gear question!

is there a way to connect a Nikon Df so that it sends what it sees to an ipad.

it could be each photo taken, or ideally video feed before the photo is taken.

i don't care if its wireless, i've tried WU-1a adapter and it's absolute garbage (slow buggy). so thinking a wired connection could be a lot more usable.


as per the answer i tried a few things..

didn't work:

  • cable tethered to ios device (supposedly works with Lightroom on a laptop, but i couldn't find any software that works with iOS devices)
  • using tether tools case air (not compatible with nikon df)


  • cam ranger mini
  • How techie are you? Would you be interested in solutions which involve plugging a Raspberry Pi into the camera and configuring a bunch of stuff? What about solutions which involve a bit of programming? – Peter Taylor Jan 4 '19 at 8:24
  • @PeterTaylor i am a software engineer, but don't see how Raspberry Pi factors into this solution :) – Sonic Soul Jan 4 '19 at 15:48
  • My solution for my Nikon D40 was to set up an RPi with a wifi daemon and web daemon and connect phone/tablet to RPi by HTTP over wifi and RPi to camera by USB. Much cheaper than any third party hardware, but not as pretty and a bit more work to set up. – Peter Taylor Jan 4 '19 at 17:56
  • @PeterTaylor and it sounds like you can only use this solution at home.. i need something to work while shooting in the field .. impressive technological feat though!!! – Sonic Soul Jan 7 '19 at 21:01
  • I used it in the field with a small external battery, but I admit the "mount" was rather ad hoc: a small velcro pouch hanging off the strap. – Peter Taylor Jan 7 '19 at 22:57

What you're asking about is called tethering, whether it's wired or wireless.

I own and use a CamRanger to wirelessly control, view, and preview images from my Nikon DSLR on my iOS and Mac devices.

Alternately, TetherTools has a bunch of resources for controlling particular cameras wired and/or wirelessly, using a bunch of different host computer software, and mobile devices: Tethertools.com resources for Nikon Df.

  • this is great thanks! are you able to control your camera from the device? that would be a big bonus! – Sonic Soul Dec 9 '18 at 19:27
  • Yes. Can select focus points, set exposure (shutter speed, aperture, ISO), picture mode settings, picture quality (jpeg, RAW), white balance, ... most things you would normally do. You can use it as an intervalometer, or for bracketing as well. – scottbb Dec 9 '18 at 19:29
  • hmm the tethertools appears to be trying to sell me a cable for $100 as "tethering starter kit" :) – Sonic Soul Dec 9 '18 at 19:33
  • I find Tethertools to be more useful as an information resource, rather than a shopping resource. =) – scottbb Dec 9 '18 at 19:33
  • i got the cable from TetherTools, but it doesn't look like there is a way to control the camera with a ios device wired via cable :( – Sonic Soul Dec 27 '18 at 16:00

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