Posted Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:05PM
I just purchased a laptop and lightroom 4 so I can begin shooting tethered in the studio. My question is, I have a nikon d300 and and I know I can use the supplied USB cable but I am thinking I may need something longer. Can I buy just a mini USB cable and if so what is the limitations on length? Thanks.
Posted Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:33PM
I have a 10 foot (3 meters), here is a QA from Yahoo
Posted Fri Jan 18, 2013 4:21PM
The technical spec for USB 2.0 says max cable length is 5 meters. Anything longer and you will need a hub or amplifier in the middle of the cable. You can probably get away with an extender to make a cable longer as long as the total is less than 5m.
My fav place for cables is: http://www.monoprice.com
Posted Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:24PM
I bought a 5m USB 2.0 active repeater cable, which has these connectors:
I then just plug the standard camera to USB cable into the female socket of it and it seems to work ok for tethering on my Canon 5D3 and 2.
Posted Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:36PM
^ Thanks for that Kelvin
ETA: That was not hard to find a 16.5 foot extention/repeater
(Edited on 2013-01-18 17:41:29 by cmannphoto)
Posted Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:46PM
If you are going to tether, I recommend using the following to prevent USB connector damage:
Posted Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:24PM
^^ The flip side is if someone trips on the usb cable, I'd much rather the usb is janked out of the camera, rather than the camera is janked onto the floor.