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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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mskp mskp
Posted: Jul 20, 2012

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / Panasonic LUMIX FZ-150 on EPIC 100

Hi, Mosley!
I´ve also bought a FZ-150 recently mainly because of its huge optical zoom and the capability of taking raw images as well as the remote control. Regarding this one do you have some specific procedures to share about the conversion of the shutter cable you have refered to? I have no solding capabilities, but will or could find one who has. I actually have the cable gigapan sells, but tried it and it does not work on this camera. What are the modifications that should be performed to make it work?.
Thanks for any hint.
Regards, Martin

Eikern Eikern
Posted: Jul 19, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Nikon D90 with 200mm lens – accept parallax?

Hi. I’ve just bought a GigaPan Epic Pro and have tried it out with a Nikon D90 with a Sigma DC 18–200 mm lens. Calibrating the device with a low focal length gives me no problem in regards to finding the entrance pupil thus getting no parallax. My problem is that I can’t seem to adjust the rail far enough to shooting with a higher focal length than about 80 mm. So my question is: is it normal to accept some parallax on telelenses such as mine?

Thanks.

jessegittens jessegittens
Posted: Jul 19, 2012

Topic: Special-effects Gigapans / HDR Workflow

Hi Tom

THanks for the input i tried what you sugested and this is what came out of it http://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/109900

Any thoughts on how to get a smooth image? I think maybe i should use 75% over lap and a then take a general test HDR shot for me to get my numbers right, there is no way to preview when you batch is there?

Tom Nelson Tom Nelson
Posted: Jul 17, 2012

Topic: Special-effects Gigapans / HDR Workflow

I doubt image size is the problem, Jesse. Try batch merging them to HDR and outputting as a JPEG or TIFF in Photomatix, then cropping them.

Ron Schott Ron Schott
Posted: Jul 17, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Measuring Tools/Software

Chris Fastie has done some very interesting work on this subject. Pardon the tongue in cheek presentation: http://youtu.be/gBQtVZfx9lc?t=17m50s

Estefan Garcia Estefan Garcia
Posted: Jul 16, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Measuring Tools/Software

Are there any tools or software available to get length measurements in spherical panoramas? I know there is GigaMacro but that seems to only be good for photos of really small objects. I am working on a research project that involves photos of human sized objects and even buildings. If there is not software available, does anyone have an algorithm or know the math to do this?

Estefan Garcia Estefan Garcia
Posted: Jul 16, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / On-screen measurement tool

I have the same question. Are there any programs or tools available to do measurements on gigapixel photos that are human scale? And what is the GigaPan ID?

bkaylor bkaylor
Posted: Jul 16, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Image size when shooting

If you don’t shoot in RAW you may get stuck with a bad white balance that could have been easily corrected.

Hey Shawn:
A D800 owner walks into a bar and sits next to a gigapanner. The gigapanner looks bummed out, so the D800 owner says, “Hey, why the long face?” The gigapanner looks up and says, “I just shot this huge panorama, it’s almost 100 megapixels! But the stitcher isn’t working, I think one of my images is missing.” The D800 owner thought about this a moment and then asked, “Is it the left one or the right one?”

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Jul 16, 2012

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / Panasonic LUMIX FZ-150 on EPIC 100

I’ve just picked up a Panasonic LUMIX FZ-150 to use with my EPIC 100, and am so far very pleased. It looks like it will be an excellent Gigapanning camera. Here are the reasons I bought it, in no particular order:

600mm optical zoom
Leica glass
standard 52mm filter thread (take that, Canon!)
additional zoom controls on the side of the lens (not just around the shutter button)
Focus button on the side of the lens (Set the camera to manual focus then press this to use AF once)
Zoom setting memory and manual focus memory (after you turn the camera off for a battery or memory card change)
configurable 3-shot bracketing
Uses SDXC cards
RAW
Ability to use a shutter cable (which is easily made if you can solder) rather than the button pusher

Shawn Long Shawn Long
Posted: Jul 16, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Image size when shooting

The amazing amount of resolution offered by the D800 has a significant downside.

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Jul 13, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Explore Score No More?

Mario, it looks as if the explore score has not yet been calculated for your gigapan. Let me take a better look…

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Jul 12, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Cable for Panasonic cameras

I just finished one as well. If anyone wants a shopping list for all of the parts at Mouser.com, let me know.

Morrie Portnoff Morrie Portnoff
Posted: Jul 12, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Battery Charging Epic Pro

Reinstalled the Firmware and all is good now.

mario1089 mario1089
Posted: Jul 12, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Explore Score No More?

