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Welcome to the GigaPan Forum!

This is the place for Gigapan.com members to offer peer-to-peer support for exchanging tips, ideas, comments, etc.

Those who need direct technical assistance with their GigaPan EPIC Series imagers, stitching software or gigapan.com membership account should contact us.

Recent Posts
Pol F. Gillard Pol F. Gillard
Posted: Oct 9, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / What are you using to capture your gigapan images, Raw, Tiff, Jpegs ?

Hi Terry, thank you !
This is indeed a way to avoid “lost captures”, I was busy to experiment this but I didn’t finished yet, it takes time before I find “the” proper delay to ensure all shots are stored properly…
A negative point will be the motions of clouds between the shots if it takes too long for a whole pano. Nothing is perfect but this tool is really fantastic thanks to its settings abilities and precision in action !
Pol

Dave Whitney Dave Whitney
Posted: Oct 9, 2012

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / Pentax K-5 or K10D and Autofocus

If interested here’s link to the remote made, now just have to figure out how to adapt on to the unit.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Pentax-DSLR-cab…

Dave Whitney Dave Whitney
Posted: Oct 9, 2012

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / Pentax K-5 or K10D and Autofocus

Wondering if anyone has come up with a solution to not being able to use the autofocus on the camera since the connection to the Epic Pro does not seem to have a way to initate a shutter response simulating a half press or using the AF button on the back.

I know you can do it with the camera because I made my first wired remote with both a focus an shutter button.

Any ideas other than pre-focus on estimated DOF?

Customer Service Customer Servic...
Posted: Oct 8, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Strange stitching result...

Hello Pol,

I will check the status on that and reply to the case you opened with us.

villegasview villegasview
Posted: Oct 8, 2012

Topic: Upload / Unable to upload

Hi,
I’ve had your Epic pro Device for about a month. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to upload any of my pictures! It keeps telling me that my picture are to SMALL! And It takes like 5 to 6 days to UPLOAD! I FEEL I’M DOING SOMETHING WRONG!! Could you PLEASE help me figure out what I’m doing wrong?
IF I can’t work with your program I’m going to have to send it back! I really want to see some of my pictures with this DEVICE! Please HELP!
Thank You,
Jesus Villegas

Tom Nelson Tom Nelson
Posted: Oct 8, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / GigaPan remote signal

What are the voltages and signal timings of the pins on the GigaPan Epic 100 remote trigger?

Glen David Short Glen David Shor...
Posted: Oct 7, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Most Recent bug

Yeah, something wrong there. I have found that you have to hit a user’s “most recent” tab two times before it actually goes to that page, when you access it from the tab on the member’s home/profile page.

Terry Foss Terry Foss
Posted: Oct 7, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / What are you using to capture your gigapan images, Raw, Tiff, Jpegs ?

Why not increase the delay before shots until the buffer has time to process?

Pol F. Gillard Pol F. Gillard
Posted: Oct 7, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / What are you using to capture your gigapan images, Raw, Tiff, Jpegs ?

New to this Gigapan Epic Pro head, my target whas double: 1) have the most accurate definition (IQ) and 2)the comfort of having a full matrix of the scene calculated by the Gigapan head itself.
I first tried shooting the scenes in raw format (Nikon Nef), and it worked fine to create a limited matrix of approximately 4-5 rows and 8-9 columns at 50mm focal.
I recently experimented shooting a matrix of +/- 140 images at 70mm focal, with hdr setting on 3 images, Nef raw format (Nikon D800E). This makes in total 420 images.
I used a formatted 128GB “SDXC I” memory card (class 10 – 45MB/s) in order to avoid any interruption of the captures.
Unfortunately, though I programmed 1/2sec delay before each step of operations “moving to next position, mirror up, shutter, a.s.o. 3 times (hdr) before again moving to next position”, the camera misses several shots because still busy to empty its buffer content to the card. In the meantime the Gigapan goes on without taking into account that the camera hasn’t taken the previous shot yet… !
Trying a 64GB CF card (90MB/s) produces the same issue.
Does this mean I should definetly forget shooting raw with my Gigapan Epic Pro ?
What are your thoughts about all this, what type of file do you capture with your camera (Nikon or any brand) ?
Thanks in advanced for your comments and appreciated help.
Pol

Pol F. Gillard Pol F. Gillard
Posted: Oct 7, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Strange stitching result...

