GigaPan Epic Pro Robotic Panohead - GigaPixel Panoramas for DSLR's - Bundle - with GigaPan Epic Pro Backpack

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About GigaPan

New innovation from the leader in gigapixel imaging, GigaPan EPIC Pro features advanced technology and excellent design for outstanding performance and beautiful results. Capture phenomenal depth and clarity in multi-gigapixel panoramas with the remarkable EPIC Pro.

Now with new firmware! Additional features and improvements for a wider range offunctions and enhanced HDR capability.

Strong enough to hold a camera and lens combination of up to 10 lbs., EPIC Pro will take hundreds, even thousands of detailed individual photos for one intricate gigapan. With the new GigaPan Stitch software, these photos are efficiently combined into a seamless panorama and uploaded to GigaPan.com, where you can view, share and explore.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(5)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Cons:
Heavy (3)
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
Mfr #
GPEPPK
SKU
GPEPPK

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4

(based on 5 reviews)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

For serious panoramas

This is a VERY HEAVY accessory. It needs a pro tripod! The work that is turned out by this device is beyond execellent. I have been using it for nearly a year and have found little to complain about. The platform inside the unit needs a lock so it is easier to attach and remove it from the tripod and the software sucks (jpg only) - those are my only gripes with the unit. Setup and parallex correction are a dream come true. I used to use a manual panoramic head, much cheaper but setup was dif...

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This is a VERY HEAVY accessory. It needs a pro tripod! The work that is turned out by this device is beyond execellent. I have been using it for nearly a year and have found little to complain about. The platform inside the unit needs a lock so it is easier to attach and remove it from the tripod and the software sucks (jpg only) - those are my only gripes with the unit. Setup and parallex correction are a dream come true. I used to use a manual panoramic head, much cheaper but setup was difficult to say the least. I would recommend the GigaPan Epic Pro if you are going to take a large number of panoramics for sale so you can justify the cost.

Reviewed by 5 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

For serious panoramas

By

from Chevy Chase, MD  -  Pro Photographer

This is a VERY HEAVY accessory. It needs a pro tripod! The work that is turned out by this device is beyond execellent. I have been using it for nearly a year and have found little to complain about. The platform inside the unit needs a lock so it is easier to attach and remove it from the tripod and the software sucks (jpg only) - those are my only gripes with the unit. Setup and parallex correction are a dream come true. I used to use a manual panoramic head, much cheaper but setup was difficult to say the least. I would recommend the GigaPan Epic Pro if you are going to take a large number of panoramics for sale so you can justify the cost.

(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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Shopper  Can it be programmed to shoot the same scene again and again over a period of time?
BRENT F  The Gigapan Epic Pro can save the settings for a given panorama. For example, you can set it up to shoot a panorama and then save it to shoot it again starting and ending in exactly the same place thereby taking the same scene. I do this to get several pictures as lighting changes. Obviously the tripod has to be in exactly the same place. Now, if the question means can you leave the tripod/Epic Pro in a place and have it automatically start taking pictures again without being prompted to do so by the photographer, I don't think so. To my knowledge, the sequence has to be started manually each time. By the way, a user manual may be downloaded by going to their website. Hope this helps,
Shopper  Couple of questions, is the moutning arm still plastic and does it come with what I need to connect either a Canon 7D or Nikon D800?
KENT S  The camera/lens mounting arm is aluminum with a plastic insert on top in the area past the camera/lens mount. The Epic Pro comes with 7 different cables that allow connection to most DSLRs including the Canon 7D and the Nikon D800. I shoot with a Nikon D800 and have had no problems with either the cable or mount.
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JOHN A  "I have been doing panoramic photography using the Panasaurus and hand held. This a great deal of work and less than acceptable results in some cases. This device is attached to the tripod (like the Panasaurus) and you tell it (through a keyboard) where the top left of the photo is and where the bottom right is and it will proceed to take the series of photos from the top to the bottom, one or a thousand. "
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