Why in the world does the D800 have to use some sort of weird proprietary USB connector, so that none of my special extra-long cables for tethering will work, and so that I have to carry around an extra cable....
Technically, it's a "Micro-B USB 3.0 compatible" socket. This is a good socket to have because it allows for SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity as well as supporting standard USB 2.0 Micro-B cables. This means that if you have a long USB 2.0 Micro-B cable that fits into other cameras, it will fit into the lower portion of the 3.0 connector of the D800 and function as a standard USB 2.0 connection.
>Why in the world does the D800 have to use some sort of weird >proprietary USB connector, so that none of my special >extra-long cables for tethering will work, and so that I have >to carry around an extra cable.... > >What is the world is wrong with them?
What is wrong with them? Nothing. What is right with them? Everything.
The connector included on the D800 and likely all future cameras for a while will be the "USB 3.0 Micro B" connection. It carries data and power on the "super-speed" bus. This is NOT backwards compatible so to keep you from connecting to something that could potentially cause damage to your camera, they have prevented you in the simplest way possible.
The new connection offers a theoretical 10x increase in speed over the previous connection. I have yet to see if the new connection will tether yet as LR4 is not yet capable of this with the D800 to my knowledge.
My first encounter with USB 3.0. As a Mac user, I am still not on board with the USB 3.0 train, even though I have Thunderbolt ports (but virtually nothing to plug into them!).
I am reassured that Nikon has not missed the boat, and also that I can use my USB 2.0 cables as well - although I might want to buy a long USB 3.0 for future use as well. I'm going to have to look around for one.
None on macs yet. I'm hoping that with the new iMACs and macbooks on the horizon they have this USB 3.0. Alot of hard drive enclosures are having USB 3.0 on them now; Its faster than FW800. ------------- Please visit my galleries: Reza Gorji Photography
USB3 has no maximum cable length specified. But 3mtr is widely touted to obtain the maximum USB3 speed. Some dispute this and claim 5mtr will work. I guess it comes down to the size if the copper wiring and quality of manufacturing.
This is all academic if using USB2.
>Why in the world does the D800 have to use some sort of weird >proprietary USB connector, so that none of my special >extra-long cables for tethering will work
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Adapters are hard to find but Amazon carries 2 for less than $16 shipped. USB 3.0 Type A Female to Micro Male Adapter. Problem may be fitting the physical camera as the port is recessed from the edge of the access area. Perhaps a short cable would work better, that I already have for my USB 3.0 reader. I will know more when my adapter arrives.