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    Help. Shooting Tethered.

    I have decided I need to learn to shoot tethered but I have a problem. The Firewire (three pin) that comes with my P40+ is great, but I just changed out computers to a MacBook Air with no Firewire port and a MacMini that has a different size Firewire port.

    Is there a connector that will allow me to use a USB socket and will that work?

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    Re: Help. Shooting Tethered.

    Hi Vince,

    You need to look at Firewire options for your P40+. There isn't "converter" for for FW to USB.

    Of course, that shiny new Phase IQ series or Leaf Credo---both with USB3--- are calling your name...



    Seriously---lower end upgrade would be IQ140 or Leaf Credo 40, both with USB3. Then, look at tethering via USB3 to a Surface Pro 2. It really is a game changer.

    Take a look: Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2: A Game Changer for Phase One IQ Series and Leaf Credo Medium Format Digital Backs | Kendoophotography's Blog

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    Re: Help. Shooting Tethered.

    Actually I discovered that I had to get two cables from Apple, one a converter for Firewire 800/400 nine pin to six pin, and a Firewire 800 to Thunderbolt. Just ordered. Hope it works...

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    Re: Help. Shooting Tethered.

    Vincent, I strongly suggest against that.

    Instead get the FW:Thunderbolt adapter an a fw800-fw400 cable.

    Adding the additional connection/failure point of a fw800:400 adapter is very inadvisable. Especially since I've seen a large number of cheap or problematic such adapters.

    I recommend the official Phase One FireWire 800:400 cable which you can find here:
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    Re: Help. Shooting Tethered.

    More info on thunderbolt to FireWire with a phase one back:
    Apple Thunderbolt Firewire Adapter Tests - DT Blog
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    Re: Help. Shooting Tethered.

    Thanks Doug!!! Probably should have just called you...
    I will try it and see, worst case scenario I will spend the money for the Phase One cable...

    On another front, what light meters under $500 should i be looking at?

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