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Comments on Gigapan: Schenley Park woods

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  1. Chris Fastie

    Chris Fastie (June 17, 2009, 04:33PM )

    Gary, Thanks for the comment. The geometry of the Schenley Park panorama lent itself well to automatic focus, and there was ample depth of field at 133mm (35eq.) and f8, so it did not challenge the camera too much. I had a bad experience with autofocus last weekend and tried focusing each shot by hand without reward commensurate with my efforts (www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 25787). So I am still working through this issue. The Epic 100 can be set for a short or a long button push, and the long push should give the camera more time to focus. I have the Epic 100 rigged to push the button on a Nikon wireless remote, and a long push on that also seems to give the camera more time to focus (although sometimes the camera surrenders). More experiments are called for. I am envious of your D90 which can be triggered electronically by the Epic 100 (with permanent modifications to your remote cable) and also has a feature that flips up the mirror, waits one second, and then opens the shutter. My D40 lacks these features.

  2. Gary O Grimm

    Gary O Grimm (June 17, 2009, 11:47AM )

    Hi Chris, This is a great example that shows it is possible to use automatic focus. Using the Gigapan 100 I originally tried to do this, but the button pusher activates before the focus can take place. I tried manually pushing the button on a Nikon P80 and P90. Unfortunately these cameras do not have a timer that will stay on shot after shot. I have also tried a new Nikon D90, that is pretty heavy, but by using a remote cord I could manually wait for focus and push the button manually. I am still at a novice stage with all of this, but I like your efforts so far. Keep it up.