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GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount

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Product Highlights
  • Automatically Captures Panoramic Images
  • Gigapixel Panoramas with Amazing Detail
  • For Camera & Lenses up to 10 lb (4.5 kg)
  • Free GigaPan Stitch Software Download
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack and Charger
  • Digital Trigger Cables Included
  • Includes Camera Mount Vice/Clamp

The EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount from GigaPan is a unique camera mount that empowers most DSLR cameras with the ability to capture gigapixel (one billion pixels) panoramic images with phenomenally high resolution, depth and clarity. It will support camera and lens combinations weighing up to 10 lb (4.5 kg), is easy to use and remarkably efficient.

Simply set the corners of the panorama you want to capture using the LCD interface.
The built-in software works out how many photos your camera will need to take, hundreds or even thousands. Then the EPIC Pro begins snapping the photos, automatically organizing them in overlapping rows and columns. After shooting, the GigaPan Stitch software (free download included) assembles, aligns and blends the individual images into one large panorama. The software then lets you to upload your panorama to GigaPan.com for sharing. You also can embed your uploaded panorama onto any website.



Also included is the EPIC Pro Camera Mount Vice/Clamp, which is an Arca-compatible mount that permits side-to-side adjustment of your camera and lens. It is especially useful for cameras with an offset tripod mount and helps to deliver more consistent, accurate results. A robust and secure mounting system permits fast installation and removal of the camera from the EPIC Pro Robotic Mount.

GigaPan Stitch Software
The GigaPan EPIC Pro comes with a free download of fully integrated software - GigaPan Stitch. After shooting, upload the images onto your computer and into the GigaPan Stitch software which then aligns and blends your individual pictures together for an incredibly high resolution single panorama.
DSLR Compatible
The EPIC Pro works with almost all DSLR cameras.
Large Lenses are Supported
Camera and lens combinations of up to 10 lb (4.5 kg) can be used with the EPIC Pro.
Standard Tripod Connection
It is easy to secure EPIC Pro to your tripod. It fits standard tripods with 1/4" thread.
GigaPan.Com
Share, store, and explore, by uploading your gigapixel panorama to GigaPan.com where the powerful technology of the GigaPan Viewer allows you to zoom in and out, seeing unbelievable detail.
Powered Camera Movements
Powered camera movements and simple adjustments for optimal positioning of the nodal point and varied camera/lens combinations are accomplished with precision. The pan-tilt movements for the EPIC Pro are 0.04°/step for tilts and 0.12°/step for pans. It allows 360° panoramic and -65° to +90° tilt ranges-of-motion with exact, incremental positioning.
Onboard Bubble Level
The built-in bubble level lets you adjust the position of the EPIC Pro for a perfect horizontal alignment.

Special Features

Start/Delay Function
A Start/Delay function enables a timer delay before each panorama capture begins. The timer can be set to 1, 15, 30, 60, 120, or 300 seconds. Not only does this provide time for the equipment to stop its vibrations, it gives you the option to include yourself in the panorama.
Multiple Triggering Option
A multiple triggering option allows the EPIC Pro to take multiple pictures at each image location up to 20 times per position for exposure bracketing or multiple image enhancements.
Rechargeable Battery Pack
A rechargeable battery pack (7.2V, 4300mAH) and charger are included. You can charge the battery on its own or while it is inserted into the EPIC Pro...very convenient for charging while shooting.
Electronic Trigger Cables are Included
Seven electronic trigger cables are provided when you purchase the EPIC Pro.
Remote Trigger Port
The EPIC Pro supports shutter actuation through the remote shutter port that is available on most DSLR cameras. A separate cable (not included) is required depending on camera make/model.
Multiple Triggering Option
The multiple triggering option allows the EPIC Pro to take multiple pictures at each image location up to 20 times per position for exposure bracketing or multiple image enhancement.
The EPIC Pro has features which include:
  • Time between exposures
  • Motor speed
  • Aspect ratio
  • Picture overlap
  • Option to repeat last panorama
  • Pause and scroll
  • Order pictures as rows or columns
Navigate via LCD Screen
Access frequently-used functions with the touch of a button, such as to move the camera or set the shutter delay via its LCD display. The controllable backlit screen can be set to "On" or "Auto" for low-light conditions, or "Off" for daylight conditions to minimize battery drain.
Strong and Lightweight
The EPIC Pro has an excellent design with a magnesium chassis and an aluminum arm. The unit weighs less than 8 lb (3.6 kg).
Camera Compatibility
Canon:
EOS 300D, EOS Rebel Xt (350D), EOS Rebel XTi (400D), EOS Rebel XSi (450D), EOS Rebel T1i (500D), EOS Rebel T2i (550D), EOS Rebel T3 (1100D), EOS Rebel T3i (600D), EOS Rebel T4i (650D), EOS Rebel XS (1000D), EOS 10D, EOS 20D, EOS 20Da, EOS 30D, EOS 40D, EOS 50D, EOS 60D, EOS 60Da, EOS 5D, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 6D, EOS 7D, EOS 7DSV, EOS 1D, EOS 1D Mark II, EOS 1D Mark II N, EOS 1D Mark III, EOS 1D Mark IV, EOS 1Ds, EOS 1Ds Mark II, EOS 1Ds Mark III, EOS 1D X

