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    Posted: 03 February 2021 at 16:34
Just wondering how y'all get images from your camera to your computer for editing?

My digital 2003/2004 introduction and then 2005 proper was all about: remove CF card, stick it into the external CF card reader, transfer files to HD and/or external. And I still do the same today (but SD cards).

I'm aware that today (and maybe even back then) you can cable link your camera to you computer. Or even bluetooth. But I've never done either of these things.

So, do you:
- remove card from camera
- cable link from camera to computer
- use the mystery of bluetooth
(is there another option?)

I shoot RAW+JPG ... is there a 'quickest' or best practice method?

Also (for phone snaps) - my previous android phones I've always sync to google photos (set to 'original') and just grabbed the files from the cloud on my laptop. But my new apple phone has a cable to do this (I'm sure I'll find out where my apple cloud is one day, if anyone has seen it please let me know where it is). Plugging my apple phone into charge (almost daily) and for image transfer (almost daily) gets me wondering if the lightning port if built for almost 700 connects a year (I'd like it to last 3 years, will try the mystery/misery of bluetooth if that is the 'best' method).

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I use a card reader in a fast USB port - fastest way I know of. Haven't used physical line between camera and computer in years. Bluetooth works - just don't start warming up some leftovers in a nearby microwave while you're at it.
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I have found cables form camera to be too slow, but haven't yet tried it with more recent models. I usually stick the SD car into the front of the computer and use PM to download it and put the images into date-labelled folders for the camera it's from. Fairly quick, very easy, and I can do something else while it's working away.
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I expect I wouldn't lose any speed using the 5 Gbps USB C port of my A7III instead of a card reader with my UHS I cards.

My Logitech MobileLite G4 reader is slower when I use it in front USB 3 ports instead of rear ports. The Type A ports on the iMac also slow it down. I generally don't bother to plug it in to a faster USB port. I did wonder why the iMac's Type A ports are slow.

I don't have a UHS II SD card or one of the overclocked UHS I SD cards that companies are now selling. The former only seems to be useful on the A7III with uncompressed raw, which I don't use.

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I use a card reader. The file transfer is by no means a bottleneck in my workflow so it is not something I invest a lot in.
I format the cards in camera every time I have dumped the files on my PC.
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Sony seems to send an erase command to memory cards during the in camera format. This is rather irreversible, but probably best for card life and performance.

I generally just let the app file transfer widget delete images on the card. It is not a big deal.
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You could cable link back then, the Dynax 7D had a nice small slider specially made for the USB port.

Mostly I remove the SD card and use a card reader, USB 3 (really makes a difference).
Once in a while I use the cable to the camera if it is just one or two pictures - these days it is quick enough.
And I often use my phone to upload quickly to social and SmugMug.

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I really like the Lightning connector. It is more robust than any USB even Type C. I guess the Lightning plug may be a bit more expensive to make than Type C, even without royalties.

The universe would be much better without any variety of USB Type B.
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Apple should move to USB-C like everybody else. It is really annoying that my work phone has lightning connector while everything else I own has USB, mostly USB-C.
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Like QuietOC above - card into a Lightning connector reader and straight on to a separate hard drive linked to the MacBook. Simple and effective (and I often worry about links to cameras from PC's and the risk of loosing it all on the card!).

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Originally posted by Jonas A-R Jonas A-R wrote:

I use a card reader. The file transfer is by no means a bottleneck in my workflow so it is not something I invest a lot in.
I format the cards in camera every time I have dumped the files on my PC.


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Originally posted by Jonas A-R Jonas A-R wrote:

I use a card reader. The file transfer is by no means a bottleneck in my workflow so it is not something I invest a lot in.
+1
Originally posted by Jonas A-R Jonas A-R wrote:

I format the cards in camera every time I have dumped the files on my PC.
I format the cards in the camera after I made sure I have one backup on Backblaze and one on an off-site stored external hard drive.
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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

Originally posted by Jonas A-R Jonas A-R wrote:

I use a card reader. The file transfer is by no means a bottleneck in my workflow so it is not something I invest a lot in.
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Originally posted by Jonas A-R Jonas A-R wrote:

I format the cards in camera every time I have dumped the files on my PC.
I format the cards in the camera after I made sure I have one backup on Backblaze and one on an off-site stored external hard drive.


Iím not payed for any of my photography so have no obligation to deliver anything to others than my self. The loss of a card worth of pictures would not be a big deal in 99% of my shooting scenarios and I have not lost a picture due to failed card or disks in more than a decade, so I donít worry about it after I have confirmed the file transfer to my hard drive.
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Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:

Just wondering how y'all get images from your camera to your computer for editing?
Most often I use card readers. Yes, I used plural, since I often carry multiple cameras and thus it is nice to read files from multiple cards rather than swap cards. And now and then, with the latest E mount cameras I have also used wired USB-C connection to read cards, but that happens only when I have used cards in both card slots.

Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:

My digital 2003/2004 introduction and then 2005 proper was all about: remove CF card, stick it into the external CF card reader, transfer files to HD and/or external. And I still do the same today (but SD cards).

I'm aware that today (and maybe even back then) you can cable link your camera to you computer. Or even bluetooth. But I've never done either of these things.

So, do you:
- remove card from camera
- cable link from camera to computer
- use the mystery of bluetooth
I don't think Bluetooth works for file transfer on Sony cameras (only GPS linkage), wireless transfer via WiFi could be a possible option although I think it is more aimed for communicating with mobile devices.
Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:

(is there another option?)
α9, α9 II and α1 would offer also the option to use wired Ethernet connection. I have no experience with that since I don't own any of those camera models.
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