kingston345 wrote:Hey guys,
I'm looking to produce some high quality, full 360/180 spherical panoramic virtual tours.
Currently I have a 5D Mark II and a 16-35mm Canon EF lens.
I've been told by gigapan that the epic pro can do 360/160 degree panorama's and that I'd have to shoot the zenith and nadir points myself.
Anyone out there had any experience shooting virtual tours with the epic pro. Any suggestions on other gear that might work better (like kolor's Panogear?)
kingston345 wrote:Thanks Mediavets,
I also got this response on another blog:
Gigapan Epic Pro like all Gigapan products shoots in a selectable grid pattern. It is 100% possible to shoot a full 360x180 panorama. Ultimately it is better suited to longer focal length lenses as opposed to super wide angles or fisheyes. Simply because the Gigapan cannot take advantage of the differing amount of shots per row. This means you end up taking far too many shots because you are locked into a grid shooting sequence of equal amount of shots per row.
The Gigapan has no issue shooting the Zenith shots. It's only the Nadir you need to shoot and this can be done on or off the Gigapan. It involves moving the tripod/panohead and shooting the area where it was positioned when the panorama was shot. With a longer focal length lens this may require multiple shots. You can use PTGui's Pro grid stitching feature mixed with VPC (View Point Correction) to stitch in the Nadir shot/s. All 360x180 panorama shooters have to do this regardless of robotic head or manual.
As for the Panogear product. It also works, albeit rather slow. The advantage it is you are not locked into grid shooting. So if you must have a robotic head with a Fisheye (on the cheaper end) this product is OK.
I guess what I'm saying is you already have the gear so learn how to make panoramas using what you have. If you get stuck along the way; head back to this thread and ask your questions or post up your problem.
And when I spoke with gigapan reps, they said it was possible, however, salesmen tend to want to make you believe anything.
Do you have a particular setup that works for you?
kingston345 wrote:I guess I probably don't if it's that wide. However, I'm looking for maximum quality and minimal distortion. So when the viewer takes the virtual tour you don't get that warped feeling when panning around. Maybe I should be looking at more of a 35-50mm lens?
I would like the flexibility of a higher resolution image. Basically I'm trying to achieve the below example:
kingston345 wrote:Correct, you can't really zoom in. But the quality looks good enough for what I'm trying to achieve. I'm loping at the nodal ninja's a bit more though. I think your right in that they may be a better solution.
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