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Eye-fi card and 5D3 experiences

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justsomedude:
I use my Eye-Fi the same as many others have reported... RAW to CF, small JPG to Eye-Fi which transmits to my ASUS tablet for client preview.  Even then, the experience can be glitchy.  The range is really limited to 15'-20'... and don't even think about transmitting through walls.  And even then, the xfer rate is slow... so I would caution against transmitting RAW files. 

To get the best response/load times for previews, you have to limit the file-size to small JPGs, and keep the preview device no more than 10' away from the camera.

I hope this helps.

VirtualRain:
Is anyone getting an occasional Error 80?  I have been having the odd Error every few hundred shots.   There were a number of folks reporting this when the 5D3 first launched, and one thing we all had in common was an Eye-Fi card.

PeterJ:
Thanks all, given the price I've just ordered one to see how it goes. I'd wondered what range would be like with a tiny antenna inside the camera going to a phone or tablet that normally have fairly small antennas themselves. In my case I'll be connecting to a pretty decent WAP (my phone works over a block away) so hopefully shouldn't have any problems in that regard.

I'll have to post back in a few weeks how it's going, it might be an interesting comparison to speed and reliability when using it with a good always-on WiFi connection.

allanc:

--- Quote from: VirtualRain on August 22, 2012, 02:42:05 PM ---Is anyone getting an occasional Error 80?  I have been having the odd Error every few hundred shots.   There were a number of folks reporting this when the 5D3 first launched, and one thing we all had in common was an Eye-Fi card.

--- End quote ---

Yep; I've been getting this too. And it has gone away when I've stopped using the EyeFi. This was a big part of the flakiness I mentioned in my previous post.

PeterJ:
Just thought I'd post back that the Eye-Fi hasn't missed a beat and I'm very happy with it for my use. With a strong WiFi connection it seems to take about 45 seconds to transfer a RAWso it normally means when I'm finished there's a few minutes to download the last few images but probably just as fast and a lot more convenient that taking the camera off the tripod and putting it back later.

For anyone else that's in a similar situation I'm using a Senao 600mW WAP and using a standard small whip antenna it runs at full speed in another room about 5 meters and through two walls. It works in my backyard about 15 meters away but at a greatly reduced speed, several minutes per RAW image. Using a large 15dB antenna though it still runs at full speed about 30 meters away in my backyard which is as far as I've tried it.

No sign of the error 80 yet but I leave it disabled when out and about so I'm not really using it with high burst rates or when in patchy coverage.

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