How to make a GPS device for a Nikon D200

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Cynicor, Jul 28, 2006.

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    Cynicor, Jul 28, 2006
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    Sam Wormley, Jul 28, 2006
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    DoN. Nichols Guest

    I have one comment (other than the lack of photos to accompany
    the descriptions):

    You said:

    "Now for testing purposes, strip and tin four 26/28 gauge

    A wire which is going to be crimped should *not* be tinned. It
    should be crimped onto the plain stranded wire. The solder compresses
    over time, making the crimp loose and resulting in poor connections.

    Of course, quality crimpers are better than cheap ones, and
    without a photo, I have to assume that you used a cheap one.

    While we're about it:

    "- 2 or 3 DB9 female kits from Radio Shack. I would buy a spare
    DB25 female so you have extra crimp pins."

    You can buy the pins in small bags of 100 each from any of the
    good electronics dealers -- including Mouser, Digi-Key, and the others.
    Far better than picking up connectors from Radio Shack.

    And I think your:

    "- A 9-pin cover thingie"

    probably means a connector backshell.

    Thanks for posting the information.

    DoN. Nichols, Jul 28, 2006
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    G.T., Jul 31, 2006
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    Paul Mitchum Guest

    Another option, of course (and it works for all digitals), is to
    interpolate a location from your GPS tracklog data, using the shoot time
    in the image EXIF. Connect the camera to the GPS unit with software
    instead of wires. :)
    Paul Mitchum, Jul 31, 2006
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    Richard Guest

    Richard, Aug 9, 2006
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    Don Wiss Guest

    I like it. This is what I want, if it weren't $395!

    Don <> (e-mail link at page bottoms).
    Don Wiss, Aug 10, 2006
  9. That GPS unit that mounts on a Nikon D200 camera indeed looks like the ideal
    solution. However, I am still using a D100, so it is not for me--until I
    can swing a D200.

    Here is my solution to acquiring GPS data for my shots.

    1. I have a Bluetooth enabled PocketPC and a Bluetooth GPS unit.

    2. I wrote a software program for the PocketPC that will acquire the
    longitude, latitude and time (the time is from the PocketPc and not the GPS
    unit) when I press the right arrow button on the Pocket PC and display it on
    the screen. When I next press the enter button, it adds this information to
    a text file on the Pocket PC.

    3. When I return home, I transfer the text file to my desktop computer where
    I can compare the GPS times to the times of the photos that I have also
    brought into the computer from the camera. Of course, it helps if I have
    synchronized the camera time and the PocketPC time.

    4. For a graphical display, I can import this data into either of the
    mapping programs I have--Street Atlas USA or Microsoft Streets & Trips.

    The main drawback of this method is that I have to hold the PocketPC in my
    hand while using the camera, since if I put it in my pocket or in its case,
    some buttons get pressed that shouldn't get pressed. The GPS I put in my
    pants' pocket, and this works fine. Another problem is forgetting to record
    my position when taking a photo. This usually happens if I am rushing to
    make the shot or taking several shots quickly in sequence.
    William LaMartin, Aug 10, 2006
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