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07/15/2012 10:41:10 PM · #1
has anyone used them? They are SD cards that wifi your pictures to a laptop or other device as you take the shots. just got one and i'm finding it somewhat useful. I'm sure for each situation there is a better way to handle it, but this seems to work for me to some degree.

The problem i'm having is the rate of transfer seems a bit slow and wondered if anyone with experience with these has found a way to speed it up.
07/16/2012 12:30:50 AM · #2
wifi settings (a/b/g/n) will play a part in the speed, as well as hard-drive read/write speed if you need an "okay" response sent back, distance and environment (clear signal vs interference).
i haven't used them as i'd rather not carry a laptop or rely on storing to my tablet while out shooting, i would prefer to just have empty cards and shoot to fill since i'm only hobbyist photographing.
07/16/2012 12:48:47 AM · #3
Originally posted by RyanWareham:

wifi settings (a/b/g/n) will play a part in the speed, as well as hard-drive read/write speed if you need an "okay" response sent back, distance and environment (clear signal vs interference).
i haven't used them as i'd rather not carry a laptop or rely on storing to my tablet while out shooting, i would prefer to just have empty cards and shoot to fill since i'm only hobbyist photographing.


I'm don't know what those settings mean, but I'm receiving on a new macbook pro so I'm pretty sure the computer is up to speed. It could just be the limitations of the card, i'm not sure. I'm using it to do some bird photography in which I have a camera on a tripod aimed at the birds' setting and using a wireless shutter release. With this card I can stay clear of the birds and do the shooting from out of sight. I could shoot blind but it's nice to see what I'm getting and whether or not my settings and compositions are correct reducing the amount of time I need to be at the camera which scares off the birds.
07/16/2012 01:52:48 AM · #4
Are you shooting raw+ smallest jpeg?

Only send the small jpegs not the raws
07/16/2012 04:44:59 AM · #5
i bought the pro version in hopes that i while shooting sports and events i could eliminate the card download time. distance and line-of-sight issues prevented this from working out. i could get maybe 30' away from my laptop with direct line-of-sight and limited interference (ie, people and things). it didn't do to well going through walls or crowds. i wasn't interested in uploading to their server and then having to download to mine laptop, at least not for what i was trying to do.

on the other hand, it might be just what my mom needs ;-)
07/16/2012 07:16:11 AM · #6
Ooh, I might have a use for that. Indoor portrait sessions for charity where each person gets to pick one image onsite and leave with it on CD. Shot tethered last time we did this but wireless is way more appealing. Should be well within the card's range. Need to go check this out ...

ETA: no CF equivalent :::sigh::: I'd need to try a CF to SD card adapter, too.

Message edited by author 2012-07-16 07:20:50.
07/16/2012 07:21:45 AM · #7
Originally posted by MaryO:

Ooh, I might have a use for that. Indoor portrait sessions for charity where each person gets to pick one image onsite and leave with it on CD. Shot tethered last time we did this but wireless is way more appealing. Should be well within the card's range. Need to go check this out ...

test it out within the return period ;-)

you might find that the speed of the transfer wirelessly isn't worth the inconvenience of being tethered, especially if you are producing 2.5+mb files...the eye-fi is NOT instantaneous.
07/16/2012 07:38:35 AM · #8
Originally posted by Giles_uk:

Are you shooting raw+ smallest jpeg?

Only send the small jpegs not the raws


good idea. tks
07/16/2012 08:24:01 AM · #9
Sounded like a great idea, so I tried Eye-Fi PRO. I just wanted to be able to transfer the images to the laptop.

After a week or so off frustration with the card and time wasting costumer service.... if you like to give it a try.....good luck
07/16/2012 10:51:01 AM · #10
For indoor sessions, I don't understand the attraction of WiFi vs a wire tether to a computer.

Even fast WiFi is going to be slower than wired, isn't it?

Seems like this would just trade the hassle of wires for the hassle of lag.
07/16/2012 11:08:05 AM · #11
It works fine for me.
07/16/2012 11:46:19 AM · #12
I keep an Eye-Fi Pro card in my camera all the time. The D300s has two card slots, so I use the CF card to shoot RAW, and I'll use the Eye-Fi for smaller JPGs.

The appeal of this for me is the "direct mode," which allows me to transfer shots from the D300s right to my cell phone. It's great for uploading really nice photos to Facebook on the fly, for example. Or I can e-mail full size JPGs from the phone, or do whatever I want with them from there. Very cool feature.
07/16/2012 12:21:56 PM · #13
canon and im sure nikon, have similar dedicated wireless transmiters/battery grips they arent cheap but a good solution

//www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/664918-REG/Canon_4263B001_WFT_E4_IIA_Wireless_File.html

07/16/2012 01:48:56 PM · #14
Just gonna write an opinion:

I work at a local church. The photographer likes being able to show the bride/groom what they can expect in their photography. He's happy. That said, I don't know any other application this would be useful.
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