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Canon WFT-E2A Wireless File Transmitter

by Canon
3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Wirelessly transfer images via 802.11 B or G
  • Range of up to 150 feet
  • USB and Ethernet compatible; connect to third-party GPS device
  • Dust-and water-resistant
  • Compatible with the Canon EOS Mark III camera
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Technical Details


Product Description

Product Description

Canon's second-generation Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2A incorporates a number of significant new features into a robust, camera-powered system to make wireless transfer faster, simpler and less cumbersome than ever. The WFT-E2A is small device that attaches to the side of the EOS-1D Mark III, transfers images wirelessly through either 802.11B or G has USB and Ethernet connections, as well as a more powerful antenna, capable of transmitting up to 150 feet from the computer, or an accessory router & access point receiver. It can connect to a third-party GPS device via USB generating GPS information in the image's EXIF data. You can plug a compatible USB v.2.0 hard drive into the transmitter's USB port, and actually shoot directly to a large portable hard drive. Integrated 0.3MP webcam and Digital microphone NVIDIA ION2 Graphics (next generation) Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n Wireless Bluetooth 3.0 10/100Mbps LAN Hi-Definition Audio Stereo Speaker Card Reader Connections - 3 x USB 2.0, 1 x VGA Port, Headphone, Microphone, RJ-45 (LAN), HDMI Approximate Unit Dimensions - 10.31 (W) x 7.01 (D) x 1.02 ~1.44 (H) inches Approximate Unit Weight - 2.8 pounds

From the Manufacturer

Canon’s second-generation Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2A incorporates a number of significant new features into a robust, camera-powered system to make wireless transfer faster, simpler and less cumbersome than ever. WFT-E2A is smaller, attaches to the side of the EOS-1D Mark III, transfers images wirelessly through either 802.11 B or G, has USB and Ethernet connections for situations where wireless access is limited, as well as a more powerful antenna, capable of transmission up to 150 feet from the computer, or an accessory router/access point receiver. It can connect to a third-party GPS device via USB; generating GPS information in the image’s EXIF data. Or, you can plug a compatible USB v.2.0 hard drive into the transmitter’s USB port, and actually shoot directly to a large portable hard drive. Dust- and water-resistance are also matched with the EOS-1D Mark III body. (Note: the previous WFT-E1A Wireless Transmitter unit is not compatible with the EOS-1D Mark III camera.)

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • ASIN: B000NP1GV4
  • Item model number: 1902B002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

The WFT-E2A Review:

I have been using this product for about a year before I finally wrote this review. I try not to jump the gun before I post a review. If there are issues, I want to give tech support plenty of time to get new firmware updates out etc.

One of the main reasons I purchased this device was it's initial advertisement of working with jump drives or a portable self powered hard drive are not true. Since the product has come out, the online literature has changed. You can check out Chuck Westfall talking about this product at [...] . At the 5:00 minute mark, he talks about all the stuff you can backup to. Well this isn't what is delivered to the door. The only thing the USB connection will work with is a USB hard drive that is powered by an AC adapter. So if you have a self powered USB drive like the Epson 2000, Wolverine ESP products, it just doesn't work.

I found an article at [...] and they tested a preproduction version of this product and it worked with numerous devices that do not work on the finished product.

The other issue that is big is it will not auto focus a shot when you are shooting remotely. So if your camera is outside (on your deck) and you are inside (at the computer facing your camera that is on your deck) you are really hoping that bird will land just at the right spot or you have an out of focus shot. I now shot with the Canon TC80N3 and a 33 foot extension in combination with the WFT-E2A. I can remotely change settings on the camera with the WFT-E2A, and take the picture with the Canon TC80N3. I could have also got a USB hub and long USB cable and accomplished the same thing and saved $[...]s.

I do like this product when it is hooked up to the telescope though.
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Canon is a great camera company. I have had all of the 1Ds versions and many of the small Power Shots. I have eight computers on a LAN with several video cameras and a NAS which I have set up and configured without any problems but the setup for this thing is a confusing and ambiguous pain in the neck and in this day and age it should be simple, painless and highly reliable; actually, it should set itself up with a minimum of input from the user; just like Apple's computers and other network equipment.

And once you set it up it is very, very, very slow with raw files even if you have a fast network.

As one of the other reviewers wisely said, be sure that you know that you really need this device before you buy it. If you don't have a pretty compelling wireless requirement you are just not going to use it.
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This is a great add-on to any Mark 3. I have a 1d M3 and jut got my 1Ds M3 yesterday. I have had my WFT-E2a for a few months and its great. Wonderful if you do a lot of shooting or might need to put a camera in a place where you cant stand behind it to take the photos.

You can remotely control your camera to take shots, ie Live View on major Steriods. Also allows the use of external usb devices, like nice large hard drives that can be hooked to the camera for direct download of the image. You can also have the camera send the image wirelessly to a computer or laptop, so if you are doing a lot of shooting, like at a sporting event, its a great way to send your files so they can be sorted and reviewed by an assistant and uploaded or stored or ..??? Sometimes here in Alaska, in the winter you will be shooting at -50 degrees, and after standing in it for a while you go numb. with this transmitter you can be in a warmer room and control the camera remotely!!! No more frost bite or being bait for predators... :) Great for remote Macro or other wildlife shooting also!!! Or if you need to mount your camera to a tree for a shot or on a rock cliff or such, now you can still safely control it!

The price was at $1,000 originally, and now for under $800 its a deal! If you you have a valid reason to be shooting with a Mark 3 body, then you should have this in your bag. Nikon owners are all drooling over this unit because Canon is a huge step head for there pro grade shooters.

I will warn you the set up can be a pain at first. There is some very helpful info online to make it easier, like at the pixel-shooter website.

I bet you will see a ton of these over the next few months at all major sporting events!!!!!

I have used mine to capture some of the images on my website and in my photo gallery online.
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Although the product performed as advertised in the ethernet specification, the website (and Canon's) description failed to note that only EXTERNALLY powered disk drives may be used as a USB storage device. The pocket drives (powered by USB cable) sold by Amazon will not work, so the device is useless for external storage, unless tethered to an AC outlet - or you have a battery-powered drive (such as an image data bank, E.G. Epson 2000/4000). Also, once either the camera or the storage device 'times out', then you have to re-sync and connect them when you power back on before you can start shooting again (camera will default back to memory card at time-out) - no time for that in sports!
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