Upload & Sell: Off
Just to follow up on my shoot the other day, it was my first real use of my D800. Up to that point I had only done shots of the ceiling fan, a few of my family's dogs and some pics of the new lensalign I got as part of my kit.
I shot uncompressed 14-bit RAW to my 32gb Sandisk CF card and small, basic jpeg to my Eye-Fi X2 Pro card which was directly connected to my 27" iMac through an ad hoc connection.
I've got to say, it worked really great
Even though the small files were much bigger than the files I use to upload with my Canon 1Ds2 (M2 size jpeg), the D800/Eye-Fi seemed noticeably faster and even better than that, IT SEEMED LIKE IT WAS IN CONSTANT CONTACT WITH THE IMAC. In other words, it was like it was uploading the whole time, as opposed to, my Canon which only uploads when I stop shooting. I guess because the D800 is "aware" of the Eye-Fi, it felt like shooting and loading were almost simultaneous instead of the shoot a few, wait, load, shoot a few, wait, load process that happen with my older Canon. This allowed my clients to see the results even more quickly and make corrects sooner if we needed to tweak something with the models or clothing/accessories.
As a side note, I haven't quite put my finger on how the D800 works with its metering and auto-off (or lack thereof) but the manual suggested turning up the meter timing after the shot (something like that) so I moved it to 5 minutes for the studio and only had 1(minor) hiccup in connection vs several (minor ones) for my Canon.
Also, I haven't tried the direct mode to iPad, but the AWESOMENESS of how well yesterday went in the studio makes the problem with the iPad, that much more of a disappointing, head-scratcher.
Since I have no reason to doubt other peoples experience, I would love to have some sort of wired tether to the iPad, since I would be "wearing" both. Of course, I would love an Eye-Fi solution even more