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CanonWFT-E7A Wireless File Transmitter
 
2.9

(based on 8 reviews)

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57%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (6)
  • Poor design (5)
  • Not functional (3)

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    1.0

    This is very odd and nonsensical device

    By Ytpo

    from Moscow, Russia

    About Me Professional

    Pros

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use
      • Not Functional
      • Poor Design

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon WFT-E7A Wireless File Transmitter:

        Please, don't buy this stuff. This ridiculous device is absolutely unusable parody on WFT-E4 & WFT-E5. Shame on Canon Inc!

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        1.0

        Waste of Money!

        By Photogy

        from Jakarta

        About Me Professional

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Not Functional
        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon WFT-E7A Wireless File Transmitter:

          Dont get me wrong it works fine but it really is a waste of money.I also have the 5d2 and wft-e4 which i found to be great (for what it was). It fitted the camera securely, was solidly made, easy to hold, set up and use and also could be attached to a tripod which was great for studio, products and just getting crisp shots.This thing is a joke....i would love to have 5 minutes alone with the Canon team that designed this...and their boss who OK'd it!In trying to create a one shoe fits all solution for future camera models...all they managed to do is create a clumpy, badly fitting and uncomfortable boot.Many people have already posted about how it doesn't fit the 5d3 well, how the cable sticks out the side (easy to catch and cause damage) and how uncomfortable it is to hold (in fact dangerous as the camera is not balanced in my big hands and easy to drop as its so unbalanced.As well as those things, it has a cheap a plastic feel (unlike wft-e4), a STRANGE detachable cheap screw to lock it to the camera body and is NOT tripod mountable (unless you detach the clumsy shaped transmitter from the body and tape it somewhere - which will also make it prone to break easily and give you a cabled 'wireless' transmitter.CANON YOU REALLY FAILED ON THIS ONE!!!Sadly there is no other reliable option (except eye-fi card) and people will have to buy it and grumble each time they use it...but at a serious price for such a clumsy solution.I have been using it side by side with 5d mk2 and the wft-e4 even is more reliable (so far) with wifi connection!!!And yes before you say i am a moaner...i have 4 pro bodies and 14 L series lenses so i think i have the right....I hope this review does not get edited as we as loyal customers have a right to give it straight!

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          5.0

          Quick, Accurate, and Easy to Use!

          By Butter Chris

          from Vancouver, BC

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Studio

          Comments about Canon WFT-E7A Wireless File Transmitter:

          Perfect for event photographers to transmit their photos instantly to a workstation wirelessly. We also use it in studio for any product shoots to transmit the files directly to our workstations. Easy to setup and works very well!

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          3.0

          well, at least i don't have to tether...

          By wray-mccann

          from hollywood, CA

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Bulky
            • Difficult To Use
            • Poor Design

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              Comments about Canon WFT-E7A Wireless File Transmitter:

              i had the previous model that was dedicated to the 5d mark 2, and this new one is more than a bit of a disappointment. i don't use this to remotely control the camera, i just use it to wirelessly send jpegs to a laptop so that my clients can have a sense of what i'm shooting, while i'm shooting. i loathe being tethered, i feel like a cat on a leash. the previous model worked well with the 5d2 (about 90% of the time, the 10% it didn't work seemed to be wireless interference) but it is not compatible with the 5d3. the WFT-E7A is very clunky in comparison. there seems to be no thought given to ergonomics much less design (really canon? wires coming out the side??). also, the instructions available from canon are poorly laid out, confusing and frustrating. the interface is torturous. i spent the better part of a day trying to get it to work before calling up the guy who works as my digital tech to see if he could help. he is a tech junkie, and an absolute whiz at this sort of thing, and even HE struggled with it for over 5 hours before we got it to work.

              however, once we got it to work, it works as well as the previous model, perhaps even a bit faster at transferring the jpegs. i haven't had the opportunity to work with it in enough different situations to speak about how well it deals with interference yet, so we'll see.

              one final word about the difficulty in setting this up: since this is such a new product, we really only have canon's manuals to guide us. as time goes on, i'm sure some talented and eloquent people will put some step by step guides up on line, which will help tremendously.

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              4.0

              Seems to work well, getting used to it.

              By Engineer Photo Geek

              from Huntsville, AL

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Many Transfer Options
              • Very Configurable

              Cons

              • Bulky
              • Expensive
              • Limited Bluetooth

              Best Uses

              • Out-in-the-Field
              • Photo Journalists

              Comments about Canon WFT-E7A Wireless File Transmitter:

              I've only used the WFT-E7A for about 2 hours now, but overall, I am relatively pleased with it.

              I bought this with the intent to use it with my iPhone and to compare its utility to an Eye-Fi SD Card, and here are my findings.

