aaronpriest wrote:Amazing robotic head! I'm still experimenting with the best way to transport it, mount my Really Right Stuff rails and clamps to it, and documenting the no parallax points of all my lenses on it. But here are a few photos and a video of it in action!
I'm using it on a Really Right Stuff TVC-34L tripod with a TA-3-LC-HK leveling base/clamp. It's a dream to level in very tiny degrees with one hand near the top of the Panoneed, another on the twist knob below the tripod, and keeping an eye on the electronic level of the controller--even when it's well overhead. I'm short enough to actually walk under the tripod when it's fully extended (68.25" or 173.4cm). There is very little vibration even with a 400mm lens on this tripod. I'm using it with a Promote Control. The rubber bands hold the Promote Control and also a little plastic shroud that I use over the power button when I transport it. I directly mounted a RRS MPR-192 rail to the motor shaft because the screws are placed 20mm apart but my RRS clamps are 30mm. I need to get a little adapter machined.
Here's a short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfritLXHjFo&feature=youtu.be
aaronpriest wrote:Thanks Klaus! Yup, it's great! No better motorized head out there for the money that I've seen (when you include vibration sensor, 2nd curtain sync, electronic bubble, ease of calculating full spheres, etc.). I'm still trying to understand angle mode and a few things.
aaronpriest wrote:How do you handle high resolution spheres at the lower rows with closer objects?
klausesser wrote:aaronpriest wrote:How do you handle high resolution spheres at the lower rows with closer objects?
You can use the head in one-shot mode also. So you can focus each image or row seperately - but get the xml for the whole shooting.
For being faster you can shoot all rows but teh lower one(s) and stop here, adjust the focus for one row, start again and focus for rteh next row or so.
Sometime i release every image seperately, sometimes i change the focus while itÂ´s running and sometimes i change the focus by stopping each row and start again (as described).
After a little training it works very well.
besides: can you give me a link to this rail? Looks good!
gkaefer wrote:tip: instead of rubber band - which can get brittle in cold conditions - I use a velcro placed on the battery cover on backside of the promote (leaving fre the area of the screw).
klausesser wrote:besides: can you give me a link to this rail? Looks good!
klausesser wrote:For being faster you can shoot all rows but teh lower one(s) and stop here, adjust the focus for one row, start again and focus for rteh next row or so.
aaronpriest wrote:Showing off the Panoneed to my Dad in the back yard this afternoon. He wanted to record a video of it to send to Grandpa (also a photographer, runs in the family I guess!). I left the tripod in the photo to show how small the nadir hole really is to patch in Photoshop. The snow has nearly all melted in northern Maine in the fields (not in the woods), but the ice in the pond hasn't gone out yet. No green grass yet obviously... :-)
aaronpriest wrote:I left the tripod in the photo to show how small the nadir hole really is to patch in Photoshop.
gkaefer wrote:is it possible to lower spread the tripod legs to get an even smaller area you've to postprocess?
aaronpriest wrote:I bought a tripod without a center column and a 75mm video bowl for leveling (Really Right Stuff TVC-34L), so the legs do stick out quite far with such a wide base. I also raise it quite high so that I can keep the ground in focus at the right focal length and aperture (depth of field and hyperfocal distance) without needing focus stacking. All of this results in the legs sticking out further into the photo. However, it's very easy to move the tripod a little, shoot where it was, and blend it in with PTGui Pro's viewpoint correction. It helps remove the shadow of the tripod at the same time. I also hang a weight from it to give it more mass since it's a light carbon fiber tripod; it only seems to matter in heavy wind, there is next to no vibration on it normally. You can see the tripod and leveler in the first photo above. http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=TVC-34L&type=4&eq=&desc=TVC-34L-Versa-Series-3-Tripod&key=it
aaronpriest wrote:Yes, but I wanted one REALLY good tripod that could go nearly 6 feet high and yet still get me 4 inches off the ground for some of the other things I shoot, and I was sick of a center column getting in the way. I can add a center column to this later if have a need (say in a very confined small room), but skipped it for now. Here's the part: http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=TA-3-QC&type=4&eq=&desc=TA-3-QC%3a-Versa-3-Quick-Column
aaronpriest wrote:So, to post an update about the Panoneed. I've been working with Josef and a friend at Promote Control to be able to take timelapse panoramas. Here's my first attempt at night:
aaronpriest wrote:Pushing the envelope a bit further, here is an HDR spherical timelapse video I took with the Panoneed, two Promote Controls, and second curtain sync all at the same time! Next, to get bulb ramping in the mix...
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