Is digital photography making me lazy?
36 exposures only–You’ve got to make them all count, right? It’s been at least 12 years maybe more since I loaded my Nikon F3.
I can’t picture myself loading film into a camera, finding inspiration and going out to capture images worthy of printing in a traditional darkroom these days.
The convenience and immediacy of digital photography has a way of doing that.
I’m actually getting worse. Now, not only am I lazy, I’m also impatient.
Finding my card reader, taking the memory card out of my camera is even too taking too long.
So someone saw my need and they came up a solution.
Well, I won’t quite say it’s a solution yet, but it’s close.
I don’t recall exactly when I first came across Eye-Fi–a special Secure Digital memory card which can be set up to wirelessly transfer your images to your computer via your home network.
Until recently when I bought othe Powershot G11, all my cameras used Compact Flash cards, so I wasn’t able to try this product.
Endless number of exposures?–The Eye-Fi folks claim you may never need another card ever again. Well, I wouldn’t say that exactly. I’ll explain more in my next post. What the manufacturers mean is if you’re the average user who shoots and goes home in between shoots to connect to your home WiFi network, then your images will download to your computer assuming you force your camera to stay on until all the files are transfered.
Some companies are very good at telling you exactly what you’re buying on their website while others can use some help. Eye-Fi‘s website is an example of this.
But how hard is it to put up a chart for comparison of their various products?
In a chart form, they could list the models, specs and capabilities so that you can see at a glance what you’re getting.
Instead you have to pore through lots of copy with lots of technical data to further confuse you. Stay tuned and I’ll tell you if this product is worthy of your hard-earned money.
As with most tech products, a certain degree of sophistication or technical knowhow on the part of the consumer is needed. So if you are considering splurging on this Eye-Fi card, expect some degree of tweaking.