Contax:
645

Fujifilm:
FinePix S3, FinePix S5 PRO

Hasselblad:
H3DII-31, H3DII-39, H3DII-39MS, H3DII-50, H3DII-50MS, H4D-31, H4D-40, H4D-50, H4D-50MS, H4D-60

Mamiya:
645 AFD, 645 AFD II, 645 AFD III

Minolta:
Maxxum 7D

Nikon:
D60, D70, D70S, D80, D90, D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100, D5200, D7000, D200, D300, D300S, D600, D700, D800, D800E, D1X, D2X, D2Xs, D3, D3S, D3X, D4

Olympus:
E-30, Evolt 520 IS, E-620, OM-D E-M5

Panasonic:
Lumix DMC-L10

Pentax:
645D, K100, K100D, K110D, K200D, K5, K7, K10D, K20D

PhaseOne:
645DF (Mamiya 645 AFD)

Sony:
SLT Alpha A35, SLT Alpha A55, SLT Alpha A57, SLT Alpha A65, SLT Alpha A77, Alpha A560, Alpha A580, Alpha A700, Alpha A850, Alpha A900
System Requirements Windows XP and Vista, and Intel-based Macs with OS X 10.4 and higher
Minimum of 1GB of RAM (2GB is recommended)
30GB of free hard drive space (this can be an external drive)
GigaPan Stitch software (free download included)
Display 2-line monochrome LCD
Bubble Level Yes
Power Requirements Rechargeable battery pack (7.2V, 4300mAH)(included)
Battery Capacity More than 1000 images (on fully charged batteries)
Camera Mount 1/4" thread
Dimensions 11 x 12 x 6" (27 x 30 x 15 cm)
Weight 7.25 lb (3.3 kg) (with battery)
GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount
  • EPIC Pro Camera Mount Vice/Clamp
  • 7 x Electronic Trigger Cables for All Compatible Cameras
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • Battery Charger
  • GigaPan Stitch Software Download Instructions
  • 1/4"-20 to 3/8" Adapter Bushing
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

  • Included Free

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    GigaPanEPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount
     
    4.0

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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      (3)

    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (21)
    • Solid/sturdy (13)
    • Improves tripod function (10)
    • Fits well (8)

    Cons

    • Loose clamp (8)
    • Poor design (7)
    • Heavy (6)
    • Heavy / bulky (5)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (24)
    • Travel (8)
    • Night shots (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (9), Semi-pro photographer (9), Photo enthusiast (7)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Both more and less than what I expected

    For anybody that has taken panoramic photos using stitched-together contiguous frames, this is the answer to at least some of the problems you must have encountered. Cost aside, this easy to set up...Read complete review

