Thursday, 18 October 2007

New tricks with my D50

I think I was looking at the features for Leopard, Mac OS X (10.5) from Apple, and improved tethered camera support in Image Capture caught my eye. Improved? I thought. I didn’t know this was even possible.

My first introduction to digital cameras was an Olympus model on my PowerBook 5300c. It had client tool that allowed you to almost turn it into a webcam, but at the same time take photos when it was tethered by USB to the PowerBook.

I haven’t seen this functionality in a digital camera in almost 10 years, unless you purchased tools from the maker or some third party.

So seeing this feature in Image Capture indeed was to hark back to my first impression of how great digital photography could be. But I asked myself: would my D50 support it… only one way to find out…


Wait. Yes, the camera out of the box is set to use USB as in mass storage mode. PTP is a user selection…Tada! Wonder of wonders, it works! No, was not a live view, but possibilities were opening up. With a tripod mounted camera, I could tether it to my Mac and take pictures if so desired. Bulb photography suddenly is possible without buying the thumb remote. Street photography at the café. I think I’m going to like this feature a lot.

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