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Post by trebs » Tue May 10, 2005 9:04 am

<sigh>

I've gone and ordered one...

Trebs.

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Post by Big Pix » Tue May 10, 2005 9:22 am

You will be happy with the results ....... download the nodal points off KingPano web site, I found these very helpful, and my first image is in the image section of this forum,

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Post by trebs » Tue May 10, 2005 9:27 am

going to look, bp..

I'm curious about setting up my Tamron 28-75 F2.8 too. My favoured lens at the moment.

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Post by Big Pix » Tue May 10, 2005 9:34 am

If you give Bill King a call or Email, he is a wealth of information and very friendly,

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Post by hvengel » Tue May 10, 2005 5:19 pm

On the KingPano web site there is a tutorial on setting up the head for your camera and also how to find a entrance pupil (nodal point). It is really not that difficult to do. I found it took me about 15 minutes to locate the entrance pupil for each prime lens or focal length on a zoom that I intended to use.

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Post by blink-1 » Tue May 10, 2005 10:59 pm

Big Pix wrote:If you give Bill King a call or Email, he is a wealth of information and very friendly,

cheers
bp
I'll say. Bill happened to be in the Cincinnati area today while on his free time. He knew of my interest and went out of his way to meet me and show me his product. I've rarely met people who are as genuinely enthused about what they do or make as Bill seemed to me.

I thought the head looked better in person than on his site. While he expressed that he feared I might think the head he was traveling with might not look good enough, I thought it looked like an excellent peice of equipment: well machined, very solid in hand, and the engraved marks very well done and easy to use. While it isn't as small as the Nodal Ninja, I think it appears to be very well though-out and constructed. I was 95% sold before he showed the pano head to me; now I know which head I'll be buying.

I can't wait until I've saved my nickels and dimes and have then placed my order. I only hope I produce similar fine quality images to those he showed me during our brief meeting.

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Post by Big Pix » Sat May 14, 2005 2:42 am

I am using the KingPano Head with Panorama Maker Software and after a quick play I am now getting better results than what I have posted from the same group of images......

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Wind stability?

Post by JeffMann » Thu May 19, 2005 12:00 pm

I noticed that Max tested the Panosaurus aginst the Ninja Nodal in terms of wind stability. How does the KingPano compare to those two products in terms of stability under windy conditions?

Jeff.

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Re: Wind stability?

Post by maxlyons » Thu May 19, 2005 7:34 pm

JeffMann wrote:I noticed that Max tested the Panosaurus aginst the Ninja Nodal in terms of wind stability. How does the KingPano compare to those two products in terms of stability under windy conditions?
I'm planning a review of the KingPano. This will be part of the review.

Sorry...I don't have a date for when the review will be finished, but hope that it won't be too long.

Max

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Kingpano - Jasper

Post by mhc1 » Mon Dec 26, 2005 1:08 pm

Hi,
which one of the three would now be advisable :
KingPano, Jaspers, or Nodal Ninja ?
Using a D70 with Sigma 8mm fisheye for 4 + nadir+zenith in smaller rooms, this has to be stable an very accurate concerning sag, click-stops, turn-point etc, because geometrical contents in the pictures are a hazzle to correct.
The weight is about 1kg, adjustment: 60mm left, 90mm back.
Panosaurus could do this - but I need a more stable system and click-stops.
Mailed to the above mentioned an got quick response - but I am a litte
anxious to by one now.
Nodal Ninja looks like the Seitz system, the Jspers too.
But is the Nodal Ninja manufactured precisely ? Does ist have play within the adjustments ?
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Post by Juergen » Mon Dec 26, 2005 3:53 pm

Mike, none of the above only the Kingpano matches your criteria of clickstops because the Nodal Ninja doesn't have clickstops at all and the Jasper doesn't have stops at 90°.

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Jaspers clickstops

Post by mhc1 » Tue Dec 27, 2005 4:31 am

Hi Juergen
(keeping English for everybody to follow ?!)
Greetings form Hamburg to the Alps!

Jasper has click-stops every 45 degress- so 2* 45 = 90.

Do you know if there is any German adress, where these 3 Heads could be seen or bought ? (Or even 1 of them)

Jasper said Panohead 3 is out, minor changes with the landscape bracket as far as I see, so the turntable looks the same as well as the
horizontal & vertical arm.
It´s extremly stabile (due to forum discussions).
Also Nodal Ninja has a new head - also minor changes.

So what will be solving my problems ?

Ciao and "Grüss Gott"
Mike
Ciao
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What is new?

Post by kieranmullen » Wed May 24, 2006 12:31 pm

I see no one has posted on this thread in 2006! Does that mean Kingpano product is a lame duck? I paid an extra $50 and my lense for my camera so he could find out the nodal for me. (I was very busy at the time) I did get my unit but never got the nodal numbers and I never saw them posted t the website.
I asked in an email where they were last week. I have yet to see a response. Now I come to the forum and I have not seen posts in months.

Comments?

KM

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KingPano...

Post by mhc1 » Wed May 24, 2006 12:39 pm

Hm - I know that he´s working on a metall- version.
Got some replys in the past- very quick, but no contact within the last 2 week though.

How come you paid in advance ? Did you order a KingPano ?.
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Post by kieranmullen » Thu May 25, 2006 12:56 am

I have the unit now. This was from quite some time ago.

KM

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