Tethered to a Mac with a 5D

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by neil_swanson, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. I am wondering if the software included with a 5D includes anything for shooting tethered to a computer,
    specifically a MacBook Pro. If it is included is any good allowing zooming in, rotating, has a histogram etc.
    If the 5D includes no such software what options are there for tethered shooting. I have experience with
    Nikon Camera Control and it does all of the above plus of course all camera settings are adjustable from
    the Mac. Thanks, Neil
  2. Yes, it is part of the canon software although I have only had a very quick play with it on a 30D. I think it is called EOS Capture or something. Anyway I think it will let you control pretty much all the settings on the camera however I don't think it will allow you to control the lens (zooming and manual focus). It wouldn't be much good when sitting at the computer anyway because you can't do live preview.
    There is other software out there but I don't know if it is avaliable for mac's. Someone borrowed my camera to do time laps stuff and just got a 3rd party program.
  3. Yep, Remote Capture installs automatically from the disk included with the 5D. You may view all the same crap that's on the camera LCD and change settings, zoom in and dick around 'til the cows come home. I can't imagine why you'd want to change settings via software as it's much faster on camera than with a dad burn rodent or tickle pad.

    Don't use a really long USB cord. Use 2 shorter ones with a powered hub for best results. It all worked fine on my MacBook Pro. However the screen isn't good enough for critical work (changes color & contrast as you move your head), so hump along a Cinema Display for best results.
  4. I think Neil was meaning for zooming into the picture once captured, rather that actioning the lens to Zoom, and I'd love to see it interface with the tripod head to make it rotate the camera to portrait orientation!
  5. One thing I do is have Remote Capture save the pics to a specific folder, and then use bridge
    to view the pics as they are saved. (that way I can use the loop in bridge to view at 100% for
    quality control).
  6. Thanks for the answers. Yes I meant zoom into the image for a more critcal view not zoom a
    lense. When I do this kind of shooting on a Nikon I also run PhotoMechanic in the backround
    also collecting images in a watched folder but I can then see a whole contact sheet or
    however I want to view the images. More options there in PM than with the Nikon SW. You'd
    be surprised how useful it can be to just make a very fast .3ev change right on the key pad,
    or different contrast curve etc. I have the folder watching jpgs while I shoot RAW so these
    changes are seen.

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