I have been using the Manfrotto Digital Director for the Apple iPad Air 2 for the last three months and have found it to be an invaluable tool in my workflow. I primarily shoot macro images and had been somewhat frustrated trying to control shots using the LCD on my camera as well as by tethering to my laptop.
The limitations of a camera-back LCD become obvious once you start shooting with Digital Director. It allows me to control virtually every function of the camera, including dynamically changing the point of focus. In addition, it uses focus peaking technology, thus permitting acquisition of images with maximal sharpness. This feature allows for capture of detail of flower elements and other biological specimens such as insects. This is a macro photographer’s dream.
The device is lightweight and highly portable; it can run when plugged into an outlet or with batteries for field use. At home, I secure it to a tabletop setup. In the field, I secure it to the tripod leg, which has worked terrifically well.
Digital Director is also a wonderful tool for those who shoot video. The live view, large screen provides the ability to capture the scenes in real time in a remote manner. The user interface is intuitive and well laid out. I have had a noticeable improvement in the quality of my images. The Manfrotto Digital Director is well worth the cost and provides features not found on any other device.