              First, important to note that despite B&H Website stating the unit comes with a battery, my unit did not, although a quick call to B&H customer service fixed that issue. I love the awesome customer service at B&H. One of the many reasons I keep coming back. But I digress.

              Second, DO update your 5 Mark III Camera firmware to the latest version (v1.1.2 as of this writing), to avoid bugs and incompatibility and to enable the intended features. The WFT unit also has a firmware version number (v1.0.2), but the Canon Website did not have any updates available for the WFT unit itself...yet...(as of early June 2012).

              As others have noted, the WFT-E7 is not designed (or at least doesn't LOOK like it was designed) specifically for the 5D Mark III--I believe Canon's intent is to be able to also use it with future camera models (not 100% sure), and thus it does not look/fit like a 'battery grip' as I think previous WFT models did. This unit is rectangular, and although it ships with an extended tripod screw (to attach it to the bottom of your camera) it may look slightly out-of-place, if that matters to you. It also ships with a neoprene holster, which you can put on your belt (camera geek alert!) or carry around your neck using the included neck strap. And it ships with two different-length mini-USB cables, a small (almost 10") one for use when you mount the WFT to the underside of your camera with the tripod screw, and a longer cable (almost 5') cable for when you use it on your belt or around your neck.

              Although the WFT includes both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi/Ethernet interfaces, as far as I could tell, Bluetooth is ONLY for use with GPS devices--I could not use it to transfer any data to or from the camera with my iPhone, at least not using the current 5D/WFT firmware (not sure if Bluetooth data transfer was ever Canon's intent...but thought I would try it anyway.) I was able to get the WFT successfully paired with my iPhone via Bluetooth, in hopes that the 5D would use the GPS info from the iPhone to geotag photos, but the 5D's LCD never indicated that a GPS receiver was connected, although the image's EXIF data DID have the Lat and Lon fields populated with numbers, although they were horribly wrong. Well, it was worth a shot. Interesting to note was that the WFT manual indicated (or perhaps implied) that the Bluetooth connection was persistent--that it would remember settings between device power-cycles. Maybe it does that with a 'certified' GPS accessory, but not so with the iPhone--each time I power-cycled the camera or the WFT, I had to re-pair the Bluetooth connection, including making the iPhone "discoverable" and re-entering the PIN number. Hopefully it works smoother with the GP-E2 GPS Accessory.

              OK, on to the good stuff--remote access. And note that I did not try using the wired RJ-45 interface, I only used 802.11G Wi-Fi. I assume the RJ-45 interface would be the same, only faster.

              All control for the WFT is accessed through the 5D's LCD/Menu function, under 'Tools', 'Communications', third menu, right under "RATE btn function". And, unlike the "GPS Settings" menu, which is always there, this menu does not appear unless and until a WFT is physically connected to the 5D. Within the Communications Menu, the two sub-menu items are "Network Settings" and "Bluetooth Device Connection".

              You can place the WFT in "Infrastructure" mode (for connection to a Wi-Fi access point) or in "Ad-Hoc" mode for point-to-point connection. More on Ad-Hoc mode in a moment.

              The WFT file transfer 'modes' can be set up as:

              (a) FTP, so that the 5D transfers files (via a connected infrastructure router) to an external FTP server after you tell the 5D the IP address and user and password and directory. According to the manual, you can either have it transfer ALL images (either JPG or RAW and various sizes depending upon which card--CF or SD you push the images from), or you can selectively transfer images (as you take them) when you push the "set button". Seems very useful IF you have access to your own FTP server.

              (b) EOS Utility Mode, where your computer is running the EOS Utility Software, and you can remote-control and grab photos from your computer. I did not try that. Yet.

              (c) WFT Server, where the 5D Camera acts as a web server, and you access it via your computer's (or iPhones!) Web Browser. You can specify a manual IP address (and port number) for the WFT, or it can use DHCP from your router (192.168.1.x), and you specify a username and password you want to use via the camera's interface, and then type that address, port and credentials into your web browser to access the WFT's built-in Web-Server. It's a relatively simple interface, but functional and utilitarian. Worth noting that Java is required to use the 'fancy' real-time interface where you can change camera settings remotely and use Live-View (on your computer screen) and remotely activate the shutter release and control manual focus (Cool!). However, since the iPhone does not support Java, you have to use the 'simple' interface when using iPhone Safari browser, so no real-time remote camera control from the iPhone. :( However, both the iPhone and Computer browsers can drill down to the CF or SD picture directories to browse pictures, and you can download images, one at a time (which is my preference anyway). When downloading to my computer, they transferred as full-size images. When downloading to my iPhone, the images transferred as 3294 pixels x ??? Hard to tell on an iPhone.

