Klausesser, I'm sorry, but I don't agree with you.
is enough to see that Gigapan device is not a "no-go"
(though not all displayed panos on this site were shot using the less expensive Gigapan prototype.)
Ditto for Auto Mate wich is not, as you said, "unsuitable for pano-photography
". The test published by Uwe Steinmueller is just a proof of the contrary.
I certainly would not buy an Auto Mate because it would not fit my
own needs. About the Gigapan light version, I don't know for sure. To argue the pro and cons of those heads for the kind of panos one shot and stitch
is something very useful but, I presume, what you said slightly exceeded what you really think.
For motorized pano heads the common rule is to reach a compromise between what is possible and what is not. This includes the more expensive ones where compromises are a heavy weight and a high cost. This includes the less expensive ones where many more compromises are needed to reach a lower cost and a lower weight...
I hope this is not the beginning of a flame war:
I wrote i saw the gigapan in action. Live. And touched it and could examine it a bit. To align a camera ( a DSLR) correctly seems to be (if any) an adventure and needs intensive tooling - but even then itÂ´s impossible to shoot spheres. Of course we donÂ´t all want to shoot spheres all day
i think it SHOUà–D be possible with a motorized panohead.
With the AutoMate i canÂ´t detect any way to align a DSLR with different lenses around their lenseÂ´s NPP. Sorry - but thatÂ´s clear when you have a closer look at it. Uwe Steinmueller or not . .
"For motorized pano heads the common rule is to reach a compromise between what is possible and what is not. This includes the more expensive ones where compromises are a heavy weight and a high cost. This includes the less expensive ones where many more compromises are needed to reach a lower cost and a lower weight..."
correct - and therefore the Merlin is the most preferable device. Ask some guys who really understand the theme . .
- or ask somebody like me who does professional work with it.
IÂ´ve worked with some very expensive panoheads before - like Seitz (around 2000.-â‚¬ one axis motorized) or Dr. Clauss (starting at 3500,-â‚¬, two axis) and the PixOrb (around 6000.-$ http://www.xrez.com/services/spher/xRez_spher1.html
) which i worked with in a co-production with another photographer.
My first choice would be the Dr. Clauss Rodeon head http://www.dr-clauss.de/rodeonvrhead.htm
but for 3500.-â‚¬ i do panos not often enough. But you can build your own one - the motors alone just are 800.-â‚¬ each . . .
My second choice definitely is the Merlin/Orion - here you can see that it CAN be perfectly NPP aligned (in the pictures itÂ´s not). And mounted in portrait-mode with any DSLR.http://www.360panos.fr/monture/MontureOrion.html
HereÂ´s a perfect aligned and setup Merlin controlled by a Bluetooth-device (picture by Frédéric - hope you dot mind, Fred. but i didnÂ´t find the link)
DonÂ´t forget: including (!) the Bluetooth-controlling device itÂ´s around the price of the gigapan!
And no - itÂ´s not a cell-phone but a so called "internet-Pad" from Nokia - which runs Linux)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_N800
(you can use it for al lot of things - itÂ´s got also W-LAN)
"I hope this is not the beginning of a flame war:
No - itÂ´s just to understand things right . .