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Gregwired Digital Panosaurus 2.0 panoramic head

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Gregwired Digital Panosaurus 2.0 panoramic head
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Description:
Panoramic head.

Solid machined aluminum upper head.

Stainless steel hardware.

Color coded stop marks on polycarbonate turntable

Incredibly simple to setup and use

Weight: Just under 2lbs - .9kg

Supports most all DSLR and point and shoot cameras.

http://gregwired.com/pano/Pano.htm
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Registered: March, 2008
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 331
Review Date: November 30, 2012 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great price; great for lightweight camera
Cons: not sturdy enough; slight flexing noticed.

I would recommend this head for those who want to get into panos at a good price. It will cover 75% of situations. It could benefit from some bracing feature which would make it more rock stable. Right now it should only be used with mirror lock-up firing. I would strongly recommend this pano head for beginners who are keen on developing this amazing technique: get it and keep on truckin'...
   
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Registered: December, 2011
Location: Lewes DE USA
Posts: 1,775
Review Date: May 18, 2012 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent for lighter weight configurations
Cons: Multi-row panos with heavy camera/lens

* ManuH's review reflects my feelings. I've been using the Panosaurus heads for years and the Panosaurus 2 is significantly improved from the original.


My latestatest project was an HDR multi-row panorama of a cathedral interior with 4 rows using a K-5 and DA*16-50 set at 35mm. The result was so good for my eye I had a 30 by 40 inch aluminum print made.


My only concern was the weight of the combination of the K-5 and DA* 16-50 lens. I just acquired a 35mm K f3.5 lens for future panoramas of this type to provide lower weight plus a closer positioning of the lens nodal point and the total center of gravity (haven't had a chance to use the lens for panos yet.)


I highly recommend this head when used within common sense limitations of weight. The cost to upgrade to a pano head capable of significantly more weight is very expensive in comparison.
   
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Registered: December, 2007
Location: Montreal
Posts: 1,208
Review Date: September 21, 2011 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very cheap, well built, simple to use and set-up
Cons: Not Arca compatible, may not work with grip, supports only 4.5kg/10lbs

It has to be the cheapest panoramic head around. There exist many other competitors (Nodal Ninja, Gigapan, etc). I didn't compare directly to them but Panoramic is a small part of my shooting and for 100$ the Panosaurus (v2.0) works well enough, multirow panos included.

The build quality is very good, parts are made of metal and are smooth enough in their movements.

With the included instructions finding the nodal point (the point around which you can pivot without parallax errors) for a lens is not too difficult. The graduated parts allow you to keep note of the correct points for later use.

My only real gripe is that there's no quick release plate. I may work around that with an Arca Swiss type clamp that I can fix onto the sliding plate.

My first test was a pano of 24 shots (3 rows x 8 shots ) with the DA 40mm on the K-5 for a total of about 400 megapixels. It tooks about 5 minutes to accomplish the shooting. I didn't have to even look at the viewfinder, the graduated mark on the rotating plate and the numbers on the arm let me adjust each shot quickly and accurately. The stitching (with Autopano) was flawless.

For simple row panorama, it may be a bit overkill and for high gigapixels with long focal lengths it may be a tad too flimsy but otherwise it does the job without too much fuss.

Highly recommended.
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