I was searching online for a panoramic head, and came across a new product called Panosaurus. I had been on the verge of purchasing the Nodal Ninja a number of times, but just couldn't justify spending that type of money. I already have the Automate from Gadgetworks, but wanted something that I could use indoors in addition to shooting landscapes. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Panosaurus was listed under $100, and it looked good. I was even more pleased when it arrived a few days later, and seeing how beefy and sturdy it is. Assembly was easy, and it comes with a built in screw driver for adjustments, which is also magnetic and stays put on the unit. It does not come with instructions, but the PDF is listed online.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
I was a guest at a wedding yesterday in Janesville, Wisconsin at the Rotary Gardens. Luckily, the gates close, but the wedding still had access to the grounds. I snuck out after the dinner to test out Panosaurus with a 24mm lens. I used Adobe Photoshop CS5 to merge the photos into a panoramic, and Lightroom3.0 to tweak the images. I took 7 groups of ~12 images, to create 7 different panoramics. I was able to get in these 7 different locations and quickly set up and finish in less than 30 minutes.
As soon as I got Panosaurus, I told a friend of mine who is a photographer to order one. He did, and was also happy with the sturdiness of the panoramic head. I hope to use it indoors as well with Real Estate photography, and it will be easy to create virtual tours using this device.