Thu 30-May-13 04:12 PM | edited Sat 01-Jun-13 12:54 AM by dm1dave
I got my d7100. I checked to see if the tethering cable that I use with my d200 would work on the d7100. Too big. Seemed unlikely that there would be no uniformity between cameras from the same maker. I called B&H. I'm a B&H customer. They always seem to be able to answer questions. I said I need a cable to tether my d7100 to my powerbook. They said let me check. A little while later they came back and said sorry, that's a Nikon proprietary port you'll have to call them. I called my regional nikon support. They said, no problem, that's a standard port, you should be able to get it at any camera store or best buy. I live in a town without camera stores. I went to best buy with the usb cable that came with the camera. Their camera "expert" looked at it and said, never saw one that small. It must be proprietary to nikon. I called B&H back. They said let me check. Came back and said I just read the specs. It's a mini usb. He sold me a cable with a ferrite core that was a mere $37.00. Got the cable. It would probably have fit the d200. No where near fitting the d7100. I called them back and returned the cable. Talked to a sales manager. He said you need a usb extension. Just plug the nikon cable into it and your problem will be solved. Never addressed the real problem. Why won't anything fit with the supplied usb port. B&H had no clue. Nikon support was in the dark. Best Buy was mystified. And I'm thinking that if I didn't have so much Nikon gear I'd be looking at Cannon. Anybody else have that problem.
>I believe the D7100's USB port is of the "Mini USB C >Type". I don't know what you need on the other end of >the cable, because I'm not a Mac user.
Brian - it's the HDMI port that's a type-C mini-pin configuration. The USB port is the mid-size USB 2.0 High Speed form factor variant which is not particularly common. It's slightly wider and slightly thicker than mini-USB, but the same width and slightly thinner than micro-USB. I have no idea why Nikon didn't just use mini-USB.
Hi Mike, The D7100 USB port is MICRO Type B. The cable needed, and supplied by Nikon with the D7100 as Alan said, is for connecting a Micro Type B port to a Standard Type A port. If you were not supplied with a cable, contact your supplier. Regards Brian
Thu 30-May-13 07:53 PM | edited Sat 01-Jun-13 06:47 AM by jrp
Thanks Brian. I'm just puzzled why none of the retail gurus who sell this stuff had a clue. i do have the supplied cable and it's probably just right for transferring pix from the camera to a computer if you cared to do that. Of course, it's also hard for me to understand why Nikon couldn't use the same port/cable end combo from camera to camera. I think it shows an indifference to their customers. And no, after about 40 years or so as a Nikon shooter I'm not about to change horses now.
Change is often a good thing... Standards change, frequently for the better (smaller plugs, better performance, etc.) and I'd rather see Nikon embrace new, better technology than stick with an older technology just to keep things the same from model to model. Otherwise, we'd all still be using 8" floppy discs, USB 1.0, 2 megapixel cameras, etc. .
Mike, as Howard said, the Nikon cable is an uncommon connector. From what I've been able to find out, it's a "non-standard" connector and the pin-out details tend to be proprietary to each manufacturer.
Your best bet is a USB 2.0 extension cable. If you need a very long one, you can buy active leads which will run to 10m (33ft).
I have a D7000 and your 7100 would still use the same cable. As I said in the subject line it is a standard generic cable. I use the 7000 cable for the camera and any usb drives using the same standard size usb connection.
Now I have a CoolPix 4800 and it uses a micro sub "D" usb cable. And that too works with any device using that small connector. You cane order the cable from Nikon. BUT! What did you do with the cable Nikon included with your D7100?
DO NOT BUY THE CABLE FROM BEST BUY!!!!! Order it from Nikon UC-E6 USB Cable. It's $10.95 Best Buy sells over priced cable's. That is where they make their money. Monster Cable's being most overpriced non-needed cable's. They are not the most expensive cable's one can pay through the nose for snake oil cable's. Not even for stereo hookups. The least expensive cable's transfer a signal as well as the overpriced ones do.
I am an audio enthusiast who went through that money wasting cable believer.
Sincere thanks to all who took the time to respond to my post.
For now, I will use my Nikon supplied cable plus a USB 2.
Extension which will give me all the roomI need to stay
tethered to light room or sofortbild and move my camera setup
without having to reposition my lap top
Sat 01-Jun-13 09:06 PM | edited Sat 01-Jun-13 09:15 PM by gfinlayson
I have both a D7000 and a D7100. The USB cables are different - the D7000 uses a standard mini USB, the D7100 uses an 8 pin USB for which there is no defined standard pin-out. Of the 8 pins potentially available, the D7100's cable only has 5 connectors at the camera end, so it's not a generic cabke.
Sun 02-Jun-13 01:40 AM | edited Sun 02-Jun-13 01:53 AM by GTF
The cable shown on Nikons web site for the Nikon D7100 is a (UC-E6 USB) it is the same cable that came with my CoolPix 4800. It is a standard mini (micro) "D" usb plug. I have used this cable on non Nikon electronic devices. USB hard drives are not the only device, if only I could remember what else I used it with. A WD 2.5" usb drive. They were very small hence the small plug. The Nikon supplied cable was used to connect to the drive and sometimes I used another companies mini D usb cable from my camera to the computer.
Best Buy should have them if not Radio Shack it worth a try. Or just order one from Nikon. It is a nothing special cable other then the connector is smaller than the standard mini D connector. My micro D cable is the one that came with the 4800. And the 4800 still works, other then having a damaged battery door. I have to open the door with a small screwdriver. I purchased the 4800 early 2005. It is not a Nikon proprietary connector just as the Nikon rep said so. It is generic.
Oddly enough I just got my 7100 yesterday and when I checked I had quite a lot of the correct cables. That size has 2 alternative methods of construction, the internals are handed so even if they look the same they have to be the correct internal gender. Don't try to force the connection I think you will damage the camera