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05-20-2022, 05:25 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Tethering K-30 to Mac

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I want to connect my K-30 to my MacBook so I can see what the camera sees. The camera will be attached to a telescope, not for astrophotography but to display on a cinema screen while I remotely control the scope.
Is this possible and what do I need? Tether cable? Software?
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Tether Tools - Tethering resources for the tethered photography community | Tether Tools the cable, Use an external camera with Mac - Apple Support is the advice from Apple. YMMV, I have a Mac and a k-30 but no cable so I can't test it out.

EDIT: Nope, it only outputs video and photos already on the card.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Scubayorp Quote
Hi folks,
I want to connect my K-30 to my MacBook so I can see what the camera sees. The camera will be attached to a telescope, not for astrophotography but to display on a cinema screen while I remotely control the scope.
Is this possible and what do I need? Tether cable? Software?
TIA
Rob
I don't think you can get live view unless you have one of the newer models. However, this program may allow you to capture photos to your laptop:

pkTriggerCord

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Tnx madison_wi_gal and Adam. As I suspected! Plugging in the tether cord I have only allows download of saved pics/vids, and LV closes. pkTriggerCord doesn't help any more than onboard software.

Follow-up question: is there software/firmware upgrade that might help?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Scubayorp Quote
Tnx madison_wi_gal and Adam. As I suspected! Plugging in the tether cord I have only allows download of saved pics/vids, and LV closes. pkTriggerCord doesn't help any more than onboard software.

Follow-up question: is there software/firmware upgrade that might help?
Latest FW is 1.06 for K-30 from 2014, so I will guess no.
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Follow-up question: is there software/firmware upgrade that might help?
Read this thread, the 1.10 firmware is the best you can get:
Running K-50 firmware on K-30 - PentaxForums.com
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Read this thread, the 1.10 firmware is the best you can get:
Running K-50 firmware on K-30 - PentaxForums.com
OP, please take a look at this: Product Photography and ability to "live view" on a computer - PentaxForums.com

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