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July 01, 2011

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Thanks to those "freaks" you can enjoy your super easy to use iPad. Don't know if you said that in a derogatory way but don't mess around calling people freaks, you are not gonna win.

Albert,

It appears you didn't appreciate my attempt at humor. Trust me, my most sincere desire is that Canon had hired a few "freaks" to make the WFT-E4 interface easier for non-IT network engineers to use. I wish I possessed such valuable skills myself. Unfortunately I don't.

You might check out the app File Transfer for the iPad. Or talk to Paul Lester's friend Earl.

Gordon, I'm not a true IT nerd but I've often been the local (relative) expert. Don't worry, your joke came across. Hope you're having fun with the EOS 1n.

It could have been easy enough for Canon to set up the transmitter as a mini Web server to serve up the photos in the Canon, but no they had to make it harder for the average user to use. If something like that were available it would just be a matter of looking up the local IP for the transmitter and viewing the photos from the iPad's Safari browser.

I, too, got your joke!

Oh, I know how to do it. Have done it for years. Yet I refuse to do it in 2011.

Why?

If you force users to manually configure IP addresses for something, the software in your device sucks. We've had auto configure and automatic service discovery for ad-hoc networks for many years now. If you haven't implemented it, you show disdain for your customers, especially if you're selling devices for mobile use.

To add insult to injury, as soon as the user has their manual config working it will suddenly stop working for no apparent reason. Usually because some part of the automatically configured network changed around them. It is 2011, after all.

Canon isn't the only company which gets this horribly wrong, by the way. That's no excuse, though, they're more than big enough and the WTF-E4 costs enough too.

Paul,

You and I are on the same page here. In this day and age it shouldn't take specialized skills or knowledge to install and use a product of this type.

Just to be fair, I have to point out that the WTF-E4 does have an auto-configuration option. Unfortunately, I couldn't get that to work either. The best I could do was to get the iPad to recognize the WFT-E4 and establish a wireless connection. ShutterSnitch, however, would not receive and display photos I took with the camera. This could be the fault of the WTF-E4's software or ShutterSnitch; I don't know for sure. What I do know is that it shouldn't be this hard. FWIW, I'm working with Canon to see if we can come up with a reasonably straightforward and reliable solution.

Yes, I gathered as much from your post. I've looked into it previously and know it has very basic auto-configuration. Professional gear means it should work reliably, not that it should be hard to use. This can be achieved in numerous ways, and auto configuration is just part of it.

Good to hear you're working with canon on this. In my opinion, this type of capability should just be a standard feature of at least 5D, 7D and better camera's. The range below that would also hugely benefit from it, IMO. With mass production comes price reduction after all. And it should be Wireless-N, of course. At roughly 450Mbit, a 30MB raw file would take less than a second.


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