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Connecting to an ipad

howard b. schwartz, m.d. , May 24, 2010; 02:52 p.m.

How would I connect a canon 5d mark ii to my iPad for quick review of my photos? Thanks


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Larry West , May 24, 2010; 03:09 p.m.

At the very least, you will need this:

Apple iPad Camera Connector kit

Josh Root , May 24, 2010; 03:12 p.m.

Are you trying to use it as a tethered device, as you can do with some cameras and a computer? Because that is not possible as far as I know. there is no program written to allow it and given the limitations of the USB connection kit on the ipad, it may not be possible.

If you just want to upload images from a camera or memory card to the ipad's iphoto or other program to look at them, the connection kit above should be what you need.

Frank Skomial , May 24, 2010; 03:39 p.m.

I have iPad and iPad Camera Connection Kit, and tried to transfer photos from Nikon D700, Lumix DMC-TX1, and an older Canon camera. In all cases I received message: "device is not supported".

The message later appears instructing to use iTunes, and transfer photos there, and synchronize iTunes with the iPad.

iPad is not a computer, but a device with contents controlled by Apple via iTunes. Similar like iTouch, iPod, iPhone, etc.

Frank Skomial , May 24, 2010; 03:56 p.m.

The message of incompatibility appears right after I connect the USB cable and power up the camera.
The message instructing to do pictures via iTunes appears when I open the Pictures folder.

Since there is no program to handle cameras yet (perhaps ?), so possibly future Apple firmware or software updates could possibly enable intended use of the interface.

iTunes on iPad allows purchases from Apple Store, but then makes mess when connected to iTunes on the computer and tries to do two-directional resynch operation due to disparity between the two devices contents.

Yet some people claim ability to load pictures directly to iPad.? How? What camera?

Josh Root , May 24, 2010; 04:00 p.m.


I'm not sure you are going to get a lot of answers on PN. I don't know that there are a lot of people here trying to load the images directly to the ipad. Though I may be wrong and have just missed threads talking about it. My suggestion would be to check out mac forums.

I myself have no real interest in loading images from the camera. But my use of the ipad and needs for portable computing are different than yours I have a feeling.

Chris Burns , May 24, 2010; 04:47 p.m.

Ok. I just got the camera connector kit for my iPad the other day and saw this posting, so I figured I would try it out. Took 1 picture (jpeg) with my 40D. Then I connected the camera via a USB cable to the iPad connector kit and plugged it into my iPad. Turned on the iPad and then tuned on the 40D. An import dialogue popped up on the iPad and it showed me the picture. I selected import and the picture copied to a new album (actually 2 albums) - Last Import and All Imported albums.

About as easy as you can ask for. :)

It works for jpegs. I did not try raw files. And maybe only certain cameras. But the Canon 40D is definitely one that is supported.

Charles Webster , May 24, 2010; 06:26 p.m.

This thread on FredMiranda.com suggests that the 5d MkII is similarly supported. http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/901241/999999#lastmessage


G Dan Mitchell , May 24, 2010; 07:23 p.m.

What would be quite cool - and probably sell a lot of iPads to photographers - would be the capability to see the live image on the iPad screen. As I understand it this is not currently possible. One can dream.

Marc Felber , May 24, 2010; 07:35 p.m.

You might be better off using a 13 inch mac book pro for now until apple can get the ipad to see the live image on the ipad screen.

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