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  1. Joel  Baldwin

    Joel Baldwin (July 20, 2009, 12:01AM )

    The Gigapans and Spherical panoramas I shoot are done in Manual mode at F8. That's the middle of the range and should be close to the sweet spots of the lens/cameras used. It also lets me use the same speeds/aperture for both types of shots so that I can be familiar with the correct settings. Focus has been the biggest hurdle I've had to overcome to produce high quality Gigapans with the SX10IS. This particular shot was one of my first shots and I just lucked out with a good focus. It took many failed shots before I worked out a consistently successful workflow. I've got one shot I need to go back to reshoot, for the third time! I’m not sure what I focused on. It could have been the buildings on the back side of the field, or something in the middle of the field, or the fence on the near side of the field or all three. Here’s the workflow I’ve settled on. Turn off ‘Safety MF' Turn 'AF Mode' to continuous With the camera on and the gigapan off ( so you can easily move it ) pick a high contrast section of the desired shot that is far enough away that most of the rest of the shot will also be in focus. Since I’m doing landscapes with everything a LONG ways away I pick something that's the average distance away. I want a high contrast item so the camera has an easier time focusing, rocks with a lot of shadows, tree trunks against snow or the sky, etc. I move the camera view to there and let it focus for a while, I then press MF to go in manual focus mode and fix the focus. I can halfway press the shutter button to get a zoom of the focus point to see how it looks. I then usually press the bottom most of the buttons on the rear upper right corner of the camera. This button in this mode will do a 'Safety MF' and fine tune the focus. Press the shutter half down to verify the results. In the manual I have this is detailed on page #128. Whether you've already done so or not, read the ENTIRE manual again. This is a very complex camera and it's easy to misunderstand how it works!

  2. Vincent Royer

    Vincent Royer (July 19, 2009, 04:12PM )

    Hi Joel, very nice GigaPan. I wonder what was your focus point and what is your aperture value. I still have problems to set these two correctly to get such a detailed GigaPan. I just purchased a Canon SX 10 IS and I didn't have to custom fit it on the Epix 100 as it is compatible. Thanks for your answer, Vincent Royer royerv@videotron.ca Will open in
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  3. Joel  Baldwin

    Joel Baldwin (November 04, 2008, 12:17PM )

    You're correct. I just noticed that while browsing the forums and discussions of the SX10IS. The 510 was what I misremembered. 560mm is correct and I'll go correct it in the comments.

  4. Ron Schott

    Ron Schott (November 04, 2008, 09:09AM )

    Congratulations on your new Canon SX10 IS! It looks great. I think you might want to check the specs, though. Full 20x zoom is more like 560mm equivalent. In the camera notes on my GigaPan "Autumn Fields, Evening" (www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 11906) the metadata actually lists the Canon SX10 IS's focal length equivalent as 565.2 mm.