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A bit too harsh there mate. It's not like you're gonna be operating the camera remotely from the other side of a mountain.
Funnily enough, that is one of the things I thought of to do with it. But really it is evidence the whole thing was not thought out from the start.
I don't get what you mean by "iOS or Android change", you mean an update?
For example, the retina screen requires app developers to update apps for best performance. Probably also the new aspect ratio of the iPhone 5 will make that desirable. Android apparently requires lots of per-device testing and tweaking.
If the app is like any other app I use on my phone, it should be a breeze to update.
The point is not whether you can do it, but whether Canon could be bothered. You can't tether a 5D on a new Mac, period (** see EDIT below), and it isn't Apple's fault. Lightroom 4.3 can't do it either. If, say, I had a little business doing Santa portraits, for which a 5D is still quite adequate, I'd be incandescent over that.
Lightroom tethering, in case you don't believe:
Sorry, but to me Canon's add on software *does not exist*. If they care to open the protocol and/or third parties provide it, then OK.
EDIT - after doing some research, I've found it *is* actually possible to tether a 5D on a recent Mac, although not many people are going to figure out how. The protocol has been reverse-engineered by none other than Apple. Hidden under "Image Capture"'s File menu is a function that lets you save the files to a hard disk folder instead of the camera's CF card, and you can even release the shutter from here. You need to click some checkboxes, and in my testing it did not always work reliably (I didn't have a fully patched OS so I suppose it's since been fixed). Aperture apparently also has this support.
It remains the case that Canon don't support it in their software. I found reports that a version of EOS Utility later than the one on the CD-ROM that came with the 5D, and earlier than the current one, worked for some people, and some that it didn't. That version is 2.7.2, in case anyone wants to try. However, I would regard it as unwise to leave this installed, because it has a bug that screws up camera firmware updates, and it doesn't support the latest cameras and lenses.
Although it doesn't really affect my argument - Canon's software support is inadequate - I apologize to anyone who actually needs to tether a 5D and was misled.
Edited on Sep 19, 2012 at 09:30 AM · View previous versions