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Wireless / Tethered shooting... 
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Post Wireless / Tethered shooting...
Hi all....Currently I shot with Sony, I was going to get the new A77 but it doesnt offer tethered shooting and also has no wireless image transfer capabilities (well not that I have found anyway)

So, my question to you is how important do you think this capability is ? To me it seems to be a must have, mistaken ?

I dont want this to turn it a brand war....I am just looking for advice on making sure I have the right kit going forward.

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Post Re: Wireless / Tethered shooting...
Hi Adrian, maybe a fuller explanation of what you intending to do will help people give advice. For some events, wireless is a godsend, for others it is an un-necessary complication. For some people, all they will ever require is an EyeFi card or similar, for others only a dedicated brand unit cuts the mustard. There will not be a one answer fit all result I am afraid.

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Hi Michael.....perhaps I can turn your answer around...What events would wireless be essential. Im guessing proms, corporate events etc ?

To be honest I havent actually decided which area(s) to specialise in


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Adrian,

wireless is an essential part of my kit and I use it at all events however there are different setups that I can use for anything from proms to equestrian and that is what is important, understanding what to use where and when.

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Fairpoint Mike....hopefully I will learn those lessons as I go along, what I am trying to do here though is make sure that I buy into the correct system (camera wise) from the start.

From a business point of view it seems that either Canon or Nikon are deffo they way to go.


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As far as I know only Canon and Nikon offer dedicated proprietary wireless units.

There are other generic solutions ( such as Eyefi) though they're generally regarded as less effective overall, but at a much more attractive price.

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Don't be put off! For a simple portable studio Eye-Fi is just the job. I use mine with a Canon 10D (We're talking Fred Flintstone here) and I couldn't be happier. Also remember to adhere to "Murphy's Law" and always have a backup if things should go wrong. In this case, that means a USB cable and a card reader.....

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Wireless is great and I wouldn't want to be without it but that said simple card swapping would suffice initially and then you can invest in other more necasarry equipment to get you started. The important factor is the workflow and with an efficent sales person and system in place, (using social events as an example) the files can be on the screens without delay.

The sucess of an eye-fi card depends somewhat on what materials the camera body is made from. Personally I have found them unreliable, but then others swear by them. That's the thing with event photography, many roads lead to Rome!

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Two options here. Cheapest is the eyefi card with your exististing Sony setup but will always be limited.
Better option is if you have it in mind to switch and invest in a better system then Canon or Nikon is the way. Also worth remembering both these offer a far wider range of lenses and accessories from both manufacturer and third party suppliers.

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The Eye-fi cards are superb when in the right body. I use them regularly in a pair of Canon 450D's and would not be without them. For other bodies I have Canon WFT units. Different bodies for different work. Until you know which area you intend to specialise in then which body you should get is very difficult to answer.

As far as wireless goes generally then I would not be without it but a USB tether cable and a card reader always go with me just in case. If your work flow is good then wireless will make it even better but a handful of 1Gb cards costs a lot less than any wireless solution and is very reliable.

Make the decision about the type of events you wish to cover and everything else will flow from there.

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