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Living with the CANON EOS 5D MkIII – Part 2

In our day and age, we are all permanently interconnected via social media. One of the questions that I asked CANON South Africa about the CANON EOS 5D MkIII was why was there no Wi-Fi or GPS built in? The answer was rather simple and unexpected,  over the air licensing. Every device that uses any over the air transmission must be licence for use in a specific country, well in most cases. Here in South Africa, it is ICASA and their wheels turn rather slowly. I find this all odd, that all Wi-Fi devices must be registered that is, since it is a world wide standard but I digress.

So imagine my surprise when I popped in my Eye-Fi card and I got an icon at the bottom on my camera LCD! And a menu to enable and disable my Eye-Fi card!

The CANON EOS 5D MkIII recognises and is able to control the card in the limited way on on and off but that allows me to save on battery life and that is great. Furthermore, in the EYE-Fi menu is the status of the card, this allows you to check on which network you are currently on  and a whole lot of other information.

Now why is this of importance to anyone? An though this is relevant to the CANON EOS 5D MkIII  and I will be digressing from here…

I was asked a rather simple question the other day: How is it that you are nowhere near your PC, shooting with your DSLR and posting the photos to Facebook  so quick? The answer is: MAGIC!

The magic of technology and here is my mobile workflow:

  • The EYE-Fi card allows me to transfer the photographs I take with my DSLR to my iPad (or any Android device) in near real time when it is switched on.
  • It adds the photograph to my iPad’s Photo library which in turns allows me to do a rudimentary edit using iPhoto for the iPad, I tried Photoshop Touch (available on both iPad and Android) and I find it too complex for my use.
  • And then upload it to Facebook and/or Flickr from iPhoto using 3G.

Total time spent between photograph being captured, processing and sharing? Under 10 minutes.

Are there hidden disadvantages? The short answer is yes but here are some tips :

  • Use a CompactFlash card to record all your RAW images.
  • Set your Eye-Fi card to Small JPEG, the CANON EOS 5D MkIII allow you to record 2 different formats on 2 different cards, this will help you with the transfer speeds to your iPad and at 5.5MP well it’s to big to share over 3G anyhow.
  • Set up your Eye-Fi card to only send the images you have set to protect, there are 2 reasons for this, you could fill up your mobile device rather quick if you do not do this and you will be reducing the transfer time dramatically.
  • Switch off the Eye-Fi card when not in use.
  • Take out the Eye-Fi card, or any other SD cards for that matter, to increase burst limit. With the Eye-Fi card in my burst limit is 5 RAW (30MB/s CF) and S1 (Eye-Fi Class 6 SD), with it out 8 RAW reported by the camera.
  • For fastest transfer have the iPad as close as possible to your camera.

This photograph has been through my mobile workflow.

Johannesburg Sunset

Click to see larger version on Flickr

Pascal Parent

Pascal's day job is as a technologist but you can mostly find him behind a camera after hours. As a passionate photographer he regularly shares his experiences with the world. From how-to to reviews you will find it all in his regularly updated blog and other places.

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