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Mar 02, 2015 21:40 |  #1

Sorry if this is the wrong forum just wasn't really sure where this should go.

Looking to start to shoot tethered with my 5DIII and was wondering if there is any difference between the 'tether cables' like Tether Tools TetherPro or a USB 2.0 A Male to Mini-B 5pin Male of the same length?

Is there something special to justify the TetherPro being almost 5x the price?

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I'm kinda wondering the same thing. FWIW, I've successfully done tethered shooting using the cable that came with my camera, the only problem is that it's too short.


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Mar 02, 2015 21:58 as a reply to  @ Alveric's post |  #3

Thanks for the info, but yes, the cable that comes with it is too short. Looking for about 15ft of cable.


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Mar 03, 2015 06:46 |  #4

I think it has to do with signal strength. USB isn't a strong signal to begin with. And I don't think the USB isn't recommended for length longer than 28 FT.




  
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Mar 03, 2015 06:56 |  #5

I use a Tether Tools cable, it's a good orange colour and at 15' long there is plenty of room to move before you yank your computer off the desk. Get a retaining clip of some kind to help it stay connect it to the camera body, I find the connection a tad loose so I'm glad of it. You 5D3 will get into trouble if you try to run a longer cable that 15' (or so Canon say).


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Mar 03, 2015 07:07 |  #6

I use one of these, with no problems at all, cost £1.70!

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Mar 03, 2015 08:53 |  #7

3 meters, or bout 16 feet, is the specified maximum run for USB. I have had generally good connections when tethered at 16 feet, but have had a couple of times when it just wasn't working with certain cords.

to avoid that maximum you can add a powered usb hub in the middle of the run.

12 feet > powered hub > 12 feet

again, in theory you could use 16 foot long cords and/or continue to go longer

16 feet > powered hub > 12 feet > powered hub > 16 feet …

i tend to not push the boundaries, at least with USB cables :D


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Mar 03, 2015 09:35 |  #8

I buy a quality 3 meter USB cable plus a few detachable lanyards from ebay and clip them together with a small zip tie. It's not the strongest but will keep the connection in place.

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Mar 03, 2015 13:34 |  #9

I use an inexpensive one that I got from Amazon.


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Mar 03, 2015 14:18 |  #10

just looked at those TetherPro cables, wow. Reminds me of Monster Cable speaker cables.

here is an active usb cable for less than 25 percent of the price of the orange brand above: http://www.monoprice.c​om …&p_id=7531&seq=​1&format=2 (external link)

if you haven't heard of that company, they are well respected. That's not to say they are without fault but if you have a problem they will fix it.


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Mar 03, 2015 19:41 |  #11

Thanks for all the info everyone! I was getting the feeling the TetherPro was along the same lines as the Monster cables.


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Mar 03, 2015 19:41 as a reply to  @ Left Handed Brisket's post |  #12

I have used monoprice before with solid results.
Actually was looking at their cable on Amazon:
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Mar 05, 2015 01:01 |  #13

I use a 10 ft USB cable I got from a computer store. I think I paid $8 Canadian for it. Works great but it's still slow to see the images pop up on the computer. I wish it was faster or there was a faster alternative. If I had a 1DX I'd give ethernet a go.


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Mar 05, 2015 05:14 |  #14

CamRanger is great. Not as fast as USB, but being liberated from the chord makes it worth it. There is a way cheaper alternative to the CamRanger.


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