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Accessory Review: GigaPan Epic Pro

By dpreview staff on Jun 14, 2013 at 20:54 GMT

The GigaPan EPIC Pro is an affordable motorized panorama head for DSLRs, built to create high-resolution images from multiple frames. in this article, Ireland-based landscape photographer Carsten Krieger takes the device out into the field to put it through its paces. Click the links below to go to the full review. 

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Total comments: 13
nathantw
By nathantw (10 months ago)

I've been creating Gigapans for a few years now. I started with an Epic 100 and this year I purchased an Epic Pro. Not sure why I got it since the Epic 100 worked so well. I like how the Epic Pro has a count down timer to tell you how long you're going to be sitting there reading a book when using a 400mm lens.

One thing that's rarely covered is if you're a shy person and don't like talking to people, don't buy a Gigapan. It attracts people like flies to honey. People will ask you all kinds of questions even if it's not related to the Gigapan itself. I had a young teen ask me about Nikon or Canon just a few weeks ago. Too funny.

Overall, I like the units. I haven't really used the Pro as much as I did the Epic 100 but I can see it being a great unit to own, especially if you use heavy lenses.

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Vitruvius
By Vitruvius (10 months ago)

Doesn't even do motion time lapses, even though it physically could.

There is a much better, cheaper, and lighter option that does everything including apps. It is called the Automate 1.0 by thegadgetworks.

But they don't have any special deals with NASA or Google. Perhaps that is why it is better and cheaper though.

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BJN
By BJN (10 months ago)

I have a Gigapan Epic 100 and would have to get the Epic Pro to work with my current choice of bodies I own. I won't be upgrading. Gigapan's accuracy is poor. If you run through a tile configuration more than once, you'll see that overlap is variable. Don't expect to do any astrophotography with a future Gigapan update. The motors don't have the precision necessary. The construction is flimsy with stamped steel brackets supporting the camera. Gigapan robots are big, and they have very poor battery life. Unless you need to frequently create stitched images with a large number of tiles, you're likely better off with a solid manual panorama bracket. It will be lighter and more stable, plus you can likely shoot a tile series faster than a Gigapan robot.

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MarshallG
By MarshallG (10 months ago)

Can it be used for astrophotography?

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CarstenKriegerPhotography
By CarstenKriegerPhotography (10 months ago)

That's one of the first things I asked as well :-) The answer is unfortunately no... for the moment at least. But I was told it is among the things GigaPan is thinking about.

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nathantw
By nathantw (10 months ago)

the problem is the Earth is moving too quickly so each picture, if shot quickly, will have stars in different areas of the sky. Now that I think about it though, it might work if the stars can match up in stitching. I'll try it one evening and see.

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WirenL
By WirenL (10 months ago)

One of my old High School mates works for this company and I went last year to try one of these bad boys out. The neat thing of it is that you can zoom into the scene, have it take all needed photo's and then it will stitch them for you and be perfect, on preview of the complted image, you can zoom in and see awesome detail... I did a city scape from across the river at 200mm and stitched like 140 some photo's.... it was pretty awesome. More expensive than I will ever buy, but it was cool none the less.

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Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (10 months ago)

In today's world I feel this is a bit of overkill.

I shoot panos with my tripod (mono-pod, even hand held at times),
and the great, free stitiching program Microsft Ice.

Many of my panos include people which ICE nicely compensates for thier movement, leaving very few clone touch-ups required.

This way I can shoot fast and can change vantage points on the spur of the moment.

Of course there is a place for a head such as this GigPan, but not in my bag.

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feraudy
By feraudy (10 months ago)

I dont think it's overkill. In all too many circumstances in which I have tried to manually make a panoramic shot with a long lens, requiring both vertical and horizontal movement, I have forgotten some part of the picture.

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nathantw
By nathantw (10 months ago)

Kind of missing the point with the tripod and camera shooting a few pictures. The idea of a Gigapan is to take quite a few pictures with a long lens automatically. I'm sure your photos are great, but putting it up against a picture taken with a Gigapan with a long lens where you can zoom into the picture and see detail are on a whole different level.

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dgeugene1
By dgeugene1 (10 months ago)

Why do people who use these things have so little artistic imagination?

My efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgeugene/sets/72157629832828886/ were made with pocket cameras and a homemade pan head.

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AshMills
By AshMills (10 months ago)

Personally I prefer his work to yours. Sorry. I do like your industrial landscape ones however.

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (10 months ago)

Well, I am a huge panorama fan, so the more beautiful panos people successful produce with this device, the more I will merrily appreciate them.

Very nice indoor and outdoor pano subjects, and good review. I love Ireland even though I have never been ... your photos tease and tantalize! Good stuff.
Cheers, Camediadude

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