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cables for tethered shooting with 40D, 6D, 7DMKII?

 
Tom ­ Camilleri
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Aug 26, 2017 00:05 |  #1

What are the best tether cords for these cameras?


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Lyndön
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Aug 26, 2017 21:12 |  #2

Whichever flavor of USB they all take. I don't use any specific brand and they all work. You could purchase some high quality cords from Tether Tools if you're going to be using them a lot, but that could get rather expensive for multiple cables. The 6D and 40D can share any standard mini-USB cable but the 7D2 is a USB 3.0 micro USB. Personally, I use the short cables supplied with my different cameras and connect them to a USB 3.0 active extension cord (available in various lengths) and then to the computer, so any cable can be turned into a long tether cord. Its a lot smaller to pack than multiple long cables too. A short piece of gaffer tape keeps the connection from pulling apart.


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Aug 27, 2017 13:52 |  #3

The cables that come with the camera from Canon are pretty good, but it's only Data being used, so any cable will work.
The 5m cables from tether tools are junk, but their extension cables, powered and un-powered can work well, and have helped some medium format cameras run when other cables haven't.


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Tom ­ Camilleri
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Sep 11, 2017 18:04 as a reply to Lyndön's post |  #4

Thanks for reply. That's a good idea.


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Sep 11, 2017 18:05 as a reply to Moppie's post |  #5

Thanks for reply. Will keep in mind.


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Sep 11, 2017 18:15 |  #6

my 6D runs fine over 16 ft/5m without an active connection. I shoot tethered a lot.

I just bought a decent cord from monoprice, nothing fancy. Make sure to wrap it around the tripod, or at least tape it to it to relieve any pressure that might be put on the camera usb connection.


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Sep 12, 2017 11:37 |  #7

Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #18449727 (external link)
my 6D runs fine over 16 ft/5m without an active connection. I shoot tethered a lot.

I just bought a decent cord from monoprice, nothing fancy. Make sure to wrap it around the tripod, or at least tape it to it to relieve any pressure that might be put on the camera usb connection.

Good suggestion. Do you shoot tethered indoors or in the field?


40D, Digital Rebel 300D; EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS, EF 28-135 IS, EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro, 85mm f/1.8, 28mm f/1.8, Speedlite 380 EX, Sekonic L758DR w/target, Manfrotto 3021 w/3030 pan-tilt head & quick release plate, POTN Strap

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Sep 12, 2017 11:59 |  #8

Studio. Kind of a high production environment most of the time, lots of movement both in front of and behind the camera. I try to keep my laptop on a wheeled cart near the tripod. If not I will sometimes run the cord up to the ceiling and back down to my desk. Something like this, for a long run is where an active cord might change m into play... although I have not needed one yet. I don't like hand holding with a tether.

Outside the studio I use wireless tethered shooting with the Canon iOS app. If you set it up correctly it is bulletproof.


PSA: The above post may contain sarcasm, reply at your own risk | Formerly he's gone before apostrophe-gate | Not in gear database: Canon 70-210 3.5-4.5, Auto Sears 50mm 2.0 / 2x CL-360, Nikon SB-28, SunPak auto 322 D, Minolta 20

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