I have ordered my panogear 2 days ago, I expect it to be delivered tomorrow or the day after.
I googled MK Panomachine, and I have to say... 1500 euro's is a lot. I paid 685 for the panogear (incl. transport)
Furthermore, the software looks quite different. Cannot see if they also have something similar like XML support.
I will tell how things went with both my Canon G10 and Nikon D7000.
PanomachineÂ´s 1500.-â‚¬ is for horizontal only. For the x and y motorized spherical version itÂ´s 2900,-â‚¬ incl VAT. And: no, it doesnÂ´t write xml afaik.
The Merlin/Panogear is an excellent choice in terms of cost-effectiveness. It has itÂ´s limits of course. I used it up to 300mm without any problems - but it was rather slow with PapyWizard.
Using the T&C handheld speeds up the Merlin and provides faster and more reliable functionality - itÂ´s worth the extra price.