Im planning to buy a Motorized head for my gigapixel panorama shots, and after reading some reviews about the Gigapan Epic PRO, im not really sure if its the best option... maybe anyone can share some personal experiences with this hardware?
Josefs head is in the final stage - aluminium parts are being anodized black and scales engraved. The head works very fine already- i tested it over the whole evaluation stages.
Described some facts here:http://www.kolor.com/forum/t12379-josefa-s-head-time-for-spheres
Made some pics and vids here:http://www.kolor.com/forum/t12057-tadaaa-here-it-is-prototype
Calculating a realistic price is under way - i guess (!) it will be around 1600/1800.-â‚¬ in the end.
What you get is a VERY strong head which moves heavy cameras and lenses fast and VERY accurate. And in two selectable Newtonmeter stages. One for normal (fast)
and the other
It contains batteries inside (around 6000 moves/shots with one charge) and with a plugged-in T&C controller in the field you dont need a laptop or something to shoot spheres, angles and mosaics.
Has built-in sensors for anti-shaking and leveling (levelindicator on the touchscreen, sensors fire only if the head/camera do not shake/vibrate) and some other goodies.
And of course it records positioning-xml in the PapyWizard format - which work perfectly in APG as i realized yesterday.
The only shortcoming: its less elegant than the competitors and a bit heavy . .
But really: ultra-sturdy! Built like a tank and in combination with a T&C handheld you don need anything else in the field to shoot from fisheye-spheres
to gigapixel-spheres or rectangles even using heavy 600/800 mm lenses (no Zenith or Nadir of course . . .
- but i used a 120mm for full sphere and a
500mm mirror-tele also fits for Zenith . .
Josef is just writing a script and i will do some more photographs and a video which show all details.
Details are coming very soon.