A Cool Use For The 2nd SD slot On A D600

November 20th, 2012

Aric Boyles pointed out a cool way to use the second SD slot in the Nikon D600. Aric says:

A neat trick I discovered using the new Nikon D600 is that since I usually go on my shoots with a stager and/or the real estate agent who help set up each shot. I start with an initial shot in each room and together we look on the LCD screen for general framing and anything obvious like electrical cords showing or weird lighting issues. But because the screen is so small we almost always miss some details that aren’t easily visible on the small LCD screen.

So here’s my solution, since the D600 has 2 SD slots, I put my 16GB card in the primary slot and an Eye-Fi Pro card in the secondary. When I’m ready to take an initial shot I change the camera settings to save the RAW to primary card and JPG to the secondary card. The JPG is then automatically transferred via wi-fi within a few seconds to an iPad where we can all look closely at the image, zoom in and out and look for any issues we can fix on the spot. In our first shoot we caught a couple of issues which would have taken a lot more time to fix in Photoshop than to fix on location.

Pretty cool, I wish I had two SD slots on my 5DMKII!

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12 Responses to “A Cool Use For The 2nd SD slot On A D600”

  • ^^^ well that is a strange response! ^^^

    I would really like 2 ports on my D700 for just this reason. I’m thinking of designing a tripod-mounted cradle for my Epson P6000 for just this reason however it is a clunky solution which will take up more space, especially when crammed into a corner!

  • no need for overpriced eye-fi cards. now there’s a lot more wifi SD cards on the market.
    also no need for such cards since the D600 can have an inexpensive wireless transmitter that allows for the pictures to be viewed on any android device. Also it allows live view and a lot of other cool features.

    @James Colon imo VR is not needed in this kind of photos. you should always use a tripod. also the only optical stabilized zoom wide angle lens that I known of is the nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR and there’s better options like the 14-24mm f/2.8. there’s also good options from non canon or nikon brands. the tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 works great on nikon DX cameras better then some nikon lens.

  • Thanks for the tip. I’ll be getting a D800 next month and this will really help

  • I have tried this a good time ago with my Mark III and my D800E using a Geo/X2 Eye-Fi card. I have found this whole proceedure to be unreliable, balky and a general pain in the ___. Sometimes it works – most of the time it doesn’t. Perhaps the Geo X2 is the reason? This card is several years old and I am certain old technology by now. When I go on a shoot I want things to work. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to screw with a system while the light disappears! Tethering to Lightroom or to Capture One is much easier and more reliable.

    I’d be interested in hearing from others about the Eye-fy reliablility/baulky issue though. This is a great concept if it works in practice.

  • I’ve been using PQI air card without issues.
    It’s great because it allows you to use your own micro SD cards. It gives much more storage flexibility. Also it doesn’t have the issue of slow speeds like other cards. with this one I can use sandisk 95mb/s micro sd cards.
    never had an issue with those cards unlike eye-fi ones.

  • This seems like a great idea but I can’t imagine how long a shoot would take with my clients looking over my shoulder the entire time. I feel fortunate that they have enough trust in me that they are not there, or wait until I send them the photos later. This would be great though for a review of the photos on site.

  • Until now I have not experience owners and/or agents who are looking over my shoulder, which I heighly appreciate.
    And todays software is a good help to make corrections too.
    But your story above is another help, I must admit.

  • @Ronny & Mark – This kind of customer involvement happens more with upper-end shoot or when you are working for designers and architects. Most real estate agents I know don’t want to look over your shoulder. They should be that engaged but usually aren’t.

  • @Pedro the WU-1b looked promising until I read the reviews, they’re terrible across the board. Has anyone used it and had a positive experience?
    And thanks for the PQI air card link, looks interesting I’ll check it out. the eye-fi card definitely has its limitations.

  • I actually do a slight variation of this.

    1) I set the camera (in my case a Canon 5D Mark III) to shoot Medium or Large RAW AND small fine JPG.
    2) I write BOTH JPG and RAW to BOTH cards to give me an immediate backup. However I only transfer the JPGs to my iPad via Eye-fi.
    3) Review the image on the iPad

    Note, there are serious problems right now with the Eye-Fi app on the ipad ever since the introduction of iOS 6. It is no longer transferring reliably. I presume this will be solved in the coming weeks but has greatly diminished the value of the product – at least if the destination is an iOS device.

    I have also encountered occasions where the camera has to be restarted after the Direct Mode wireless hotspot has ceased operations on the Eye-fi card.

    When it IS working, I find this to be an incredibly effective and low cost workaround to the 5D Mark III’s extortionately priced Wi-Fi add on (About $1000!).

  • I was also considering the EyeFi card / iPad combo for client viewing/composing until i saw the Camranger option. (and recently the Cameramater)
    More expensive – Yes! But so much more versatile using live view for instant realtime framing and allowing controls of various camera functions too.

    Evidently there will also be a ‘Client’ mode soon for viewing only without adjusting any camera settings. (great for keeping ‘sticky fingers’ off the settings)
    and possibly the option to eventually connect two iPads (one for the client to view only and one for you to compose and control functions such as bracketing etc etc)

  • Just thought I’d say I’ve been using an eye-fi ProX card for about 3 or 4 years. I’ve found it to be completely reliable when the network is being supplied by my laptop. It seems most of the trouble I’ve heard about is with ad-hoc networks set up by the card.

    Recently I got the d800 and use it as described in the article and it works beautifully. There’s a bit of work setting it up for the first time, but after that it’s a one click “Create Network” on the MacBook. I send basic quality medium sized jpegs thru eye-fi, which from the D800 is about a 1mb file. Big enuf to reliably check focus etc, and small enuf to be pretty fast. Like 3 or 4 seconds. Soon I’ll get the newest card which should be somewhat faster.

    There’s a nice workflow in Aperture that allows me to star rate the keeper jpegs on site as we shoot. Back in the office I filter for that rating. When importing the NEFs from the CF card I select “matching Raws only” so I never import a NEF that I’m not going to keep. This saves some time and disc space given the size of the D800 raws.

    I find it easier and faster than a cable tether. And safer too. It’s hard enuf moving gear around a house without having a trip line between your laptop and camera…

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