I would try to sell the manfrotto and get the fisheye lens instead. I used it in the beginning and now i love the smooth and lightweight Nodal Ninja Stuff.

I am a mac user as well. Normally i use PTGui and sometimes Autopanogiga. Autopanogiga is more automatically and does a lot on it's own.

To learn about stitching and to set control points etc, i would start with PTGui. A lot of information and tutorials to find on the net.

www.ptgui.com
www.autopano.net/en/

You can download trial versions and test them yourself.

If you do not have photos to test, just let me know.

BTW: I ordered my first NN5 RD12 via the website because it waas not availible in my country. If i remember it right, it was 180€ on top. So right now i order in my homecountry. If you do not use UPS or something like it, I nearly lost a parcel from the states via international post. Cheaper, but it took 1,5 month to recieve it. UPS was there within 3 day, but this costs a fortune.


Heinz