'Gigapanners' do not take the time to clean up there shots (crop off the jagged edges, get rid of the ghosted people and half cars or equalizing exposures). The Gigapan stitcher does make it hard to do so, and also makes it easiest to just upload directly after stitching without any clean up. Everyone is on a learning curve and wants to post and be proud of their stitched images, but the number of 'interesting' posts on Gigapan is not increasing with the increasing number of posts. I bring that all up as I am hoping the Merlin/Papywizard can be developed to help capture 'interesting' elements inside a large mosaic scene.
The Merlin is NOT TOO SLOW to have fun and success with!!! Don't let that hold you back, its a much better system for DSLRs than the Gigapan, my criticism is only in wanting to make it better. When I use a 500mm lens I need it to slew slowly. The problem is with the 105mm lens, its moving too slow with that one.
When I was comparing the Gigapan unit to the Merlin, it was of the same field of view and same equivalent focal length, but done with different cameras and aspect ratios so the number of shots was slightly different. They were both at the 500mm 35mm equivalent. I should do some comparisons with say 28mm too.
Thanks for the explanation Jason. I understand what you are saying, if you take a look at one of my images say the Bracken house Clock http://www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=4280
you can see that there are no people, no cars and definitely no buses, this clock is directly in front of some traffic lights with a bus stop, loads of cars and people. What should have been a 10 minute shoot dragged out to be a 1 hour shoot, dedication and some pp withiin photoshop, but the final result made it was worthwhile.
The Gigapan system as you Know is still in beta and new for many, the learning curve for some can be steep as you say and now with Gigapixel photography, I believe that there is also a new methodology. The Bracken House clock for example is picture perfect what you would expect of an architectural image, but lacking a bit of movement/expression of time even (can a clock lose expression) with people walking past (AKA Zombies/Zombie Fest) this would also give it a bit of a creative edge in that it would express a certain passage of time/motion. I do also like the cubist imagery it visualises, maybe we have the emergence of two different schools within Gigapixel photography. I'm still experimenting and learning more every day, and receive different comments from different perspectives, which are all very much welcomed.
Gigapan Beta Unit, Canon Powershot S5IS, Canon 350D, Nikon D40, Manfrotto Tripod, BT-Serial + Papywizard on Nokia 770, Fully-Operational Merlin the Wizard Unit!!!