ギガパン/Gigapan EPIC Pro
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- 【Gigapan Systems 正規販売代理店はマップコンシェルジュ株式会社です】
- Gigapan Systemsが自信をもっておすすめするデジタル一眼用プロフェッショナルタイプ【GigaPan EPICpro】超高解像度ギガピクセル（10億ピクセル）のパノラマ写真をあなたがお持ちのデジカメで撮影できてしまう優れものです。
- 対応機種及びケーブルはこちらを御覧ください http://gigapan.com/cms/support/camera-compatibility
- 同梱物：結合処理ソフトウェアライセンスコード、バッテリー、充電器、ケーブル（Canon N3・Canon/Pentax E3・Nikon 10–Pin・Nikon MC–DC2・Olympus RM–UC1・Sony RM–S1AM）
- ※カメラは別売りです ※為替相場により価格が変動することがあります
自分でストリートビューを撮影する時代がやってきました！ Gigapan Systems 正規販売代理店のマップコンシェルジュ株式会社が自信をもっておすすめするデジタル一眼用プロフェッショナルタイプ【GigaPan EPICpro】 その名の通り、超高解像度ギガピクセル（10億ピクセル）のパノラマ写真をあなたがお持ちのデジカメで撮影できてしまう優れものです。 対応機種及び対応ケーブルはこちらを御覧ください http://gigapan.com/cms/support/camera-compatibility 同梱物：結合処理ソフトウェアライセンスコード、バッテリー、充電器、ケーブル（Canon N3・Canon/Pentax E3・Nikon 10–Pin・Nikon MC–DC2・Olympus RM–UC1・Sony RM–S1AM） ※カメラは別売りです ※為替相場により価格が変動することがあります
|星5つ 34% (34%)||34%|
|星4つ 0% (0%)||0%|
|星3つ 22% (22%)||22%|
|星2つ 22% (22%)||22%|
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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... The tilt is driven on the left side of the unit and the right arm is just there to hold the other side of the mount in place, it uses a belt drive between the gear system in the main body and the gear at the top of the arm. The belt is reinforced anti-stretch rubber and there is an adjustment that allows the tension to be changed, but due to the following the tension can't be increased enough... Digging deeper into the gears, there are bearings on them, but they are only on one end of the gear, and the plastic hub on the gear is larger than the axle, so it wobbles, also all the gears are held in place with a bolt going into a flimsy piece of metal instead of encased on both sides by metal; so if you increase the tension to get rid of the belt play the gear starts to lean sideways... The belt tension isn't the only area with play (fixable by increasing tension), the gears themselves are able to wiggle rotationally (backlash) as well as tilting around their axle due to the hub being smaller than the axle. For a camera mount (which should be stable) this is not acceptable...
The Camera Mount:
The camera mount the unit comes with uses what looked like a Manfrotto style quick release plate and the locking pin on it is sharp, so be careful! Also between the smaller locking area of the plate the not the best mounting hardware that attaches it to the arms of the unit, I remember some plastic in there somewhere, this just adds more wiggle to the system... I tried my camera on the mount to make sure everything works before changing it with the RRS one... after I mounted the lens foot to the quick release plate and put it on the mount, the camera body (I had a grip on it but don't remember if it was the body or grip getting in the way) gets in the way of the quick release and you can't get the camera/lens back off! I removed the foot from my lens to get it back off the mount, then promptly chucked the mount in the trash and replaced it with the superior RRS one, which uses universal arca mounts which are more stable; the RRS designed platform is easier to use, more stable and just all around better... I highly recommend getting it over the stock mount/platform.
Important Notes for HDRs!
If you are shooting brackets with the gigapan, and have to stop in the middle of a bracket: reset your camera to the beginning of the bracket and delete any images for that position before resuming it, since the gigapan will start that bracket over (which would get your brackets out of sequence)...
My plans for the Gigapan...:
I will be taking the gear systems to a local precision machine shop and have them redo them with anti-backlash gears and a re-enforced gear box. Then the backlash issues should be taken care of...
I also plan on creating an auxiliary controller for it, so it can be programmed and controlled when mounted higher up out of reach...
Scoring the Gigapan:
Due to the poor engineering of the gear system, and the rather crappy mount, -1 (almost -2) of a star... This is a camera mount, it should be stable! Also the price, 900! That's allot! -1 star for the price, and poor packing (everything rattling around in the box when I got it)... But the only other cheap alternative for a motorized system around this price is a telescope mount, but the control system on those isn't as good for panos and bracketing... I found other robotic pano systems but the prices where outrageous! So for the time being this is the best robotic pano head for DSLR's. Perfect if you make a few mods to it! Would I recommend this? Yes, but not at this price point... Although I would be cautious getting a used one because the wear that may have occurred on the gear system...
Pictures of internals, posted in user product pictures...
Oh, you may not have as much issue (mount and stability) if you aren't using such a large camera/lens setup, but for the size of the unit and being the "DSLR" version I assumed it would handle it better...
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.