              (d) Media Server, where you can view camera images on a DLNA-compatible TV or other device. I did not try that. Yet.

              (e) Linked Shooting, where you can wirelessly trigger shooting by slave cameras linked to a master camera. I did not try that. I should be so lucky as to own more than ONE DSLR! Cool concept though...I wonder if that's the style they used to film the Slow-motion Bullet sequence in "The Matrix".

              I only used the WFT to transfer pictures...I did not try movies. There was something in the manual about movie transfer only being allowed in certain modes...I didn't pay close attention.

              Ok, now back to wireless Ad-Hoc mode. So the previous transfers were all done through my home Wi-Fi Router, and all worked great. I want the capability to shoot a picture out in the middle of a field (with no Wi-Fi Router in sight) and then transfer the pic to my phone so I can e-mail it out right away. The Eye-Fi SD card seems to work fairly well for that, for a fraction of the price, although it seems to have to transfer ALL pictures to your phone--you cannot (that I've found...) pick-and-choose which photos transfer to your phone when using the Eye-Fi Card. Not so with the WFT, and that's a good thing (for me.). Place the WFT in Ad-Hoc mode, and connect your phone to the auto-generated IP address (169.254.x.x) and port number (80 by default, but you can set yourself if desired), dismiss the warning about unsupported Java, select 'simple' interface, and boom, you're in. Select which memory card you want to access (CF or SD), then drill down the directories to your photo(s) and download the ones you want and save to your camera roll. Excellent!

              If you have a mobile PC or iPad with tons of memory that handle downloading each and every photo that you take, an Eye-Fi SD card may not be a bad way to go...it's certainly easy and inexpensive, although Class 6 speed will slightly limit your Mark III's rapid-fire capability, and I've had a few frustrating times where the Eye-Fi card has dropped connection for no obvious reason, but otherwise, the Eye-Fi is a very good option and impressive.

              If you want finer control, and a lot more transfer options, hopefully better connection reliability, and don't mind an external box and a LOT more $$$, the WFT-E7 is a good option.

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              3.0

              Works but is clunky

              By sambo

              from Louisville, KY

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Bulky
              • Poor Design

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon WFT-E7A Wireless File Transmitter:

                I am a little surprised that this was designed by Canon. I bought this to attach to a 5D Mk3 and it does work, but it really a poor design. I was under the assumption that it would look like it belongs on the camera. But, it does not fit cleanly, it definitely looks like an add on. Also, even though it is not a deal-breaker, but there is not a built-in connection to the camera, you have to run an external cable from the transmitter to the camera. So not only is it big and bulky looking, it has wires running from it to the camera. It is just not the quality that I expect from Canon.

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                5.0

                I would buy this product again

                By Sam

                from Saudi Arabia, Jeddah

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Studio

                  Comments about Canon WFT-E7A Wireless File Transmitter:

                  Easy to use and to connect with other device

                  The transmitt speed from the camera to PC is not bad

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                  1.0

                  Tremendously Disappointing

                  By PGA

                  from Silicon Valley

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Bulky
                    • Not Functional
                    • Poor Design

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon WFT-E7A Wireless File Transmitter:

                      Moving from a 5D Mark II and WFT-E4 II to a 5D Mark III and WFT-E7, I was looking forward to adding the 802.11n WiFi capability. But the WFT-E7 is larger and boxier than it looks in the picture, and doesn't fit the 5D's form factor when mounted under the camera body. Bad shape and bad alignment. But much worse, the shutter release and all the controls I had on the WFT-E4 for shooting in a vertical orientation are gone. I thought of using the WFT-E7 with a battery grip to address this, but if the new BG-E11 battery grip (if they're ever available) has a similar form factor to the BG-E6, the WFT-E7 will block the shutter release, and I don't know if the not-really-10" cable will even reach when the WFT-E7 is mounted on the bottom of the battery grip. This really looks like it was designed only to be used with the longer cable and the WFT-E7 in its belt holster -- so why not orient the holster/loop (or leave a slit in the end of the holster) so it could also be attached to a camera strap? A much better location and one that would allow using the shorter cable. Plus, the cables look like they should be standard USB cables, but the WFT-E7 end has a slightly different shape and different color plastic insert. Unclear why, since it doesn't prevent you from plugging either end of the cable into either port (or plugging in a standard USB cable for that matter), but it does look like it's designed to make you use a Canon cable rather than a USB cable having a length that would better match how you're using the unit. The manual just refers to them as "interface cables" and says you can only use the included cables. (Are spares/replacements available for separate purchase?) All in all, a very disappointing product. Has me rethinking whether the 5D Mark III was a good idea, or if going back to the Mark II would be better.

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