Eye-Fi cards....are they any good?

 

Kaouthia said, 1362235771

Rob M said

I guess if you are "rapid  fire " shooter who takes 500 frames per hour then yes it is too slow

Kinda makes you wonder how photographers ever managed to survive with polaroids doesn't it? ;)

BryanAllman said, 1362235854

Interesting...... I use mine in 1dMkIV bodies set at the lowest size jpg transfer - and it can take up to 20 seconds for an image to load into the iPad - sometimes longer. Strangely it seems quicker when not trying to piggyback on an existing network, but using its own self generated network. I also suspect that the iPad Mk1 might not be the quickest at receiving and processing the image using the Eyefi software - but thats my experience. If you are getting faster rates, then I'm jealous

As said, I find it better to set it off and leave it to do its thing till the end.

And no, rapid fire is not me. Three to four hour shoot typically is about 200/250 images

 

 

 

Kaouthia said, 1362236042

BryanAllman said

Interesting...... I use mine in 1dMkIV bodies set at the lowest size jpg transfer - and it can take up to 20 seconds for an image to load into the iPad - sometimes longer.

I think there's definitely something up with that.  I use mine with an iPad3, but I don't notice much of a speed difference regardless of whether I'm in direct mode or going over a WiFi network.  Not sure if your slower issues are because of the iPad1 or if there's something else going on, but it doesn't seem right to me.

 

RMF said, 1362236302

BryanAllman said

Interesting...... I use mine in 1dMkIV bodies set at the lowest size jpg transfer - and it can take up to 20 seconds for an image to load into the iPad - sometimes longer.  

 

 

The speed will slow down if using it in point to point direct to a computer. If using a pro card in this mode, they are rated at 6mb/s which is slower than usb 1. If you put a router into the system, then on the old style cards you can get 54mb/s or the new X2 cards a speed of 135mb/s

I use a normal clunky laptop connected to a router when shooting studio style and the speed quoted is based on that. I could increase the transfer speed by reducing to small jpeg, but I am happy with the setup

Fleeting Image said, 1362236509

BryanAllman said

And no, rapid fire is not me. Three to four hour shoot typically is about 200/250 images

Last weekend with model Eve Watson we did eight outdoor locations with total of fifty pictures over the two days

BryanAllman said, 1362237213

Fleeting Image said

Last weekend with model Eve Watson we did eight outdoor locations with total of fifty pictures over the two days


I guess it depends on how long you spend shooting Alex ;-)

RedChecker said, 1362237708

Fleeting Image said

BryanAllman said

And no, rapid fire is not me. Three to four hour shoot typically is about 200/250 images

Last weekend with model Eve Watson we did eight outdoor locations with total of fifty pictures over the two days


**YAWN**  Not exactly something to be smug about is it?

Shooting landscapes with a tripod at high f-numbers is hardly going to produce many duff images.

Promotionpix said, 1362238615

To be honest when using the Eye-Fi card with an iPad I just want it to be faster :( I really want to use it more but due to finding mine just a bit slow with RAW files (understandably) I haven't used it that much. Maybe now I'm shooting a lot more Jpegs it might suit my work flow a lot better.

Fleeting Image said, 1362238900

RedChecker said

**YAWN**  Not exactly something to be smug about is it?

Shooting landscapes with a tripod at high f-numbers is hardly going to produce many duff images.


Thank you for highlighting your ignorance of photography, most appreciated !

RedChecker said, 1362238932

Off topic a bit but the new Canon 6D with WIFI transfers medium resolution JPGs in about a 1-2 seconds to my iPad 3.

RedChecker said, 1362239108

Fleeting Image said

RedChecker said

**YAWN**  Not exactly something to be smug about is it?

Shooting landscapes with a tripod at high f-numbers is hardly going to produce many duff images.


Thank you for highlighting your ignorance of photography, most appreciated !


If I am indeed ignorant I'd rather that than to go around with my head up my arse.

Kaouthia said, 1362239475

Promotionpix said

To be honest when using the Eye-Fi card with an iPad I just want it to be faster :( I really want to use it more but due to finding mine just a bit slow with RAW files (understandably) I haven't used it that much. Maybe now I'm shooting a lot more Jpegs it might suit my work flow a lot better.

