Canon 7D and iPhoto - Connectivity Problems

harrycobbold

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I've got a Canon EOS 7D and when I go to connect the camera to iPhoto to get the photos off the camera I have various levels of success, sometimes it connects and downloads like a dream, others it just doesn't even show up on my Mac :confused: Is this because I've got a dodgy cable or has anyone else had similar problems?

Thanks Harry :apple:
 

Designer Dale

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I had a thread on a related topic a while ago. It seemed that using the cable to connect to the computer can present issues that using a card reader doesn't. If I recall, the 7D uses a CF card. I know it has an 18 MP sensor. It may just be overloading the USB. Most of the posters in my thread said they used FireWire 800 CF readers.

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nutmac

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Use memory card reader (USB 2.0 should be fast enough, unless you are using Extreme IV or similar cards). I would also use something better than iPhoto. iPhoto converts everything to 8-bit JPEG, defeating much of the benefits of 7D's 14-bit RAW files.
 

mrkgoo

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Use memory card reader (USB 2.0 should be fast enough, unless you are using Extreme IV or similar cards). I would also use something better than iPhoto. iPhoto converts everything to 8-bit JPEG, defeating much of the benefits of 7D's 14-bit RAW files.
iPhoto doesn't convert everything to 8-bit jpegs - although that is it's default output, it doesn't change the original files.

Anyway, I have a 7D and I use iPhoto. I found that it can sometimes 'not connect', often when I have it plugged in and THEN open iPhoto. It seems to have little issue if I plug it in while iPhoto is open. Maybe that will help.
 

harrycobbold

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Anyway, I have a 7D and I use iPhoto. I found that it can sometimes 'not connect', often when I have it plugged in and THEN open iPhoto. It seems to have little issue if I plug it in while iPhoto is open. Maybe that will help.
Seems to do the trick, much appreciated
Harry
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nutmac

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iPhoto doesn't convert everything to 8-bit jpegs - although that is it's default output, it doesn't change the original files.
I realize iPhoto leaves the original file intact, but doesn't it convert all RAW to JPEG on-the-fly? When making modifications to the photo, aren't you in fact modifying converted JPEG, not the original RAW? At least that what it feels like when playing with exposure.
 
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