I'm sure DLSR controller is better, but my point was that he already has the necessary gear to do what he's going for. It seems as though he always wanted a solution that involved buying more gear, so that's what he did. I can't currently justify buying gear that I don't strictly need, and especially if it doesn't contribute significantly to my workflow or overall image quality. Nothing wrong with gear-centric problem solving, just not my style.
Actually I didn't have the necessary gear for the problem. The Canon app would work with one of my bodies (6D) but not the 7D2 (no wifi). 6D doesn't work with the Sigma crop lens, so I have been using the 7D2. The tight spaces that I would benefit from an articulated LCD, preclude the 6D and longer FL of my 16-35mm lens, so 6D and it's wifi wouldn't help. Also don't want to use two bodies at a single job.
Any solution was going to require a gear purchase - New body, App and a new tablet since the App wouldn't work with my current tablet, External monitor.
My first idea was a new body for the obvious articulated LCD. Other's mentioned things I didn't think of, so I re-thought and considered options I had not thought about. Ended up going with either the lowest or next to lowest cost solution ($165 where would have probably spent at least $125-$150 for an Android tablet and possibly more).
For me, it does contribute to the workflow as I expect it will result in time saved on setting up those tight shots and taking them once instead of taking them two or three times making blind adjustments in between shots until the framing is right.
At the end of the day, the additional gear cost is pretty small and equates to less than what I charge for a single job. To me, given it provides a benefit - I think that is reasonable and readily justified.
I didn't mean to start a war pitting folks who do different things differently against each other. Clearly there are a variety of workable options and different people are going to have different preferences. In the end, everyone finds what works for them and if it works than the problem is solved.
While some may disagree with some of Apple's decisions on what features and processes they will make available to third party apps, I think claiming them to be a "joke" is a bit of a stretch. There are a litany of reasons on why I went away from Windows and Android and came to Apple, just as there are reasons folks have gone the other way. I made my choice for my reasons and as long as that choice meets my needs I am good with it. I don't feel the need to tout Apple over the other options or deride Apple's competitors.
Here is the chain of events for me and the solution I decided on:
-I wanted an ability to see the live view framing of a shot when I couldn't fit behind the camera due to close quarters.
-Initially, I assumed I needed a camera with an articulating LCD
-Others mentioned solutions I had not thought of while pointing out the cameras I was considering would have drawbacks over the cameras i already had (unintended consequences)
-I reassessed solution options looking at pros and cons of each
NEW CAMERA BODY -
Pros:New camera body, articulating screen
Cons: Somewhat reduced capabilities compared to current bodies, lower build quality/durability, no electronic level, high cost
Pros:Provides larger screen than articulating LCD, significantly lower cost, remote control of focus and other camera features, remote shutter actuation
Cons:Android only- would need to buy an Android tablet and use another OS, another software to become familiar/proficient with, additional layer of "tech"
Pros:Provides larger screen than articulating LCD, significantly lower cost - comparable and possibly less than buying a new tablet and app, no additional OS or software to learn, simple cable connection.
Cons:No remote control over camera settings or shutter actuation, another battery/charger to deal with
-External monitor for certain circumstances where it would be a benefit.
-Simple quick set up/take down
-No additional OS or software to learn/use
-Excess cost for unnecessary features (remote settings/shutter actuation)
Decision - External monitor
Reason - Satisfies wants/needs at lowest cost, no undesirable (for me) attributes
Lets get back to photos!