iPad and Photography

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    I would like (love) to use the iPad as a Netbook replacement for backing up and reviewing photos from my DSLR canera but the current (admittedly V1.0) iPad seems to be hardware bound in a couple of ways.

    1. No SD card slot and no USB slot.
    2. No way to copy files from SD card to USB drive (i.e. no access to the file system).

    I know that there is the photography adapter/kit but that only allows you to connect either an SD card or USB drive at any one time and I assume only for the purpose of an Photos App. upload. I have a 16 GB SD card in the camera so I would have to get the 32 GB or 64 GB iPad to be able to backup more than 1 card, and I would have to get everything off the iPad at from time to tome to make room for more images.

    Personally, I don't think that staying with iTunes as a de-facto "file manager" is going to work for the iPad. If nothing else it has to be renamed (which is long overdue anyway) but there also needs to be more direct access to the IO system.

    With the current model, the only solution might be an App with a special IO adaptor (to allow simultaneous SD and USB connectivity) that would copy the files from the SD card to a USB drive and allow the imaegs to be reviewed. I have seen a post (eslewhere) from developer stating that even they don't have direct acess to the files. They can only access the "photo gallery".

    In case someone is listening and plans to write such and App, here's what works for me (in this case written in PERL). I can nominate a destination directory (on the USB drive). I usually use the date and photogaphic subject as the name of the directory. The script creates subdirectories for JPEG and RAW files and copies any files that don't already exist into them (i.e. only photos that I have taken since the last backup). There is of course and application to view images on the Netbook. Another nice thing is the ths SD slot and USB port (4 of them actually) are built-in. The only bad thing is the screen image quality is not good, which is where the iPad has something to offer.
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    You can't use a USB thumb drive with the Camera Connection Kit because the CCK doesn't transfer power like a powered USB port does, so it won't turn on. So you will never see an app working with the current hardware and accessories available to do what you say.

    The iPad really isn't meant to be a replacement to a laptop, either...which is why it doesn't work for everyone. Someone like you, for example, that needs to have all that storage space are going to be SOL.
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    I didn't think to question whether USB power was available, that's another issue then. Iwas thinking of a USB HDD by teh way which requires full USB power.

    I accept that the current model will never do what I am suggesting. This at least helps to decide which model to select if I decide to buy one. I would go for the 16 GB WiFi only model for use as a coffee table web browser.

    It will be interesting to see whether Apple is content to keep the functionality iPad limited, They may well be happy to do so to protect their Mac sales.

    I doubt that I would take the Netbook AND an iPad on the road, the fewer gadgets to loose or break the better.
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    It's not really limited though. You are looking at it as limited because it doesn't fulfill the purpose of a netbook or laptop, but that's not what it was designed to do really. If you look at it from the standpoint of what it was designed to do, it's not limited at all. In fact, it's quite the opposite.

    Just one man's opinion though.
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    One option for your storage issue is what I use - an AirShare. It's a small device that holds an SD card and broadcast the contents using it's own wifi signal, and you access the files via web browser.
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    Thanks, that sounds interesing although, as per other feedback, it seems that the current iPad will never be suitable for the purpose that I was considering more or less by design.
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    Well, while sitting on the coffee table it would make a decent digital photo frame. I would have to upload (or downlood?) only selected images of course, which is fair enough.
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    What would happen if you were to email yourself with a document (or photos or anything else) attached? What can you do with the document on the IPad? My is still on order so I cannot test this myself.
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    If you have an office program you could open up attachments.
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    Sure you're not talking about an AirStash?

    www.airstash.com

    I transfer all my photos with it.

    John
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    I'm planning to use the air stash when I'm out and about with my Canon DSLR, I can't wait to view some images as I'm shooting on this gorgeous display.
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    That's the fella - I didn't pull it from my briefcase to read the name. ;)
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    Anybody tried using EYE-FI? as your sd card.
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    Hmm...Airstash looks interesting.

    However, it only uses SD card and not CF card.

    That will limit the use of this device to SD card cameras. Those that are using Memory Sticks, XD card and CF card can't use this.

    Any idea if they will launch another model for the other card types?
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    I've seen nothing about it. It works okay, but is limited by the iPad's lack of multitasking. You open the Airstash in a browser, select a file, and then it opens the app associated with it. You have to close the app, open the browser, reload the list and select each time you view a file. Gets tedious if you've got a lot of pictures or other files.
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    I am using EyeFi SD card on my Nikon dSLR. EyeFi SD uses WiFi to upload photos to my Snow Leopard Server running the EyeFi program. From the Web Server photos can be made available over the Internet to the iPad Safari browser. Round about way to get photos on my Nikon dSLR to my "big screen" proofing iPad also with me. If you have the 3G iPad and old unlimited data plan then maybe this works without extra costs to you. Otherwise...

    I upgraded my iPad to a 64gb so I can use the camera kit and at least load about 45gb of photos to preview on my iPad. But the minimal file management capabilities really hurts. The Photo app handles photos individually on the iPad. Photos loaded from the camera kit are manually managed.

    I love the iPad screen and fast graphics to view photos, but it's a bit painful to get photos into the iPad in mass quantities.
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    Well, for me. I jb my iPad, using my camera connection kit with my SD oR thumb drive, with ifile app, I can load and even view my photos taken by my 1d mkiii on thumb drive and sd card when plugged directly to iPad.
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    I think the ipad would be great to show off portfolio work to a client, or to review images quickly after a shoot, transferring them quickly perhaps? I don't know what the transfer speed is like using the camera connection kit?
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    I don't know the documented actual speeds, but it is really fast. I transferred five like 5MB photos lickity split.
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    Check out the eye-fi SD card and shuttersnitch app for the iPad, can instantly transfer photos from the camera to the iPad.

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