With the Ultimate pano head, NEX-5, Sigma 8mm lens and a monopod, it makes no sense not take panoramas the same way you would take regular pictures. I am almost at the point where I will leave my D300 + 28-300 lens at home. Not quite, but close.
Yes, I see your logic, especially as the panoramas convey so much more than a single shot.
I'll follow your lead and start taking my panorama kit with me as well as the Nikon DSLR.
I have often taken panoramas with an wide angle lens on and just shooting images with a 50% overlap to give a "letterbox" panorama, but had thought of 360° panoramas only for specialist subjects.
Looking back at a set of 360° panoramas, such as these ones of Yosemite, just has to be better than a set of stills!
Best regards, Hugh.
For a 360 panorama to work, it really depends on the subject matter. Sometimes a cylindrical panorama works just fine.
I have found that I spend more time looking around before I decide to shoot a pano. If the sky or ground is not too interesting, I try to find another location. I will wade out into a stream in order to get a more interesting panorama. Sometimes I will look for an interesting man hole cover just to give the viewer something to look at when panning down. Don't stand in the middle of a parking lot or square. Get right up next to a bill board or sign or interesting church door.
This was done hand held. I could not take a Nadir shot. That is ok since the main subject of this panorama is found by looking up.
Once you start traveling with your pano rig, you will find that still pictures just to not cut it any more.
Thanks for the advice, which I have taken on board.
I understand what you are staying about not being in the center - I have recently taken some panoramas where I have been forced to be close to a concrete pillar or similar, but the finished panorama has worked fine.
I am impressed by your panorama of the Sistine Chapel.
I did not take any photographs when I visited as I was firmly told to put my camera away when I took it out, but I think that stills simply would not have done it justice in any case.
All the best, Hugh.