I've been literally amazed by this technique considering also its pivotal role for vfx production which is my main professional goal. My first equipment was a Kaidan QuickPan IV rotator with a Standard Bracket for cylindrical panoramic photography. Later on I got a Manfrotto 303SPH rotator for cubic or spherical panoramic photography. The Manfrotto 303SPH solution is so precise, very usefull in case of wind but very heavy expecially for travelling!
In 2007 I purchased a Nodal Ninja 3 rotator by Fanotec for multiple rows as the lightest and easiest to carrie equipment which I found very useful on vacation or whenever I don't want to be overweighted by the backpack.
Usually, my equipment is made of one Nikon D-70 or one Nikon D-300, most of the times the lightweight NN3 as a rotator, a couple of lenses: Tamron 10/24 and a Nikkor 18/70 and a Manfrotto Digi 725B tripod. Usually I take panos for fun or for sampling landscapes I can use in Matte Painting or whatever visual effects applications as I did during my last travels in Mongolia, Norway, Danmark, Cornwall, Sardinia and India.
My workflow involves the use of softwares like Stitcher, Hugin, PhotomatixPro, CubicConverter and Photoshop.
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