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  • Roger D Williams
    Thanks again. ... Yes, I looked at that video later and it gives a pretty good idea of the rotary speed. ... So it would be fine for a pole pano, which is what
    Message 1 of 8 , Feb 27, 2012
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      Thanks again.

      On Feb 28, 2012, at 5:21 AM, "afrenyo" <andras@...> wrote:

      > hello again.
      >
      > did not measure the amount of time of the rotation, but i think the video gives a good idea. look at the second run, when it turns continuously with the camera snapping away.
      >
      > http://panoramablog.com/nex/nex-o-moto.mp4

      Yes, I looked at that video later and it gives a pretty good idea of the rotary speed.

      > the range of the remote is 5-8m, and i can confirm it working for that range.

      So it would be fine for a pole pano, which is what I am thinking of.

      > the only thing you have to do is fit your panohead and prevent it from slipping off. if you don't wanna use the motorizer, you could just thread the axle and use a fitting thread on your panohead. i wanted to use the motorizer for the limo spinner, and didn't wanna alter the 3/8 thread i put on my panorama head, so just fitted a washer on top of it, and added a locking pin to prevent the head from slipping off.
      >
      > http://shop-cdn.lomography.com/catalog/product/cache/3/image/960x640/5e06319eda06f020e43594a9c230972d/2/0/20111114_6850.jpg

      Ah, I see! An unthreaded spindle. It all makes sense, now.

      > i can only guess that your pentax or anything that size or bigger may prove too heavy. nor would i recommend a swing arm panohead, as those would leverage too much wait on it - again, i am guessing. but a swing arm head is an overkill, and when shooting with a fisheye, it is an overkill (bulky and heavy) in any situation, in my opinion (i.e. i would never use one).

      Well, the K-x is a light and small DSLR, which is why I find myself automatically reaching for it despite the much higher quality of my Nikon D300... And I use it with a light, plastic ring mount, which is fairly well balanced when I use it with my Peleng.

      Just one more question. How is the motorizer attached to the tripod or whatever holds it? Is this a conventional 3/8" thread?

      Thanks again. The Lomography store is not very conveniently located for me and I'm not sure when I will be able to get there...

      Roger W.

      >
      > kind regards,
      > andras
      >
      > --- In PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com, Roger D Williams <roger@...> wrote:
      >>
      >> Thank you.
      >>
      >> On Feb 26, 2012, at 11:08 AM, "afrenyo" <andras@...> wrote:
      >>
      >>> the motorizer either turns continuously while the remote's button is pressed, or makes a single, ca. 540degree turn on a single press, depending on the mode it is set to.
      >>
      >> How fast does it turn?
      >>
      >>> the direction is not reversible. the rotator runs on 4 AA batteries, but can take 8. the remote has one AA battery in it.
      >>
      >> What is the effective range of the control unit? Or perhaps I should ask how reliable you found the control unit to be at the distances you normally are away from it.
      >>
      >>> that's really all there's to it.
      >>>
      >>> not the ideal rotator, but certainly the cheapest solution for compact cameras. one only needs to fit the bracket (i used two washers and three small nails).
      >>
      >> I am completely hopeless at things like fitting brackets. Is it really that simple?
      >>
      >>> although i use it for film, as intended, it seemed natural to adapt it to my NEX, once i had it, and the mod does not effect either the head or the motorizer in fulfilling its intended purpose.
      >>
      >> "Mod" makes me uneasy...
      >>
      >>> i have not actually used this setup for panoramas yet, but have been shooting some private events with the NEX/Samyang on my bracket.
      >>
      >> Do you think it is strong enough for a more conventional DSLR like the rather light and relatively small Pentax K-x? I have found out where the Lomography Gallery Store is in Tokyo and will be visiting it to see what it looks like for myself but I would like to hear your opinion if you have one.
      >>
      >>> i hope this answers your questions,
      >>> andras
      >>
      >> Most helpful, thank you again,
      >>
      >> Roger W.
      >>
      >>> --- In PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com, "Roger D. Williams" <roger@> wrote:
      >>>>
      >>>>
      >>>> That looks very interesting, but when I tried to find out more details
      >>>> the Google results were all about the hand-held model that works by
      >>>> pulling a string--which isn't so attractive to me. (understatement)
      >>>>
      >>>> I never imagined that anything good could come from Lomography but I
      >>>> must say this looks good. I see from your blog that you have used it.
      >>>> I also noted that rotation stopped and started. Is this under remote
      >>>> or timer control? If so, I could soon use this with my little Pentax
      >>>> K-x. Can you please tell us more?
      >>>>
      >>>> Roger
    • afrenyo
      Hi Roger, The mounting thread on the bottom of the rotator is a standard female 1/4-20 receptacle. -andras http://panoramablog.com/nex/nex-o-moto.mp4
      Message 2 of 8 , Mar 4, 2012
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        Hi Roger,

