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Problem tethering a Canon 5D to PC
Scott R. Galvin, Photographer, Assistant
Ann Arbor | MI | U.S.A. | Posted: 1:34 AM on 11.20.10
->> I would like some help/information for a project I am working on.

To start, I've tethered cameras before with no problem. Most of the time it's been to a Mac, which is the system I prefer. Right now my only option is a PC laptop. I'm working on a 32-day time lapse sequence. We want all of the images to download to our server so that we don't have to continually go fetch and swap cards. Getting it to the server isn't an issue right now as there are about three different ways I can do this.

The problem I am having is that after installing, restarting and other troubleshooting methods, I still cannot get the camera to connect to the laptop. I've read the manual (which didn't help much). The camera is set to PC connect mode vs. the Print/PTP mode.

Here are the tech specs, Canon 5D with usb cable connection to a PC laptop running Windows XP. I'm using the provided Canon software (Canon Utility), which has never failed me before. I've tried multiple USB cables in case one was bad. I also tried it on my desktop PC.

A Mac with OS X would be easier, because I can troubleshoot it really easy. But I only have a PC and a 5D for this project.

Any constructive help you can offer will be greatly appreciated.
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Scott R. Galvin, Photographer, Assistant
Ann Arbor | MI | U.S.A. | Posted: 9:13 AM on 11.20.10
->> Quick update. I'm still having problems with the camera. My 1D Mark III works just fine. But it still doesn't recognize the 5D. Please send some insight my way if this has happened to you or if you know how to fix this. Thanks.
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George Bridges, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington | DC | USA | Posted: 11:09 PM on 11.20.10
->> Scott,

I'm guessing you are talking an original 5D.

I just pulled my camera and netbook out to give it a shot.

At first, I couldn't get the computer to see the camera either.

Then in EOS Utility I clicked on the Accessories tab and don't think I hit anything but it then jumped back to the Control Camera tab and everything is fine.

Not sure what I did to get it started but you may want to try toggling back and forth there to see if it wakes things up.
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