Any Mac users w/EOS-350D

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Arild P., Jun 30, 2006.

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    Arild P. Guest

    Having recently bought a Canon EOS-350D (which I'm slowly getting the
    hang of) I'm wondering what kind of software solution would be the best
    for my setup.
    I'm using a Mac (15" 1.67GHz Powerbook G4, MacOS 10.4.7, standard 512
    Mbytes RAM).

    I've installed all the Canon software that came with the camera, but I
    don't have time to test everything to find out what's best, so for
    pictures storage I'm currently using iPhoto (5.0.4) together with
    "iPhoto buddy" (freeware) which allows me to create several different
    libraries meaning that I've created an entirely separate EOS-350D
    library separating it from my web-images, desktop patterns and
    everything else.
    The Canon equivelant is "Imagebrowser", isn't it? But it keeps crashing
    on me. If I open it then press on the "open" triangle next to the
    "pictures" folder (in order to open it and select images and/or
    sub-folders) it crashes. Opening other folders works fine.

    I also have Photoshop elements 2.0, so this would probably beat that
    Canon program which I haven't really bothered looked much at yet.
     
    Arild P., Jun 30, 2006
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    Rebecca Ore Guest


    Also try Lightroom while it's a free beta from Adobe:

    http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom/

    Use Photoshp Elements for editing.
     
    Rebecca Ore, Jun 30, 2006
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    Jon B Guest

    Buy more ram, it'll be much nicer.
    I'm not a fan of iPhoto, and have been using iView media (pro version),
    however thats just been bought out by Satan, so I had another look at
    iPhoto 6 last night, and initial impressions were I still much preferred
    iView.

    Before iView I've just been keeping everything organised in finder (and
    still do), use Image Capture to download pictures from the memory card,
    and Photoshop for editing. Luckily got a copy of CS but if I was
    spending my own money it would be on a later version of PS Elements.
    It's worth having a look at Lightroom while it is under Beta, be
    interesting to see at what price point it comes out.
     
    Jon B, Jun 30, 2006
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    John Meyer Guest

    First I would strongly suggest buying more RAM for your Powerbook - that
    will help greatly with any photo related activity. RAM is relatively
    cheap these days - I'd install as much as it will support.

    Second, if Canon software is anything like Pentax software, and based on
    what I've read from Canon and Nikon users, I'd probably not even bother
    to install Imagebrowser. Camera makers just don't seem to have a knack
    for writing good software.

    I'm fairly happy with iPhoto 5 for organizing and browsing. iPhoto 6 is
    supposed to be a big improvement and there are other good browsers
    available. For editing and converting raw, I'm very happy with Elements
    3. It's a good and cheap upgrade from Elements 2.
     
    John Meyer, Jun 30, 2006
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  5. More RAM, a Gig or so, asap, regardless of your ultimate software choice.
    Upgrade that; or simply do a 30 day free trial. I use iPhoto for slide
    shows and some web stuff, but not much else, preferring the full
    Photoshop, which if you get good with Elements, is a nice path.

    Also try Lightroom, currently in Beta, mac only. I like it, but just am
    not used to its interface yet.
     
    John McWilliams, Jun 30, 2006
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    Dr. Boggis Guest

    You could try installing the GIMP or one of its variants (I have
    GIMPshop which is a skin to make the GIMP menus more like Photoshop). If
    you want to work with raw files you'll also want to install UFraw. Get
    googling for the links :p
     
    Dr. Boggis, Jun 30, 2006
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    Jim Redelfs Guest

    I have a 20D (similar to the XT) and use a PowerMac G4 1.25gHz running OS X
    10.4.7.

    I use iPhoto 6.0.4. I have had little use for the Canon applications.
    --
    :)
    JR

    PowerMac G4 MDD 1.25 SP
    Mac OS X 10.4.7
     
    Jim Redelfs, Jul 1, 2006
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Hey, off the subject, but while I've got you here--is a G3 worth $150. I
    think I'll have to buy an OS and all the software, too, but I can get one at
    that price right now, and I'm considering it.
    Thanks.
     
