View Full Version : Suggestions for pano gear
03-09-2013, 09:19 PM
I a new to Panoroma photography and therefore looking to buy pano gear that will suit most of my needs
Here's my current set up
Gitzo travellers tripod
5d MK3 with RRS L plate
70-200 2.8 L
I like the Nodal Ninja Gear but since I have already invested in expensive BH-55 head, I am therefore debating whether to go for RRS Pano gear or Nodal Ninja. What would you suggest ?
I am also interested in signing up for Google Trusted Photographers program.However, Google suggests that I use 8-15mm lens and R10
8-15mm costs around 1500 dollars which I cant afford.
My budget is around 1000 dollars.
03-10-2013, 12:17 AM
Hi and welcome to the forum,
You need an M1-L that would fit all your lenses. For some lenses you'll need the MFR210 as top rail like 24-70mm and 70 -200mm.
I do not want to poor water in your wine, but best shooting would be to place the panohead directly on top of tripod.
03-13-2013, 06:18 AM
Thanks for the reply
If I were to choose to place the Panohead directly on top of tripod and I go with nodal ninja, Could you please suggest what all I would need to buy keep in mind my above lenses that I would be using. My budget is around $700
03-13-2013, 03:07 PM
M1-L, RD16II with Nadir Adapter,
evtl EZ- Leveleler II
That's what I would buy.
03-15-2013, 04:55 AM
If you want to make 360x180 deg spherical pano, go for M1L. If you want to make multi-row mosaic image, M2 with give you more freedom in composition and enhance efficiency. You can take least image with least cropping in the final mosaic. The M1 have a fixed 7.5 deg interval will force you to take more image and crop more for mosaic.
03-31-2013, 06:52 PM
Can you use the M2 to create 360x180 deg spherical panos? I have the RD16II on my M2.
03-31-2013, 11:53 PM
Yes you can, just swap it around. You have different detend settings on RD8II, which are smaller up to 2°. But the M2 is designed for use with longer focal lenses up to 400mm. You use them for gigapixel panos, where you do not take Nadir or Zenith.
04-01-2013, 07:20 AM
I didn't get the RD8II, only the RD16II with the M2. Do I need the Ultimate M1 Nadir Adapter?
My widest lenses are the Nikon 24mm f/2.8D and the Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8D AF-S. Which lens is the best to shoot 360x180 deg spherical panos? I also have the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G.
04-01-2013, 01:53 PM
I would add it to my equipment. Though there are different ways to Rome, handheld nadir shot, "Ballett version" etc but I like the Nadir Adapter.
Concerning your lenses, I'd use the 17-35 @zoom 17 or the 24mm. 50mm will give you higher resolution but will take more shots and rows. For "busy places" you can shoot with 16mm which needs 6 around or a shaved 10,5 mm which needs 4 shots around.
I've added some info about the use of Nadir Adapter in this thread: http://www.nodalninja.com/forum/showthread.php?4924-Settings-with-5DMK2-amp-Canon-8-15&p=38329#post38329
04-01-2013, 09:39 PM
Thanks for the information. Is there a good tutorial for shooting 360x180 deg spherical panos?
04-02-2013, 02:42 AM
There is one on PTGui Pro: http://www.ptgui.com/examples/ and on Panoguide: http://www.panoguide.com/howto/
Some other helpful links:
http://www.frankvanderpol.nl/fov_pan_calc.htm for calculating shots around for different lenses
www.vrwave.com data base for different lenses.
04-02-2013, 02:48 AM
04-02-2013, 04:29 AM
Pleasure. That's what Nodal Ninja stands for: "uistekend service" and help from the forum.
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