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!
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.
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.