i am considering a netbook or ultra compact PC for tethering with my P25. this would be in addition to a mac book pro. a few questions...
is the computer that michael wrote an article about the only one that looks like a good canidate...?
I don't mean to take this thread of topic, or to give it a negative tone, but I and a hundred others have asked this question before.
Why doesn't medium format backs have in camera processing, a better more detailed preview and a decent lcd?
Is ti really that expensive and difficult?
Now to put the thread back on topic, if any of the medium formats backs offered this, would anyone really care about shooting to a tiny pc computer?
The extra batteries, learning curve, expense just to view an image on a better lcd, is it really worth it and if your using C1's full version you will have to deactivate one of our computers to make the software legal, or by another license. Then the added expense and hassel of transferring images form a pc disk to a mac disk isn't impossible, but not the easiest thing in the world.
OK, now I''m back off topic
This year our productions have changed, (it actually started last year). As clients want more production per day, about mid of 2008 I decided to stop tethering, even in studio, even though we have a dedicated digital tech.
I shoot to cards, first "my" polaroids to set the light and the stye, then clear the card, shoot 10 to 15 frames, depending on subject, and we put them into the computer for review if the client requires. Sometimes I may show a quick image to the AD on the back of the camera.
Once 15 or so images are on the computer we have a quick review with the AD and crew, then we shoot like we use to with film. We shoot until the card is full or the session has ended, download it, quick review again and then on to the next session.
This may seem like a strange or complicated workaround to replace tethering, but I've found we not only shoot with less interference from comments, (which saves time and allows us to work the shot), I find not having a cord always dangling between me and the computer liberating.
I've worked this way for over 7 months and I am absolutely positive it's faster and easier than tethering and frees up the tech and the AD to make an edit while I keep working.
Once again, I am sorry for hijacking this thread,but I am still curious as to why medium format won't allow for this or an hdmi port so you can view a high def image on a hand held field monitor.