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In my home, all PCs are still connected to the internet via good old Cat 5 Ethernet cable and connected to my working PC are eight hard drives—3 on SATA, 3 on USB 2.0 and remaining 2 on Firewire. The only devices connect to the web wirelessly are the laptops and our Nokia E71. This isn’t news and I’ll venture a guess that most homes in Brunei (and many parts of the world) share similar connectivity topology too. The word Tether carries two meanings: As a verb, tie (an animal) with a rope so as to restrict its movement. As a noun, a rope or chain used to tether an animal. I first came across this word in photography (not a subject that’s widely discussed) when I was researching ways to enhance the photography experience for my client. One such application of a tethered setup was the Excapade Sushi photo shoot from two years back.
We had a large number of small and large menu items to go through in a short time and had planned the shoot to span three weekends (each weekend taking just 3 hours). I knew for a fact that there would be some ridiculous amount of time wasted if my clients only got to see the shots at the end of each day and if they weren’t happy with any one of the pictures, a re-shoot would not only be time consuming but also unproductive. So I looked into the possibility of tethering my EOS 5D then to my Dell laptop using what I think was 2 to 3 metres USB cable. The setup was crude—instead of a properly made USB cable, I had joined 3 USB cables together and I was surprised it even worked. But that was then.
Taking the same idea I used successfully, I added more USB cables and got a combined length of slightly over 5 metres and delighted to discover that it worked. Since then, I had a computer supplier bring in a one piece (in black) USB 2.0 cable that measures exactly 5 metres. Anyone who owns an EOS 5D Mark II would be happy to know that you can tether that BEAST (really, the 5DII is a different sort of animal) to your laptop or PC and best part of all, you can run Live View on both the camera and PC simultanously including live HD video streaming! Like any tethered setup, you have control over the camera remotely via the supplied Canon software. Those of you who may have complained why the EOS 5D doesn’t come with a mouse, it now does 🙂