I am trying out the Nikon D800 + 35mm f/1.4G and an Eye-Fi Pro X2 on my road trip in Norway. This is the second part in my testing series.
Why haven`t I thought of that? I got a tip from an Eye-Fi user asking me why I didn`t set my Android phone up as a HotSpot instead of having to disconnect the Direct Mode everytime I was to upload the photos I shot to Instagram. Well, I had some time off this afternoon setting up the card to access my Android HotSpot and testing it. Worked like a charm!
Experiencing disconnections, no network available and resetting the password on my Direct Mode was giving me a headache and I was almost about to giving up the project on the second day.
After reading a new update from Eye-Fi as well I found out that I was not the only one with issues concerning the Direct Mode.
The Nikon D800 / D800E is not compatible with Eye-Fi X2 Cards.
Eye-Fi engineering has found and confirmed a compatibility issue with the Eye-Fi card that impacts the use of Direct Mode in the Nikon D800. We are currently investigating an issue with the D800′s SD slot that appears to contribute to a lack of steady signal while the Eye-Fi card is in Direct Mode which makes the Direct Mode feature incompatible with the camera. The Nikon D800/D800e passes all other wireless network tests and is compatible with wireless transfers via a wireless router.
All this testing have drained the first of two EN-EL15 batteries that I brought with me, I hope that the new HotSpot method will streamline the process and save some batteries, three more days. It might be that not switching on and off the wireless unit will save some battery power on my phone as well.
I would also suggest that switching on the Upload to Eye-View through Wi-Fi only would reduce the cost on your cellphone bill.
The story behind the pictures today is quite simple, I woke up to rain and snoring from my next door neighbor around seven, packed my equipment and drove to Jaren. Crossing a “mountain” it suddenly started snowing, but luckily in Jaren it had stopped. On my way back to Raufoss I stopped for a lunch not far from Lynga Skisenter and enjoyed the view. Continuing towards Raufoss I drove past some potato fields and stopped for another shot. Passing the exit by an accident I ended up in Gjøvik. Wops!
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