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Tethering with a Firewire
Tom Ervin, Photographer, Assistant
Palm Beach | FL | USA | Posted: 4:26 PM on 03.24.08
->> Anyone have problems of a firewire from camera to computer. It seems the firewire to the camera isn't tight and the connection disconnects to the computer. It failed during a shoot today.

It seems the 12 ft firewire is too heavy for a good connection. I tried taping the darn thing and it works to some degree. Is there something else I can do than wrapping my camera up like a mummy to secure the firewire. Or am I just being to picky and whiny
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Josh Merwin, Photographer
New york | NY | USA | Posted: 4:37 PM on 03.24.08
->> Buy a tetherlock. You can find them here: http://www.tetherlock.com/
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Ian L. Sitren, Photographer
Palm Springs | CA | USA | Posted: 6:59 PM on 03.24.08
->> Just a piece of gaffers tape along the body of the camera on the bottom does it. Leave a little slack at the connector end.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 7:23 PM on 03.24.08
->> You beat me to it Ian!

But you know photographers ... moi included ... we LOVE gadgets!!!

Just today I received two emails from people that had seen me using the Pocket Wizard Caddy... they were a gift. Honest!

While they are pretty cool, a small bungee cord (.69) could do the same thing as the Caddy ($15). But it doesn't look as cool.

We've been using the e1a and now the e2a for years and as Ian points out, a couple of strategically placed pieces of tape would do the job.

Unless you have a loved one who is looking to buy you a cool gift ...

I've always said that if someone painted a toilet seat cover black, put a couple of pockets on it and a cheap carabiner ...called it the "Photographers' Helper" ... with the right marketing they'd sell like hotcakes!

We'll buy anything!
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Dennis Wierzbicki, Photographer
Plainfield | IL | USA | Posted: 7:34 PM on 03.24.08
->> This seems like an offspring of another recent thread...OK - has anyone tried something like this as a way of extending the Firewire capture cable?

http://sewelldirect.com/firewireextension.asp
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Glenn Matsumura, Photographer
Redwood City | CA | United States | Posted: 8:24 PM on 03.24.08
->> I use a small velcro tie wrapped around the cable and camera strap. A micro sized spring clamp also works well if your camera is on a tripod.

As far as extending the cable length, Granite Digital (www.granitedigital.com) makes excellent firewire cables. They offer up to 32 foot firewire 400 and 800 cables. Expensive, but they work well.

They also offer firewire hubs and repeaters.
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Edgar Mata, Photographer
New York | NY | United States | Posted: 8:32 PM on 03.24.08
->> Also be careful to avoid very sharp angles when you do tape it up, a little bit of slack is essential.
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Fj Hughes, Photographer, Assistant
Baltimore | MD | USA | Posted: 4:10 PM on 03.26.08
->> Gaffer's tape works just fine but the tether lock looks more clean and it doesn't leave little stickies on your camera. If your port is worn/loose you may have to wrap some thin strips of tape around the connection itself. As Bert mentioned, bungees work also but they don't save your port from being ripped out if you are a cable stepper.

I second granite cables!


Here are a couple of other ideas in a similar thread on photoassistant.net. (Start reading a couple of posts down.)

http://forums.photoassistant.net/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=7&t...
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Fj Hughes, Photographer, Assistant
Baltimore | MD | USA | Posted: 4:12 PM on 03.26.08
->> "....more clean...."

Oooops, sorry about the gramar.:-)
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