I'm curious about the GPS concept. It sounds like a cool gadget to add on. But if it is off camera with a cord going between the two, what's the point? I envision a big camera with a vertical grip, SB-800 and a cord going from the camera to a pocket in your shirt or pants where you keep your GPS reciever. It just seems too cumbersome.
Maybe I'm missing something. Is there some way to attach a GPS reciever to the camera? Or perhaps communicate your GPS coordinants wirelessly through your computer to the WT-3? Does anyone else have a better picture of how all this works?
>I'm curious about the GPS concept. It sounds like a cool >gadget to add on. But if it is off camera with a cord going >between the two, what's the point? I envision a big camera >with a vertical grip, SB-800 and a cord going from the >camera to a pocket in your shirt or pants where you keep >your GPS reciever. It just seems too cumbersome. >
Pity there isn't a Bluetooth interface for this sort of thing. (Not sure how much extra weight that would add to the base camera, though.)
>>A GPS unit with hotshoe mounting might be an answer?!
But you then lose the ability to shoot with flash. Bluetooth or through the WT-3 sounds like a better alternative. Or even scrap the idea as an add on and build a GPS reciever directly into the camera body. Most nextel phones have them built in and the cost and weight differnce is negligable compared to similar phones. If we're already paying $1,700 for a camera, what's an extra $40 for a built in GPS reciever. The cord to connect an external GPS reciever probably costs more than a built in reciever would cost.
The D2x has the same ability. Does it not? Perhaps someone with experience with that camera could relay their experiences with GPS funcionality.
Yes, the D2x already has the ability to connect to a GPS (presumably so does the D2Hs)
I use a Garmin Gecko 301 GPS. It's very tiny, powered from two AAA batteries and while it doesn't have any onscreen maps it does have both a barometric sensor and a electronic compass which makes it much more suitable for my purposes. The compass feature is great because it removes one of the biggest pains about GPS units - the normal GPS only shows you direction of travel not the direction you are facing. Withn the Gecko 301 anytime your ground speed drops below a set level the compass swaps to from direction of travel to direction of facing.
Connecting up to the D2x is via the same cable intended for the D200. Between the Nikon cable and the Garmin cable they cost as much as the GPS unit and also more than double the weight of carrying the GPS. I would be all for a bluetooth solution to remove all the darned cabling. Given the weight of the WT2 though on the D2x I wouldn't be so happy about using that as a solution and I doubt that the D200's WT3 will be any lighter either. The GPS connection doesn't need the range of the WT units so a low power bluetooth soluution would be much more preferable.
Connecting up the GPS unit to the camera is a snap. Just ensure that the GPS is set to transmit NMEA data and then plug everything together. The D2x shows a flashing GPS symbol in the top LCD display when the GPS is searching for satellites and then the GPS symbol turns steady when the GPS locks in. When a photo is taken using a GPS the GPS data is shown as a third data sheet on the playback screens after reviewing the two normal shooting data sheets.
Thats a great idea, all we need is a old hot shoe and some J B weld, it will hold anything!! I have a 45000 acre front yard, and have been thinking about GPS for a while, the leaves are my only problem. Tom