Thanks, indeed I used this report feature and sent a set of images, the resulting matrix of the in the software uploaded pics could show it was complete and without any error, but once the full process is done I het a spherical image where the scene cannot be recognized…
I’ve been answered the software developer was busy with the issue but nothing new since a few weeks…

Rich Gibson Rich Gibson
Posted: Oct 6, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Most Recent bug

Select a user’s gigapans…the default sort is most popular.
Mouse over Most Recent and look at the link – it is linked to most popular
Click on most recent, and you get most populer
click on most recent on the second page and you get most popular.

This line of html appears to be the issue
Most Recent

Rich Gibson Rich Gibson
Posted: Oct 6, 2012

Topic: Indoor Gigapanning / Indoor-Dome

If you can get up on the scaffolding I’d recommend you shoot as much as you can from as close as you can – scaffolds are great, they give you access to places which normally people don’t get to see!

The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanogra...
Posted: Oct 6, 2012

Topic: Indoor Gigapanning / Indoor-Dome

The Pro will certainly shoot a 360 and the gigapan site provides a virtual reality view via the Google Earth links.

Here is the interior of a church taken with essentially no natural light that I made the other day. http://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/115505

If you want to know more about how I made this then please ask.

kilgore661@gmail.com

The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanogra...
Posted: Oct 6, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Strange stitching result...

This looks like a bug to me. Gigapan Stitch has a built-in feature that allows you to report weird results. I’m not sure where the feature is because I use other software, but from memory, once the image has stitched there is an option in one of the menus to report bad stitches.

The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanogra...
Posted: Oct 6, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Quick question re: Gigapan Pro and Tripods

I recommend you get the Arca Swiss mounting plate thing. I agree with John about not scrimping on the tripod. I also recommend that you get the heaviest tripod you can cope with because you want your shooting platform to be completely rigid and stable. You can always get a lightweight tripod and then mess around with buckets of rocks or bags of plastic bottles filled with water to hang off the tripod I suppose, but in the end, given all the other things you have to bear in mind when shooting gigapans, worrying about the tripod is the last thing you want.

I use a Manfrotto 55B which is made from cast iron by the feel of it, but even that is not great when you put a Gigapan Pro with 10lb of camera and lens on it because the mounting plate is not designed for so much weight. Hence the Arca Swiss plate.

The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanogra...
Posted: Oct 6, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Gigapan Surfing Tools

Hi Everyone,

If you have a lot of gigapans you may find it difficult to surf through them quickly. I’ve written a number of tools to solve this problem which you can find here: http://www.kilgore.org.uk/cgi-bin/surfing/surfe…

I’ve just made a new tool that attempts to solve the problem of making a gallery of nicely laid out pages. This is a bit tricky because gigapans come in different shapes and sizes.

Anyway, the new tool is here: http://661.org.uk/test/ if you want to try it.

Feedback via kilgore661@gmail.com greatly appreciated.

Jim Bilodeau Jim Bilodeau
Posted: Oct 5, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Recover gigapans

My main drive which held my gigapan’s and my backup was recently destroyed in a fire. So my only copies are now on gigapan.com. Is there anyway to download my files?

Thanks

John Opie John Opie
Posted: Oct 4, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Panogear or Epic Pro

The really major difference is that the Gigapan is a self-contained system that only needs a camera attached to it. The Panogear is controlled from either an attached computer or tablet, require extra gear to handle the process.

