GigaPan Epic Pro
GigaPan Epic Pro first look
Compared with a manual pano head
Initial setup battery charging and testing of the GigaPan Epic Pro camera mount with the Manfrotto 338 levelling tripod head. The GigaPan category in the dropdown list at the right links to all articles related to the GigaPan.
Panoramic photography with the GigaPan Epic Pro
We’ve just got a GigaPan Epic Pro for some of our high resolution panoramic photography.
I’m hoping to have a more detailed review when work allows, but in the mean time I’ll post a few shorter updates here on the blog.
Here’s what I’ve used for some time – the excellent Manfrotto 303sph
In the background is a Canon 5100 printer that I’m currently testing.
The 303 is robust, but a little lightweight for the Canon 1Ds3 with heavier lenses. It does allow for very accurate setting of the camera position to eliminate parallax errors.
After removing the Gigapan device from its box, the first thing to do is charge that NiMH battery – this takes several hours for a new battery.
Note the array of connecting leads – seven are included, so I found myself wondering what cameras the other six fit?
The device fits on top of my tripod.
Actually, I’ve fitted the GigaPan (via its 3/8″ tripod mount) to a Manfrotto 338 levelling device
This makes final levelling of the GigaPan much easier.
Here’s the camera mounted on the GigaPan
On slight issue I’ve found with the Canon 1Ds 3 – it’s fractionally too tall for the mount, so the centre axis of the lens is perhaps 5mm above the rotation axis.
The lens is a TS-E90mm lens (I’d nothing else at this focal length – I’m not using any shift here). I’ve moved the camera back on the mount to get rid of side to side parallax, but if you had objects very close, you might still find some up/down parallax. I’ll have to experiment and see if this really is a problem.
After a few hours charging I took a simple set of Pano shots in the room, and stitched them both in the supplied GigaPan software, and Photoshop CS5
The device is very easy to set up and operate, but I’ll leave that until I can show some examples.
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