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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.

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Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Oct 11, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Plug spec for elect. shutter release

It works perfectly – I was using it today as a matter of fact.

I forgot to update this thread, but I posted an annotated schematic with Mouser electronics part numbers over here: http://www.gigapan.com/forums/7/topics/72

Tom Nelson Tom Nelson
Posted: Oct 10, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / GigaPan remote signal

I guess I’m the only one replying on this topic.

I put the VOM on the Canon remote cord while the GigaPan was running and this is what I got:
The center ring on the Canon plug is not used. The tip is +3.5 volts and 4.4 ohms at rest, dropping briefly to +2.5 volts and about 5.6-6.0 ohms when it triggers the camera. The pulse is brief enough it’s hard to tell whether the VOM needle is overshooting on ohms by its momentum or not.

It appears the ’Pan is sending a shoot signal and the camera interprets it as focus-and-shoot.

The white wire goes to the ring at the base of the Canon plug. The red wire goes to the tip.

The female jack that fits in the GigaPan is 7mm wide, 2mm tall and 15mm deep. It has a 1×1mm bump on the underside. The left and right holes are ~5mm apart.

Dave Whitney Dave Whitney
Posted: Oct 10, 2012

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

OK more puzzlement, sorry to beat this to death

Used my DYO remote, can focus, use shutter fine
Plugged remote into my Epic Pro, DYI remote no longer functions at all!

The external trigger can be accessed with a standard 3-pole 2.5 mm jack plug. Appropriate ‘official’ remote controller with this plug is called RS-60 E3. The same pinout is used by all Pentax cameras

PinPin |Pin |Description
Number |Name |Position
3 |GND |Base |Ground
2 |FOCUS |Center |short to pin 3 to focus Canon/Pentax camera
1 |SHUTTER |Tip |short to pin 3 to trigger shutter Canon/Pentax camera

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Oct 9, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Gigapan Surfing Tools

Pretty sweet Kilgore!

rjharbin rjharbin
Posted: Oct 9, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Gigapan Setup and Questions

I am very new here and actually don’t have the Gigapan in my hands yet. I’m deployed now in the Middle East, but in December I will be going on a trip and have some perfect settings to use a Gigapan. But I won’t get in practice beforehand, so I need some help on setup. I have a Canon 5DII and Canon 7D. 70mm-200mm f2.8 lense.

The main place I want to shoot is a mountain in Romania. At the chalet is a perfect setup and I believe a good place to set the tripod and get it going.

What are some things I need to think about?

Is there a step by step for dummies?

Cold Issues?

Time frame for shooting a panorama?

Setting for HDR?

Will I have issues with the white snow and the camera making everything to dark?

Would it be best to set to manual focus and infinity since it will be a mountain side?

Do you set the exposure and all settings to manual or what mode?

Thank you very much and I’m very excited to be in this new realm of photography for myself.
Rob

Customer Service Customer Servic...
Posted: Oct 9, 2012

Topic: Upload / Unable to upload

The minimum size for uploads is 50 megapixels, that’s why you’re getting that message. You’ll see the third sentence in the message tells you how many megapixels your image is. Try uploading a larger panorama or up-sample this image. If you continue to experience problems, please contact Tech Support at http://www.gigapan.com/cms/support/contact-support

Cerberus-CH Cerberus-CH
Posted: Oct 9, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Gaps between vertical rows

I don’t have any overlapping between the vertical rows.
If I shoot a panorama with 4 vertical rows and 15 horizontal pictures.
I get nice vertical panoramas ( the 4 pictures are overlapping, as they should) but between the 15 horizontal pictures there is allways a gap.

BTW: I used autopano giga for the stitching.

Tom Nelson Tom Nelson
Posted: Oct 9, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / GigaPan remote signal

Contrary to what’s been posted on the forum, the Epic 100 remote cord does not appear to be a standard HiTec servo connector: http://www.servocity.com/html/connector_types.html

This is what it has: http://tnphoto.com/giga/GigaPlug.gif
Note the fin on the bottom, which presumably prevents it from being plugged in backwards.

Tom Nelson Tom Nelson
Posted: Oct 9, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Plug spec for elect. shutter release

How did your Panasonic cable work out, Mosley?

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

Topic: General Gigapanning / Strange stitching result...

Thank you to the customers service, I’ll be patient and wait until you find out what happened in my submitted example.
Pol

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.