Issues with Nikon D50 but Canon 400D ok!?!

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by blacktop, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. blacktop macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2009
    London, UK
    Hi All,

    I recently purchased a 2nd hand DSLR from a relative

    Canon EOS 400D - and an 8GB extreme 3 compact flash card...

    my brother-in-law has a
    Nikon D50, and a SanDisk 1GB SD card...

    each time i try and connect his camera to my MB (see sig) it does not recognise, unless i boot in Windows XP (via BootCamp)...

    but my canon EOS 400D does get recognised by Leopard...
    OS fully upto date..

    I did also notice, that the Canon EOS 550D (or the 500D) was on sale on the apple website, but no other DSLR was...

    now, here is the question:

    Does apple have an agreement with Canon or is there a setting that i need to change in order to get the Nikon running with Leopard?

  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Do you have any software installed for the Nikon?

    Canon uses the EOS Utility to download photos from the camera, by installing that software some kind of driver comes with that.

    The same may be needed for the Nikon.

    Which software are you using to access the photos anyway?
  3. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    Have you set the D50 USB mode to PTP or to Mass Storage?
  4. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

    Apr 26, 2008
    You don't need the Canon software to download photos in the Canon cameras. The OS already has the drivers for most Canon cameras, except for late releases. However, by selecting "Software Update" and updating the OS, the drivers are included in the update. If not in that specific update, then it does not take very long for Apple to provide the newest drivers. I don't know about Nikon, however.
  5. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

    May 5, 2007

    You don't need any extra drivers. The camera should be in Mass Storage mode.
  6. Tronic macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2009
    Question is, why do you want to connect a dslr to your computer unless you are trying to shoot tethered. At which point you'd have already installed camera control pro 2. If you just want to download images from an sd/cf card, it is much more efficient in speed and battery life to just use a card reader.
  7. steve-p macrumors 68000


    Oct 14, 2008
    Newbury, UK
    Battery life yes, but speed no in my experience. I've got 3 different USB2 card readers (including the one in the monitor) and the fastest download speed of all is still straight from the camera via USB, so I don't bother with the readers anymore.

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