Controlling a 1Ds3 via a WFT-E2 and iPhone
Remote control of a Canon 1Ds3 with WFT-E2 and iPhone
Time for a quick experiment.
I know that the WFT-E2 wireless adapter has a server mode, and can create it’s own wireless network. The iPhone happily connects to our office network, so what about connecting it to the camera one?
If you have some experience of wireless networks and networking, then it’s not to difficult to configure the WFT-E2 when attached to the camera. Here it is attached to the 1Ds3 – next to my piano.
I’m not going to go through all the steps to connect it – I found a good step by step guide that looks a bit simpler than my route through the configuration screens ;-)
Setting up the iPhone is pretty easy too (the link above has some info if you’re unsure)
Here are some of the many wireless networks to be found once I step out of the house.
I’m connected to the default Canon one.
Once connected, connect to the web server in the WFT-E2
I’ve tried this before and was expecting the pretty basic functionality you get
You can press the shutter release, or look at what’s on the cards
Just tap the remote release button and a picture is taken.
You can zoom in a bit.
I’m across the street at this point
Actually viewing the images was a problem until I realised I’d got the camera set to record RAW files only.
So, I have a wonderfully complicated (and battery draining) way of doing at great price what I could do with a radio controlled shutter release (under £100)
That’s not the point though :-) it worked!
I normally use the WFT-E2 connected to a laptop, either to download files whilst I’m taking them, or more usually with EOS utility, where I have control over the camera.
It’s interesting to note that Canon have announced a new version of the WFT-E2 which will have full control of the camera. No doubt I’ll have a go once I’ve got a 1Ds4, and my 1Ds3 and WFT-E2 are up on eBay :-)
Another ‘techy challenge’ box ticked, and like many such experiments, perhaps not ready for real (i.e. business) use yet.
I suppose that in the tradition of iPhone photography, this post would not be complete without a seemingly random picture of nothing much ;-) :-)
Oh, all right, here’s a 100% crop showing noise at 1016 ISO…
All articles and reviews are listed on our main Articles and Reviews page, or use the search box at the top of any page. Experimental items, hacks and how-to articles are all listed in the Photo-hacks category Some specific articles that may be of interest:
- Using old lenses on your DSLR
- The 1Ds digital pinhole SLR camera A Canon 1Ds pinhole camera, making a 50mm 'standard' pinhole and a 200mm zoom version - results are compared to a lens some £1400 more expensive.
- Canon View Camera An adapter ($20) to use an old MPP 5x4 view camera with a Canon 1Ds. Article shows details of construction and just what it can be used for. Could be adapted for any DSLR and many old large format cameras.
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