There are some advantages to transferring photos directly from your EOS 40D to a computer. The destination computer doesn't need to have a card reader; all it requires is a USB port. So, if you have the USB cable that came with your camera, you can transfer photos to any computer that has the Canon utility software (discussed later) installed. However, direct transfer uses your 40D's internal battery power, while removing the card and transferring the photos with a card reader installed on the destination computer does not.
You can select which images are transferred to the computer, or transfer all the images, both RAW and JPEG, that are on the Compact Flash card. Canon gives you two different methods, one using the camera to direct the transfer process (I call this Direct-Direct Transfer), and one using both the camera and software on your computer to manage the transfer (I call this Indirect-Direct Transfer—for no good reason). Both methods require that you install the software furnished with the EOS 40D, including the EOS Utility and Digital Photo Professional. The CD bundled with your camera has versions of each for both Macintosh and Windows.
With this option, you don't have to fiddle with the software on your computer. The camera does all the work (so don't look for options on your computer!). You lose the ability to customize your transfer (say, to rename the files as they are deposited on your computer), but the process is fast and easy. Just follow these steps:
1. Connect the USB cable to the DIGITAL terminal on the left side of the EOS 40D (under the rubber cover), and plug the other end into a USB port on the destination computer (which you have cleverly turned on in anticipation of this transfer).
2. Turn the EOS 40D on. The Direct Transfer screen shown in Figure 8.10 will appear on the camera's LCD screen.
All images New images Transfer order images Select & transfer Wallpaper
You can transfer images directly from your camera to the computer using the EOS 40D as the controller.
3. Choose one of these options:
■ All Images to transfer all images on the Compact Flash card.
■ New Images to transfer only images that haven't already been transferred.
■ Transfer Order Images to transfer images that have already been marked as described in the next section.
■ Select and Transfer if you'd like to choose specific images to be transferred (This option is not selectable until you've marked at least some images for transfer, as described in the next section).
■ Wallpaper to create a copy of an image that can be used as wallpaper on the desktop of your computer.
4. Press Set or the Print/Share button (which will be illuminated with a blue
LED) to start the transfer.
5. Press the Menu button when finished to exit.
Your photos will be transferred automatically, and Digital Photo Professional will open to display thumbnails of the images.
You can also use a combination of camera selections and the EOS Utility software included with your camera to transfer photos. This option allows you to choose which images to transfer, and to apply various preferences to the process, such as renaming the files to reflect their content.
Follow these steps to transfer your photos using this method:
1. Press the Menu button and jump/scroll to the Transfer order selection in the Playback menu. Press Set. You'll see a screen like the one in Figure 8.11.
Choose to copy a transfer order of selected images, or all images.
2. Turn the Quick Control Dial to select either All image (if you want to transfer every image) or Sel. Image (if you want to transfer the selected images). Press Set.
3a. If you've chosen All image, choose Mark All and press Set, then press the Menu button to exit this selection screen and store your choice to the Compact Flash card. Continue with Step 4.
Qty. of images
3b. If you've selected Sel. Image, the transfer image selection screen appears. Use the Quick Control Dial to scroll through the available images. Press the Thumbnail/Zoom Out button to toggle between a three-image and singleimage view. When an image you want to transfer is highlighted, press the Set button to add a checkmark to the box in the upper-left corner of the image. If you change your mind, press Set again to unmark the image. Choose all the images you want to transfer, and press Menu to exit this selection screen, and Menu again to store your choices on the Compact Flash card.
4. Connect the USB cable to the DIGITAL terminal on the left side of the EOS 40D (under the rubber cover) and plug the other end into a USB port on the destination computer.
5. Turn on the EOS 40D. The EOS Utility will appear, ready to download your photos. (If you have another program installed that also has a transfer utility, such as Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0's Photo Downloader, it may pop up as well. Close that window if you want to use the EOS Utility.)
6. Use the controls within the EOS Utility to activate the transfer process.
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