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Jul 11, 2016 01:38 |  #1

Hello everyone,

I have been looking for a method to view pictures I take from a Canon XTI and see them on my tablet. I currently have a Samsung Tab 7 and Ipad Mini. My purpose is to show clients pictures being taken on a "bigger" monitor or for me to view for my use.

I have been searching online and here. Was able to find a link to DSLR Controller and Apple's Camera Connection Kit. I did see that if I use the android version I can expand the size of the sd card. Not sure if the raw files are readable. With the Ipad I read I can view raw files but depending on size of Ipad, space may be limited. Which I only have 5 gb left. These I see are hardwired.

Is there another method for this to be sent to either tablet wireless? I know my camera is old. If a wireless method is possible, will it work with my camera?

Thank you in advanced for your help.




  
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Jul 11, 2016 03:06 |  #2

A few ideas pop up in my mind.

Idea 1:
I once tried a CF adapter with an Eye-Fi card.
Use the Eye-Fi software on your Tab and/or iPad.
Within 3 feet it worked sort of.
If you walk around then the performance is very bad.

Idea 2:
Use a CF adapter and use an SD Card.
Setup your camera to shoot Raw and JPG.
With the camera connection kit you can copy the JPG's to the iPad.

Alternative:
Use a MicroSD adapter inside the CF adapter.
View the JPG's directly with the MicroSD in your Samsung tab.

Idea 3:
Hookup your XTi with USB to your laptop.
Use DigicamControl to capture to the laptop.
Hookup a "bigger" monitor as needed.
The captured picture can be shown on the second monitor.
However the XTi (400D) is not mentioned as a supported camera.
http://www.digicamcont​rol.com/cameras (external link)

I used this very succesfully to create my own (low cost) photobooth.

Idea 4:
Buy a portable WiFi router - TP Link MR3040.
Use the alternative firmware and use it with DSLRController on your Samsung Tab.
http://dslrcontroller.​com/guide-wifi_mr3040.php (external link)

I tried this once with a Canon 50D, and it worked pretty good.
The USB connection of the 50D itself was a little wornout so I lost connection at random times.
A carefully placed rubberband fixed it.


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Jul 11, 2016 14:47 |  #3

Thank you for your reply.

Idea 1: I had read about the Eye-Fi card also. Just wasn't sure if it really worked or not. I checked on amazon reviews where some said it did not work and others saying it work great. Does this allow to show to tablet every time I take a picture or is it more uploading like idea 2?

Idea 2: I wouldn't mind using this method, but the time to upload will depend on how many raw or jpg pictures I am trying to upload right?

Idea 3: You are correct, my camera is not in the list.

I guess I have to see which one works best for my needs. Really appreciate your help.




  
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Jul 12, 2016 08:42 |  #4

The main reason why performance is so low is because the Eye-Fi card is burried inside the body of the DSLR.
The WiFi radio signals do not have much room to 'escape'.
Within a few feet the signals are strong enough to reach the tablet/iPad/laptop to maintain a stable connection.
When you move further away the signal weakens very quick.

When you take a picture, the Eye-Fi card wants to transmit this picture over WiFi.
If your device is too far away then a stable connection cannot be made and your device cannot receive this picture.

If you do not make a picture, the Eye-Fi card eventually stops transmitting.

In my case the Eye-Fi card was not the problem but the magnesium body blocking the WiFi signals.
Also the CF adapter blocked a little bit.
This resulted in a narrow escape slot for the WiFi signals.
Pointing the camera in the other direction or moving away too far resulted in a "No-Go".

I have a mobi Pro version which is capable of creating an AP.

So idea 1: the upload to your iPad starts when the Eye-Fi card begins transmitting the picture.
(the Eye-Fi starts transmitting if it detects a new picture)

Idea 2: Setup your camera to record in Raw and JPG. If you only select the JPG's it will be a bit faster.

Idea 3: But that doesn't prevent you from trying. :lol:


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Jul 12, 2016 21:06 as a reply to  @ Canon Amateur's post |  #5

Thank you for clarifying that. Does seem as it is a big headache to deal with idea 1. Although it seems that I am still leaning towards that option. Maybe I am just being stubborn. Also, before your last reply I emailed Eye Fi Card asking about using their mobi card with a CF card adapter and they told me that it will not work with my Xti. They did not guaranteed me it will work but that I can try it at my own rish. They also said that their CF card adapter had issues and was discontinued. I found this one in amazon:
https://www.amazon.com …&keywords=cf+ca​rd+adapter (external link)

For idea 3, if I wanted to connect to my tab would I need to get something like this?
https://www.amazon.com …eywords=Micro-B+to+Mini-B (external link)

Is there an adapter you recommend that I can use with my existing usb cable?

Thanks again.




  
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Jul 12, 2016 22:51 as a reply to  @ firme's post |  #6

You can also grab a a RavPower Filehub (https://www.amazon.com …er-External/dp/B00AQUMZRA (external link)). My tablet doesn't have USBHost ability so I couldn't just hook-up the camera to it. The RavPower is basically a power-recharger, card reader and a wifi router host. Just insert the card into it, have your tablet connect to the device and download from there.

Ehh this is kinda like idea #4




  
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Jul 18, 2016 19:10 |  #7

RawDroid works well for viewing Canon RAW. Go to https://play.google.co​m …honymandra.rawd​roid&hl=en (external link) and see the app but note the comment on what you should download if you run Android 5+.




  
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Jul 22, 2016 12:48 |  #8

Scooby_Doo wrote in post #18065552 (external link)
You can also grab a a RavPower Filehub (https://www.amazon.com …er-External/dp/B00AQUMZRA (external link)). My tablet doesn't have USBHost ability so I couldn't just hook-up the camera to it. The RavPower is basically a power-recharger, card reader and a wifi router host. Just insert the card into it, have your tablet connect to the device and download from there.

Ehh this is kinda like idea #4

I liked the idea of the RavPower FileHub so I bought one.
http://www.ravpower.co​m …able-wireless-router.html (external link)

IMAGE: http://www.ravpower.com/media/pic/small/81-65001-001/RP-WD03-1.jpg

So now I can experiment with a CF-adapter with an SD card in my 7D, or with an SD-Card in my 1D3 (JPG only).
Thanks for the tip Scooby!

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