Lightroom 5.7: Not reading GPS data from Nikon GP1-A

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Problem reading GPS data from Nikon GP1-A in Lightroom 5.6/5.7
I upgraded from LR 4.4 to 5.6 to be able to read Nikon D810 RAW files. I have a Nikon GP1-A GPS module and LR 4 has read the data from the GP1 in the past. I recently used the equipment on an overseas assignment and checked periodically that the GP1 was working properly with the camera. I imported over 3,000 images shot with the camera that had the GP1 attached while in the field. However, now when I look at the photos from the trip, none of the GPS data appears in LR 5.6. So I updated to 5.7; still no GPS data.

I then ran a test, shooting new images, checking that the camera saw GPS data from the module. I then imported the images using LR 5.7; no GPS data. Using the same images and the same card, I imported the images using Photo Mechanic. The GPS data appears with the files loaded via Photo Mechanic. I then shot some images using a D300 (since 4.4 won’t read D810 files), launched LR 4.4 and imported the images and the GPS data shows up in LR 4.4. It does not show up in LR 5.6 or 5.7.

I hope there is a switch that will make the GPS data show up on the 3,000 images shot on assignment.

Apple Macbook Pro
2.2 GHz Core i7 processor
8GB 1333 DDR3 RAM
OS X v. 10.8.5

Nikon D810 w/ 24-70mm 2.8 lens and GP1-A

Attached is an image shot with above equipment as a JPG since one can not upload a .NEF.
I tested LR with thisJPG file and it does not read the GPS data also.
rpettit@infionline.net

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Can you upload a sample NEF to Dropbox (or similar) and post the link here? Unfortunately, the forum software strips all metadata from posted images.
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John is correct. The attached JPEG contains no metadata (this can be verified using exiftool). Please upload the original NEF to dropbox and post a link here.

Thanks,
Ben
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OK ... I'm new to Dropbox. I've created a Dropbox acct and put a .nef file in a folder called GPS test for Adobe. When I go to Share the folder it asks me to "Invite members to the folder". How do I invite you or as you ask, post a link here? I'm going to try just dragging the folder to this window, but doubt it is that simple. Nope, that obviously just points to my computer.

/Users/RFP/Dropbox/GPS test for Adobe
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Go to the web interface of Dropbox https://www.dropbox.com/home and click on Share. It will pop a window with a URL in it you can paste here.
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My LR 5.7 / OS X 10.9 correctly reads the GPS location:


The next thing to check is whether you have a metadata preset being applied during import that clears the GPS location. Do File > Import Photos, and in the right-hand column, expand Apply During Import and verify that Metadata is set to None:

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Sadly you are correct. I had a metadata preset applied that cleared GPS data. The LR4 test did not use a metadata preset. When I looked at my preset there were check marks for Camera Info that included GPS data, so it was cleared. I must have set them at some time thinking that would include the data rather than exclude it unless something were typed in each field.
Thank you for pointing me in the right direction.
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Great, glad it was easy to resolve.