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Is the Lenspen Panamatic of any real use for creating panoramic shots or is it a waste of money?

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I've never used one, but as far as I can tell it's just a bubble level combined with a device to click through increments of 15 degrees or so.

If my job was shooting panoramas all day long then it might make the process a little less laborious, but if you're taking time of the composition, lighting and camera settings for your panorama then lining the shots up shouldn't take too much effort.

I normally line up landmarks against the focus points to ensure a consistent overlap. Spirit levels can be useful, but if you don't have one shoot the first and last image of the panorama as a test to check your tripod is level.

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What do you mean by "as latest"? –  Evan Krall Nov 26 '10 at 3:41
    
It should say "as a test" –  Matt Grum Nov 26 '10 at 11:02
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If you are shooting panoramas all day, every day, then it would help if your "cheater" rotated the camera around the node point of the lens rather than a tripod socket on the body. That way there is only radial displacement to deal with instead of a combination of radial and lateral displacement -- it's a lot easier and less lossy to stitch. (You could do seamless end-to-end splices with film as long as your lens was normal or longer -- or you were willing to crop horizontally -- something that wouldn't work well with a rotation point on the body.) –  user2719 Feb 8 '11 at 17:29

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