|Scott Kelby||Michael Poliza|
|David Cardinal||Martin Benadie|
|Dana Allen||Peter McBride|
|Mike Myers||Ron Magill|
SAFARI TO NAMIBIA FOR TWO VALUED AT $16,400 USD
Awarded to the People's Choice popular vote
Let the people judge their favorite photograph. The entry with the most votes wins a total of six nights' accommodation in Namibia from a range of Wilderness Safaris classic camps (three nights at two different camps) and Round Trip Airfare on South African Airways. Your trip includes all meals, park fees, scheduled daily camp activities and drinks (excluding premium brand imports) for two people on a sharing basis. Photographers are encouraged to invite their family and friends to vote for their image using email or social media. The most popular entry wins! Visit the "About" page for important airfare restrictions.
Deadline: Extended to February 28, 2014
If you're keeping score, that's a win-win-win-win.
Components of the new setup:
Thats a solid panoramic setup for $305.00 (and significantly cheaper than many pre-made pano rigs). If you don't already have an L-bracket, then you'll only be able to shoot in landscape orientation. The L-bracket gives you the option to use a portrait orientation for more vertical real estate in your pano. One limitation of this setup is that you can't shoot 360-degree spherical panoramas with it; but for standard panoramas, it works very well.
Keep in mind that there are options for swapping several of the components above. I originally purchased the Kirk QRC-1.75 Quick Release Clamp to use in my BlackRapid to Arca-Swiss Plate conversion, but found that the longer tension screw handle allowed the clamp to fit perfectly on the Sunwayfoto DDP-64M Indexing Rotator. If I were buying the compenents again, I'd probably pick up a Sunwayfoto Discal Clamp 64mm With Long Handle instead. You can also purchase a longer rail if you want to shoot with a larger lens. However, make sure that your ballhead can support the weight of a moderately heavy camera/lens combination in an offset position. You can even forgo getting the Indexing Rotator & QR plate and simply rotate the rail/bi-directional clamp via your ballhead's panning base for an especially inexpensive setup. That said, I prefer using the Indexing Rotator for easy, consistent capture.
All in all, I'm really happy with my new pano setup. The Sunwayfoto products seem well-made and durable. A few days ago I created a 360-degree panorama in a local business, The Lamp & Lighthouse (click image to view a larger version):
I shot the panarama above using a 5D Mark III and the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens. I corrected the lens distortion with PTLens (although some distortion still exists), stitched the pano using Hugin and polished it up in Photoshop CC.
Tip: When leveling your setup, ignore the bubble levels on your gear. Depending on design tolerances, bubble levels can be anywhere from "pretty close" to "completely useless." Use your camera's built-in electronic level for the best results.
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