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Tethered Shooting with NIKON D600 Fujifilm X100, Sony NEX (NEX-5 and NEX-7)

Tethered Shooting with Fujifilm X100, Sony NEX (NEX-5 and NEX-7) is not possible – or?
Apprently there is no way to control camera settings remotely but there are ways to release from the distance – and in case of the X100 very, very, stylish 😉

 

It’s great to change the perspective, mount the camera on a long window cleaning extender and show the view from above.

Three different cameras are used for this, the Nikon D600, the Sony NEX and Fujifilm X100.

NIKON D600
Even with a light lens very heavy on a 4 meter extender but it has the most options for remote control.

  • Via USB and the free MAC Software Sofortbild (get the version from http://www.sofortbildapp.com/ not from the APP store for the D600)
  • With Nikons Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1B
  • With another wireless remote control

Even over short distances the Nikons Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1B gives you a lot of pain, especially in wifi dense areas like public events where everybody has the mobile phone  / wifi switched on.  On top, the app is, let’s say – not very sophisticated. E.g. after each start, you have to swich ‘download’ image off if you don’t want to have huge RAW files being send to your IOS device (and blocking everything…)

Back to the roots. A small battery povered, HDMI capable monitor and a remote release. Or just a remote release and many  ‘blind’ shots, keeping what’s useful later.

For the Sony NEX (NEX-5 and NEX-7), the normal infra-red remote control will not work, because you will be out of the line-of-sight when you are below the camera on the pole. There is a simple solution.  Just get one of the cheap second-source remote for NEX, carefully open it. Unsolder the infra-red LED  and use an telephone cable as extension. You can fix it on the extender somewhere close to the camera’s IR sensor. Monitoring is optional via HDMI and an external monitor.

Fujifilm X100

The company Hama produces since decades pneumatic remote shutter release devices. They cost less than 50 € and come with two tubes, one roughly one the second nine meter long. It is so decent, no IR emission, silent and fits so nicely the X100 style

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Photoresk – Brussels Photography to Waterloo and Villers-la-Ville

Sunday trip to the flee marked in Waterloo and the old Abbey Villers-la-Ville

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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Prime Time for good old stuff – Part 1: Adapter

Prime-Lens for the mirrorless

The new mirrorless system cameras can deliver outstanding quality. However, sometimes it lacks of interesting lenses. If you don’t need autofocus and you can live perfectly with aperture priority – just adopt your good old stuff (or find something used).

Adapter are available on a variety of lens / camera combinations like M42 to Sony E-mount, to Fujifilm X1 Pro, or Micro Four Thirds. The same for Pentax K or Nikon lenses.

Those are simple mechanical adapter, no lens needed and you will be able to focus to infinite (the same does not work to some other cameras like adopting M42 lenses to Nikon requires a lens or you lose the focus to infinite)

These adapters are cheap, price range is roughly from 5 to 50 €/$)


NEX-7 with 70’th ASAHI Super Takumar 1:1.8/55

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From above – von oben

Since a while I am doing aerial photography.

On the flying platform, I use mostly an modified Canon S90 to take picture up to altitudes of around 100 Meter. The Camera is stabilized and shutter release, tilt and pan can remotely controlled. The ‘camera view’ is downstreamed via an 5 GHz video link and displayed on a battery powered control monitor.

Video / HDMI control monitor.

However, sometimes it is not necessary to get as high as 100 Meter. A few meter are sometimes sufficient to overlook a crowd or a wedding audience.

But for those occasions, I prefer to use the DSLR. With an monopod to hold the camera up and to release the shutter with the remote-control wireless or per wire works quite well in many situations. Except, that it is ‘guess-work’ if you don’t want to mess around with the control monitor and the cables. And you can’t control more tan the shutter release.

There are also nice options for tethered shooting with the NIKON DSLRs. Sofortbild is a very nice – and free – application if you have an MAC. It controls the camera via the USB port. However, you need an laptop to use the software, there is no iPad or iPhone version available. Another thing to carry and to handle. Not suitable at all occasions.

Since a while, Nikon has wireless adapters for the DSLRs but they are very expensive.

Recently Nikon released the WU-1b which can provide a cheap (50€) solution for remote shooting. It connects to the USB port of the camera.


It is a small dongle.

 

 

It provides wireless-hotspot like functionality. After installing the App to you Apple or Android smart device,  connect to the wifi hotspot.

the last leave


You will be able to see the live view picture, set the focus point and release the shutter and – optionally download the pictures directly to your smart device (I don’t recommend this – time consuming).


You also may use a pan – tilt head to control the direction in which you camera points. Cool for concerts or sports events. You can place the camera before the event and control it remotely.

DON’T FORGET TO SECURE THE NETWORK 😉


 

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