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    Hassey GPS Locator ... anyone using?

    I just watched this Tech Tip on using the Hasselblad Global Image GPS Locator Unit that tags and archives each image with place coordinates, time and even altitude.

    Then the image can be placed and located where is was shot on Google Earth using Phocus software. Freaking amazing:

    http://www.hasselblad.com/about-hass...tech-tips.aspx

    Seems like a cool device for landscape, travel, and documentary work. Pretty small, and plugs into the side of the HD cameras:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Image_GPS.html

    This quote was also interesting: "As future online search engines are developed and expanded, it will be possible to do more sophisticated mapping with the metadata retrieved by this unit."

    I'm interested in this because I am ratcheting up travel with my H kit, including some destination weddings.

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    Re: Hassey GPS Locator ... anyone using?

    It's a pretty nifty device, I have one permanently attached to my H4D. If you are using an L plate, you'll need to modify it to accommodate the GIL.
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    Re: Hassey GPS Locator ... anyone using?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffg53 View Post
    It's a pretty nifty device, I have one permanently attached to my H4D. If you are using an L plate, you'll need to modify it to accommodate the GIL.
    Jeff, did you modify an L plate? Can you show me how if you did?

    I'm mostly using a Monopod with a RRS HD Mono-Pod head to flip the camera to Portrait when needed. But I do have a RRS L bracket for the H when using a tripod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffg53 View Post
    It's a pretty nifty device, I have one permanently attached to my H4D. If you are using an L plate, you'll need to modify it to accommodate the GIL.
    I agree. It does work well and is very useful if you tend to photograph in locations where it is not easy to remember the exact location and you want to return. I did modify my RRS L bracket so that it would fit with the device. I will post a photo when I return home. However, my GIL is for sale as I no longer have an H3D or H4D and it does not work on an H1 or H2. If anyone is interested, they can PM.

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    Re: Hassey GPS Locator ... anyone using?

    Marc, the mod is easy enough. You just need to file down the bracket to fit the GIL. I will post a shot as soon as I can. I will be working unnatural hours until Thursday this week but will do it then unless Howard beats me to it.
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    Re: Hassey GPS Locator ... anyone using?

    Quote Originally Posted by hcubell View Post
    I agree. It does work well and is very useful if you tend to photograph in locations where it is not easy to remember the exact location and you want to return. I did modify my RRS L bracket so that it would fit with the device. I will post a photo when I return home. However, my GIL is for sale as I no longer have an H3D or H4D and it does not work on an H1 or H2. If anyone is interested, they can PM.
    PM sent.

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    Re: Hassey GPS Locator ... anyone using?

    Can I take it that you will be getting your piccies from Howard now, Marc?

    The only thing that you will need to watch with the GIL is that it sometimes tends to loosen a little and can stay on after you switch the camera off. This has happened to me a few times. If the light on the GIL flashes after turning the camera off, just tighten the attachment screw and it will go off.
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    Im interested in seeing a pic from someone about this thanks.
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    Me too. I could not get the video of this to run. Can someone post a link to details of the device please?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hcubell View Post
    I agree. It does work well and is very useful if you tend to photograph in locations where it is not easy to remember the exact location and you want to return. I did modify my RRS L bracket so that it would fit with the device. I will post a photo when I return home. However, my GIL is for sale as I no longer have an H3D or H4D and it does not work on an H1 or H2. If anyone is interested, they can PM.
    Here are several photos showing the GIL mounted on the camera with and without the RRS L bracket. The required modification of the bracket to make it fit over the GIL is very easy. (I did it!) You just need to file down a bit of the edge of the bracket where it would otherwise contact the GIL. I have circled it in red.

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    Re: Hassey GPS Locator ... anyone using?

    Quote Originally Posted by hcubell View Post
    Here are several photos showing the GIL mounted on the camera with and without the RRS L bracket. The required modification of the bracket to make it fit over the GIL is very easy. (I did it!) You just need to file down a bit of the edge of the bracket where it would otherwise contact the GIL. I have circled it in red.
    Thank you!

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    cheers for the pics, doesn't look like much of a mod you think they would make them like that
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    Re: Hassey GPS Locator ... anyone using?

    Will, it isn't a big deal. I did contact RRS when I first got the GIL. They are aware of the problem but I don't think that the design has changed. They were more worried that I would stuff it and then blame them for it.

    Bottom line is that mine was modified over two years back and is still alive and well.
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    good to hear your plate is still going strong! I have my L plate here but no camera yet! should be here monday! yeah the plate hasn't changed i'm pretty certain it said on the site when I ordered it that it wont fit with GIL.
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    Re: Hassey GPS Locator ... anyone using?

    The modification is very minor and does not compromise the structural integrity of the bracket. Here is a close up of the area that has been filed.

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    Re: Hassey GPS Locator ... anyone using?

    No need to mod....
    as there's a second hole that allows mounting of the RRS L-plate about an inch away from the camera body.
    I always use this way as it gives me nice left hand grip l Pentax 67 wooden grip.

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    Re: Hassey GPS Locator ... anyone using?

    It drains the battery fairly quickly. When the camera sleeps the gps evidently doesn't. It takes a bit longer to lock into satellites than the typical gps - so if you turn the camera off it takes a while to lock in when you turn it on again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BJNY View Post
    No need to mod....
    as there's a second hole that allows mounting of the RRS L-plate about an inch away from the camera body.
    I always use this way as it gives me nice left hand grip l Pentax 67 wooden grip.
    Not true. The RRS L bracket won't fit at all unless you move the position of the screw to the second hole so the bracket is offset from the camera body AND shave off some metal. If you look at the photo above where the GIL is mounted, you will see that the bracket has been moved from its "normal" location where it is positioned flush to the body.

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    Re: Hassey GPS Locator ... anyone using?

    A bit off topic but am I right (from the pics above) in thinking that thread for the tripod plate on the vertical side of the RRS is not in line with the lens's centre?

    I recall from my old Contax that I was able to use a standard tripod plat with the RRS and it was dead-on?

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    Can someone tell me which model L plate this is? Couldn't see it on the RRS website
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    Cheers,
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    Thanks
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    Re: Hassey GPS Locator ... anyone using?

    Howard is right: one must attach the bracket on the 2nd screw AND file a bit off the top of the bracket arm. Great little device, by the way.

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