I bought a used Canon 1D Mark!! a while ago and has ever since been struggling to find a way to erase the first owners name in the EXIF data without using Firewire which seems to be pretty much impossible.
I have access to several different laptops and computers, none of which are ancient enough to have Firewire, and using an adapter obviously is not working according to everyone I have spoken to.
I could, and have pulled my hair and tweaked my brain endlessly to understand why Canon can not come up with an easier solution than the combination of EOS Utility and Firewire. One of these adviced me to bring a computer in, pay up the bucks for upgrading it with a Firewirecard and be all set, but there must be an easier way.
Can I please get some tips, a how-to advice, or do I simply have to contact a local Canon center in order to have this done by submitting the actual camera? Can't I do this myself somehow?
I have of course Lightroom 5, PS and the works and yes, in LR 5 I can do this on each separate photo, but I want it changed on the camera itself otherwise I just might get rid of it.
From many years on several forums the only way I've ever read about requires FIREWIRE. The reasoning was that it was a faster way to transfer info between the camera & computer when the camera was put into production. I know that Windows XP can still work with a Firewire card but don't know the last MAC OS that will. There are several other functions which get set using the firewire connection.
I have no problem finding a computer using XP and yes, of course going through the process of installing a Firewire card is doable.
Some how though it seems so far fetched and a pretty heavy process in order to simply have your own name on your own work.
On the other hand the 1D Mark II is heavy itself too, and not the smoothest to work with in any shape or form.
Thank you so much for your reply, I think I'll simply continue and work a preset out in LR...Mayhaps...
"I bought a used Canon 1D Mark!!"
What camera did you buy? A 1D or a 1D Mk II ?
The reason they used Firewire back then was, it was way faster than the flakey USB. If you have a Mk II, you know it has a USB port. So I guess this pretains to a original 1D.
In either case I know of no way to do this. As a matter of fact I never heard of, or knew you could put "Author" or "Copyroght" info into a 1D or a 1D Mk II. It is easy with a 1D Mk III.
BTW, Unless you have a 32-bit machine, I bet you can't get Firewire to work at all.
Here is one of my files in PS. You can see the info is blank.
Here is a screen shot of PhotoMe.
You must think I am dumb as a box of rocks but where do you change or put a "Author" or copyright data in.
Most of what you show above can be done on the camera back. There is no need of a Firewire.
I guess I need to try and find the original disk and reload the software. When I updated Canon's software and they no longer supported the older cameras, I just use a card reader. But I never put my name in the camera and nothing shows up in the EXIF.
So are you saying you can't use the USB cable to do this? As I have no idea where my Firewire is even if I had a place on the computer to plug it in! Man this is going back nearly 10 years.
NO I don't think that & it's been a VERY long time since I last used any of it. I think it's in the Camera Window instructions of the era rather than in the manual but NO you can't do it with the camera or USB cable. As stupid as it was the USB was for Direct Print (going from memory on that). Here are some fresh screen grabs from my 1Ds2 using the Firewire cable which opened the older (no idea what version) software. I really didn't even know if it was still on my desktop. I have messed with my Authors name because it also has my email info & I sure don't need all the spam.
You can edit (or set) the Custom Functions on the camera but not the Personal Functions.
I've dug out the SOFTWARE manual which says it's for the 1D, 1Ds, 1D Mark ll & 1Ds Mark ll and there wasn't a change to the 1D2n it will also apply. It clearly states that you must use a "dedicated IEEE 1394 cable to communicate with the camera, both for downloads & to access / change specific functions. .