Hit ratios (GE/360Cities): Mean 4, Median 2.7, Min 0, Max 19
After playing with single and multi-row panoramas (here) for years, I finally decided to take the plunge back in mid-2010 to try my hand at full 360 panoramas. I've stuck with Nikon Coolpix cameras, first with the P100 and then the P7000. I like to keep my gear light when I'm out on long hikes. Plus, I'm too cheap to buy a full dSLR. I bought the P7000 for its ability to take RAW format photos (more detail and shades!) and because I managed to get sand in my P100 lens while in the desert.
I have a Manfrotto 732CY tripod and a Nodal Ninja 3 panohead, both of which survived a 40 foot drop over a cliff into some sand. I thought I was setting it down behind me with one hand while I took the nadir shot with the other hand. Go figure.
I have developed a workflow that I am comfortable with, tweaking a few things with software and computer upgrades: 4x10+2 photos, AF/AE (yes, they vary) aperture priority f8/27 mm, RAW format; PTGui Pro for exposure adjustment, stitching, enblending and one or more complete pano outputs at different uniform exposures; Photoshop for blending output exposures and adjusting final color/contrast; and Picasa or ViewNX2 for geotagging. I probably could cut down on the number of photos, but I like the redundancy in overlap. I would estimate that processing takes 10-12 hours from photoshoot to finally clicking the 360cities Publish button.
A friend introduced me to 360cities and I noticed there weren't many entries for my beautiful home state of Utah. Outside of foreign visitors, there are only a few full time residents here taking 360s. We've now had somejoint field trips and hope to have some more soon.