Open Discussion page – ask it here

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34 Responses to “Open Discussion page – ask it here”

  1. Chris 02/02/2012 6:48 PM #

    Available For Sale!
    Cirkut film – $30 per roll, minimum 5 rolls. 800 rolls available.

    For more information contact:
    Chris Tyler at Goldbeck Company (210) 548-0754

    Also available for free – just pick it up:
    Kreonite Processor. Call Chris for more info.

    • ron herndon 01/13/2013 8:42 PM #

      do you have a panoramic camera for sale?

      • Bill Murchison 09/24/2013 12:00 PM #

        Yes, have an Hasselblad X-Pan. It is in really good condition and I have probably run about 10 rolls of film through it.

        Let me know if you have an interest.


    • Dave M 03/14/2013 1:17 AM #

      Is this all 10 inch?
      Color or B&W?

  2. Brian 02/03/2012 3:09 PM #

    Good afternoon, What is the preferred tripod head for panoramic photography?

    • David Orbock 02/06/2012 10:39 AM #


      The two most popular systems for producing panoramic images are:

      (1) Roundshot VR Drive

      (2) Nodal Ninja

  3. George S. Pearl, QPP 02/06/2012 1:55 PM #

    I can only tell you that I have 2 of them for what I do as one doesn’t totally fit the bill. I have a Nodal Ninja 5 head
    for my Canon 5d mK2 when I shoot general stuff and sports. I like it traveling and just general photography where I
    don’t need to have a lot of stuff or worry about batteries etc. The other head is a must for me when I shoot large
    groups and aerials. It is the Seitz Roundshot VR Drive. This head allows me to be hands free while shooting a
    panorama. I need to be able to do other things with my hands while shooting groups and for aerial photo pans,
    the VR drive can be placed outside the helicopter and just operate on its own.

    • Michael Przewrocki 10/02/2012 10:24 PM #

      good to know george has found an affordable digital way for aerial-pans. Which shift-lens do you use and how big can you enlarge with 5d mk2 to get RS 65EL-quality?

  4. Brian 02/17/2012 9:24 AM #

    Great, thanks Gentlemen. So the Nodal Ninja is the preferred choice for Manual applications I take it. Are there any other Notable brands out there for manual Pano Heads?
    I appreciate your feedback.

  5. Rocco 03/27/2012 9:45 AM #

    What are the best software for the production of virtual tours?

  6. vasa 06/20/2012 1:45 AM #

    I want to know where I find the best code in Matlab for image stitching, thanks a bunch!

  7. A1 07/08/2012 9:23 PM #

    Has anyone worked with SpheroVision? Is there any benefit working with them over buying the software to do your own panoramic photography?

  8. DUSARIEZ 07/12/2012 1:59 AM #

    Hi everybody,

    What are the precautions to take for airplane travelling with 120 or 220 – 400asa films ( RX airport !!!) ???

    • iappwebmaster 07/23/2012 10:41 AM #

      According to the airlines’ websites: ISO/ASA below 800 ASA are safe. Bryan and I have NOT had any problems (about 10 years ago) travelling with medium format film. They hand checked it fine. We were also traveling with a smaller (early) consumer digital camera, and had no problems. If you travel with a laptop, remember to leave the battery in. The TSA will want to check it all together. Sorry that B didn’t respond sooner…

  9. David Orbock 07/23/2012 3:09 PM #


    I took a 5 week trip to the Balkans during October and November 2011. I used 60 rolls of ASA 400 220 film (C-41). The film was x-rayed twice and was OK. I also just returned from France with 80 rolls (mostly ASA 400 120 film (C-41)) which was x-rayed 3 times without a problem. On previous trips I’ve had my film (mostly ASA 400) x-rayed as many as 6 times without a problem. One word of warning though – DO NOT PUT YOUR FILM IN CHECKED LUGGAGE. The dosage they use for checked luggage is much higher than they use for carryons. I always request a hand check in the USA for ALL film. This is not possible (or very difficult) in most other countries.

    Dave Orbock

  10. Sylvia Cuellar 08/08/2012 11:18 AM #

    I wanted to know what is a good lens for Nikon d800 for panorama pictures. Also is their a specific software for panorama’s.

    • Bryan Snow 08/15/2012 11:38 AM #


      A good lens for panoramic photos is very subjective. Almost any lens can be used, but some are easier than others. For proper digital stitching you need to find the nodal point (also called the entrance pupil) of the lens. If it is a zoom lens then the nodal point can change for each focal length of the lens. Generally a prime lens is simplest to work with because it only has the single nodal point to locate (there are actually two nodal points for each lens but you don’t have to worry about the second one). It also depends on the panoramic subject. For VR pans many people use an 8mm fisheye, or even a 14mm or 15mm lens. For non-VR pans I generally use a Canon 45mm prime lens on a Jasper Panoramic Adapter (no longer made). For a Nikon, any 50mm lens would work the same. You could also try anything between 50mm and a 135mm for general purpose pans. At longer focal lengths, the nodal point gets very difficult to locate and is usually in a virtual location far in front of the lens.

