When attempting to start tethered capture, all I get is “Detecting Camera” spinning forever...
> Restarted the computer and camera.
> Relaunched Lightroom multiple times.
> Turned off power over USB in Z6 Mark II camera menu.
> Tried multiple USB cables and ports on the computer. Not using a USB hub or switch. > The System Information app does see each camera on the USB 3.1 bus so I know the cables that I tried are communicating data. > Deleted LR preferences. > Set up another user admin account on my computer and attempted tethering from that account.
I gave tethering a try recently with my D500. I could only get the connection to work with the Tether Tools cable designed specifically for tethering. USB 3.1 cables from my card readers would not work at all. MBP M1 Max, LrC 11.1. I could also tether fine with the Tether Tools cable on my 2015 and 2019 MBPs.
But I had disabled power over USB in the Z6 menu; the USB connection was not powering the camera, but rather the internal battery was. Also, can't USB-C/Thunderbolt carry power and data simultaneously anyway?
This MacBook Pro has four USB-C/Thunderbolt ports. I thought perhaps some ports carry more juice than others, but tethering now works on the three ports I tested (with AC going into the fourth port).
This whole tethering saga has been weird AF. I've been doing this photography thing for 30 years, and digital since 2012. I know whole families of gremlins live in cameras, computers, software, and peripherals... but I have been totally flummoxed by this. My experience with tethering to LR does not inspire confidence, but in what, I'm not sure. USB? Nikon? Adobe? Apple? At any rate, tethering seems to work now, and *seems* to be stable. Time will tell.