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Best tablet for on-location preview
« on: November 25, 2013, 09:05:05 PM »
Guys,
What is the most effective means of previewing your photos on location when lugging around a laptop is not a possibility?  I frequently find myself in the situation when exposures shown on the camera screen are drastically different from when I take them into lightroom.   I'm thinking of perhaps getting a tablet with either lightroom or some decent preview software that reads Raw, and using it to check shots on location.
I'm leaning towards a full-featured tablet like the Asus W700... although I would prefer something lighter and less expensive.  I'll be getting a 70d, and I think its wifi will be very useful for this.
I would be interested in hearing what other people here would recommend.

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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2013, 09:22:05 PM »
Surface pro 2 running light room, need I say more

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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2013, 10:01:49 PM »
+1 Surface Pro 2

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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2013, 12:41:55 AM »
Lightroom is probably not a good choice for viewing images, its a image editor.

I'd get a ipad air for viewing raw images, there are raw viewers that work with it, its going to impress a client a lot more.

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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2013, 01:06:04 AM »
Lightroom is probably not a good choice for viewing images, its a image editor.

I'd get a ipad air for viewing raw images, there are raw viewers that work with it, its going to impress a client a lot more.

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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2013, 01:38:37 AM »
I'm now using the iPad air with the EOS app. It just reviews the jpegs, but that is good enough for me until I get home. I'm mainly use it to get some quick shots on Facebook or to check focus and exposure. I'm loving the wifi combined with retina display.
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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2013, 03:01:49 AM »
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Re: Best tablet for on-location preview
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2013, 10:57:59 PM »
i'm using the new google nexus 7 super sharp resolution cheap and can use chain fire dslr controller unlike iOS device which STILL don't support usb host...  ::)
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« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2013, 11:28:07 PM »
i'm using the new google nexus 7 super sharp resolution cheap and can use chain fire dslr controller unlike iOS device which STILL don't support usb host...  ::)

Can you deceipher that for me?  I'm interested, but don't understand the jargon.
 
Thanks.

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« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2013, 11:45:12 PM »
+1 for Surface Pro

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« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2013, 12:33:17 AM »
what's neat, after a shoot and I was breaking down my lights and putting gear away, I gave the ipad air and have my friends preview the photos. They were amazed to get to see the shots.

My 6d is neat to show raw files on the ipad right away.

Take a look at the Dell venue 8 that runs Microsoft 8. It's goes for around $300.

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« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2013, 12:38:57 AM »
i'm using the new google nexus 7 super sharp resolution cheap and can use chain fire dslr controller unlike iOS device which STILL don't support usb host...  ::)

Can you deceipher that for me?  I'm interested, but don't understand the jargon.
 
Thanks.

this app

http://dslrcontroller.com

running on this

http://www.amazon.com/Google-Nexus-Tablet-7-Inch-Black/dp/B00DVFLJKQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385703409&sr=8-1&keywords=nexus+7

i use one of these OTG cables to hook up the camera and its also a card reader

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=141122681882

then you also need the free android app nexus media importer
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« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2013, 12:55:14 AM »
i'm using the new google nexus 7 super sharp resolution cheap and can use chain fire dslr controller unlike iOS device which STILL don't support usb host...  ::)

Can you deceipher that for me?  I'm interested, but don't understand the jargon.
 
Thanks.

this app

http://dslrcontroller.com

running on this

http://www.amazon.com/Google-Nexus-Tablet-7-Inch-Black/dp/B00DVFLJKQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385703409&sr=8-1&keywords=nexus+7

i use one of these OTG cables to hook up the camera and its also a card reader

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=141122681882

then you also need the free android app nexus media importer

It does sound interesting, I'm interested in a tablet that can control my camera wirelessly.  It does sound like some tinkering is required to do this for a camera with no built-in wifi, but certainly something I can handle..
 
I do want a larger table though, too bad it doesn't work for ipad or Kindle.

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« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2013, 12:55:14 AM »

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« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2013, 01:01:36 AM »
OP specifically mentioned issues with exposures not looking on the screen like lightroom when he gets home.

Thus, the best way to see this in the field is to very simply run lightroom, not some other program that may display differently than lightroom as well.

Plenty of Windows 8.1 tablets out now that can run real Lightroom - Surface Pro 2, Dell Venue Pro 11, Asus T100TA (weighs about same as ipad air), etc...  Why gimp oneself with an iPad viewer or look at JPGs when you can actually get the real deal in Lightroom, viewing AND editing if you wish?

I actually ran a photo booth in the field using Lightroom on the T100TA, worked really well!  Basically if you get a Haswell Y CPU tablet, you will get around 7-8hrs battery life and super fast lightroom.  If you get an Intel Atom Bay Trail Quad Core, you will get good enough Lightroom (this is what I used) and about 11-16 hours of battery life depending on the model.
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Re: Best tablet for on-location preview
« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2013, 03:34:48 AM »
i'm using the new google nexus 7 super sharp resolution cheap and can use chain fire dslr controller unlike iOS device which STILL don't support usb host...  ::)

Can you deceipher that for me?  I'm interested, but don't understand the jargon.
 
Thanks.

this app

http://dslrcontroller.com

running on this

http://www.amazon.com/Google-Nexus-Tablet-7-Inch-Black/dp/B00DVFLJKQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385703409&sr=8-1&keywords=nexus+7

i use one of these OTG cables to hook up the camera and its also a card reader

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=141122681882

then you also need the free android app nexus media importer

It does sound interesting, I'm interested in a tablet that can control my camera wirelessly.  It does sound like some tinkering is required to do this for a camera with no built-in wifi, but certainly something I can handle..
 
I do want a larger table though, too bad it doesn't work for ipad or Kindle.

i've ordered the android thing they recommend once i get it to test out i'll let you know how it goes :D
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« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2013, 03:34:48 AM »