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transferring from camera to computer

Padraig O'Connell , Apr 21, 2008; 11:09 p.m.

hi, i'm pretty much completely new to digital photography - been using an fe for years but recently bought a d300. what software do you generally use to transfer photos from your camera to computer? i've had a lot of problems with the nikon software that came with my camera (takes up a huge amount of cpu time and sucks up lots of memory, even with a gb of ram and an amd 3500 64x cpu), so i've been using the windows scanner and camera wizard that pops up when i connect my camera. will that affect the quality of my photos at all?



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David Bookbinder , Apr 21, 2008; 11:16 p.m.

The free Nikon Transfer program seems speedy and efficient on my ancient AMD machine, at least when I use it with a card reader. Or are you referring to some other Nikon software?

Victor Wei , Apr 22, 2008; 12:32 a.m.

First of all, I'll have to say LUCKY YOU for getting my dream camera D300!!

I find using a card reader plugged into your computer's USB 2.0 is the simplest and fastest way to transfer the images from the camera. You can then use Adobe Lightroom to tweak your NEF RAW images. If you don't have Lightroom, you can download the free RAW Therapy to do the same.

Rene' Villela , Apr 22, 2008; 12:54 a.m.

Welcome to the D300 club!

Just curious! why people keep asking about transfer programs? What are they?

I only connect my camera to my computers (Mac & PC) with an USB cable, turn on the camera and right away I get a folder on the desk top of the Mac or the Explorer window on PC. Then I just move the files to wherever I want in the computers.

This can also be done with a card reader but I don't like to be removing the card from the camera to the card reader. There is a chance to damage the pins inside the camera and I also think that is one of the reasons why people keep having problems with memory cards. (This is just a thought)


Dieter Schaefer , Apr 22, 2008; 01:37 a.m.

I am just the opposite, I don't like to connect the camera directly to a USB port on my computer and always plug the card into a card reader. I then use Downloader Pro to download the files to a new directory, renaming them on the fly to a filename consisting of the date, a camera identifier, and a sequential number based on the actual shutter actuations of the camera.

Michael Kohan , Apr 22, 2008; 03:29 a.m.

I always remove the CF card from both my D70s bodies and put them in a Firewire 800 reader on my MacBook Pro with OS 10.4.11. It's set to launch iPhoto 7.1.3 automatically, where I just click the import button and faster than any other connection I've ever used, in come all the photos. I also go to the Finder and copy the contents of the CF card to an external hard drive, and burn a CD or DVD as an additional back up. I then place the card back in the camera and format it.

I find iPhoto to be very useful and quick, with good editing and organizing features, although I think you need to have OS 10.5 to be able to read D300 NEF. (I'm looking forward to getting two D300 bodies to replace the D70s bodies sometime late in the year, when I save enough money.)

Don Taylor , Apr 22, 2008; 04:45 a.m.

With my D70 I always removed my CF card from the camera and used a card reader and Nikon transfer to move pohtos to my computer.

With my D300 i have found that it is much faster if I connect the camera to my computer (about 4 seconds per photo with the camera connected to the computer compared to about 15 seconds using a card reader).

Nikon Transfer can be set to transfer to a primary and a backup location at the same time giving you an instant backup of your work.

Milo G , Apr 22, 2008; 06:18 a.m.

Every camera seems to come with it's own transfer software, but if you have Windows XP you can use its native camera transfer process to load the images to a specific folder then delete from the camera after. I use it for both my Nikon and Fuji. No point in loading yet another piece of software. You can then post-process with your software of choice. PS I never take the cards out of the camera.

Susan Croft , Apr 22, 2008; 07:58 a.m.

I myself just posted a question about transferring photos from my Nikon D200 with Picture Project. It crashed.

IF I can retrieve all my archieve photo files in PP then I will always use the USB port to transfer my photos from now on. Beware of transferring into program software that comes with the camera. I am learning the hard way.

Does anyone know if I uninstall Picture Project will I lose all my photo files from that software? Will they be regained if I reinstall program again?


Wayne Cornell , Apr 22, 2008; 10:25 a.m.

Hook the camera to the computer or plug the CF card into a reader. Create a photo file folder on your desktop. Open the picture folder on the CF card. Drag the photos to the folder on your desktop. No special programs needed. Task completed.

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