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Cables Matter! What to look for in a tethering solution

Tethering is essential to any photographer’s or videographer’s workflow. There are many USB cables out there, so why does it matter what brand you choose? For starters, there is more technology involved than we think so choosing the right cable for the job is important. To tether your camera to your computer/ device while working freely at a distance, you need a cable that’s up to some serious data transfer demands. It needs to be tough, protected, and able to withstand the wear and tear of processing high volumes of work at fast speeds, and withstand being dragged around studio floors all day.  If you shoot tethered for clients, you’ll want to invest in a quality cable. Tether Tools is well known for its variety of products that make tethering easier and safer for your equipment. Their TetherPro cables were specifically designed with photographers and image transfer speeds in mind. You can notice the difference between a Tether Tools TetherPro USB Cable and your standard cable immediately. From the bright colouring to the thick diameter and reinforced connectors, you can tell these cables are made for the serious demands of daily use. Let’s take a closer look at what sets Tether Tools cables apart from the rest:

Tether Tools’ high-visibility orange TetherPro USB cables are undoubtedly kings of tethered photography, and are the only choice of professional photographers and videographers everywhere. You’ll recognise the trademark bright orange on professional sets around the world. You may find cheaper cables out there, but given the importance of tethered workflow, why compromise? TetherPro cables are constructed to the highest possible USB specifications and incorporate all of the latest technology ensuring consistent and reliable conductivity, and the fastest and most reliable transfers.

High-Visibility Orange Colour

While most of TetherPro cables also come in black, we recommend the orange and it’s not just about looks. The bright orange colour ensures cables can be seen throughout the studio, during on-location shoots, and also makes it super easy to find in your gear bag. With multiple people (models, photographer, makeup artist, stylist, clients, and assistants) all on a shoot, it’s inevitable someone will not see and trip over a cable in a sea of silver and black photography equipment positioned on set.

TetherPro high-visibility cables bring attention to the cable and avoid accidents. With the cable attached to expensive camera and computer equipment, avoiding accidents can save thousands in damages.

Increased Insulation

A cable’s weight and quality are also essential. Take a look at the photo above. The TetherPro Cables are thicker than your average cable. The reason is the increased insulation – notice the thickness of the coloured part around the copper wire as well as the increased white insulation between the coloured wires. This provides two benefits.

First, this added insulation provides extra protection to the stranded copper wire that transmit the signals from your camera to your computer. In other words, it stands up better to kinks, knots, and people stepping on your cable. Call it added insurance. Your cable will be dragged around the studio floor as you shoot so you need a cable where it’s exterior and connectors are tough, well insulated and protected.

Second, it provides greater shielding on the wires itself to prevent signal interference or noise in the transmission.

Constructed to the Highest Possible Standards

Many manufactures are able to make and sell cables cheaply by hitting the minimum required specifications for a cable. The TetherPro Cables are designed to the highest spec possible for that particular cable and connection. What that means is if the spec calls for a Ferrite Bead (that round part found at the end of some cables) or gold-plated connectors, then you can rest assured that the TetherPro cable has it.

Lengths Specific to the Photographer’s Needs

With years of industry research and experience, Tether Tools has found that one of the best ways to protect a cable and make it work to its fullest potential is to provide the appropriate length for the job.  once you hit a certain length, the data transfer can become slow and unreliable. Technical issues including a dropped tethered connection are incredibly frustrating, especially with clients on set. This is why Tether Tools cables do not come in over 4.6m but rather provide you with the option of active extensions to ensure reliability and stability every time you shoot. TetherPro USB Active Extension Cables allow you to shoot tethered up to 20m without worrying about signal errors or corrupt data transfers.

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