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10-12-2020, 01:44 PM   #1
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645Z tethering questions - wireless transfers - workflow - NIK collection

Hello all, thanks for reading! I have had a 645Z for about 5 years and had tethering issues. I sent it into Precision Camera and they supposedly fixed the USB port, but it was still flakey and now it doesn't work any longer. I gave up tethering with it for a number of years and now have a job coming up for a museum so want to get tethering back up. I can't really remember where I left off in my diagnosis, but remember being quite fed up. I was using the Capture Fix with IT2 and Capture One, and was very nice though another thing to go wrong.

Anyway, camera is not showing up as a connected device in a deep dig into the Mac OS using 'Apple' > About this Mac > system report and then opening the USB tab. Tried several MacBooks and also a PC laptop. The camera is on PTP and does act as if it is getting connected, screen turns off on the camera and such. I have a 5 year warranty that is about to expire and am about to send it off again, but thought I would see if anyone here has ideas. Am using 10.12 and latest update of camera firmware and IT2.

ALSO, for wireless a last resort...

I saw someone on here saying that they used a wifi card and put it in a slot that was getting lower res jpegs they could use to check for lighting and composition - maybe focus check as well?

The is also the Camfi Pro, but that uses the USB port. I guess I could get that and if it doesn't work then that will confirm it's the port being flakey, correct?

I had a phone number for a product specialist, Joe Virgil, and spoke with him once, but seems he isn't there any longer. Does anyone know of another person that could help me trouble shoot this?

Capture One was really great to be able to play with the photos, especially if you changed the ICC Profile, but you could never access any automatic lens cast/distortion adjustments. I hear that using it with Lightroom in conjunction with NIK collection is excellent. Does anyone use that combo?

Thanks in advance for brainwaves...

-Sean J McCormick Sean McCormick NYC Photographer and Artist

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If the device is not being recognized even when in PTP mode and on multiple computers, I would definitely recommend that you take advantage of that warranty and have them fix the USB port again.

As for other tethering solutions, it should be possible to use a generic wi-fi card in one of the two slots, and then shoot raw+ with low-res jpegs. I'm not sure how practical that would be, but it should get the job done if needed!

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10-13-2020, 05:26 AM   #3
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If I recall correctly you first have to connect everything and then turn the camera on. It is some time that I have used C1. In Lightroom I even have to start the terhering session and then turn the camera on.
Hope this helps and works.

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