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taking photos while hooked up to computer

Jennifer Allen , May 24, 2009; 07:02 p.m.

Is there a way to hook my 450D up to my Mac, take the photos and have the photos appear right after on the computer screen? I hook my 450D up to the usb, and i see no such option. is there a way to do that?


John Bolton , May 24, 2009; 07:10 p.m.

Install EOS Utility and run it after making the USB connection (if it doesn't start automatically).

Starvy Goodfellows , May 24, 2009; 07:22 p.m.

do bear in mind that with an older computer, there might be a crash perhaps if too many programmed are running. my friends early windows xp machine with a 1ghz cpu can't cope with his 450d.

Spencer Marks , May 24, 2009; 07:26 p.m.

You might have some crashes with a newer computer too. See this thread (and others like them) for details.


John Bolton , May 25, 2009; 01:05 a.m.

It works great on my XP laptop and Vista x64 desktop.

Landrum Kelly , May 25, 2009; 07:26 a.m.

No offense, but do you really want to be that dependent on instant feedback? I seldom even look at the LCD displays on the back of my cameras. I usually know if I got the shot.

Perhaps you have good reasons to look besides wanting to know if you got the shot. On the other hand, if you are carrying all that around with you, you are probably going to miss some other shots entirely.

When Phil Greenspun, the founder of Photo.net, did his Travels with Samantha (the name he gave his laptop), I think that he carried the laptop primarily for the storage--but perhaps it was also so that he could write his essays as he went, too. You might write him directly via e-mail. He has always been responsive to my inquiries. I am sure that he would have some opinions on this matter.


Puppy Face , May 25, 2009; 07:20 p.m.

Shooting tendered to a Mac is great for product shots and some studio apps. I've done it many times with my old G4 tower and MacBook Pro. The images appear very fast. The man benefit is it allows a really precise check of focus and DOF. Pretty much useless for most shooting. I've used both EOS Utility (remote capture panel) and Aperture. Aperture is a much better app if you need to do it regularly. BE sure and use a powered hub and two moderate length cables. Really long cables tend to be flaky.

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