Well I am glad to hear you say that it is absurb to do so. I have been spending a lot of time trying to fine tune this programs... I do feel it just takes time and the further I dig into it the more I am liking it. I am looking at getting a new pano head. I have a Rebel XTI camera. Any suggestions for a tripod and pano head.
What lenses do you plan to use on your XTi for pano shooting?
Do you have a pano head already? If so what make/model?
What type of panos do you plan to shoot? Partial panos - less that 36ox180 FOV? Or fullspehricals - 360x180 FOV? Interiors? Exteriors?
The Nodal Ninja pano heads are popular, very competitively priced and well regarded - htpp://www.nodalninja.com.
I am a bit puzzled by your feeling that you need to spend a lot of time 'fine tuning' APP. I found when I started that if you follow the normal guidelines for shooting technique for particular camera/lens comnbination, and use full manual camera settings, that I got pretty good resulst with the default values or APP settings.
I hope you have been using APP 1.4.2, and not the alpha versions of APG 1.9 as the latter is far from ready for prime time yet.