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Old 05-30-2014   #1
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When I'm at home i like to shoot tethered into Lightroom on my 27" iMac. But when I'm out of the house I don't want to bring my iMac with me. I do have a 20 something inch monitor that has DVI inputs. I was wondering if it would be possible to buy and adaptor that will attach to the USB end of the HDMI camera cable, and shoot my D800 directly to the monitor.

Has anyone heard of something like this? Has anyone tried anything like this?

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Old 05-30-2014   #2
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Why not get an HDMI to DVI adapter? Granted that's not going to give you camera control, but if all you want to do is review shots on the monitor. . . .

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...DMI%20to%20DVI
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I was thinking that, but the input on the camera isn't like a regular HDMI input. So I was going to use the cable that came with the camera, which has USB on the other end. Then I'd get the USB to dvi cable.

But anyway, do you think that would work? Would I be able to see each shot come up onto the monitor. I don't need camera control really, I just want it for composition, focus and exposure that kind of thing.
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The D800 has a mini HDMI port. Make sure you're not confusing the mini HDMI with a micro USB (the ports look similar).
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Old 05-31-2014   #5
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Oh yes! You are right, good catch. I was confusing the two.

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Old 06-12-2014   #6
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The Mini HDMI cable to DVI arrived yesterday and I tried it out. It does work! I was reading someplace that it would not, so I was wondering how it would work out. But it does in fact work. Thanks for your help.
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After you've played with it a bit let us know what you think, how you use it and what others need to consider, That would be really helpful. Thanks.
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I haven't used it too much yet, but from the initial trial I think it'll be good. Whatever is displayed on the LCD is also shown at the same time on the monitor. You can scroll through the menus. It also displays your shots as you take them. Thats really what I wanted it for. I just wanted to see the shot to check composition and focus. When you zoom in on the LCD, it also zooms in on the monitor. Live views works as well. You see everything live. So it's great for composition. I haven't tried live view with video yet, but I supposed that would work too.

In any event, so far I'm happy with it.
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I use a CamRanger and an iPad (you can also use iPhone etc) to shoot wirelessly tethered when out and about.
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I just heard about the cam ranger. How do you like it? Do you think it was worth the price of it?


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