what is the gp-1A about?

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FuzzTheKingOfTrees Contributing Member • Posts: 733
what is the gp-1A about?

With the D600 Nikon seems to have released a new GPS called the GP-1A, the old model was just GP-1.

Does this mean the old GP-1 doesn't work on the D600? Can anybody who has this combination confirm this? I have a GP-1 which I use on my D300 and I was expecting to be able to buy it on a D600 I will buy once the price has fallen to a sensible level in the UK (it's getting close but I think under £1500 is a sensible price).

My D300 uses the 10pin connector but the GP-1 also comes with a connector that fits into the shutter release on the smaller Nikons. This works fine on the D7000 so I was expecting it to work fine on the D600.

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davidwheelerphd New Member • Posts: 1
Re: what is the gp-1A about?
inasir1971
inasir1971 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,623
Save yourself $300
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The GP-1A looks pretty much like the GP-1 which I have.

Let me save you $300 - don't get it, it sucks. For $300 bucks you expect something that is sort of useful.

Cr@ppy things about the GP-1:

  • needs good view of sky to get signal, slow lock
  • GPS coordinates are only recorded when the unit has a lock (i.e. anytime something blocks the sky, you have no GPS data and no location info) - e.g. it doesn't use the last known position when you enter a building
  • incredibly inconvenient - stiff cable which dwarfs the unit gets in the way of everything
  • mounting on the hot shoe means flash cannot be opened
  • while the unit has a cable to connect to a 10 pin socket, there is no way to connect a 10 pin remote to the unit - so people using 10 pin remotes are supposed to buy another remote?
  • no direction information - though the camera will display it (I believe some alternatives to, which would be good for logging direction shot taken)
  • they have actually raised the price on this??? I think it was around $200+

If you really want to throw away $300 - send it to me. Alternatively give it to charity.

Alternate solutions:

  • take a picture with your smart phone at every location you want to log and copy the data from the smart phone picture using View NX - smart phones use assisted GPS and are far more accurate and many (like iPhones) will have a location inside buildings etc. Even if you were using a GP-1 mounted to your camera, you will most likely not have GPS data for most images for the reasons above and will have to copy.
  • run an application on your smart phone like gps4cam
  • try an alternative product like Aokatec (around $80)- in order to be worse than the Nikon GP-1, it would have to be so incredibly poor. If it mounts on the camera like it's supposed to, it's already doing better.
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Mr Fartleberry Contributing Member • Posts: 900
Re: Save yourself $300
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inasir1971 wrote:

The GP-1A looks pretty much like the GP-1 which I have.

Let me save you $300 - don't get it, it sucks. For $300 bucks you expect something that is sort of useful.

Cr@ppy things about the GP-1:

  • needs good view of sky to get signal, slow lock
  • GPS coordinates are only recorded when the unit has a lock (i.e. anytime something blocks the sky, you have no GPS data and no location info) - e.g. it doesn't use the last known position when you enter a building
  • incredibly inconvenient - stiff cable which dwarfs the unit gets in the way of everything
  • mounting on the hot shoe means flash cannot be opened
  • while the unit has a cable to connect to a 10 pin socket, there is no way to connect a 10 pin remote to the unit - so people using 10 pin remotes are supposed to buy another remote?
  • no direction information - though the camera will display it (I believe some alternatives to, which would be good for logging direction shot taken)
  • they have actually raised the price on this??? I think it was around $200+

If you really want to throw away $300 - send it to me. Alternatively give it to charity.

Alternate solutions:

  • take a picture with your smart phone at every location you want to log and copy the data from the smart phone picture using View NX - smart phones use assisted GPS and are far more accurate and many (like iPhones) will have a location inside buildings etc. Even if you were using a GP-1 mounted to your camera, you will most likely not have GPS data for most images for the reasons above and will have to copy.
  • run an application on your smart phone like gps4cam
  • try an alternative product like Aokatec (around $80)- in order to be worse than the Nikon GP-1, it would have to be so incredibly poor. If it mounts on the camera like it's supposed to, it's already doing better.

All true. I despise that wallet sucker. I bought a Nikon 100AW for GPS fixes and transfer the co-ordinates. Lot more useful than the hot shoe warmer.

New materials? That's a bit scary. Like the battery latches on the old D200/MB-100? grip?

Oh and let's not forget the price gouge. Have a look at http://www.photoprice.ca and see.

Like the insulting D800 grip price ripoff, I'd never buy these sort of Nikon accessories ever again.

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Dennis Hughes New Member • Posts: 7
Re: Save yourself $300
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I've used a GP-1 starting with my D300, D700, D800E and now with my D850.  It works great.  I'm a former Navy pilot so GPS is important to me.  the one disadvantage in this unit is the battery drain.  I just carry  one battery for AM, one for PM and one in the charger.  I just saw a like-new GP-1a for $99.  Have it on order in case my current model goes bad.

In my most recent Paris trip Lightroom's MAP let me see the names of buildings & churches for my slide show.  Then we barged down the Garonne Canal and I could label each image with the city or village.   Real help.

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Robert Riley
Robert Riley Junior Member • Posts: 39
Re: Save yourself $300

So it does fit the d850 and work ?

nuke12
nuke12 Senior Member • Posts: 2,828
Re: what is the gp-1A about?
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The Nikon GP-1 and GP-1A are identical units. The only difference is the GP-1A comes with a revised 10-pin connector with slightly larger ring to help you thread in onto the camera (and also makes it slightly harder to change lenses, at least on the D800).

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AstigmaticOwl Forum Member • Posts: 88
Re: Save yourself $300

Robert Riley wrote:

So it does fit the d850 and work ?

Yes, the GP-1 fits the D850, and it works. I have the impression that it gets a fix a little faster than on older cameras.

Ronny MF Ho New Member • Posts: 12
Re: Save yourself $300

I have been using a di-GPS mini II (discontinued) for 9 years with D700. It works fine. I now changed to a D850 and it still works great with it.

However, I am considering changing to a newer and smaller one:

Ref:

di-GPS mini II

http://www.dawntech.hk/di-GPS/mini_2.htm

Eco Professional 2

http://di-gps.com/shop/di-GPS-Professional?product_id=64

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