I don`t understand: I have the most views of all recently uploaded gigapans (500 during 3 days), but explore score still zero! What am I getting wrong? Is it recalculated weekly? Or is 500 views just kinda “nothing”? Please clarify!

Gary Hawkey Gary Hawkey
Posted: Jul 11, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Cable for Panasonic cameras

I made this cable for my gh2 and it works flawlessly.
Was ready to dump the whole idea of gigapan because so any images were ruined from the button pusher on the epic 100
You are correct, it really should be a standard item.

Morrie Portnoff Morrie Portnoff
Posted: Jul 11, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Battery Charging Epic Pro

If I press the centre button, hold and press the OK I get Firmware Import. The only way I can clear this is by pulling the battery out.

Morrie Portnoff Morrie Portnoff
Posted: Jul 11, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Battery Charging Epic Pro

I just got the Epic Pro and tried to charge the battery. When I plug it in to the charger on its own the lights do not flash as per the manual. Just the red light stays solid. Eventually the light does turn green but when I replug it in it goes red again. When I put the battery in the unit and press the on (OK) button all I get are a series if rectangles that go off when I release the button.Is there a proper orientation to place the battery? The battery has only 1 port to plug in the charger, although when I look into the unit I see some other multi-pin connector. Any thoughts or input would be appreciated.

Gary Hawkey Gary Hawkey
Posted: Jul 11, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Stitcher CM and bit depth

When loading 16 bit ICC tagged tiff files to Stitcher it is removing the profile and reducing the bit depth to 8bits, why?
Any workflows to get around this?

Gary Hawkey Gary Hawkey
Posted: Jul 11, 2012

Topic: Stitch / 360 degree techniques

Is there a way to get multiple rotations or overlap on a 360 degree pano? This would be very useful for cropping.
Maybe I just have lazy habits from circuit cameras where you just let it spin until you run out of film.

Another way this could be handled is if you could take a column or two from your pano before stitching and move it from back to front or vice versa.

It might be helpful if you could hover over frames in stitcher and see the files names, that way it would be a lot easier to manually rename the files, although still not nearly as easy as dragging a column of frames.

thanks in advance

G

David Pivin David Pivin
Posted: Jul 10, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Manual or Autofocus in crowds?

Mgerais and Fred,

There is not a simple answer to the focus question, but the big issue is that most cameras set on autofocus will fail to shoot if they have not achieved focus. Your GigaPan unit does not know this and will just move on to the next point, missing a shot. This is the reasoning behind using manual on the sky and auto on the crowd. However there will still be issues using autofocus with any near objects ‘stealing’ the focus when they are not of primary interest, such as bushes that are close by or in your case, nearby people who move in and out of position. Personally I would recommend setting manual focus on the stadium shot, but set focus and aperture to have a depth of focus starting out out at least 20 yards/meters away to infinity. The nearby people will be out of focus, but the rest will be fine. For guidance here, search for information about setting your focus to ‘hyperfocal distance’ on Google. Near objects can only be brought into focus by taking multiple exposures and ‘focus stacking’ before stitching as is done for indoor, small room or still life, tabletop panos. These are difficult to do and cannot tolerate any motion of the subject.

Dave

Mgerais Mgerais Mgerais Mgerais
Posted: Jul 9, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Manual or Autofocus in crowds?

hi fred. i need help with case like yours. im trying to make a gigaphoto in soccer game, but the people at the stadium are unfocusing. im using manual focus, with manual mode. my gigapan is epic pro.

see it http://gigapan.com/gigapans/45afc30efcea1d4d43d…
in this i use 55mm, nikon d5100. butt i want to use 200mm. the support/manual of gigapan website is very poor.

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

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / Camera Size

Size requirements for the Epic/Epic 100 can be found at http://www.gigapan.com/cms/support/tech-specs

Matthew Piscitelli Matthew Piscite...
Posted: Jul 9, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Impossible Panorama Shoot?

Thanks for the advice Tim!

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Jul 9, 2012

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

The plug (per the old forums) is a standard HiTec male servo connector, which should be available at any hobby shop that deals in R/C planes, cars, etc.

As for the Panasonic shutter cable, I just picked up an FZ150, so I need one too. I just ordered all of the parts to build 3 of these: http://www.motionfxdesign.com/2012/03/gigapan-e… and will report back on how that works out.

Aloysious A Gruntpuddock Aloysious A Gru...
Posted: Jul 8, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / What lenses do you guys use?

“Old Sigma 75-300mm, usually set to over 200mm.”

Yup, works for me!

Pre-digital and is not recognised by my 350D but works perfectly on the 400D.