Thu 06-Dec-12 12:43 AM | edited Thu 06-Dec-12 01:03 AM by bobcowin
I recently purchased a D800 (love it!) and today purchased the Eye-Fi 16Gb Pro X2. My question is, how do I use it?
I have enabled Eye-Fi Upload in the setup menu. However I thought that the Wireless Transmitter section would then be enabled, but it is not. So how do I set up the camera to access my secure wireless network at home? How do I upload photos via wireless?
I can't find any information in the manuals, Darrell's book, or on-line beyond enabling it. I looked through every menu item, and besides the disabled Wireless Transmitter section I see nothing about setting up the wireless communication.
There are two parts of setting up the Eye-Fi casd. You need to format the device and register it with your computer. And you need to activate the camera setting to use the card.
Once setup, you need to make sure your computer is recognizing the card. That may mean picking it as a device that should "talk" to your computer. You don't need to access your home network but rather your computer.
One more thing - the file size of the D800 is very large and I don't think it works very well to transmit full files. I set up my cameras to write the NEF to the CF card and a small basic JPEG to the Eye-Fi card.
If you have an iPad, you need to download the app for the Eye-Fi.
There was a recent firmware update for the card. And you have to have specific models of cards for best performance. I'm using the 8GB Eye-Fi Pro.
The other caution area is with file size. This card is really not for transferring full RAW images from the D800 or D600. The transfer rate is just too slow to be practical. But if you use Basic JPEG for transfer, it's okay.
Thanks. Formatting the card is one thing I didn't do, will do that tonight. Unfortunately, though, I don't have a laptop, but a desktop without wireless. It is connected to my home network, which has wireless access.
I just had a similar situation. I started by sending an email to their support location. They quickly opened a Case Log and spent a lot of time troubleshooting the problem. I'm pretty happy with their efforts. After a lot of work, they determined that an error existed in the card and I am now waiting for the replacement.
I've seen some great studio work with an iPad rather than a tethered PC. The solution is still evolving as gains in bandwidth are offset by file size increases. One of the PPA instructors from Texas makes it a major part of his client work. Many commercial photographers in NY are using it so clients can immediately view images during a shoot rather than chimping on a DSLR. And navigation is intuitive for an iPad user.
Overall, it's a pretty good solution if you need or get value from immediate images. The JPEG's on an iPad look great - and certainly are good enough to impress a client.
There are a host of solutions with this approach. For an event photographer, event images can be displayed in real time. Even for sports you can get a lot of mileage out of stills viewed immediately.
For large files or RAW images, there are other solutions. This is really not a solution for RAW files - nor does it try to be such since there are bandwidth limitations of an SD card solution.
It can work easily into a work flow of a dual slot camera. I capture NEF on the CF card and small jpg's on the SD card. With this I won't have to wait until a long break to make the transfer to the IPad using the camera kit.
The dual slot cameras make this work much better than a single slot camera. I can see reasons for both.
I'm still getting the hang of transfer speed, but it seems pretty good. My guess is we are talking 10-15 seconds for a basic JPEG - maybe longer. Part of that is recognizing the device. Actual transfer speeds can be faster. I'll bring it next weekend to the Atlanta Nikonians outing.