I had it posted on my technical blog, but I received comments I should share it with other Nikon users as it may be of use to them. So, this one is mostly for photographers – Nikon users. More regular posts are coming soon. Cheers! Derek
Originally posted on Derek Galon - Photo Tips:
Often working in studio, I wanted to use tethering to fine-tune my images. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with tethering options I had so far. My experience was not so good with my older cameras (Nikon D700, D300s and D7000), and it turned for even worse with my new Nikon D800.
I tested Lightroom tethering, I tried Nikon’s Camera Control Pro, as well as some other third-party software. The story repeated itself: errors, crashes, “camera not found” messages, sluggish action, unbelievably crude and user-unfriendly interfaces, you name it. Yes, user unfriendly – and plain silly too. For example – you have a Live View window on your laptop, but it remains so small (and you can’t resize it) that it really defeats its purpose of seeing better than on camera LCD. On top of all that, control options offered by most software are so basic that it makes you run between camera and laptop to change every detail of setting. Plainly, while photo-editing software made really big progress over last years, tethering limped far behind, remaining a gaping hole in the full software suite required by a studio photographer.
I can’t talk about Canon or Mac users. This is not an official review. I only share my own experience using Windows laptops (several brands, like Vaio, Samsung 9 and Dell) and various Nikon cameras. I often carried my Samsung laptop along with other things to use tethering, only to get annoyed with its total unreliability. So many times I tried, only to give up. Once in a while I tried a new piece of software, only to be disappointed again and again. So I simply decided to forget about tethering and shoot without it.