easiest way to get pics from a MICRO SD card to ipad

Evan becker

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i know there’s anSD card adapter to ipad but what’s the easiest way to get micro sd pics to ipad? SD card to micro card SD adapter + sd card to lightning adapter?

or an amazon micro SD to lightning adapter? <—- not sure how reliable these are though
 

maflynn

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SD card to lightning is how I do it. Some cameras can transfer the images but I found the adapter the fastest and most easy.
Yeah, an adapter is still the fastest way to transfer images. Most new cameras can use wifi or even BT, but I still found an SD card reader to be the most efficient
 

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Yeah, an adapter is still the fastest way to transfer images. Most new cameras can use wifi or even BT, but I still found an SD card reader to be the most efficient
I have a Sony A6500 which will transfer the images directly but after reading the directions I pulled out that adapter and got it done. Maybe one day when I am less rushed and it turns out to not be a hassle
 

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I have a Sony A6500 which will transfer the images directly but after reading the directions I pulled out that adapter and got it done. Maybe one day when I am less rushed and it turns out to not be a hassle
My new Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II is wifi, but it seems more intended for quick transfers if single images to your phone. I've not really set it up yet, but the instructions make it clear its intended to transfer to your phone. I'll try with my iPad later today for giggles since I just updated Lightroom on the iPad.
 

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My new Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II is wifi, but it seems more intended for quick transfers if single images to your phone. I've not really set it up yet, but the instructions make it clear its intended to transfer to your phone. I'll try with my iPad later today for giggles since I just updated Lightroom on the iPad.
Yep, I will get into mine this weekend. Do not want images sent to phone but want them on my iPad. If it can do one it should be able to do the other. Let me know how you make out.
 

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Do not want images sent to phone but want them on my iPad
I was thinking if I can easily move them to my iPad then I can use that as part of my workflow, but I still find using my laptop to be better. I will give it a shot to see how it works however, provided I can easily flag, rate and keyword my images in the iPad and then transfer them to my desktop flavor of Lightroom
 
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canesalato

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I put them in my mac and airdrop to iPad.
With the iPad sd adapter you have to import pictures one by one after loading the previews and that is painfully slow
 

Donka

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With the iPad sd adapter you have to import pictures one by one after loading the previews and that is painfully slow
Not true. The import is a background process and can be done while image previews are being generated. Once you plug it in, you are presented with the list of images that haven't been imported and you have the option of hitting import all or selecting which images you want to import if only a few are of interest. This can be done regardless of how far through the preview creation process is and with a lot of large images, I have seen the image import being complete before the previews are finished. If you switch to the recently imported tab, all the image previews are available for the local files.

There is also a big improvement in import speed with the new iPad Pros when using the updated SD card adapter from Apple which fully supports USB 3.0. My imports were taking just under 2 images / sec for Nikon 24MP RAW files - roughly 100 RAW files in a minute isn't what I would call painfully slow. JPGs are roughly a third of that time.
 

Evan becker

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SD card to lightning is how I do it. Some cameras can transfer the images but I found the adapter the fastest and most easy.
can a micro sd fit into the lightning to SD card reader? or would I have to buy a micro SD to SD card adapter and then plug that into the lightning to SD card reader?
 

IPadNParadise

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Sorry to piggyback but I am debating what's the best Apple adapter to import pics from my Canon camera (5d mark iii) to my 12.9" iPP. Will the Lightening to USB work as well as the SD adapter? I prefer not having to remove the SD card from my camera.
 

Evan becker

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Every micro SD card I have bought comes with the adapter. It would be required to use the Apple adapter.

If you do not have one they are cheap, check Amazon and Best buy
trying to save money, would a generic lightning toSD card reader work or does it have to be apples?
 

JohnnyGo

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trying to save money, would a generic lightning toSD card reader work or does it have to be apples?
You can try amazon for generic readers like this one that offers both SD and microSD transfer to iPad/iPhone as well as android phones/tablets.

SD Card Reader, SD Card Adapter, 3 in 1 Card Reader, WOPOW Card Reader for iPhone/ipad/ MAC/ PC/ Android Device, Lightning/ USB/ Micro USB Trail and Game Camera Viewer for TF/SD Card https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MA4Y9PX/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_0ZkCzbXKWQG92

Keep in mind the USB2 transfer limitation. As others pointed out, Apple’s new lightning SD reader is a USB3 version, thus much faster.
 

Donka

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You also run the risk of third party accessories being blocked in future iOS updates. I had a third party SD card reader a few years back eventually bought the official item from Amazon at a discount and much prefer it.
 
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digitalexplr

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Sorry to piggyback but I am debating what's the best Apple adapter to import pics from my Canon camera (5d mark iii) to my 12.9" iPP. Will the Lightening to USB work as well as the SD adapter? I prefer not having to remove the SD card from my camera.
I use an Apple USB to Lighting adapter for transferring images from both my Canon SL1 and Pentax K20D to my iPP 9.7. I don’t like taking out the SD card either.
 
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