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TimInNC

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Location: United States
Registered: 8 May 2014
Head to shoot vacation rental properties. Manual vs. Motorized.
Posted: 11 May 2014 at 17:38 GMT
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Hi,

I am currently using a homemade panoramic head with a Canon G10 inspired by:

www.worth1000.com/tutorials/161123/tutorial

It works pretty well, and has helped me understand how the heads work, but it is not very professional looking.

My plan is to shoot vacation rental properties and have been looking at the Gigapan Epic. For $319 USD it seems like a good solution and is in my price range.

So, my question are:

Am I better off sticking with a manual head, the Nodal Ninja's seem very popular here ?

Is the Epic suitable for what I am trying to do ?

Is there a better motorized solution in that price range ?

This is a short term solution. After I make a little money I plan to upgrade cameras and heads.

Thanks,

Tim
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mediavets

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Location: Isleham, Cambs., United Kingdom
Registered: 8 Feb 2008
Re: Head to shoot vacation rental properties. Manual vs. Motorized.
Posted: 11 May 2014 at 19:29 GMT
updated: 11 May 2014 at 19:31 GMT
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TimInNC said:

Hi,

I am currently using a homemade panoramic head with a Canon G10 inspired by:

www.worth1000.com/tutorials/161123/tutorial

It works pretty well, and has helped me understand how the heads work, but it is not very professional looking.

My plan is to shoot vacation rental properties and have been looking at the Gigapan Epic. For $319 USD it seems like a good solution and is in my price range.

So, my question are:

Am I better off sticking with a manual head, the Nodal Ninja's seem very popular here ?

Stick with a manual head, Nodal Ninja are good.

Is the Epic suitable for what I am trying to do ?

No. The Gigapan range are not suited to shooting panos with a 360 HFOV and a 180 VFOV - which is what I guess you wish to do?

Is there a better motorized solution in that price range ?

I don't think so...in any case you'd be better off with a manual head for now.

This is a short term solution. After I make a little money I plan to upgrade cameras and heads.

If you plan to shoot interior spherical panos mostly then get a DSLR and a fishye lens ASAP. A Nodal Ninja 4 would work well with such a setup.

Andrew
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