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dgs2 Silver Member Nikonian since 30th Sep 2004Sun 07-Oct-12 05:30 PM
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"Best GPS Geotagging Accessory??"


San Francisco, US
          

I'm aware Nikon makes one, but that there are also a number of other options. I'd appreciate feedback on the best one for D7000 and D 800. Not sure where to post this, so I'm posting in D 7000 and D 800 forums.

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>I'm aware Nikon makes one, but that there are also a number
>of other options. I'd appreciate feedback on the best one for
>D7000 and D 800. Not sure where to post this, so I'm posting
>in D 7000 and D 800 forums.

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jrp Administrator JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources Charter MemberMon 08-Oct-12 08:01 AM
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#2. "RE: Best GPS Geotagging Accessory??"
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Before choosing products for the Photo Pro Shop we test extensively and most offerings in the market, check feedback from customers and non-paid reviews.
In the case of GPS receivers, Solmeta and Foolography are at the top, considering features, ease of use, precision, reliability and value.
Although we always continue to evaluate new products in the market after our selection, so far no new products match the characteristics set of those two brands.
Furthermore, they listen to our suggestions for further improvement and more frequently than not they implement them. The Solmeta N3 and Pro 2 are good examples of that.

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dgs2 Silver Member Nikonian since 30th Sep 2004Mon 08-Oct-12 11:23 PM
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Thanks JRP. Very useful information.

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#4. "RE: Best GPS Geotagging Accessory??"
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San Francisco, US
          

>Before choosing products for the Photo Pro Shop we test
>extensively and most offerings in the market, check feedback
>from customers and non-paid reviews.
>In the case of GPS receivers, Solmeta and Foolography are at
>the top, considering features, ease of use, precision,
>reliability and value.

I purchasred a Solmeta N1 Geotagger from the Pro Shop and it
worked flawlessly for about six months, then died. After several
attempts to contact Solmeta via emial, I contacted the Pro Shop
to see if they could help expedite matters. A week later I received
a polite email from Solmeta in China informing me I would need
to send the unit to them in China for repair. At that point I could
not shake the feeling I'd be sending good money after bad;
bottom line for me in this case - I'm not willing to deal with a
company that has no "local" presence.

John Kirkpatrick

  

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jrp Administrator JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources Charter MemberTue 09-Oct-12 07:28 PM
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#7. "RE: Best GPS Geotagging Accessory??"
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John, sorry for your loss.
Since then we now have from SOLMETA a two years warranty against materials or manufacturing defects and are allowed to simply exchange a defective unit for a new one at no charge.
We likely used your case as one of the very few we had to present the need for the warranty to be exercised at the shop level.

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#8. "RE: Best GPS Geotagging Accessory??"
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Dear JRP,

I've been investigating the N3 for my D7000. I'm using a RRS L Plate on the D7000. Since the unit plugs in on the side of the D7000, I'm wondering if this would require disconnecting the plug if I wanted to place the camera on a tripod in portrait view? I'm hopeful the cord may fit around the L plate, but I hope someone has actual hands-on experience.

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#11. "RE: Best GPS Geotagging Accessory??"
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San Pedro Garza García, MX
          

I don't have a D7000 at hand to try it.
The L-Bracket should have a little room to move it, allowing for the cable to fit from a side.
But I can't tell you for sure if that's possible.
Worst comes to worst you disconnect it and leave the GPS in sleep move.
So it will "remember" where were you as you soon as it replugs.

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#16. "RE: Best GPS Geotagging Accessory??"
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>I don't have a D7000 at hand to try it.
>The L-Bracket should have a little room to move it, allowing
>for the cable to fit from a side.
>But I can't tell you for sure if that's possible.
>Worst comes to worst you disconnect it and leave the GPS in
>sleep move.
>So it will "remember" where were you as you soon as
>it replugs.


I have the Solmeta and use a RRS L-Bracket and that's exactly what I do. The plate allows the bolt to slide a bit and there's enough room between the plate and the camera body when slid over for the cord to fit and stay plugged in. Leaves a little gap - but it's still rock solid.

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nihonbashi Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Sep 2002Mon 05-Aug-13 02:38 AM
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A quick question. Is the Solmeta Pro 2, and cable F for the D7000, also compatible with the D7100?

