IPad2 can be used to look at my D700 files.
Some time ago there were posts about viewing DSLR images on the iPad. One user was very unhappy with how that worked out. The review of the iPad2 by dpreview.com gives the same view (though the situation is more rosy for viewing JPGs).
Some time has passed, and there is no doubt that new apps are out now. Has anyone recently tried viewing DSLR RAW files on their iPad 2? Would shooting RAW plus JPGs, then viewing the JPGs on iPad be an easy approach? That is what we do with the camera's own view screen, after all. The RAW files could then be transfered to a true computer for processing later. Thanks!
Probably not. I have not tried it on my iPAD2 yet, but I did on my iPAD. It will store the files in all their original glory, but will dumb them down for viewing. I just thought it was an impractical solution.
Scott Chapin Powder Springs, GA, USA Nikonians Team Member
When you say "dumb them down", do you mean that I can see the JPGs, but not view RAW files? The reason that I ask is that I'm flying off to a class next month, and the instructor wants everyone to bring a laptop to view their work during the workshop. My little old laptop won't do it, and I hate to add the cost of a laptop to the already high cost of the course (tuition, airfare, hotel, airport parking, etc.).
If an IPad 2 will do it'll save me some bucks. I prefer to do Lightroom and Photoshop from a desktop when I've returned from a shoot.
Hi, I downloaded 7gig of D700 nef files to my Ipad2 and can view them OK. It takes a long time to download, I'm guessing 5 to 6 hours. I imported several files into Lightroom and everything seems intact.
>Hi, I downloaded 7gig of D700 nef files to my Ipad2 and can >view them OK. It takes a long time to download, I'm guessing >5 to 6 hours. I imported several files into Lightroom and >everything seems intact.
Whoa! 5-6 hours! It sounds like IPad 2 might be great if you're shooting JPGs, but not so hot if you're working with raw files. Thanks!
It appears to me that the iPad is a nice device, but it does not have the horsepower of a laptop. I've been traveling with laptops since the D100 days, and now I can upload an 8 GB CF card of NEF images in about a few minutes - less than 15 minutes. I would recommend a MacBook, that could be bought refurbished for about $1000 from Apple. Although Microsoft laptops can be had for about $500 or less. However, you get what you pay for. The only disadvantage of laptops, is the viewing angle on the screen that can affect your color correction, even though the display is calibrated.
Hi again, When down load took 5 to 6 hours I was using a compact flash reader connected to the USB adapter that came with the photo kit. I connected D700 direct to USB and down loaded same photos in 21 minutes. They seemed to down load faster yet using smart media card in smart media reader in photo kit. How do we get D700 photos on smart media card? Although I am happy with the 21 min. down load.
Is the image being displayed embedded preview thumbnail of the NEF or the NEF image?
I expect it is the emended thumbnail image, since one would need to update the iPad# software every time a new digital camera that provides a RAW image is released, just like the image editing software and for the same reasons.
This is for a first generation iPad. I shoot only RAW on my D700 and took a total of about 2100 pictures during a trip to Switzerland. They all showed up fine on my 64GB iPad. Still had about 10-15GB free on my iPad. So you should be able to view the RAW files on your iPad2 just fine. I just used the Photo app that came with the iPad to do this. Don't know what was up with the dpreview item.
I don't do any editing on my iPad, just initial viewing to see if the shot is worth keeping or not. There are apps you can use to edit them on your iPad and I have used them. They do OK and save the picture as a JPEG, leaving the RAW file alone. Normally, I wait until I get home to edit them on my Mac Pro.
Downloading 2100 pictures from my iPad to my Mac Pro did take a while, but nowhere near 4-5 hours. Seems like it only took about 1 1/2 hours at most.
I downloaded them from my D700 directly to my iPad using the Camera Connection kit using a USB cable from my camera to the connection kit adapter. At most, I think I downloaded 450 pictures at one session. If I remember correctly, it only took about 15-20 minutes at most.
Quote "Photosmith fills the gap in the photographer’s workflow by letting you organize, rate, tag and label your photos while on the road with your iPad. When you get back you can easily sync with Adobe Lightroom® on your PC or Mac"
I use it often, it works well and as the blurb says, syncs your ipad with Lightroom so you can do your rating/culling on the ipad and when you sync the photos it syncs the ratings too.
It is also a great way to backup whilst in the field. Use the camera connect kit to copy your nef files from the CF card to the ipad and leave the files on the CF card until the ipad is sync'd with your PC/MAC…. voila!
I had 24gb of holiday shots already rated etc for when I returned home from 3 weeks away, after an hour sync it was just 5 minutes to cull in Lightroom using the rating system within Photosmith.
In terms of quality of image displayed on the ipad, I believe it is just the embedded small jpeg within the raw nef, but if you shoot raw + jpeg I think Photosmith will display the actual jpeg.
Mike, It looks like you have a gotten a lot of good feedback. What you will also need to acquire is an interface that will accept the CF card and plug into the iPhone connector on the iPad. I'm not sure where all they are available, but I got mine at place called MIC, but I can't find that site on the 'net now.
I download my NEF images and my RAW+JPGfine images with no problem, but I never know whether I am looking at the entire image file or the jpg embedded file.
I also use an app called Snapseed (from NIK I believe) that will work with those images, but output an image that Photoshop can't read, so it has to be emailed from the iPad to a computer that contains Ps or Nikon Capture. When it is sent via email it is converted to a jpg, but it is much smaller than the original jpg would have been (probably about 1/4 the size).