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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:16 pm 
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Hi There,

I am considering buying the Panogear and wondered if it could also be used as a pan / tilt head for still shots? i.e. use it to position the camera to the desired angle and then take a still image? could I control the exposure and camera settings remotely too?

Thanks in advance.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:28 pm 
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Aleaxanderbell wrote:
Hi There,

I am considering buying the Panogear

Welcome to the forum...

OK - but I cannot currently recommend the Panoshoot controller.

Robotic heads become most advantageous when you are shooting panoramas comprising many images, many tens or hundreds.

Or in situations where you cannot operate a manual pano head - when shooting from a pole for example.

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and wondered if it could also be used as a pan / tilt head for still shots? i.e. use it to position the camera to the desired angle and then take a still image?

You could...but it would be an expensive and rather cumbersome pan/tilt head.

The Panogear is basically a simple astro telescope mount that's been found another use for automated pano photography.

When shooting panos it's conventional to mount the camera in portrait orientation, but I expect your still shots would be using the camera in landscape orientation?

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could I control the exposure and camera settings remotely too?

Thanks in advance.

Only if you had the camera tethered via USB to a computer of some sort.

What camera(s) do you have?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:45 pm 
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Hi, thanks for the quick response!

I do shoot pano's and am just getting into gigapixels so would find use for it there. But I am also about to invest in a fanotec pole 3 and want a robotic pan / tilt head to be able to accurately position the camera remotely from on top of the pole. I have looked at the Hague pan/tilt head http://www.b-hague.co.uk/pan__tilt_power_head.htm which seems ok but from my research, is a very dated piece of kit! Although the price is attractive when compared to the likes of ServoCity etc. Which is where I spotted the Panogear and thought it could be a happy medium...?

I shoot with a 7D.

What is wrong with the Panoshoot controller? What other options are there that you would recommend?

Thanks in advance, I really appreciate the help!

Alex


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:03 pm 
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Aleaxanderbell wrote:
Hi, thanks for the quick response!

I do shoot pano's and am just getting into gigapixels so would find use for it there. But I am also about to invest in a fanotec pole 3 and want a robotic pan / tilt head to be able to accurately position the camera remotely from on top of the pole. I have looked at the Hague pan/tilt head http://www.b-hague.co.uk/pan__tilt_power_head.htm which seems ok but from my research, is a very dated piece of kit! Although the price is attractive when compared to the likes of ServoCity etc. Which is where I spotted the Panogear and thought it could be a happy medium...?

OK - will the pole (and you) be able to handle the combined mass of the Panogear mount, camera body and lens?

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I shoot with a 7D.

What lens(es) would you like to use for shooting panos on a Panogear mount?

What sort of scenes do you shoot? Indoor or outdoor? Distant landscapes?

I am trying to determine whether you would need to mount the camera/lesn at the NPP....tyhe Panogear has limited adjustment.

If the dimension from base of the camera to centre of the lens mount, is greater than 40mm, or the lens barrell has a diameter of more than 80mm you cannot mount the camera/lens at the PP without modifications to the dovetail clamp and/or rail.

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What is wrong with the Panoshoot controller?

There seems to be quite a few people who have had major problems with it.

See: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=21149

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What other options are there that you would recommend?

The T&C Touch Controller:
http://www.typeandcolour.de/index.php?ln=en&tp=hhc_home

The Papywizard software with the Papymerlin Bluetooth adapter:
http://www.papywizard.org/
http://www.papymerlin.com/interface-%C3%A9lectronique/

PandroidWiz software with the Papymerlin Bluetooth adapter:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... z&hl=en_GB
http://www.papymerlin.com/pandroidwiz/
http://www.papymerlin.com/interface-%C3%A9lectronique/
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Where (in the world) are you located?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:15 pm 
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Aleaxanderbell wrote:
could I control the exposure and camera settings remotely too?

Some tethered software packages - not all for Canon:

http://www.tethertools.com/plugging-in/software/

I have ControlMyNikon, a lot of functionality for the low cost.

There is now a version of ControlMyNikon for Canon DSLRs too:

http://www.controlmycanon.com/

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If you shoot bracketed exposures for HDR/exposure fusion and need a wider exposure bracketing range than your camera offers then the Promote Control is the way to go - it works well in combination with the Merlin/Panaogear mount and all Merlin/Panogear controllers:

http://www.promotesystems.com/products/ ... ntrol.html


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