    For anybody that has taken panoramic photos using stitched-together contiguous frames, this is the answer to at least some of the problems you must have encountered. Cost aside, this easy to set up unit will automatically take sequences of overlapped photos--linear or matrix--with precise positioning and overlap of the frames. It also comes with software that automatically stitches and blends the individual frames together into a gigantic very high spatial resolution image that can be post-processed or published for fee on the gigapan.org site so that others can view it in detail using the same type of pan a zoom tools that Google Maps uses to display satellite images.Perfect for large scale landscapes, there are also other types of very high resolution photographs of largely static scenes for which this tool can be an effective solution short of using a medium format digital camera.Although I have been using this device for only a short time, I have found some issues that could be improved:When used with a long lens, the proper setup to minimize parallax puts the camera so far back from the vertical pivot axis that it becomes dangerously out of balance. Luckily, I was able to add a counter weight to the front of the camera mounting platform so that the mass was counterbalanced without exceeding the unit's maximum load capacity of 10 pounds.Because the camera shoots a large number of frames sequentially, any movement within the panoramic scene between the individual exposures results in various artifacts such as "ghosts" and "fractured" objects. The software doesn't allow for the manual correction of these visual anomalies. One possible improvement would be to allow shooting the frame sequence in a zig-zag pattern instead of either a vertical or horizontal raster which are the two patterns offered.The overlap between frames can be varied, however the minimum is 25% on all sides. Although this may be a lower boundary for use with the automatic stitching software provided, for other software techniques it results in an excessive number of frames, and only increases the chance of introducing visual artifacts dues to movement within the scene being photographed.To end on a well-deserved positive note, this is a fine piece of equipment that truly takes advantage of several digital technologies to enable extremely high resolution images at a comparatively low cost. To understand what this equipment is about, visit [@]

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    Mounting hardware is cheaply made

    The quality of the robot is excellent. The quality of the mounting hardware? Garbage. [*]The lever mounting hole was crooked, the screw was stripped (this little screw is all that holds...Read complete review

    The quality of the robot is excellent. The quality of the mounting hardware? Garbage. [*]The lever mounting hole was crooked, the screw was stripped (this little screw is all that holds the lever in place - and the lever locks your camera!) Mine arrived with the parts rattling around in the box. The mounting system is a rip-off of the Bogen/Manfrotto plate system, only the Bogen is much higher quality.I honestly don't know it I'll keep this robot - I DO NOT trust the mounting system.

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    5.0

    very cool

    By Kalihari

    from Walla Walla, WA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Solid/Sturdy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • 360 Panos
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount:

      Things are solid and easy to figure out with little use of the quick start guide. Have yet to try out their software, dedicated to photoshop use, but will try it for the true gigapans I plan to make.

      It would be nice if they made a custom case. Bought a Pelican and it works nice though.

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      3.0

      Good idea, but problem build

      By LA PHOTO LTD

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Unique Automation

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Less Accurate Than Expect
      • Loose Clamp
      • Poor Design

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount:

      The product works well for automating panoramas. Controls are pretty good and the compatibility with lots of cameras is also good.

      So whats not good? Well the software that comes with it to stitch is very basic. You can find much better stitching software by searching on the web.

      Worse yet the construction leaves something to be desired. I've had 2 of these units and both have had the same problem. When the motor rotates the angle of the camera rig (and so the image on the camera) changes by up to 3º.

      While this is hardly noticeable for smaller panoramas, it is a huge difference for large 400 image panoramas that this device is famous for. When 1 full frame image is 5º and the error on the device is 3º you will be off by 1/2 a frame.

      There is no easy solution to fix this - it's a device build quality issue. You can not correct this with the tripod adjustment because as the device rotates, the direction of the tilt changes.

      So if you buy be prepared for some manual corrections in Photoshop to correct for hardware errors.

      The end results are very good if you do take the time to correct.

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      5.0

      Nicely executed gear

      By TechnoFan

      from Buffalo, New York

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fits Well
      • Improves Tripod Function

      Cons

      • Original Camera Mount

      Best Uses

      • High Resolution Panoramas
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount:

      Have shot many gigapixel photos handheld over the years. Finally the Epic Pro is part of my panoramic hardware. I unboxed it and did the setup and shot a very satisfying detailed image. It performed as promised. I shot a 360 test and was satisfied that no errors occurred. Parallax adjustment needs to be considered in smaller spaces. I recommend using PTGui as the stitching software. I also recommend the purchase of a Gigapan Epic Pro Camera Mount Vice/Clamp. This is a more secure and solid camera mount using a thumb screw to hold the camera mounting plate securely in place. The Epic Pro can shoot a 360 pan but it is really designed to shoot a high resolution flat pano. I rely on a Manfrotto cubic panorama rig using PTGui as the stitching software. It has performed flawlessly for me.

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      4.0

      Easy to set up!

      By jbarbrey

      from Punta Gorda, FL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Tripod Function
      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

      • Bulky
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount:

      Easy to set up!

