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Eye-Fi to iPhone?
Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 9:44 PM on 06.02.14
->> Anyone have practical experience transferring selects from a camera to the iPhone via an EyeFi card?
(Specifically a Nikon V1 to iPhone 5)
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 6:26 AM on 06.03.14
->> Not iPhone, but Android. The most challenging part of getting it to work reliably was realizing that the Eye-Fi card will NOT connect to the phone (what they call "Diect Mode") unless it is the ONLY Wi-Fi network it recognizes. IOW, I had to "unremember" any other network in the area that I had used previously with my phone before the Eye-Fi would connect to the phone. After that, it was a simple matter to transfer individual files.

Know that's not exactly what you asked for, but thought I'd throw that out there anyway in case it was helpful.
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James Broome, Photographer
Tampa | FL | US | Posted: 9:29 AM on 06.03.14
->> I've done it from my Canon 1DMarkIV to an iPhone 5. Chuck nailed the biggest hurdle, though. The Eye-Fi's signal has to the be only 'remembered' signal for your iPhone to connect to. Otherwise, your iPhone will disregard it completely.

I practiced a lot at my desk before using it in the field.
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Mike Isler, Photographer
New York | NY | US | Posted: 6:21 PM on 06.03.14
->> I've done it a bit from a Canon P&S to an iPhone and iPad, direct. Worked just fine. Unlike Chuck and James, I've had no such WiFi issues. I did install the Eye-Fi Network Profile per the Direct Mode instructions. When I wanted to transfer images, I'd mark them in the camera (in my case, by locking them), open my iPhone, select the Eye-Fi network, launch ShutterSnitch or the Eye-Fi app, and they'd flow on in. I never had to "unremember" any other networks...just had to manually select the Eye-Fi one if my phone was currently connected to something else.
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Craig Mitchelldyer, Photographer, Assistant
Portland | OR | USA | Posted: 7:57 PM on 06.03.14
->> I've found the cam ranger to be a much better option. For me the eye if I card would work when testing then fail when I needed it. However it did work as Mike describes too, but it so was inconsistent for me the cam ranger is just a better option.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 1:39 AM on 06.04.14
->> EyeFi Mobi 8 gig ($40 @ Best Buy with a coupon)... downloaded EyeFi Mobi App on my iPhone and iPad ... worked like a charm right out of the box!

It was unbelievably simple. The file transfer speed was faster than I imaged it would be.

I was looking for a simple, fairly inexpensive way to transfer photos from the my Nikon V1 to the iPhone to post in Instagram or Facebook...

(For the DSLR bodies we've been using the WT4 and WT5 to move files for remote editing...)
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 1:43 AM on 06.04.14
->> ALSO ... Like Mike, I didn't have a problem with "remembering" a wireless network.
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Chris Machian, Photographer, Assistant
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 11:53 AM on 06.04.14
->> I use it all the time. When I was in Oklahoma and photographed the El Reno tornado, we had a photo and story on Omaha.com before the tornado lifted (without using my laptop).
I shoot with a 1DX, two card slots, one with CF card shooting raw, the other with a SD to CF adapter shooting small jpeg. That way I can still edit full size raws, but not fill up space on my iPhone or email sending in jpegs of breaking news. It does slow down your buffer.

There are several types of Eye-fi cards and the company isn't that clear on their individual capabilities.
Some can only move jpegs, some can do raw and video. Some move all files on the card, some only move the ones you protect.
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Scott Rovak, Photographer
St. Louis | MO | USA | Posted: 3:37 PM on 06.04.14
->> I use it with my Fuji X100s which I shoot raw+B&Wjpeg, I have it set to only transfer the jpegs to my iPhone.
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 7:04 PM on 06.04.14
->> Robert: If you get your iPhone too far away from the camera (10 or so feet) it'll grab onto whatever internet wifi you have remembered, and you'll have to manually go back. As long as you keep it close and connected, you're golden. If you walk away from your phone for a bit, make sure you're connection is still there if you're relying on it to be. I love my eyefi too, but the range isn't very far.
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Marvin Gentry, Photographer
Birmingham | AL | USA | Posted: 9:58 PM on 06.04.14
->> Robert what size files were you uploading?
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Jeffrey Nycz, Photographer
Warsaw | IN | USA | Posted: 11:18 AM on 06.05.14
->> Works flawlessly uploading from a 5D MKIII to iPhone.....
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Simon Wheeler, Photo Editor, Photographer
Ithaca | NY | USA | Posted: 9:02 PM on 06.07.14
->> I've been using Eye-Fi mobi 8GB cards that I picked up during the same recent sale at Best Buy. Using them to transfer M1 and M2 jpgs from my 1D Mark 2 and Mark 3 bodies to an iPhone4. It's working really well. I sometimes have to go in and tell the phone to pick the correct network so it will see the card after I start shooting. It can only transfer from one camera at a time as each camera has its own card and thus its own wifi network. My print deadlines are so early I'm using it to send print images and them making galleries later. Nothing like shooting .jpgs on deadline with no one behind me to fix them to take me back to the days of shooting chromes. Its a drag on the Mark 11 as you can't send the .jpgs and raws to separate cards. I'm hoping to get my company to buy me another Mark 11. Note if you have a video camera that shoots 1080 video it won't transfer to an iPhone 4. It has to be an iPhone 4s or higher.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 10:04 AM on 06.08.14
->> I'm guessing James and I are using Pro X2 cards while everyone else is using mobi...that could explain why we have a harder time connecting (i.e., must be the only network in range that your phone "remembrs").
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Mike Isler, Photographer
New York | NY | US | Posted: 8:40 PM on 06.09.14
->> Chuck - I'm using a Pro X2 16GB card with great success. Perhaps I'm on a different firmware version? Do you have the Eye-Fi Network Profile installed on your iDevice?
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James Broome, Photographer
Tampa | FL | US | Posted: 10:18 PM on 06.09.14
->> Mine is indeed the older X2 card. Although I've owned it for a few years now, I haven't used it in quite a few months, so there definitely could have been firmware updates.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 11:48 AM on 06.10.14
->> Don't have an iDevice. Can only afford Android. I do have the latest firmware. It's really only a minor nuisance, but under Android the Direct Mode network still has to be the only "known" network in range.

"* Note: Your Eyefi card will only deploy its Direct Mode network if there are no other networks for the Eyefi Card to join."

From -
https://x2help.eyefi.com/hc/en-us/articles/200142436
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 6:16 PM on 06.15.14
->> The EyeFi Mobi is pretty easy right out of the box. The only drawback is not being able to send selects.

But I can work around that.

It is a quick, easy way to get images straight from my V1 to my iPhone and iPad, then to Facebook and Twitter.

I actually did an unscientific test on the range... leaving my iPhone in a bag on my desk and stepping 12 feet away into a hallway (left the door open!) and it still uploaded the files without a break in the connection. It probably slowed down, but I wanted to see if it would lose the connection and in this situation it did not.

But I suspect with people around to cause interference it would cut down the range considerably.

For 40 bucks I'm happy.
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