      As far as specific software for panorama stitching, there are so many it is difficult to say which is best. I personally have used AutoPano Pro for a number of years and have had no reason to change.

      Bryan Snow

    • Mike McFarlane 08/23/2012 12:33 PM #

      I used the Nikon 16mm fisheye on a Nikon D700 very successfully, but it is nowhere near sharp enough to resolve the full detail the D800 is capable off. I don’t think there is a lens out there for panorama work that will be sharp enough, but the Nikon 16mm would be a good start as it has nice tones and is reliable and robust for field work. If you are doing gigapixel type panoramas then the lens and results will change.
      For stitching, I use PTGui and it is awesome although with a steep learning curve. Hugin is also very well thought of, and maybe a bit easier to use, as well as free.
      Drop me an email if you want to know more.

  11. Mike McFarlane 08/23/2012 12:29 PM #

    Hi folks, I just wanted to introduce myself. I am a panoramic photographer and virtual tour maker who normally is based in the UK, but I am presently living in Moscow, Russia, which is pretty good fun. You can see my work at I’ve applied to join the association so will see what happens. Enjoy my site if you stop by. Kind regards Mike

    • Bryan Snow 09/02/2012 10:56 AM #

      Hello Mike,
      Nice website and it sounds as if you are having a great time in Moscow. Once you become a member I hope you will consider writing some articles for the monthly electronic newsletter, the e-Monitor. It’s written by the membership and for the membership.

      Bryan Snow – Publications Editor – IAPP

  12. Loupe-It 08/30/2012 8:23 AM #

    Hello All,

    I am new to this unique format.

    Any suggestions on how to become a member?

    I cannot find anything on the website.

    Thank you.

  13. Alex Nicholas 11/03/2012 1:03 AM #

    Hi everyone,

    I’m a panoramic landscape photographer from Brisbane, AUS. I shoot 6×17 Medium format on Fuji Velvia 50 and Ilford FP4+/Pan F+.

    I am planning to Join the IAPP in the next month or so. I was wondering what (if any) meetings occur in Australia, how many Australian members there are and what are the key benefits of joining.



    • iappwebmaster 03/01/2013 2:46 PM #

      Alex, There are many members in Australia – and many people are open to travel – so, get together with your fellow Australian photogs and plan a meet! Let us know, and how we can help. We will advertise it here and perhaps, we (as in me and my husband) can plan a terrific trip!

  14. DUSARIEZ 01/17/2013 12:26 AM #

    What sizes available ?

  15. David Orbock 01/17/2013 9:53 AM #


    I have a 8″ & 10″ Cirkut for sale.

    Dave Orbock

  16. Marvin Culpepper 04/20/2013 8:48 PM #

    What year was the Moab convertion

  17. Patrick 06/18/2013 7:27 PM #

    Hi All,

    Two questions: 1) I’m thinking of joining the IAPP, as members are the benefits worth it? and 2) I’m working in 6×17 and 6×34 formats (digital – not VR) and looking for a good website engine/site/host to use as a blog. I’ve tried finding a WordPress or Drupal theme, but nothing seems to work. Any suggestions?

  18. Adam 09/08/2013 9:01 PM #

    Hello All,
    There is an Ebony 6×12 reducing back adapter on ebay for one day only!
    I have never seen one before!

  19. marshall 03/29/2014 10:01 PM #

    I have a Noblex 120 camera to sell in very good condition. Before I list it on ebay, I was wondering if anyone on this site might have an interest? Thanks

  20. Dusariez 04/07/2014 3:40 PM #

    How much do You ask for your Noblex ?

    Michel from Belgium

    Iapp Life member

  21. S. Katz 10/10/2014 7:12 AM #

    What happened to my Lipari-rama question?

  22. Print Guroo 11/16/2014 10:43 PM #

    Hi all,

    I represent, and Im just here to inform that you can easily get your panoramas printed through us. Panorama prints start at $2 and are available on various high end papers. We offer free shipping free editing and retouching on all orders. Hope Panoramic Association Members finds this info and our service usefull!


  23. Terry Thompson 04/25/2015 4:05 PM #

    I just posted a listing for my VPan 617 Camera System including wooden tripod which is now for sale. See the Classifieds section.
    Terry Thompson

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