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Tethering choices: iPad or PC?
My question today concerns tethered shooting of portraits. An iPad Pro would be first choice, but it can be pretty pricey, especially when you add an Eye-fi SD card for wireless connection. A wired connection is even harder because an adapter ($) is needed to go from USB to Firewire. A basic 32GB iPad Pro should be sufficient. I don't plan to store images on it but only to view them as they are shot and send them to Lightroom.
The alternative is a Dell 2-in-1 with a 4 GB memory and 500 GB hard drive. Its screen is 13.3" ( about the same as the larger iPad) The Dell can be tethered directly with a cable and it would cost about half as much. But would it do the job? If I download 100 D810 images at about 40 MB each, would that flood the memory, slow it down or worse? Are there better alternatives whose price would not send me back to Apple? (nothing wrong with Apple, just trying to limit the price)
Currently I'm on a Dell PC, Windows 10, PS CC and Lightroom - also Elements 14 which I still like.
There is no such thing as a USB to FW adapter
I don't know of any way to tether to LR in iOS
SSDs are much faster than HDDs. You 100% want a computer with an SSD.
Used MacBooks can be had less than a $1k also if you want an Apple product.
Almost all photographers and models come to a point where you are a little uncomfortable to see yourself or to see your pictures at a big screen where the customer can also see it. So when you F up a image, the customer will see instant...
In my opinion, for checking if things are right like histrogram, composition, lighting etcetera, you can check the back of the screen. If you want to shoot tethered because you want to check focus, please be sure when you take a photograph, it will be in focus and train yourself into that. Shooting tethering will not help.
Off course, thats my opinion
Re USB to Firewire there is the new Manfrotto Digital Director for iPad Pro 12.9 and Nikon and Canon DSLR Cameras. It's a mount which connects the iPad via Firewire to a processor which is connected via USB to the camera. The Eye-Fi alternative is much cheaper and still looks good to me.
Roy I like your reasoning, but I shoot a lot of church groups. Their faces are too small on the camera back to really know whether all the eyes are open, in focus and clear of shadows. The bigger screen will help a lot in that case. But I hear you about training myself.
And you say the Director is pricey? That was exactly my reaction, too.
As for moving files from laptop to workstation, I plug in my MacBook to the gigabit network at the studio and transfer them that way. Also I turn off wifi on the MacBook while transferring so it is definitely using the gigabit. When I'l tethering in the studio I have an app on the studio computer that automatically syncs files to the workstation so they show up automatically on the big screen in the office.
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