Nikon MC-35 GPS Adapter Cord for D3, D300, D2HS / D2X Digital Cameras

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About Nikon MC-35

Nikon MC-35 GPS Adapter Cord is designed for Digital Cameras that are equipped with a 10-pin accessory connector. (D2Hs/D2x/D3/ D300) to support the recording of location information such as latitude, longitude, altitude and UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) at which a shot is taken> Can be recorded from a GPS unit to the image's metadata. For connection to GPS units that comply with the NMEA 0183 (ver.2.01) interface standard.

The Nikon MC-35 is commonly used for Travel and more.The Nikon MC-35 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast among others.The Nikon MC-35 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon MC-35: Easy to use and Works well with GPS

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (6),Works well with GPS (4),Durable (3),Improves functionality (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (6),Adventure (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (6)

Nikon MC-35 Reviews

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3.3

(based on 11 reviews)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works great!

I have a D2X that I take air-to-air photos with. It would sometimes become difficult to identify the exact area we were photographing, so I wanted to take advantage of the GPS information in the image metadata. The MC-35 adapter is straighforward to use; just connect it with the serial output of your GPS unit. I use it with my Garmin eTrex GPS unit. Setting it up is straightforward and the camera establishes connection quickly. Each image records lat, long, altitude, bearing, and time. It be...

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I have a D2X that I take air-to-air photos with. It would sometimes become difficult to identify the exact area we were photographing, so I wanted to take advantage of the GPS information in the image metadata. The MC-35 adapter is straighforward to use; just connect it with the serial output of your GPS unit. I use it with my Garmin eTrex GPS unit. Setting it up is straightforward and the camera establishes connection quickly. Each image records lat, long, altitude, bearing, and time. It becomes simple to identify the exact location of the image. The only negative is that it is way too expensive for basically being just a cable. Purchasing both the Nikon and Garmin cables cost about $150.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Ultra-high priced!!

How is possible a cable be so expensive? It is more expensive than most GPS units!

Reviewed by 11 customers

 
3.0

Flawed bandaid to a flawed design

By

from Tillamook Oregon  -  Enthusiast

The 10 pin external connector on the Nikon D700 requires a cable. Because of the cable location and angle of attachement, the cable is subject to fraying. This is especially true when the camera is placed in my Pelican case. The first cable I owned frayed and shorted out the power connector on the D700 mother board. That is very exspensive to fix. I junked the equipment that required the pin and found GPS and triggers that did not seem to be sensitive. This brings us to the MC-35. It has a magnetic balast clamped to the cable to suppress noise [ NOT SHOWN IN PRODUCT PICTURE BUT IT SHOULD BE]. This aggrevates the issue. I have to change out the cable every 6 months because it frays and continues to threaten more camera failure. I have gone to extreme measures to minimize this problem but it still plagues me. NOTE: It is difficult and damaging to attach and remove the cable all the time because its 10 pin and does not attach very easy. The solution would be a cable with a braided sleeve but no one seems to make one.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Cord could be eliminated as it tangles when shooting

By

from United Arab Emirates

The cord could be taken out and the connectors could be fused into each other so as to provide a seamless connector device and serve as utility too The option for this could be a connection through an electronic transmitter either through Bluetooth or the sort or plain a wi fi transmitter cables cause a lot of stress when connecting and limit the camera to a single place

 
3.0

Works Well - Short Longevity

By

from Rochester, NY  -  Power User

I use the MC-35 to connect my Garmin 60CSx GPS to my Nikon D700. While the GPS still goes strong, the Garmin cord that connects to the GPS is like new, this is my third MC-35. Granted that I use the GPS to locate images while out and about, and the cord gets a lot of twists and turns, my expectation is that it should perform longer than a year. The cord, where it connects to the camera, pulls apart from the cord plug. The wires fry. Dead cord. The quality is fine. The design isn't. Today I purchase my third one. To date, GPS tagging is the best way I know to locate my images. There is no other good option. Yes, I would recommend this to a friend - no other option. I would warn about the short life expectancy.

