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Giga Pan Systems Epic Pro Robotic Gigapixel Camera Mount


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  • EPIC Pro works with almost all DSLR cameras
  • Trigger EPIC Pro remotely or manually
  • Rechargeable battery pack included


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 16 x 12 inches ; 11.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 12 pounds
  • ASIN: B003SB1TS0
  • Item model number: S-012569
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 16, 2010

Product Description

It will support camera and lens combinations weighing up to 10 lb (4.5 kg) is easy to use and remarkably efficient. Simply set the corners of the panorama you want to capture using the LCD interface. The built-in software works out how many photos your camera will need to take hundreds or even thousands. Then the EPIC Pro begins snapping the photos automatically organizing them in overlapping rows and columns. After shooting the GigaPan Stitch software (free download included) assembles aligns and blends the individual images into one large panorama. The software then lets you to upload your panorama to GigaPan.com for sharing. You also can embed your uploaded panorama onto any website. For a list of compatible cameras visit cameras.

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Drew TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 5, 2011
If you're shooting gigapixel panos, you really need an automated head. I have a couple of multi-row pano heads, and for shooting multi-row panos, they are a pain. You have to calculate your grid, how many shots per row and column, the settings to use on the head, etc. I've shot 400 image multi-row images, only to find that I missed a couple of shots. So it's reshoot or spend hours in Photoshop trying to fix the problem.

This thing eliminates that problem. Attach the camera, set the NPP (no parallax point / entrance pupal / nodal point - whatever you want to call it) and go. The NPP is not so important if you're shooting stuff that's far away. It's VERY important if you're in a smaller room, or shooting when there are near and far objects.

So if you're shooting a skyline or landscapes, you'll be shooting your first gigapixel image 5 minutes after attaching the camera. Shooting in more confined spaces? You need to find the NPP for your lens/camera combination. If you don't, you'll have stitching errors - you know, when stuff does not align correctly. Unfortunately the help for finding the NPP is poor, and the thing is not designed to make it easy. For example, the bubble level is not in the center of the unit. The first step in finding the NPP for a multi-row head is to center the camera left to right. The easiest way is to attach a macro lens and point the camera straight down. The tripod screw is always the center - move the camera until this screw is centered. Can't do that here. There is nothing marking the center of the tripod head, so you have to figure it out for yourself - it's about 4 CM back from the front of the unit - that puts it about 50% of the way into the bubble level.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nick Matheson on June 30, 2013
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I bought this for taking ultra high res landscapes to print on my 44" printer... It works great for taking images during the day, but once your shutter drops below about 1/4s, the image quality is going to start dropping off due to lack of sturdiness. Before I cover what I think are weak points for it, first I'll mention the equipment I used... The tripod is a Series-4 with only the top two leg sections extended and the gigapan is mounted directly to the tripod (although I plan to put a quick release and leveling base in the middle to make switching heads and leveling easier). I use a D800 with 70-200mm for panos; AF & VR off. Based on reading other reviews before buying this, I was already expecting the bit of "backlash" in the gear system, but figured it would be fine if there wasn't much wind. I was shooting night panos on a windless night, longest exposure in the bracket was 1/2 second and the images just aren't as sharp as they are when mounting using my pano / gimbal head. The pan gears aren't bad, but the tilt system has too much play.

Inside the unit:
I took the unit apart to see if there is anything that can be done to fix the sturdiness... The chassis of the unit is made of cast metal (I prefer CNC'd stuff) but at least the only plastic bit is the front control area. The controller is a good quality circuit board with an Atmel 90USB1287-16AU processor, the buttons are low profile tact switches and the LCD is a CFAH2004K-YYH-JP, It has two Rebeck stepper motors. Now for the bad part... The gears are plastic spur gears (typical in most stuff); there is a bit of backlash in the pan gear system but not too bad, they should have used anti-backlash gears though...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ken on September 10, 2012
This is a great item but they cut corners in the mounting system. There are many reviews throughout the web and the main theme is that the camera plate is flimsy and breaks often. However the Really Right Stuff company has come out with a better mount that you should consider if you are spending this much for the unit. It costs another $270.00 but is well made as are all of their products. The price explains why the Gigapan used plastic as it would have put the price over a grand. The item from RRS to get if yours breaks is -- GP-CB Pkg: GigaPan Clamp Bar + MPR-CL II

The images taken with this unit are incredible when done with a quality DSLR and Lens.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LA Photo Ltd on October 28, 2013
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This works very well in concept, and if you go look at photos shot with it on giga pan main site there are amazing images. Lots of pros to this, but here are the negatives.

I ordered one of there and after doing a couple pano's discovered that while it rotates on its motor, the angle of the camera changes by up to 2º. In a small number of shots panorama this is not a huge deal. But in a 400+ shot panorama, where the entire single image is only 5º this adds a considerable amount of error.

Ok could be a fluke, so I contacted GigaPan support - which promises a 24hr response. Well after 5 days - NOTHING! I checked in after 2 days - nothing, and again after 5 days

Only recourse I have is returning it. Which I plan on doing, but meanwhile I ordered another one, just to see if I had a lemon and hoped the new one would work better. Well this one is 3º off.. so actually worse than the first unit. I may try a 3rd example to see if it is better, but I think after trying 3 I will give up if there are still problems.

This is very sad because other than the slight tilt that is introduced during motor rotation, everything else about this device works great! If they could only fix their quality control problems, it would be a great bargain for the price they charge.
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