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03-07-2008 04:23 AM  10 years agoPost 1
tabbytabb

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Grabbed a pic of my mast setup today after a job and thought I would share it here. The laptop mount is a manfrotto 3290 platform support and mounts right to the tripod 1/4 or 3/8 mount. I added a touch of velcro to make sure it doesnt go shooting off if things get wild.

Tabb

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03-07-2008 04:33 AM  10 years agoPost 2
okiefarmr

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Thats a sharp looking setup there tabbytabb.

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03-07-2008 05:10 AM  10 years agoPost 3
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03-07-2008 05:18 AM  10 years agoPost 4
tabbytabb

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Thanks guys,

Noobs, notice the top notch pano head on top of the mast

Embarrassing really.......

Tabb

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03-07-2008 05:22 AM  10 years agoPost 5
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03-07-2008 05:30 AM  10 years agoPost 6
tabbytabb

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yeah I agree, whatever works. I usually just use a Really Right Stuff L bracket but I forgot it today and luckily the Panosaurus was kicking around the back of my truck.

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03-07-2008 06:05 AM  10 years agoPost 7
BigguyOz

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Tabb & Nooobs, just interested in the shortcomings of the Panosaurus head compared to the more expensive ones.

Tony Stott

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03-07-2008 06:17 AM  10 years agoPost 8
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03-07-2008 06:30 AM  10 years agoPost 9
tabbytabb

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Tony,

It is a fine panohead for the price but for heavier setup the precision and holding power is a bit lacking.

It was the first panohead I bought and taught me quite a bit about what makes a good/bad head.

It can definitely get you up and shooting for cheap but once you use a nicer head it is hard to go back.

When I have the 24-70 lens on it the whole head kind of sags under the weight and is hard to adjust.

I am not badmouthing it at all though, for the price he charges I could not provide a product 1/5th as nice.

Tabb

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03-07-2008 01:16 PM  10 years agoPost 10
BigguyOz

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Thanks Tabb, I appreciate the comments, and can see how it would be hard-pressed with a heavier camera.

Tony Stott

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03-07-2008 02:36 PM  10 years agoPost 11
aambrose

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Looks good Tabb! What case are you using for your laptop?

Thanks!


Tony

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03-07-2008 02:54 PM  10 years agoPost 12
500Driver

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Hey Tabb,

Nice.

What brand mast are you using?

50 footer?

When in doubt...auto out

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03-07-2008 05:05 PM  10 years agoPost 13
dreslism

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Tabb & Nooobs, just interested in the shortcomings of the Panosaurus head compared to the more expensive ones.
Tony,

I also started out with a panosaurus a few years back. It works fine, but it is big and bulky and for traveling around, it does not really fit in your camera bag nice, and mounting the base plate to your camera is a pain, and not so much of a repeatable process.

I moved up to a NN3 over a year ago. The biggest benefit I got out of it, and why I bought it was the click stops.

With the panosaurus, you rotate the head, but you have to manually watch in the viewfinder to make sure you have overlap, so you are constantly having to look into the viewfinder. This takes time, and more chance of bumping your setup.

With something with click stops, you set the detents for your len's field of view, then you plug in the remote, click the shutter, pan the pan head till it clicks at the next stop, then click the shutter again, and repeat until you do the full 360. You never have to look into the view finder, and you have repeatable consistent overlap.

With a setup with click stops, you can crank out a perfect pano in seconds, and never have to think about anything. Being fast on the rotate can help very much if you are in a busy/active environment with people moving around.

Something like the NN3 fits very nice in my camera bag also, so it is always there.

When I bought my panosaurus a few years back, I thought, no way I need to spend the money on a more expensive one. NOw that I have the NN3 with click stops it is well worth the money to me, and looking at the cost of the two, it is not much more at all.

Plus the NN3 is small and light enough that I can put it on my monopod when I pull out the belt-o-pod.

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03-07-2008 05:06 PM  10 years agoPost 14
dreslism

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Oh yeah,

Tabb,

Where's the results of the new setup?

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03-07-2008 05:12 PM  10 years agoPost 15
tabbytabb

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Scott,

Results are too boring to publish. This one was for matching the background on a rendering. Basically turned out to be a photo of a bridge.

Tony- laptop case is a pelican 1490

500- mast is a 50 footer with the top section removed works out to around 37ft I think

Tabb

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03-07-2008 10:04 PM  10 years agoPost 16
Menno

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Hi Tabb,

Am I mistaking or is this a wired setup. What do you use to manage the cables. I went to a radio controled setup because it was a pain to roll up the USB cable and the remote cable for the pan tilt head.

Thanks.

Menno

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03-08-2008 05:21 PM  10 years agoPost 17
Stet

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Is that a spiderbeam mast?

keepin' it real

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03-08-2008 11:14 PM  10 years agoPost 18
coptercam

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Looks good Tabb. Xtreme Aerial Concepts (Perry Kavros) sells a mobile ground station (MGS-1) that is really nice. It looks like he has put a lot of thought into it. I will be ordering one very soon. Here is a link to his website.

http://www.xaconcepts.com Click on MGS-1

Brent

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03-10-2008 01:28 PM  10 years agoPost 19
cainebean

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Tabb
Will that head spin a full 360?

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03-10-2008 02:26 PM  10 years agoPost 20
Beauregard

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So Tabb did you post this thread from out in the parking lot..

I see a recently posted photos on your RunRyder page????

Cedar

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