Yes, I too prefer to have my head level but I do not like the Fanotec leveller, I much prefer the ball types. It just seems to me to be the right way of doing things, after all
Well hard to argue with that of course ;-) Personal preference is .....personal. For me it is a matter of what works that works, preferably simply and durable.
>.. most of the pano tools from the hand held tools like the NN4 to the motorised types like the VR Drive II all have leveller bubbles.. Therefore, I am sure its important to set it level first...
The bubble is there because people want it there and might wanna pay more for a panohead with a bubble. The fact alone that the bubble is there doesn't proof that you really need one. But I admit, I use it anyway, even though Klaus is problably right saying that you don't really need it.
I also have the Nadir Adaptor for my NN4 so I wouldn't bother using the bullhead to capture the nadir as you can see attached in the image above. But I would try to use my ballhead with my VR Drive II.
I totally agree. If I had a VR drive I would also use some sort of ballhead or maybe just a hinge to make it turn 90 degrees.
Its true you can use a clone tool in Photoshop but as far as I am concerned, that is a rather amateurish way of doing things. Its fine for grass outside or for a none pattern carpet, concrete or tiles etc perhaps, but in the most cases I patch it using Photoshop for the times I do not capture the nadir image. I do not use the clone tool very much.. Those who do use the clone tool tend to create a smudged effect.. I have developed my way of fixing the nadir using a patch so its quick for me to do.
I would love to try my stitching skills on a set of photos of yours with nadir shots. I believe that with the right shooting pattern I can make things beautifull with the use of APG only. Just my way of doing things, other can do it their own way.