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12-09-2015, 03:17 PM   #1
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Lightroom plug-in for Pentax 645Z tethered shooting

Just saw this plug-in: Lightroom plug-in for Pentax 645Z tethered shooting now available: Digital Photography Review

http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/support/download_digital.html

The link to the Ricoh site is not working for me at the moment.

12-09-2015, 03:50 PM   #2
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The link works fine, but there is no download for a Tethered Capture Plug-in...

Unless it's part of the Image Transmitter 2.1 download.
12-09-2015, 04:47 PM   #3
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Some more information is here. That may be a different product.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TheDocAUS Quote
Some more information is here. That may be a different product.
Not the same thing.

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The Ricoh press release hasn't been synced properly with any Ricoh web site download additions [yet].

And the originally posted links to ricohimaging.co.jp should have been ricoh-imaging.co.jp.
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Perhaps its time to rename it the thread 645Z tethering.

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12-09-2015, 05:54 PM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
Not the same thing.
Not even close to the same thing


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This is great news. I hope it works seamlessly in Lightroom. Will see if I can actually download it, and then do some tests tomorrow and report back. Very excited about the possibilities.

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Wow great news, I've been waiting for tethered shooting with Lightroom!
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The download for the MAC version is here: Software Downloads : Support & Service | RICOH IMAGING

The download for the WIN version is here: PENTAX Tethered Capture Plug-in for Adobe
12-10-2015, 01:12 AM   #11
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Great news except that it ONLY write to your computer through Lightroom, there is nothing written to the SD card.
The DNA plugin and IT2 will write to both.
They almost got it right. . . . .
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Works well for me, so much simpler than the Image Transmitter way, though without the bells and whistles of camera control.
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Tested the plugin this morning and it's very stable. I took some shots then walked away for a brief period to take a call, and when I came back it was still connected to LR. The DNG files seem to take about 4-5 seconds to appear in LR. Wish it was a tad faster, but this will do just fine. I'm very pleased.
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I tested out the LR plug in, not any different in speed than the DNA one. I have all three but still through it all prefer IT2.
Here are some test speeds from back in August when IT2 was released.
Tethering
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1) writing DNGs sequentially to slot 1 then slot 2 (Memory Card Option 1)
using Image Transmitter v2.1.0
48 seconds to shoot and transfer 12 DNGs to watched folder in LR

using DNA plugin for LR
48 seconds to shoot and transfer 12 DNGs to watched folder in LR

2) writing DNGs to slot 1 and 1980px jpgs to slot 2 (Memory Card Option 3)
using Image Transmitter v2.1.0
over 2 minutes to shoot 12 DNGs & jpgs and transfer jpgs to watched folder in LR

using DNA plugin for LR
56 seconds to shoot 12 DNGs & jpgs and transfer jpgs to watched folder in LR

3) NOT writing any images to card, only transferring DNGs
using Image Transmitter v2.1.0
40 seconds to shoot and transfer 12 DNGs to watched folder in LR

using DNA plugin for LR
no option to not write to cards and only to laptop

For the past week I've been shooting between the DNA plugin and IT v1.0.
For the most part IT hadn't done well and I would then switch to DNA. I was waiting for files to transfer and a few times with both apps, I would lose files in the transfer, I was writing to SD cards as well so they were backed up there.
Today after some discussions with Pentax and my local dealer, I was made aware of IT v2.1.0. I've been playing with it here, ran some tests and it seems much more robust and the connectivity is much better.
For me IT2 has more saving options as well as camera control, that along with the speed increase, I see no reason to purchase DNA.
I wish I was aware of IT v2.1.0 last week before I bought the DNA plugin.
From the brief speed tests above, it doesn't seem like a SD card speed issue or with either app, it has to do with the speed of the internal processor.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dShelly Quote
Tested the plugin this morning and it's very stable. I took some shots then walked away for a brief period to take a call, and when I came back it was still connected to LR. The DNG files seem to take about 4-5 seconds to appear in LR. Wish it was a tad faster, but this will do just fine. I'm very pleased.
How is it compared to using Image Transmitter 2 to a LR monitored directory for automated import?


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