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GigaPanEPIC 100 Robotic Camera Mount
 
4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

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Pros

  • Attaches firmly (5)
  • Stable (5)
  • Large range of motion (4)
  • Strong clamp (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (7)
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      • Was this a gift?:
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    4.0

    Epic 100 Delivers

    By Peterab

    from Sydney, Australia

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion
    • Strong Clamp
    • Strong Sturdy

    Cons

    • Drains Battery Power Fast

    Best Uses

    • Architecture
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Real Estate Photography

    Comments about GigaPan EPIC 100 Robotic Camera Mount:

    I bought the Epic 100 after much research. It is very easy to set up despite my concerns that it would be difficult. Attaching the camera, (EOS M) was simple enough but I would prefer to see space to attach a quick release system on the unit as it's a bit of a pain trying to lineup and mount the camera each time. The problem with attaching a quick release as it stands is that the bracket on the Epic is too small and you would have to do a bit of DIY to adjust the shutter activator. The batteries are another issue. I found that I can only get three sessions out of a fully charged set of batteries. Taking the Pano was really easy and it will pause if you run out of power and when you change batteries it will resume where you left off. Quality is totally dependent on the lens you use. I used my Canon 25 to 105mm lens without any problems. It didn't disappoint and does exactly what it's supposed to do. In hindsight I think I should have bought the Epic Pro simply because I could then use my DSLR. But all in all I'm happy with it's performance.

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    3.0

    A gateway to the world of panoramas

    By Cangote

    from Brazil

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Cheap

    Cons

    • Unstable

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about GigaPan EPIC 100 Robotic Camera Mount:

    Great tool if you have a small and lightweight camera.
    You have to protect the Epic from strong wind when sooting at night, it shakes a lot, but for daylight photography it is a joy to use.
    I am planning to buy the Epic Pro.

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    5.0

    Best Panorama Solution Yet!

    By Panorama Pete

    from Chestnut Hill, MA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Architectural
      • City Panoramas
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about GigaPan EPIC 100 Robotic Camera Mount:

      I have used the Gigapan with a Canon G11 to take panoramas of the Frank Gehry Ray and Maria Stata Building, the Le Corbusier Carpenter Center and the Memorial Church in Harvard Yard. You can see them on the gigapan site at gigapan.com where you can zoom in and view snapshots of interesting details. The stitching software is better than any I have seen as long as you follow the rules. The included carrying bag is perfect, allowing the camera, extra batteries, etc to fit in a compact, light-weight package. Having tried several other methods of taking and stitching panoramas, I feel I have finally found an acceptable solution.

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      5.0

      fantastic device for 2019

      By Michael D

      from New Hampshire, USA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Easy operation
      • Excellent at what it does
      • Good Stability
      • Great firmware
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Near-perfect Device
      • Practical
      • Slick design
      • Smooth Operation
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

      • Battery Hungry
      • Lacks Documentation
      • Steep Learning Curve

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Travel

      Comments about GigaPan EPIC 100 Robotic Camera Mount:

      What can be said? Gigapan Systems is from the future. Here's a little robot that you attach to your tripod, throw in your best camera, and it shoots X number of photos for you. Sounds cool, right?

      It is. I love the Gigapan. For me, someone who shoots thousands and thousands of photos a day, it makes a lot of sense to automate parts of my process. The Gigapan, in the hands of a Gigapan Operator, can work wonders.

      In the hands of just about everyone else, however, I warn you that there is a steep learning curve. Understanding what's going on with this type of photography is no cake-walk. I have been working for three hard years on it and still consider myself pretty n00b. But I'm a generalist.

      The Epic 100 that I purchased had some problems initially with the electronics. B&H took that model back, however, and hooked me up with another model, which has shown no difficulties and works like a charm.

      Two other major issues: Battery Life and Documentation

      1. Battery Life
      Shooting thousands of photos? Well, be ready to invest in a solid battery collection just for your Gigapan. The little robot is helpful, but power hungry. In other words, I would recommend rechargeable batteries and a lot of them. I use upwards of forty, and would like more, for each Gigapan Epic 100 I use. Be ready to use a lot of batteries if you want to use this product at a professional level.

      2. Documentation
      Frankly, the documentation that Gigapan has provided for the Gigapan is minimal. They offer a single notecard, single-sided, about how to operate the thing. At least they had that, I guess, for it made my first few minutes with this rather complex object more manageable. I would suggest, however, that most people will need to spend quite a while figuring out how everything works on their own. While that is not a deal-breaker, I would encourage Gigapan to expand their documentation and instruction manual to something more "real" and less of a joke.

      Nonetheless, the Epic 100 is awesome and none of these problems can push past that point. I have been plugging away with it, now that I have acquired enough burnt-in rechargeable batteries to run the thing for more than a few quarter-hours, it is a dream:

      The construction is solid. The motors operate well and without problems. Once I taught myself how to set it up, I found myself liking the entire operation of the Gigapan.

      Furthermore, the menu system and processes are well-tuned, easy-to-understand after use, and offer a lot of great options for duplication of excellent results. It has a lot of flexibility built right into the present firmware. I would argue that next to my Sony A100s, the Gigapan is another near-perfect or perfect photography device. In short, when looking to the actual mechanism, there is nothing that I can say that's bad about the Gigapan Epic 100.

      The Gigapan Epic 100 is a perfect little robot for certain tasks, despite the fact that it is somewhat mercurial for n00bs, and the market for this object is five years down the line.

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      4.0

      OK but...

      By Bill

      from Washington

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about GigaPan EPIC 100 Robotic Camera Mount:

        The battery indicator is not accurate, it flashes low battery just a short time after installing a fresh set of NiMH but the batteries last a long time after the warning comes on...just ignore an keep shooting!

        The Canon SX10is does not fit as described in the literature. You cannot adjust enough to accurately determine the Nodal point.

        G12 works great though.

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        5.0

        Discover High Resolution Photography

        By Ben33

        from San Francisco, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about GigaPan EPIC 100 Robotic Camera Mount:

        Of course we all dream about a 50M pixel medium format camera to shot stunning landscapes and panorama. I have a great news for you: this Gigapan device can turn your camera into a 100M+ digital camera!
        I use it with a Leica M8-2 with a Leica 90mm, shooting from 20 to 50 shots. Once stitched either in Photoshop or Gigapan software, a 40x60" at 300dpi is no more a dream it's real. Facing the prints I've done this way is... a stunning experience!
        Of course to get seamless stitches, perfect optics is necessary. This methods is also limited to non-moving subjects.

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        5.0

        You gotta get one!

        By Fargo Photogrpher

        from Fargo, ND

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about GigaPan EPIC 100 Robotic Camera Mount:

          After viewing the instrutional video on the Gigapan website is was very easy to use. The challenge after that was to find fun places to use it

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          5.0

          The best gift i ever bought for myself!

          By Kreem

          from Dubai • Beirut

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable so far
          • Easy to use
          • reasonable price

          Cons

          • Weight load limit 3lb

          Best Uses

          • Commercial
          • landscape
          • Personal
          • Reasearch
          • Sports

          Comments about GigaPan EPIC 100 Robotic Camera Mount:

          In minutes, you will shoot like a pro! Very soon you will start thinking of buying the Epic PRO. If you like and appreciate quality, than go for the PRO because you will not be able to mount you high quality lens and DSLR on it. The maximum weight load is 3lbs whereas the Epic PRO is 10lbs.[@]

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