Wanting to purchase JTS rotator or similaI'm wanting to buy a JTS rotator - does anyone have one for sale?
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Quote: Originally posted by smooth on September-09-2007
Kingpano is 100% plastic and a budget panohead.
If you are using a DSLR I would recommend you go with the Agnos MrotatorTCPS
If money is tight buy the Nodal Ninja 3.
Remember the panohead will be with you a long time if you buy the right one. Camera's come and go - so the MrotatorTCPS is good long term value.
I think the term for the camera orientation is "Portrait" image long side up. Yes vertically. As compared to installing the camera horizontally or in "Landscape" orientation.
Next important is what fisheye lens have you selected?
Full frame: Fisheye (diagonal 180 degrees) Nikkor 10.5 or Tokina 10-17 fisheye. Need to take 6 images on the horizon + 1 UP zenith and 1 DOWN Nadir.
Drum Images: This is a full circle 180 degree fisheye lens that does not fit on a rectangular sensor so the left and right circle edges are cropped off. Probably a Sigma 8mm lens using a camera that has a 1.6 or 1.5 crop factor like a Nikon d40 or a Canon 350d or 20d. Need to take 4 images
Full Circle Image: This is a full circle 180 degree lens like the Sigma 8mm that will display the full image circle inside the rectangular camera 35mm sensor no crop factor like a Canon 5d. The Nikon Coolpix with the Nikkor FC-E8 or 9 [out of production and hard to find] Need to take 3 or 4 images.
Quote: Originally posted by DexterWalker on September-10-2007
Thanks both of you, that's really helpful. So i think i will go with the Agnos MrotatorTCPshort providing this is suitable for 180 and 360 panoramics.
Is there a cheaper place to buy them than from the Agnos website? or do you know where i could get a second hand one?
From the pictures it looks like these heads only allow the camera to take the picture vertically, right?
Thanks again :-)
Most buy direct from the manufacturer www.agnos.com you rarely see these offered secondhand as people hang onto their Panoheads for years.
Buying direct is easy and delivery to just about anywhere in the world seems to happen within 3 to 10 days. When contacting Agnos tell him "Smooth" sent you and you might just pick up a small discount or extra.
Same deal if ordering a Nodal Ninja 3 from Bill at www.nodalninja.com
Using either panohead you will mount the camera in portrait position when using a fisheye lens like the Sigma 8mm or Nikkor 10.5mm etc. this gives you the maximum vertical FOV and reduces the amount of images required.