    Matt Clara, Jul 1, 2006
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    Jim Redelfs Guest

    Possibly. Get precise details and specs and research it at

    http://www.everymac.com
     
    Jim Redelfs, Jul 1, 2006
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    I also have a 1.67 GHz PB G4. It came with an OEM copy of
    GraphicConverter, which can be updated over the net.

    I don't do a lot of graphics manipulation, so GraphicConverter meets most
    of my needs. I've never installed the Canon software, and transfer photos
    to the Mac using a USB adapter. Unless you need the organizing capability
    of iPhoto or the manipulation capability of Photoshop, you may already be
    set.

    Fred
     
    Fred McKenzie, Jul 1, 2006
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    Matt Clara Guest


    Thank you, that looks like a great resource.
     
    Matt Clara, Jul 2, 2006
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    Arild P. Guest

     
    Arild P., Jul 2, 2006
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    Jon B Guest

    (Please note I'm guessing slightly as I'm uk and doing lose pound -
    dollar conversions)

    Beige G3? Nope, $10

    Blue & White Tower? Nope probably $100

    iMac G3? for a late spec 500 or 600 then maybe, 400mhz would be pushing
    it I'd guess, early 350mhz no firewire etc would be sub $100 I'd say.
    Tray loader, definately under $100 nowadays

    iBook G3 then yes, even for a 'tonka', dual usb white iBooks prob fetch
    over double that.

    You can get a G4 tower for around $150 dollars, only be around the
    400-500mhz but will outperform any of the above, cheaper to upgrade,
    uses bog standard VGA monitor connection, usb keyboard/mouse, so for
    experimentation you could hide one under the desk next to your standard
    PC desktop and just have one set of accessories on the desk.
     
    Jon B, Jul 4, 2006
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    Arild P. Guest

    On the subject of EOS-350D and Mac...
    What happens when you connect the camera to the computer with the help
    of the USB cable that came with the camera, then turn the camera on?
    On my Mac, iPhoto starts up in a matter of seconds and asks me if I
    want to import so and so many photos. But there should be a desktop
    icon for the camera as well.
    Do any of you get a desktop icon which contains the CompactFlash card,
    or is it missing on your setups too?

    With another camera (a Nikon point-and-shoot), iPhoto starts up in the
    same way, but I also get a (generic white "NO_NAME") icon on the
    desktop.

    And on my Windows PC the EOS-350D shows up as yet another storage
    device.

    Another things, what's the "PC connection" setting for? the EOS-350D
    should be set to use "PTP" for transfers, shouldn't it?
     
    Arild P., Jul 4, 2006
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    Jim Redelfs Guest

    A long time ago I told iPhoto to quit starting-up when I plug a card into the
    reader - or my 20D into the USB/computer. I Preview the images, deleting the
    rejects, before importing them into iPhoto.
    Should be? I'm not so sure. I can't get it to mount on my desktop set to
    either Normal or PTP.
    MIA here.
    That's STILL not enough to get me to switch OSes. :)
    Dunno. Don't have one on my 20D (same processor as your XT).
    I suppose I could RFTM again, but it makes no difference on my setup. Using
    either Normal (my usual Communication setting) or PTP, my camera shows up on
    the Source pane in iPhoto.

    I do recall, however, that it DID make a difference when trying the same thing
    on my friends Linux system. I recall PTP was required to get his system to
    recognize the device (camera) and grab the pics.
    --
    :)
    JR

    PowerMac G4 MDD 1.25 SP
    Mac OS X 10.4.7
     
    Jim Redelfs, Jul 6, 2006
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    Jon B Guest

    It depends on the device and how it handles it, I don't think the drive
    icon pops up for either of my Canons [1] if I connect them to the mac,
    but the card in the reader does. Some Fuji point and shoot did at the
    office last week, I don't think a Nikon P&S I had connected a few months
    ago did...

    [1] D30 & G2
     
    Jon B, Jul 7, 2006
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    Arild P. Guest

    Thanks for confirming that the same thing is happening at your end. I
    finally found out what and why. Canon and Apple have in joint effort
    set things up deliberately to *not* have an icon pop up on the desktop.
    This is to make it more user-friendly since the user doesn't have to
    worry about unmounting/ejecting the camera before unplugging. So there
    we have it. No need to worry about a corrupt operating system for my
    part :)
     
    Arild P., Jul 8, 2006
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