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Old Mar 26, 2008, 6:45 AM   #1
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Does the E-3 body allow the use of WI-FI memory cards? Ibelieve the only cards that are WI-FI are SD cards..so I would need a Compact Flash adapter...but I need to know if the E-3 body is built so as to allow the card to transmit through the body..ie memory card door.

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Old Mar 26, 2008, 9:18 AM   #2
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I haven't heard from anyone who has used one of these cards with ANY Olympus camera, but according to the Eye-Fi specs it does work with a CF adapter, so it should work with the Olympus (unlike normal WiFi cards in the past which need the camera to know what to do with the card)...the online store for Eye-Fi DOES have a satisfaction guarantee that if it doesn't work for you, you can return it.

HOWEVER (based on the information Eye-Fi has written about their product), the Eye-Fi card only transmits when the camera is idle (it's not real time image transfer) so you have to leave your camera on and sitting around doing nothing (so much for the "no waiting" they advertise). Also, it is ONLY for JPEG images (no RAW).

Finally indoors you have a maximum reach of 45 feet, BUT it will be less with a CF adaptor, as well as any shielded door.

I admit at first I was tempted by this product, but it's too limited for my needs; I do photography workshops in an auditorium and I need people to see the images I take...I currently use a video cable (w/o live view) to get the image up on the screen (via a digital projector) asap, but I was tempted by the idea of going wireless maybe through Oly's Studio software (which I do have a copy of), but I would need real-time image transfer (as soon as a shot is fired it has to be shown).

If it was offered to me for free to try out I would, but I would want to try it out on my own terms before putting down $100 for it, even with the satisfaction guarantee.

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Old Mar 26, 2008, 4:00 PM   #3
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Mike...thanks for your response!

I really really want to stay with OLY...even though I could (letting my pocketbook be my guide) go with a wireless transmitter with a Nikon D-300.

If I go "wired" with an E-3...what other software would I need for this setup?

Lord knows I have enough...I have CS3 Master collection and Lightroom. But, my luck I probably need another one! hahaha.

How would the workflow work with this wired setup? Off the top of your head...do you know how long of lengths these USB2 to Camera cords come in by chance?

Thanks again for your help! It's greatly appreciated.




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Modern digital cameras (including every E since the E-1) appears as a drive when hooked up to the computer, just like your hard drive and CD appear. You can use plain old Windows Explorer or the equivalent Mac program if you're using that platform to copy the files from the camera to your hard drive. Then once you've confirmed the files are on your hard drive and only then format/delete the files from the memory card; some people just use the Move command instead to move the files from the camera to the computer, but I've heard some horror stories of lost images over the years.

As for length of cable, USB defines the maximum length of a cable to be 25 feet, but I've gone longer...most camera cables are 4-6 feet, but I've used extension cables and hubs in the past without problem. Again if you copy the files first and than confirm they are intact on the computer, you'll be playing it safe.

Some people opt for a card reader rather than connecting the camera, you may get faster transfer especially if it's a high-speed USB2 or Firewire version as well as not using the camera's battery up; you just have to be careful inserting the cards into the camera so you don't risk bending the pins (some people toss the cards in off-centre and then jam it in when it doesn't go in smoothly).

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