Sunday, June 19, 2011

Panosaurus: Raaawwwwrrrrr!

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.

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.

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