Canon WFT-E1

A little while back I ordered a WiFi transmitter pack for the EOS1 D bodies, nobody in the UK had them in stock, and Canon couldn’t or wouldn’t commit to a delivery date. I was looking forward to the challenge of setting it up with both the PDA and Powerbook.

I have spoken to a few other togs that have tried them (both the Nikon and the Canon variants) and they have mentioned that there are a few difficulties with setting them up reliably. One of the users suggested that every time there is an Security Update with OSX is throws all the settings out. However I remain cautiously optimistic that the transmitter will work with the PDA.

Well, London Camera Exchange at Guildford, where a lot of my kit is supplied called to say they had one on stock. I collected it, and paid a good price, however the bastards at Canon ship the £700 WiFi transmitter without batteries and charger, I could forgive that if it ran on rechargeable AA cells, but it uses a proprietary Canon battery, for which an additional £70 needs to be handed over to get the thing to work (OK it could be purchased for less via Ebay).

One of the principle advantages that I hope for, from the WFT is that as I will not have to remove the card from the camera on jobs, that there will be very little shooting down time. There have been several occasions when I have whipped out the card to wire some images, and just as the card is out there is a need to shoot again. Now with the 1D bodies I can use both CF and SD cards, however then you have to keep swapping between cards to download everything. I also at present do not have a Firewire SD card reader. Which means using an adaptor.

The other advantage is that the PDA will permanently have a 1gig CF card and a 1gig SD card so there should never be a problem with running out of storage space.

The WFTE-1 works perfectly with the PDA and Phojo (which now has a WiFi configurator for Nikon and Canon WiFi devices, however getting the thing to work with my lap-top is proving rather more difficult.

For the configuration guide and links to download the latest sofware use this link http://www.togsblog.co.uk/?p=285

This entry will be updated in the course of the next few days..

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