GigaPan Epic Pro Robotic Panohead, GigaPixel Panoramas for DSLR's - Bundle - with Promote Control, Advanced All-In-One Tethering Solution

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About GigaPan

The combination of the GigaPanEPIC Prorobotic camera mount and Promote Control DSLR remote control provide unsurpassed flexibility in camera positioning and exposure control simplifying the creation of stunning HDR (High Dynamic Range) and focus stacked gigapixel panoramas.

The EPIC Pro and Promote Control automatically capture high-resolution images, giving photographers the ability to:

•Easily take up to 45 photos at an individual location during the capture process for HDR
•Control the camera to take up to 120 different focal planes at each location for focus stacking, creating an amazing image that is tack sharp from front to back (Canon only)
•Shoot up to 9.0EV steps between bracketed exposures
• Capture exposures anywhere from 1/8000 of a second up to several hours
•Automatically switch to Bulb mode bracketing for images longer than 30 seconds (*5DMIII, 6D and 60D require manual switch to Bulb mode)
•Compatible with nearly any modern Nikon or Canon camera and lens combination

A new instructional video demonstrates how the EPIC Pro and Promote Control work together (watch product demo above)

Summary of Customer Reviews

(4)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (4)

GigaPan Features

  • DSLR Compatible EPIC Pro works with almost all DSLR cameras.
  • Large lenses are supported Camera and lens combinations of up to 10 lbs can be used with the EPIC Pro.
  • Precision accuracy Powered camera movement and simple fore/aft up/down adjustment for optimal positioning of the nodal point and varied camera/lens combinations.
  • Quick set up Easy to secure EPIC Pro to tripod. Fits standard tripods with 1/4" thread.
  • Onboard bubble level for horizontal alignment.
  • Clear and simple to navigate menu Access frequently-used functions with the touch of a button, such as to move the camera or set the shutter delay.
  • Screen is highly visible with back lit display.
  • Strong and durable yet lightweight Excellent design with magnesium chassis and aluminum arm, the EPIC Pro weighs less than 8 lbs.
  • Rechargeable battery pack (7.2V, 4300mAH) Charge the battery on its own or whileinserted in the EPIC Pro, convenient for charging while shooting. Battery pack and charger included.
  • Multiple Triggering Option Allows the EPIC Pro to take multiple pictures at eachimage location up to 20 times per position for exposure bracketing or multiple image enhancement.
  • Optimized range of motion 360 panoramic and -65/+90 tilt range of motion with precision incremental movement.
  • Remote trigger port Enables you to start taking a panorama from a different location using a remote trigger switch (not included).
  • Settings include: Option to repeat last panorama, pause and scroll, and order pictures as rows or columns.
  • Adjustable features include: Time between exposures, motor speed, aspect ratio, and picture overlap.
  • Precision movement The pan-tilt precision for the EPIC Pro is 0.04 degrees/step for tilt and 0.12 degrees/step for pan.
  • Electronic Trigger Cable Seven cables are provided when you purchase the EPIC Pro.
  • New Firmware Features
    Exposure Bracketing for HDR Capture Works with your camera's AEB (automatic exposure bracketing) firmware to capture multiple exposures per position. Can exceed the camera firmware's brackets and exposure separation when in 'Bulb' mode
  • New Firmware Features
    Dedicated Mirror Lock-up Setting Helps prevent blurriness in photos when usinglarger, heavier lenses, where lack of settling is amplified by optical magnification
  • New Firmware Features
    Time Display Displays the hours and minutes it will take the EPIC Pro to capture a panorama, based on your settings. Ideal for time-sensitive shoots, such as events, or when remaining daylight is limited.
  • New Firmware Features
    Time Lapse Panoramas Allows you to capture a sequence of panoramas over a set period of time with a new timer.
  • New Firmware Features
    Additional Aspect Ratios Provides custom values (0.50:1, 0.55:1 through 2.00:1) in addition to standard values: 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9.

GigaPan Specifications

Dimensions
10-5/8" x 11-7/8" x 5-7/8" (27.12 x 30.25 x 15cm)
Weight
7.25 lbs w/Battery (3.3kg)
Power Supply
Battery Pack
Equipment Required for Shooting w/Epic
Tripod - Charged Battery Pack - Memory Card (4GB recommended) - Digital Camera - Lens - Electronic Trigger Cable - Mounting Plate
Equipment Required for Stiching
Intel-based Mac or PC with 1 GB of RAM (2 GB recommended) - Card Reader Stick or USB from camera - GigaPan Stitch software, included with purchase

Reviews about this item

Reviewed by 4 customers

 
5.0

easy to use

By

from Jacksonville.Florida  -  Photo Enthusiast

Still learning software. I was able to shoot a simple panarama and stitch it within a hour of un boxing.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Unfortunately

By

from Russia  -  Pro Photographer

Unfortunately, the product is sold by store employees, Daniel Gay, was not working. Seller is not warned that the device has been opened (there is damage). There is no way back. Would not recommend to your store, as a reliable partner.

 
4.0

Panoramas Made Easy

By

from Portland, Oregon  -  Photo Enthusiast

The GigaPan Epic Pro makes taking very good panoramas easy and the stitching software (Stitch.Efx) is excellent; but very limited in "photo development" attributes. Therefore, it is advisable to develop each photograph in the panorama prior to importing to the stitching software using the same settings to ensure consistency in the finished panorama image. I have had some difficulty is setting the proper field of view, which may be a glitch in the firmware. It is too early to tell. The Epic Pro is fairly intuitive and does not require much training to enable effective use. It is a bit heavy so a stable tripod is essential. The Epic Pro is a great tool for large landscapes, or for indoor shots such as a detailed library wall. It may also have considerable value as a real estate marketing tool capable of 360 degree panos of rooms.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A very expensive tripod head

By

from Chevy Chase, MD  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is the absolute "must have" for panoramic photography! The robotic tripod head allows for taking panoramics virtually unattended. It is large and heavy so you need a good sturdy tripod for this head. Attaching the camera (I have a Canon 7D) is simple with the foot provided. All the cables you need are supplied, I could not see a mark as to which camera each cable was used for. Setting up the GigaPan is quite simple, the device walks you through. Taking your first set of shots is again a hand holding affair with the GigaPan, it walks you through. I was sorely disapointed with the software. I use camera RAW for shooting - the supplied software is for JPG. This is a small dissapointment as I use PhotoShop anyway. I purchased this as a kit and it came with an extra battery and the much needed case/backpack. I would not recommend not purchasing the kit because the GigaPan will NOT fit in your normal camera case or backpack. Overall I would rate this device as extraordinary! This is not a casual use item, it has but a single purpose and it does it extremely well. Don't think you are going to go merily skipping through the mountains with this device on your back, it is large, heavy, bulky and (again) requires a good sturdy tripod to work correctly.

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Questions about this item:

Paul O  Will a hasselblad H4D-50 Camera hook up with Promote Remote Control to do focus stacking.. If cannot ..what accesories i need to buy to enable this functions the smae as 35mm DSLR camera? Please advice cos the Promote remote is $200+ more.. i do nedd wish to buy a lemon remote control
Andrew R  Gigapan indicates that this unit compatible with the H4D-50 when used in conjunction with with the Gigapan Canon E3 cable ( http://www.adorama.com/GPCBL1500.html ).
Bill W  Will a Phase One 645 DF Camera hook up to this with all electronic controls working the same as the 35mm DSLR camera's ????
Andrew R  Gigapan indicates that this unit may be used with the Phase One 645 DF, however you will need Gigapan's PhaseOne cable (not included) to complete the connection between the Gigapan unit and the camera.
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