That's why I shoot RAW+JPG and just transfer the JPG.  It's not like I'm going to process the RAW file on the iPad anyway. :)

Promotionpix said, 1362239946

Kaouthia said

Promotionpix said

To be honest when using the Eye-Fi card with an iPad I just want it to be faster :( I really want to use it more but due to finding mine just a bit slow with RAW files (understandably) I haven't used it that much. Maybe now I'm shooting a lot more Jpegs it might suit my work flow a lot better.

That's why I shoot RAW+JPG and just transfer the JPG.  It's not like I'm going to process the RAW file on the iPad anyway. :)


Oh I see, being typical me and not really reading any instructions I hadn't worked out you could just transfer the Jpg file! Thanks for that, going to have to give it another go with RAW + Jpg:)

Simon Fairclough said, 1362240006

Alan Fretten - i4apicture said

Mine works perfectly in both my Canon 1D cameras so the the poster who said they don't work well in Pro bodies is incorrect. I use mine for sending low res jpegs to my ASUS tablet for fast review during a shoot. RAW files stored on the CF cards.

Alan


Well when I said pro bodies I obviously meant the better built Nikon kind.. Lol

I have looked in to these cards and it seems some cameras do very well with them.

But others struggle, whether this is due to the construction of the camera body or the placement of the receiving computer or both. One also has to take in to account the location whether this has reflective or absorbing surfaces to radio waves.

Also the CF card adapter can upset the signal.

So its Caveat emptor if you have a metal camera body that has only a CF slot.

Kaouthia said, 1362240767

The placement of the receiving computer is one of the reasons I bought a router just to use with the Eye-Fi.  If I'm out at a location that has power, the Eye-Fi only has a range of about 20ft.  The iPad or whatever's receiving the image gets a much greater WiFi range connecting to the router than the Eye-Fi card does, so as long as the router's near me, it's all good.

I picked up a 12v battery, need to test this with the router to see if I can get that working out on locations with no power. :)

Saracen House Studio said, 1362243993

We've had some mixed results with photographers using Eye-Fi cards here in the studio... For some unknown reason, with the later firmware cards seem to have troubles connecting or maintaining a connection in our main studio.  We've tried disabling all the stuff that could be interfering with the airwaves, such as the wireless flash triggers and the studio's wifi connections, even unplugging all the lights in the studio and it, for some reason still gives an unstable connection in that room.  

The rest of the ground floor and all of the top floor are fine!

I've tried it on my 5DIII and iPad and it drops the connection in that room, but you're able to manually reconnect, but I have one customer (also with a mark 3) but using an Android tablet and there can be no connection in that room at all.. all ok out of the main studio, but nothing inside it!

Saw something on a post before about which one to buy, as I understand it, SanDisk have the branding and distribution rights for Europe, so buying a non-SanDisk card in the UK will mean that you'll need to get support from (and send faulty units back to) Eye-Fi in the USA.

Owen Lloyd said, 1362251034

 

Rob - 4 seconds would be more than acceptable - it's more like 2 minutes in my experience with a "mobile X2" and ipad or Windows 8 laptop, and my basic jpegs are around 3MB (from a D800E).  Which EyeFi card are you using?

Edited by Owen Lloyd

Graham Stone said, 1362251355

dose anyone know if the EyeFi app for android lets up edit the IPTC data fields??

 

RMF said, 1362251617

Owen Lloyd said

 

Rob - 4 seconds would be more than acceptable - it's more like 2 minutes in my experience with a "mobile X2" and ipad or Windows 8 laptop, and my basic jpegs are around 3MB (from a D800E).  Which EyeFi card are you using?

Edited by Owen Lloyd


I have some old style basic cards and one old style pro card

Graham_of_Rainham said, 1362253642

Graham Stone said

Yes lots of different views i have been thinking about one to and cant deside which one would work best, Any body used one of these ? Toshiba Wireless SDHC 8GB Flash Air http://www.amazon.co.uk/Toshiba-Wireless-SDHC-8GB-Flash/dp/B008BKUQAA


I've got one and it works very well.  Downloads jpg files very quickly and a full RAW file to the iPhone in about 20s

Because it works like a local WiFi hotspot, anything can access it (given the password) and download the files to whatever program or app that you want.