To create an inexpensive head compromises had to be made. However the
compromises that were made in the design of the Panosaurus 2.0 will not
effect your ability to take extremely accurate panoramic pictures.
There are not features such as "Click Stops" on the turntable to
force rotation of a precise distance between shots.
However, a precise amount of rotation between shots is not necessary
when using computer software to stitch panoramic pictures together.
The most important aspect of creating good panoramic pictures, using
this or any panoramic tripod head, is taking the time to find the
optical center of the lens as accurately as possible and making sure
the head is set to match the height of your camera. This head will
do this as well and any $1000 head.
The greatest contributor to the high cost of the other heads on the
market is the material used to make them and the complexity of their
design. Most pano heads on the market have complicated rotator
systems and camera mounting systems that drive up the cost of the
unit. The rotator base of the Panosaurus 2.0 is made of the same material
used to make PVC pipe. It is an
extremely durable strong yet inexpensive material that does not cost a
lot to machine.
Yes. As long as your lens is NOT capable of
seeing an actual 180 degrees because of sensor crop the Panosaurus
can be used with a fish eye lens. However, full frame sensor cameras
using a fish eye lens may be able to see part of the upper
horizontal arm of the Pansoaurus if the fish eye lens's optical
center is less than 1 inch from the lens face.