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      1.0

      Not good for Astrophotography

      By Dave the Space Cadet

      from KC KS

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount:

        This review is written entirely as a review of the Gigapans use as a astrophotography device. The software and the flexibility very lacking in this department and for the price I would definitely expect much more.OK I go the unit. Basically it's useless, at least for Astrophotography. I had an idea to mount this on a telescope mount and be able to do 1-2 minute astro photos that had some depth to the details of the stars. This unit can only do that in a "manual" mode where you have to take the picture then press OK to go to the next frame, so what's the point?You are limited otherwise to the 30 secs of timing in your camera's "manual" mode. Very frustrating and stupid design. A $14 intervalometer from China has vastly better software and flexibility.This is basically unusable as a astro panorama taking device. Unless you want to be limited to 30 second shots.So given that it's a $[$]toy without even a modicum of thought of its use in astrophotography, it will be returned. Shame really the possibilities are there to do some cool things with this.

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        5.0

        Great for archaeology

        By MaKai

        from Sacramento, Ca

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount:

        This is one of the best tools for collecting data on a site. Easy to stitch software, close up detail and landscape views are excellent in capturing detailed information and recording it. I plan on using this on a rock art site so as to document the rock art and the graffiti so as to monitor the site and make comparisons as to vandalism and natural erosion over time.

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        5.0

        good product

        By edouard de blay

        from canada

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Loose Clamp

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount:

        very good for big pano but also (and some people doesn't know about that) for 360° .Need to buy a second battery . When i bought the giga,the program was in English,from now on, you get it in French with the new firmware. Need also to buy the clamp WITH its the camera mount, not alone. Very easy to use, i needed 15mn only

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        5.0

        It works fine

        By phografo

        from boston,ma

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fits Well

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portraits

          Comments about GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount:

          My question is how long is going to last. It does not look like a equipment for heavy work.
          Anyways it is a great invention and Im happy so far.

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          3.0

          Seems so simple

          By jeff

          from new jersey

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Travel

              Comments about GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount:

              Not as easy to use as it seems, but the photos, when put together with the software are really great.

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              • Yes

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              4.0

              Surprisingly easy! Awesome!

              By Purple Cow

              from Jalisco, Mexico

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

              • Loose Clamp

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount:

              I purchased this piece of hardware and kept it waiting for three weeks until I found time to read the manual and watch a couple of videos about it on YouTube, Now I know it is really simple to use, If you know how to use your camera you are almost set.

              The Good: easy to use. Sturdy, quick setup, the display is clearly visible even in bright sunlight, quiet smooth operation, and I have to say it, looks cool. The battery life is amazing! And you can charge it inside the EpicPro or outside directly connected to the charger, so if you get a second pack you can keep shooting while charging the second battery.

              The bad: The camera mounting plate, might feel somewhat loose after locking the lever, I fixed that with a really thin roll of plain paper to prevent the camera from wiggling. Be careful if a camera is mounted with the rail all the way back and the lever is not locked, the locking pin will scrape and damage the finish on the plate between the arms and over the display when aiming high.

              I'm very happy with it and I spect to have a lot of fun with it for a long time!

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              5.0

              Excellent but one major annoyint thing

              By Dahl

              from Copenhagen

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Tripod Function

              Cons

              • Loose Clamp

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots

              Comments about GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount:

              The Gigapan is a great tool for taking panoramas, it is easy to use, and is generally well built. BUT, the unit I received had a plastic latch for fixing the camera mount, and it broke as I tried to open it. Considering that the camera mount is one of the most important things when to use a tripod or even this robot, I find it ridiculous that this bit is so cheaply made. The reason why I still give 5 stars is that I have been able to use the Gigapan, and it operates nicely, and also that Gigapan responded quickly, promising to send a spare part. I do look forward to using this equipment and make some awesome panoramas.

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              1.0

              Really bad mounting hardware

              By Dahl

              from Cph, DK

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Design

                Best Uses

                  Comments about GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount:

                  I have not had the chance to use the Epic Pro yet, because when I had charged the batteries and was about to mount a camera, I could not release the quick mounting plate. As I tried a bit more, the plastic arm that holds the plate broke. This is just bad craftmanship. On any good tripod you find a solid metal arm for mounting your camera. Here, it is plastic!!! Come on, even if it had worked the first time, whidh it did not, it would not work for long for people who need to mount and unmount their cameras.

