Aperture 2: Tips on tethered shooting

This article offers tips on tethered shooting with Aperture 2.

Aperture 2 or later offers the option to shoot tethered, meaning that images are captured directly to your computer. Not all cameras support tethered shooting, and those that do may need to be set up in different ways in order to enable this functionality. Consult with your camera's documentation for specifics on settings. Different cameras from the same manufacturer may vary in regards to each of the following points:

For information on tethered shooting with Aperture 3, see Aperture 3: Tips on tethered shooting.

  • Cameras not supported by Aperture for tethered shooting may be supported by their own software.
  • Some cameras support both remote computer control and camera control of the shutter when shooting tethered, others may only support one or the other.
  • For best results, use Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Some cameras require Leopard to support tethered shooting.

The following cameras have been qualified for tethered shooting in Aperture 2:

Camera Connection Type Connection Mode Mac OS X 10.4.11 Tiger Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
Canon EOS 10D USB No setting required   *
Canon EOS D30 USB No setting required  
Canon EOS D60 USB No setting required  
Canon EOS Digital Rebel/Kiss Digital/300D USB "Normal"   *
Canon EOS 1D MK II FireWire No setting required  
Canon EOS 1D MK II N FireWire No setting required  
Canon EOS 1Ds MK II FireWire No setting required  
Canon EOS 1D FireWire No setting required  
Canon EOS 1Ds FireWire No setting required  
Canon EOS 20D USB "Normal"  
Canon EOS 5D USB PC Connect  
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT/Kiss Digital N/350D USB PC Connect  
Nikon D1 FireWire "PC" on Mode dial
Nikon D1H FireWire "PC" on Mode dial
Nikon D1X FireWire "PC" on Mode dial
Nikon D2Hs USB PTP
Nikon D2X USB PTP
Nikon D2Xs USB PTP
Nikon D3 USB MTP/PTP
Nikon D200 USB PTP
Nikon D300 USB MTP/PTP
Nikon D700 USB No setting required
Nikon D40x USB MTP/PTP
Nikon D90 USB No setting required
Nikon D80 USB PTP
Nikon D70 USB PTP
Nikon D60 USB No setting required
Kodak DCS Pro SLRn Firewire No setting required

 * Requires Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later

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  • Cameras from vendors other than Canon or Nikon may work if they are set to use PTP.
  • Some cameras require a media card to be inserted to allow for tethering.
  • Cameras that use the Mass Storage mode are not supported.
  • Current generation cameras (Canon EOS 30D or newer, and Canon Digital Rebel XTi or newer) require Aperture 3.0.3 or later and Mac OS X v10.6.4 or later. See Aperture 3: Tips on tethered shooting for more information.

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