 
4.0

Better than clip-on GPS

By

from NJ  -  Enthusiast

I use this with a D200 and Garmin GPSMAP79 with a remote antenna. GPS goes anywhere and antenna gets Velcroed to top of Lowepro backpack. For [$] sale price it was worth it. Set up was easy (after I took GPS out of Simulate Mode). Better than a little clip-on GPS because a real GPS can log real time tracks of your travel that retrieve later plus still tag your photos. Plus you have a screen for maps and topos and the rest.

 
5.0

Excellent, geotaging made easy.

By

from Norway  -  Enthusiast

You loose a dimension in your pictures if you don´t geotag. It´s exiting to click your picture, to see where it was taken. It´s fun to share!

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works great - minimum of fuss.

By

from Chicago, IL  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

After plugging this into my camera, the Garmin cable (readily available about $40) into this cable, the other end into my GPSMAP 60CSx, I set the D300 and GPS software settings and took a shot. Boom, Lat and Lon in picture data. Total time, 5 minutes, if that. Uploaded to Flickr, clicked on 'map' and was zoomed to my location.Yes it's pricey, but it's not exactly a high volume item, and it's about $30 less here than most places.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

It is an expensive "patch"

By

from Las Vegas, New Mexico  -  Semi-Professional

It si an expensive "patch" in order to get your Garmin connected to the camera. In addition, Nikon stopped at the male serial connexion. To connect to a Garmin you need a mini USB. IT is a mess to try to get the second cable

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works great!

By

from Los Angeles, CA  -  Professional

I have a D2X that I take air-to-air photos with. It would sometimes become difficult to identify the exact area we were photographing, so I wanted to take advantage of the GPS information in the image metadata. The MC-35 adapter is straighforward to use; just connect it with the serial output of your GPS unit. I use it with my Garmin eTrex GPS unit. Setting it up is straightforward and the camera establishes connection quickly. Each image records lat, long, altitude, bearing, and time. It becomes simple to identify the exact location of the image. The only negative is that it is way too expensive for basically being just a cable. Purchasing both the Nikon and Garmin cables cost about $150.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Manufacturing Flaw

By

from Mesa AZ  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

The MC-35 has a locking 10 pin connector at one end for the camera, and a standard 9 pin D-sub connector at the other end for connection to your Garmin or Magellan computer interface cable or(serial Port Cable)Just one Problem! the female threads on the MC-35 D-sub side are incorrect, they are very fine pitch threads that will not allow you to secure your GPS interface cable for use out in the field. While this setup can work without securing the interface cable screws, it is unacceptable for a genuine Nikon accessory to be flawed this way...

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Feeding GPS into the Nikon D200

By

from Rapid City, SD  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This seems to work with minimum fuss if your GPS puts out serial data at 4800 baud and has a adapter cable with a female DB-9 connector. It may be necessary to play with the GPS unit settings to get the right data format, but the GPS indicator on the Nikon camera helps: if "GPS" is flashing, the GPS is energized and connected OK, but the data format (or baud rate?) is wrong. You can cycle through the format selections quickly because the GPS indicator will come on solid within a second or so of when the format is correct. It is not necessary, in my experience, to power down and up when searching for the correct settings.

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TomE L  Will the MC-35 GPS adapter cord interface between my Nikon D300 and my Garmin 76CSx, which supports NMEA 0183 version 3.01? Thanks, Tom E
JOHN B  That's what I use it for. Be sure to reinforce the connector into the camera attach point as the cable is a little fragile there. Don't just let it hang free.
TomE L  Thanks John, but what about the cord from the GPS to the MC-35. The only cord supplied with my GPS has a small plug for the GPS end, and a USB male plug on the other end. Does the MC-35 have a USB receptacle - I can't tell from the photos. Thanks, TomE
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