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After my Christmas excesses I hope I am now in a position to answer your questions – if I miss anything out, please let me know! I fear this may become somewhat epic, but there are a few points I wish to address.
Firstly, may I invite those of you interested in the head to come over to our new forum that can be found by clicking the Forum link at our website
We will be adding to it extensively, and answering all your 360Precision specific questions there. Please do sign up, and post – we do not wish to conduct all discussions on the QTVR list as we fully appreciate that not all members wish to hear about our products.
It is very exciting that some of you have quickly grasped our concept, and appreciate the benefit of this type of head. As has been stated, each and every head is completely CNC machined from blocks of aluminium, to the product you see on our site. We as VRtists are still a relatively small community, and given the particular specialisation of the 360Precision head we cannot mass produce. We are not entering this market to compete on price, we can’t. We are here to compete on all other levels! We do not believe that one solution should be forced to fit all.
Customisation (Santiago pay attention) :
The benefit of not mass producing the head is that we have the opportunity to customise each individual head for a clients needs. If you wish us to produce you a head to accept your rectilinear lens, and an 8mm sigma, email us and we can talk about dimensions (nodal point distances), amount of click stops required, and discuss cost.
We could either supply 1 setup that addresses all your lenses, or supply a spare cameraarm, so you can swap a component over to change from a (0 ±90) pitch (0 ±90 180) yaw stop for an 8mm lens, to a (±90 ±60 ±30 0) pitch (0 ±30 ±60 etc…) yaw for a rectilinear (numbers purely for example). The head can be totally tailored to your needs.
We don’t wish to support each and every possible lens combination on the same rig. We envisage that serious VR producers will now want to use a totally consistent rig, the same camera and same lens for each VR shot. Fisheye lenses like the 10.5mm nikkor are sharp enough to deliver great full screen content. With a D70/10.5mm setup, to take a good panorama requires 8/6 shots around, 1 up, and 1 down. As such our head supports this, and this alone. Without having a 360Precision head in your hands to play with, appreciation of this as a feature is impossible. Having extra stops that need be passed over is annoying and can introduce error; it simply does not feel ‘right’. (e.g. we could put 24 click stops on our rotator base for all cameras, and recommend that you shoot on every third stop to get 8 shots around – this is not an elegant solution)
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