Canon 5D capture direct to PC?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Burt Johnson, Jun 30, 2008.

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    Burt Johnson Guest

    Is it possible to capture directly from my Canon 5D to a PC/Mac?

    I am thinking of setting up a Mac in a studio, so that I could see my
    shots on a larger monitor (Photoshop or Lightroom?) after each shot.
    That would give me a better idea of how my lighting & exposure are
    working, etc.

    I am trying to shoot a variety of still life objects using fiber optic
    and other unusual lighting setups, and find myself unable to get a good
    feel if it worked by looking at the LCD on the camera. Thus, I take a
    bunch of shots, take the card to my desktop Mac in another room, and
    review the results. If one was "close, but no cigar," it is hard to
    return to that setup and tweak it just slightly to improve it.

    Ideally, I would capture to both the internal card and via cable to an
    attached Mac laptop. When the session was done, I would still use the
    camera card to import the images to my desktop Mac, where I really do my
    main photo processing.
    Burt Johnson, Jun 30, 2008
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    tony cooper Guest

    You want to shoot tethered. You don't see a pre-image, but when you
    do shoot, the image comes up on the screen. The image is saved like
    any other image.
    tony cooper, Jun 30, 2008
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    tony cooper Guest

    Forgot to add...I saw a guy using a Canon tethered to his laptop a
    couple of weeks ago. He was shooting macro and photographing some
    kind of bugs on a plant stem. He couldn't really tell through the
    view finder what he'd get, but he could instantly see a full-sized
    image on his laptop.
    tony cooper, Jun 30, 2008
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    Joel Guest

    Capturing directly to PC/MAC could be possible as Olympus has done it
    around a decade ago, so I would think there may be a problem to do the
    similar for Canon and other.

    But I have no idea what you are talking about when including Photoshop &
    Lightroom etc. which has nothing to do with direct capturing. Hmmm.. I read
    Canon has some additional device (wireless something) which may not exactly
    direct-capturing but tranfering photo to computer using wireless device.

    And I don't use LCD to feel good so I don't have the feeling you do <bg> I
    only use LCD for histogram which I check quite often (if not too busy).
    Joel, Jun 30, 2008
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    Joel Guest

    About a decade or so ago Olympus released some expensive P&S (around $1000
    at the time) which you can hool to either TV or computer to view the image
    in real time. Just like Video Camera or LCD.

    I read there are some program(s) for some camera's but I have no interest
    in it so didn't dig deep enough to know more about it/them.
    Joel, Jun 30, 2008
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    Cats Guest

    My Canon compact camera came with software on the CD to do what I
    think you want to do. I plug it into the USB port and so long as I
    setup the software correctly I can see the image it will take on the
    laptop screen - e.g. I can see the image *before* I take the shot.
    It's available for loads of versions of Windows, and a couple of MAC
    OSs and is called RemoteCapture. You should be able to find out from
    the Canon website if it's available for the 5D.
    Cats, Jun 30, 2008
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    Akiralx Guest

    Akiralx, Jun 30, 2008
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    Vance Guest

    Canon has a capture faciltiy that should have come with the 5D. In a
    studio, or on location for interior architectural shots, I shoot with
    my Canon 'tethered' through it's wireless network interface, though
    you can do it just as well via USB cable and much cheaper. On
    location, I look at the images on a 17'' laptop and in the studio it's
    a 22'' monitor. The images aren't stored in the camera, but are
    downloaded to a designated folder on the computer.

    I think with the Canon's that have live view you can also see that on
    the monitor, but, since I don't have it, I don't know if that's right.

    I can't see going directly to Lightroom or Photoshop being anything
    but a hassle in practical terms and it would really mess with my
    workflow. I don't think it would be a major hassle if you are only
    doing 5 or 10 images, but, after that, I can't see it. If it can be
    done, and I don't know if it can, it sounds like an idea that is
    appealling until you try it.

    Vance, Jun 30, 2008
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    Vass Guest

    lots of wireless memory cards now available
    you shoot, itsaves on memoery card and transmits to pc setup to receive
    easy and cheap.
    Vass, Jul 20, 2008
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