John Opie John Opie
Posted: Oct 4, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / new camera or not, from 6mp to 24mp

I’m an Olympus shooter, but the D3200 is a very attractive alternative for Gigapan use. The comments regarding lenses is absolutely correct: the importance of glass cannot be understated. Consider getting that camera and putting some legacy glass on it, shooting, say, a Nikkor 200 f4 legacy lens at f8 should take care of any softness or flare from the older glass and give you a decent reach without breaking the bank. I actually have one of these I bought on a whim for $50 and it’s a rather nice performer. I’m sure that a good 300 or longer lens will be more money, but nothing like the $1500 you’d need to spend on a modern lens. Consider this: your gigapan will be taken with fixed focus, so do you really need AF on your gigapan lenses?

Didn’t think so. :-)

John Opie John Opie
Posted: Oct 4, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Quick question re: Gigapan Pro and Tripods

Hi -

As someone also working on a budget, I understand your cost concerns, but scrimping on your tripod will generally leave you very frustrated, as your gigapans will suffer considerably!

I use the Manfrotto 028B for my Gigapan Pro work and while it is not small or light, it is extremely robust and sturdy, as well as extending up over 6 feet to get the best perspective when needed. I’m using an old Manfrotto ball head from my medium format days.

You may want to check your local photo shops to see if you can get a used tripod or at least a used ball head for working with the Gigapan Pro. Gitzo is also a very good quality, albeit heavy, alternative, with their older Studex line of tripods. I use one of theirs when I am backpacking and don’t want to carry the 15 pounds of Manfrotto 028b+ball head combo (which doesn’t strap well to a backpack!

For a rule of thumb with the Gigapan Pro, I calculate Gigapan + battery + camera + heaviest lens + battery for the total weight, then would recommend a tripod that is rated for at least 50% more weight to ensure stability in wind.

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Oct 3, 2012

Topic: Embedding / Embedding Sample Code -- fullscreen, snapshots, large views

Very clean, and love the toggled google map layer!

Neil Pedersen Neil Pedersen
Posted: Oct 2, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Complete 360x360 VR tour

This one might be handy too – http://www.johnhpanos.com/epcalib.htm

as well as this one – http://wiki.panotools.org/Entrance_Pupil_Database

Neil Pedersen Neil Pedersen
Posted: Oct 2, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Quick question re: Gigapan Pro and Tripods

When sizing out tripods and heads, make sure you pick one with a high enough weight capacity. ( Gigapan+camera body+biggest lense you will use )

You can get away with a lighter one, but it isn’t nearly as stable.

Socialeventshots Socialeventshot...
Posted: Oct 2, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Auto focus not working with Gigapan pro auto trigger

Hello there,

This is something we figured out and wanted to share in case any other newbies were having the same problem.

After reading through the gigapan manual, we realized that shutter time (in the expert options section) needed to be longer than time per pic. Once we made this adjustment auto focus started to work fine.

Thanks,
Charlie

pdesai2019 pdesai2019
Posted: Oct 2, 2012

Topic: Indoor Gigapanning / Indoor-Dome

Hello,

I like to do 360 pano of a dome. Is this possible? Inside of the dome is made of Italian marble with various designs that are hand carved. It also contains small status in the dome of the same material. The dome was recently sealed so I am dealing with low light situation. The dome starts large at base and small as it goes up so this would be highly challenging.

There are two domes (one larger than the other). I also plan to do external Pano as well but that should be okay to do. I have only shot two pano of near by hills just to get feel of it but I still need lot of practice. I do wish there were more video tutorials.

1. Can I do 360 pano (replicate the dome virtually) using GiganPan Pro that I own? If so, config to use?
2. How do I shoot using Pro? Layer at a time but then how do I should higher part that Pro cannot reach?
3. What type of light should I use knowing that the stone is Italian white marble? LED?

I would like to recreate the dome so that visitors can view the detail hand carving on a computer (ideally via web browser).

While the construction scaffolding are still up I like to do test shoot once I have gathered all the details. Unfortunately, time is a problem since I can only do this on Saturday because of full time job plus I have to ensure that I don’t intefere with the work going on in the dome.

If I can get enough confidence I am hoping to take time off to get it to work.

Any help I greatly appreciate.

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