I'm sure this will be moved but I could not find a forum relating to GPS devices, and I am using it with my D800E. It is the new Solmeta Geotagger Pro 2. I have it set to "Auto" which I believe enables it to turn on and off with the camera. But mine does not. I emailed the company and received the same instructions as in the manual, which I have followed several times.
Does anyone use one of these? Any thoughts?
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I have the Geotagger Pro 2 which I received a couple of days ago. When set to auto, it works as the manual describes when used on my D300s. That is, the unit powers on and off with the camera. I will have to check but i think this only occurs when the Geotagger is mounted on the hotshoe. I don't have the Geotagger with me right now so i cant confirm that. Also, I have not yet put it on my D800 but I will give that a try. It might be a day or two before I have them in the same place. You indicate you have both a D800 and an E. Does it do the same thing on both?
I tried out my Geotagger Pro 2 on my D800 and it seems to work fine it Auto mode.
The unit does not need to be mounted on the hotshoe, just connected to the 10 pin. When in auto mode turning on the camera turns on the GPS. When the camera is turned off the GPS stays on for one minute before going back into auto mode.
Did you get your Geotagger direct form Solmeta? I got mine from the Nikonan store.
Sun 09-Sep-12 11:58 PM | edited Mon 10-Sep-12 01:49 PM by GiantTristan
I have had two Solmeta units with my D700. The first one failed after a couple of months, the second after a few hours while distroying the camera battery at the same time. For the past three years I have been using the Foolography BlueTooth GPS which I highly recommend.
I have had the Geotagger N2 for a couple of years and have used it with the D300 and now the D800. I never use Auto. I always just turn it on and leave it on. I've never had any camera battery issues, even when leaving the GPS on all day. The reason I do that is to keep the GPS location synced all the time. The startup time is short, but still finite and I want to be able to turn the camera on and take a picture immediately without any delay in the GPS catching up to my location. I always start the day with a charged N2 and good camera batteries for best results. Personal preference, but it works for me.
A friend has the D800 and has been looking for a GPS device. I use the Opteka GPN-1 on my D2x and my wife's D3200 & it works great. My friend is returning from a trip & I'll pop the Opteka on it & test it. http://opteka.com/gpn1.aspx Says it will work with the D800. Can't beat the the price too.
Wed 02-Jan-13 01:39 AM | edited Wed 02-Jan-13 03:18 PM by stappy
As far as I can tell, I have the "Auto Set" parameters at their default values of 10 min and 1 min. First some nomenclature. There are three buttons on the Solmeta, "Menu", "Enter" and what I will call "Power". The following sequence works on my D800.
- With all powered off, connect the GPS to the ten pin. - press and hold the Power button of the GPS until the GPS screen responds, release the button and wait for numbers to display - press the GPS Power button again. "AUTO" will flash on the screen - press the Enter button on the GPS. The "AUTO" will stop flashing and become solid. - turn on the D800. The GSP display should respond. - turn off the D800. After about 60 - 90 seconds the GPS display should return to displaying "AUTO"
I am not sure if it matters whether or not the GPS has a signal. So, if this sequence doesn't work and you are inside, you might want to try outside.
Edit: made some edits to clarify steps (2 jan 1717 UTC)
I gave up with aftermarket GPS and went with the Nikon one. Not only did I have connection/reliability issues, but also issues draining the precious D800 battery. The Nikon unit just works. No shenanigans.
I ordered the Geotagger N3-A. I received it very quickly but that is the end of the good story. Now for the bad part: I connected the GPS to my D800, turn ON the camera and immediately the control panel went blank. I quickly disconnected the GPS, check the camera and fortunately everything was OK. Then I tried the same thing on my D4. I could take one picture only. Afterwards the whole control panel started blinking madly. Again I disconnected everything and am ready to send the whole thing back to China. I would like to add that in neither case, did I see any red or green light on the GPS unit. It was as if there was a short of some kind. Both cameras have the 10-pin connector working as I use the Nikon MC-36 remote release all the time. Next I think I will try the Geotagger N2-A which received many good reviews on the forum. Did anyone experience the same thing with their N3-A?
I'm curious (seriously, this isn't a snarky response) why not use the OEM Nikon GP1? Trust me, I've had at least 3-4 different GPS units and spent the cost of the GP1 several times over, so I am guilty myself of going down the 3rd party path only to end up OEM (it's sort of like tripods, I wish I wouldn't have cheaped out buying a dozen "cheap" tripods over the years just to realize I'd end up with a Gitzo anyway).
As I see it, the 3rd party alternatives offer a few features: 1. compass 2. Better display 3. Cheaper (?)
Is that pretty much it? I've struggled with several units over the last few years and the GP1 is the only one that just works with my D7000, D300, and D800E, including remote pass through.
I paid about 150 for my GP1 on Amazon. Seems on par with the alternatives. No?
I tried the Nikon GP1. It can be frustratingly slow to lock-on to sufficient satellites in some situations - I have stood around in some places for two or three minutes waiting for a 'lock'. Newer models by third-party manufacturers are significantly faster!
>I tried the Nikon GP1. It can be frustratingly slow to >lock-on to sufficient satellites in some situations - I have >stood around in some places for two or three minutes waiting >for a 'lock'. Newer models by third-party manufacturers are >significantly faster!
Thanks. My experience was exactly the opposite (although its all relative to expectations and experience). I took the GP1 on a two week road trip from LA to Moab, Grand Tetons and back down the Eastern Sierras. I found it performed extremely well, especially compared to my experience with Promote GPS. It seemed to take a little time to acquire when first fired up for the day. But throughout my day of shooting and driving, it never held me back. I can't say the same for the Promote GPS which always left me waiting.
That said, I have experience with only a few GPS units and not necessarily the ones discussed here so it may be the case that some are much faster. By comparison, I was so happy with the GP1 on this trip (completely usable, IMHO) that I'm done shopping around. But it's good to read this thread and get a sampling of what's out there. I'd love to see some blog do a head-to-head.
Thank you for your quick answer, Supergimp. What decided me in favor of the Geotagger N3 are the following in order: 1. compass 2. thrifty on power consumption 3. quick capture of GPS data 4. fairly good comments on the forum
I will think a little bit longer and might decide for the GP1 as you did.
>Thank you for your quick answer, Supergimp. What decided me >in favor of the Geotagger N3 are the following in order: >1. compass >2. thrifty on power consumption >3. quick capture of GPS data >4. fairly good comments on the forum > >I will think a little bit longer and might decide for the GP1 >as you did. > > Yea, admittedly I would like to have the compass feature, but I can live without it. One advantage I found with the GP1 was that it serve as a sort of "converter" so I can use my D7000 compatible intervalometer with the 10-pin D800E. That can, of course be a detriment if all of your accessories are 10-pin.
That's unfortunate - as I say my Geotagger N3 has worked, and is working, flawlessly with my D800. I also have a Phottix GPS which I used to use with my D7000 and now use it for my D600. Both 3rd Party products, both working on different cameras without problems. I had a Nikon GPS-1 with my D90 and sold it with the camera. It also worked perfectly, but I think the Geotagger seems to acquire much quicker and of course has the compass. No complaints. I guess every manufacturer can have bad copies of a product.
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. - Ansel Adams
I experienced similar issues when I broke the cable connector on my Geotagger Pro 2 so it certainly sounds like you have a short. Otherwise the unit has worked very well. That said, I think my next approach is to go with a Garmin hiking GPS and a Bluetooth camera connection. For me, the cable is just a recurring accident waiting to happen when hiking.