  

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Ithaca, US
          

>A quick question. Is the Solmeta Pro 2, and cable F for the
>D7000, also compatible with the D7100?
>


According to the Solmeta website, it is compatible with the D7100.

http://www.solmeta.com/Product/show/id/14

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#21. "RE: Best GPS Geotagging Accessory??"
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Jamison, US
          

>A quick question. Is the Solmeta Pro 2, and cable F for the
>D7000, also compatible with the D7100?
>
It is

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#5. "RE: Best GPS Geotagging Accessory??"
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Perhaps not relevant here, but there is also a "free" software solution if you already have a hand held GPS device. That is robogeo which, if the clock on your camera and GPS device are synced, then the software will geocode the pictures by the time stamp.

Maybe useful for those who only need this option occasionally.


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cosmicfires Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Nov 2011Tue 09-Oct-12 06:19 PM
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#6. "RE: Best GPS Geotagging Accessory??"
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Apple Aperature has a feature to geotag photos from a gps track, I've used it with my Garmin GPS.

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michalaase Gold Member Nikonian since 08th Apr 2011Wed 10-Oct-12 06:38 AM
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Wed 10-Oct-12 06:43 AM by michalaase

Karasjok, NO
          

I'm not that experienced with geotaggers (I currently own the Nikon GP-1 and the Solmeta Pro 2), but for me the Solmeta Pro 2 is the unit of choise.
It locks much faster than the GP-1, it has it's own battery, it also records direction, and has a lot of other nice features as well.

I must say I'm very pleased with Solmeta ! - both with the unit and also with their excellent service.
A week ago I received an personal email from them (Solmeta) offering HARDWARE upgrade of my Pro 2, free of charge, to firmware version 2.
I love this! … they actually has recorded which unit I own and which firmware it contains, and are now offering upgrades to my unit according to its current "status". NICE !!

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#10. "RE: Best GPS Geotagging Accessory??"
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San Francisco, US
          

Thanks for the mini review. It seems like the one to get, if for no other reason than the cord is not hard wired. A cord costs $12, so if you change from, say, a D7000 to a D800, you just buy a $12 cord instead of a new unit.

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jrp Administrator JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources Charter MemberThu 11-Oct-12 02:54 AM
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#12. "RE: Best GPS Geotagging Accessory??"
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That is correct. And the reason why we suggested that.

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#13. "RE: Best GPS Geotagging Accessory??"
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Burke, US
          

dgs, I've used a Solmeta GeoTagger Pro for about 18 months. It is a very nice GPS accessory. It syncs up so quickly that it makes me think why can't other GPS units work this well. I leave it and the camera on all day and it is always ready and accurate. From a "cold" start, it is always sync'd up in 30 seconds.

Another advantage with this unit is the bearing data which shows which direction you are facing when the photo was taken. Very useful for identifying distant mountains in some of my Shenandoah and Great Smokey Mountain National Parks shots. Combined with focal length in View NX2, the indicator shows not only the direction, but the angle of view, also. Quite handy.

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jamtins Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd May 2011Mon 15-Oct-12 09:44 AM
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#14. "RE: Best GPS Geotagging Accessory??"
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Meadow Heights, AU
          

The amount of money I've spent on 'cheap' units and loggers, could well have been used to get me a real unit and the Solmeta seems to meet my needs. I am holding off so I can buy the one with the digital readout. Do I need it probably not.

But hey half of the fun of this is being able to work with the data.

Cheap ones work, better ones are going to be used. Avoid the ones that draw the power from the camera battery, unless you've a good supply of batteries on hand.

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#15. "RE: Best GPS Geotagging Accessory??"
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Santa Fe, US
          

I have a Solmeta N2 which I use on my D7000. I ordered it directly from China since the Pro Shop here was out, and I needed the unit for an upcoming trip. It arrived quickly and in fine shape.
Works great - really nothing more to say.

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#19. "RE: Best GPS Geotagging Accessory??"
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Barcelona, ES
          

I think that best GPS you can get is your phone with an adapter.

There is an infrared adapter and the video says that it can also get GPS data on the camera but had not tested it by myself:

http://cgi.ebay.es/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=111122612032

This is the programa for IOS

http://www.dslrbot.com/

This one works very nicelly:

Zesty ZGR-2b, you can get it at http://zesty.co.jp

  

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#20. "RE: Best GPS Geotagging Accessory??"
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Jamison, US
          

Those don't work well at all, toooooo many moving parts

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mad_benny Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Apr 2011Thu 08-Aug-13 08:31 AM
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#22. "RE: Best GPS Geotagging Accessory??"
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Ringwood, AU
          

I bought a Micronova DSLR Camera GPS from Adorama a few years back. It has cables that suit both my Nikon D700 and D7000. It sits on the hot shoe and is quite easy to use. From memory is was quite cheap as well.


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