mediavets wrote:fma38 wrote:Trekker also did. I think this is one of the nice usage of the Merlin - shooting spherical in strange locations
You will need a strong pole I think?
1.8-2Kg for head and interface plus weight of camera and lens.
Would the motors and gears work OK if the head was used on its side ie. pole held out horizontally?
BeeZed wrote:Does anyone else have problem refreshing the application list? I can get one catalog to work perhaps every 10 tries. Otherwise it just says "downloading 1kB" and stays that way forever. WHen I cancel, I lose all the application listed. I know I can install from file, but it would be nice to automatically check for updates.
BeeZed wrote:I have to try the newer software, ( I have 1.2.1)
BeeZed wrote:but found the older version to be great for mosaics with my 18-70 and presets with my 10.5mm FE. (Both Nikon).
<preset name="Nikon DX+10.5mm FE">
<tooltip>Nikon DX+10.5mm FE
6-around at -10 degrees
1-up at +65 degrees</tooltip>
<pict yaw="0.0" pitch="65.0" />
<pict yaw="0.0" pitch="-10.0" />
<pict yaw="60.0" pitch="-10.0" />
<pict yaw="120.0" pitch="-10.0" />
<pict yaw="180.0" pitch="-10.0" />
<pict yaw="240.0" pitch="-10.0" />
<pict yaw="300.0" pitch="-10.0" />
BeeZed wrote:I am using a Nikon D80 at the moment, but will likely try it out with some larger bodies in the future. (I am on the lookout for a FujiPro S3, or a Nikon D200 or 300). I have some ideas for setting up the NPP with these larger bodies, but I need a sample to play with first.
BeeZed wrote:I really liked the slow quiet speed in taking the panos. I was at a local park and several people walked right by without noticing that it was snapping away. (Yes the back up and retake will come in handy.) I was able to easily carry it from position to position and set and take shots very quickly. It is difficult to stay out of the cameras view if you get easily distracted.
BeeZed wrote:My rechargeable AA batteries are poor, I guess, as I must charge them the day I want to shoot. Otherwise the head moves very slowly. I also feel that the connections for the battery holders on the merlin/orion are weak, and might break. I am going to work on alternative power sources soon.
BeeZed wrote:I rarely take spherical panos,
BeeZed wrote:Though very hi-res panos are interesting, internet access in my part of New Zealand means 1MB /minute upload speeds if I'm lucky, and daily caps (with throttling penalties) if I exceed perhaps 1GB of transfer in a 24 hour period. I am frankly scared to try to upload anything big. ( I have considered shipping a disk to a friend in the States so he could upload it for me.) WHen APP 1.9 A4 appears, I will definitely try some larger shoots, just to test things.
mediavets wrote:For pano shooting I'm not sure you would see much advantage/benefit from the D200, D300 or Fujifilm S3 Pro over your D80.
mediavets wrote:Lead/acid gel battery packs are probably best for external battery power - there are some already 'packaged up' for use with telescope mounts and the like...
BeeZed wrote:the 10.5 FE -I used the 6 around (and less successfully the 4 around) presets with the FE, when I was trying things out, so I did get sphericals. I was just experimenting, and left the camera at the 18mm NPP. When I shoot manually I often crop back to 120 degrees on the vertical, and the horizontal FOV depends on subject matter. My current rail is to long for the 10.5 FE: it either hits the Merlin, or gets in the photo - or both. I have saved your preset, and will give it a try when I make a shorter rail. Yes the D80 is a bit off center, but I only found small stitching errors on typical problem areas. Smartblend to the rescue!
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