                  The rest of the unit seems to be nicely made but how can I know? My first impression is that it is bad, and I had so high expectations.

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                  5.0

                  Great product!

                  By Salaam

                  from Oman

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fits Well
                  • Improves Tripod Function
                  • Solid/Sturdy

                  Cons

                  • Bulky
                  • Heavy
                  • Loose Clamp

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount:

                  The Epic Pro is fairly simple to use and has great features - such as automatically figuring out the angle of view of each lens, etc. It can do multirow panoramic shots with ease. They have automatic shutter release cables for most cameras - except my Leica S2 (grrr). I have been using it with my H4D50 Hasselblad with success, but weight of the cameral/lens seems to test the Epic Pro - only being able to firmly hold its position when the power is on. Also, I found the standard clamp loose and not sufficient to hold a heavy camera. To fix this you must get the EPIC Pro Camera Mount Vice/Clamp.

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                  5.0

                  What a great piece of equipment !

                  By Robert

                  from Mcallen, Texas

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Solid/Sturdy

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount:

                  This EPIC Pro by GigaPan is a dream come true for those of us interested in large, high resolution Panoramic pics ! It was easy to set up and use and the included software was also great. Service at B&H was also stellar with regards to questions and troubleshooting....Overall it was FANTASTIC !

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                  1.0

                  Epic Pro Robotic Camera Mount

                  By Inspiron44

                  from Troy, MI

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • No USB connection
                  • Poor Design
                  • Poor stitcinig software

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portraits
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount:

                  Gigapixel panoramas. The algorithms for calculating the scans are good. Wabbley, will not stay level during rotaton - regardless of what i tried. Poor method for centering the camera lens. The cable provide for my camera was too short for the extreme reaches of devices tilt. Needs USB support for laptops. Could have better features for the price of this item.

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                  5.0

                  Great accessory for hobby or pros

                  By Dr. Evil

                  from Longwood, Florida

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Flexible
                  • Solid/Sturdy

                  Cons

                  • Pricey

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount:

                  What a well thought out product. Mine came with the latest firmware and I was creating 360 degree panoramas in just a few minutes.

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                  3.0

                  Mounting hardware is cheaply made

                  By RickDphotoGuy

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Tripod Function
                  • Solid/Sturdy

                  Cons

                  • Loose Clamp

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount:

                  The quality of the robot is excellent. The quality of the mounting hardware? Garbage. [*]The lever mounting hole was crooked, the screw was stripped (this little screw is all that holds the lever in place - and the lever locks your camera!) Mine arrived with the parts rattling around in the box. The mounting system is a rip-off of the Bogen/Manfrotto plate system, only the Bogen is much higher quality.I honestly don't know it I'll keep this robot - I DO NOT trust the mounting system.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Do what it design to do.

                  By BH kho

                  from Singapore

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Solid/Sturdy

                  Cons

                  • Loose Clamp

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount:

                  Easy to setup and deploy for large scale landscape.
                  The only thing I dislike is the camera base plate that hold/lock the camera mount plate it will give way before the Epic pro.

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                  5.0

                  All day shoot

                  By priuscamper

                  from Temecula, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fits Well
                  • Improves Tripod Function
                  • Solid/Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots

                    Comments about GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount:

                    I use this for VR HDR nodal panoramic photography. (Gigapanning with a Canon 7D and Nikon D300. I use up to 360 mm telephot shooting as many as 9 bracketed shots with as low as 40 degree field of view with a 128 GB CF card. It takes less than 10 minutes to set the camera and Gigapan head up and shoot a session that takes as many as 10,000 shots in one session. I would never do that without this device.

                    It pack easily in a 15 inch laptop briefcase along with attachments and extra batteries.

                    The only thing bad about this product is the company never returns calls or emails for product help. They are very prompt when ordering accesories such as extra batteries.

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                    2.0

                    Disappointing

                    By Tom L

                    from New England

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Poor Design
                      • Wobbly

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount:

                        Relatively simple to setup and let it do its thing clicking off hundreds of shots.

                        Unless my unit is defective, I don't know how anyone can call this a sturdy device.

                        The motor on my unit that connects to the tripod has far too much wobble so relatively high shutter speeds _must_ be used with this. Forget about doing any kind of night time cityscapes.

                        I will be requesting an RMA in the morning.

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