before spending money ask the experts
yes you are my Pano gurus and after reading your forum discussions I really cannot help referring to you before my next purchase.
I own a coolpix 5700 and a fisheye FC-E9, a very simple tripod (by Jessops) and a bubble lever (as per Robert J's recommendation). I have been playing with the art of Panoramic photos for a little longer the 4 weeks and now I am confused:
- Do I really need a Pano head? At the moment I do not have one and the results of my trials are not as good as I would have expected. To be honest at this point I am not even sure I should expect better results.
The thing is: please find the time to look at these tests. These Pano pics have been made by using row fisheye pics; no manipulation via photoshop and/or Panoramic software has been carried out before stitching . So they have been stitched as they were. To stitch I have used the automatic option in Easypano.The following is the same as the previous one but I started taking the 3 shots shifted 45 degrees. Much better stitched but still fake in the stitching points....
Question is: should I expect better automatic stitches? Or you guys usually work a lot with manual stitching and play with Photoshop before achieving the amazing results I can see in your WEB pages?
I must say that the use of the bubble level has improved a lot the results. But still there are not good enough even to show to friends...
Would a pano head be so indispensable?
If yes would you recommend the Agno's head? I have seen your conversation on this but at the end it is not clear to me if it is good enough to be considered an alternative to the expensive Manfrotto, Kaidain etc.....Or woudl you recommend any other not too expensive pano head?
- Next question is: which SW....
Maybe it is a bit unfair to use the Easypano forum to ask such a question: I am sure you all will come out saying: "yes Easypano, of course!!!!!"
But at the same time I am bit confused on this point as well.
I like a lot the cubic conversation (although I understand there is a lot of quality loss when you go for that) and the viewer of Easypano.
I have not tried the tourweaver yet.
However I do not quite like the way it stitches pics....
I have tried another SW, called 3DVISTA ( I am sure you know what I am talking about), and in my opinion that SW stitches much better (although results are still far away to be acceptable)....and you have more control over the manual stitching (it uses a different approach than Easypano's one)
Please advice on this as I really consider important your opinion before going ahead and purchase.