For the curious…

AutoMate Pano Robot

This is the panohead that I think will best meet my needs as a photographer and the geek in me as a computer guy. After all, I have a grad degree in Information Systems. I can hardly wait to get some good cycling pictures and nature shots. In the meantime there is an excellent review on this device in Digital Outback Photography by Uwe Steinmueller.

Here are some of the creator’s panoramas shot using the AutoMate Pano Robot.

It happens the panoramas were stitched using Kolor [Autopano Pro & GigaPan] software–the same software I have decided to use. At this point, It’s Gigapan for me!

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Cool Vid–I think this is what I’m looking for…

In my Internet research [such a valuable resource] on panoramic heads, software, and then reading many forums, I discovered Mr. Don French and the AutoMate 1.0. at The Gadget Works. I have been accepted in his beta testing program for this amazing device. I just happen to have an iPaq H5555, the camera, etc. All of this really whets my geek glans and then I get to take pictures–WOW.  Thanks Don for permission to use your video in my blog.  –jim

P.S. I have successfully installed the AutoMate software [thanks to Don for the files] on my PDA [glad I did not get rid of it]. The program RUNS! That piece of the puzzle is in place. This is looking good!!!

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Here’s what my BROL buddies are saying

There are several ‘BentriderOnline members who are shooting panoramas. Here is the thread where they have responded to my query.

A bit of savings…

I‘ve confirmed the Nodal Ninja 3 MKII will indeed work for the setup I want to use. Plus, I can work without the RD12 Rotator.  My pocketbook is only so deep.

It may be time to shift vices

Earlier, I listed a few item I wish for–mostly cycles and related items. Among the items on my wish list is a Nodal Ninja 3 MKII Panohead. With additional research, I find the Nodal Ninja 5 [photo to the right links to web site] may be a better [more sturdy, with additional flexibility] buy for my intended purpose. Now, in addition to a different panohead, I have more to think about: camera; lens [recommended ~ Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Auto Focus Lens ~ please note there’s cheaper pricing than the MSRP]; and then there is stitching software [Autopano Pro upgrade to V2.0 to be released 02/09, and a more fully featured version-Autopano Giga 2.0, also costing more].

Wish List

Here are a few items, I want to add to my cycles:

I want two rear and two front lights. I spoke with a DiNotte sales representative and the fronts lights can be changed to amber.  Although, I currently have four DiNotte 200L engines, I tire of changing lights and wiring from cycle to cycle. These lights are from DiNotte’s LI – Endurance Series and will give me even brighter lights for the trike–maybe before the Catrike Rally.

I wanted to purchase these before I set out on my Cycling Odyssey last June, but the funds were not available and have not been since my return. This is an update that I want before the ’09 Catrike Rally, should I be able to attend. These brakes will give me improved stopping power as well as eliminate the occasional wheel cover rub I get with my Avid BB7s.

  • From Dana Lieberman at Bent Up Cycles [bought my 3 recumbents there] the ceramic bearings [for Silk] I had planned to purchase before my ’08 Cycling Odyssey. Again, I’d love to have these before the ’09 Catrike Rally.

Nodal Ninja 3 MKII Full Spherical Multirow Panoramic QTVR Tripod Head

I love photography and have always wanted to take panoramas. I had a pano head for a small Nikon digital camera–sold it to my son along with the camera. Now I want to do panos again, but with my Canon EOS D60 35mm camera. My panorama stitching software of choice is Autopano Pro 1.4.2.

I used this program in trial mode and find it easy to use and effective. I created a panorama of my bike room using my Cannon in a hand-held mode. Autopano Pro did extremely well. On a tripod, with properly spaced shots–it will do even better. I need a job!!!

Here are two cycles that I hope to add to my fleet:

RANS Crank Forward Citi

  • The Citi: Purchased 02/24 & received 03/04

The Citi would come from Nanda Holz at Spin Cyclz and would use and internal hub versus a rear derailleur. I want the carbon seat and carbon fork that’s used on the RANS Zenetik and rim as opposed to disc brakes, with black riser & handlebar, and black rim & spokes. This cycle would be used for short cruises and will be as simple as possible. [Click on the picture to goto the Citi page.]

Surly Big Dummy

  • The Big Dummy:

The Big Dummy is a long-hauler [click on the picture above to go to Surly’s web page]. The best website fo all you want to know about this truck is Vik’s The Lazy Randonneur Blog [also newly constructed]. I plan to use the military green, with the white decals and black accessories. I do not like the aluminum pannier rack and will have it painted military green so that it looks like part of the frame. This cycle will be my cargo hauler, minimizing the times I’d need an automoblile for carrying items in and around town. There are some amazing hauls, to be seen via the Internet, that have been made using this bike. Check these flickr pics.