        The mounting thread on the bottom of the rotator is a standard female 1/4-20 receptacle.

        -andras
        http://panoramablog.com/nex/nex-o-moto.mp4



        --- In PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com, Roger D Williams <roger@...> wrote:
        >
        > Thanks again.
        >
        > On Feb 28, 2012, at 5:21 AM, "afrenyo" <andras@...> wrote:
        >
        > > hello again.
        > >
        > > did not measure the amount of time of the rotation, but i think the video gives a good idea. look at the second run, when it turns continuously with the camera snapping away.
        > >
        > > http://panoramablog.com/nex/nex-o-moto.mp4
        >
        > Yes, I looked at that video later and it gives a pretty good idea of the rotary speed.
        >
        > > the range of the remote is 5-8m, and i can confirm it working for that range.
        >
        > So it would be fine for a pole pano, which is what I am thinking of.
        >
        > > the only thing you have to do is fit your panohead and prevent it from slipping off. if you don't wanna use the motorizer, you could just thread the axle and use a fitting thread on your panohead. i wanted to use the motorizer for the limo spinner, and didn't wanna alter the 3/8 thread i put on my panorama head, so just fitted a washer on top of it, and added a locking pin to prevent the head from slipping off.
        > >
        > > http://shop-cdn.lomography.com/catalog/product/cache/3/image/960x640/5e06319eda06f020e43594a9c230972d/2/0/20111114_6850.jpg
        >
        > Ah, I see! An unthreaded spindle. It all makes sense, now.
        >
        > > i can only guess that your pentax or anything that size or bigger may prove too heavy. nor would i recommend a swing arm panohead, as those would leverage too much wait on it - again, i am guessing. but a swing arm head is an overkill, and when shooting with a fisheye, it is an overkill (bulky and heavy) in any situation, in my opinion (i.e. i would never use one).
        >
        > Well, the K-x is a light and small DSLR, which is why I find myself automatically reaching for it despite the much higher quality of my Nikon D300... And I use it with a light, plastic ring mount, which is fairly well balanced when I use it with my Peleng.
        >
        > Just one more question. How is the motorizer attached to the tripod or whatever holds it? Is this a conventional 3/8" thread?
        >
        > Thanks again. The Lomography store is not very conveniently located for me and I'm not sure when I will be able to get there...
        >
        > Roger W.
        >
        > >
        > > kind regards,
        > > andras
        > >
        > > --- In PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com, Roger D Williams <roger@> wrote:
        > >>
        > >> Thank you.
        > >>
        > >> On Feb 26, 2012, at 11:08 AM, "afrenyo" <andras@> wrote:
        > >>
        > >>> the motorizer either turns continuously while the remote's button is pressed, or makes a single, ca. 540degree turn on a single press, depending on the mode it is set to.
        > >>
        > >> How fast does it turn?
        > >>
        > >>> the direction is not reversible. the rotator runs on 4 AA batteries, but can take 8. the remote has one AA battery in it.
        > >>
        > >> What is the effective range of the control unit? Or perhaps I should ask how reliable you found the control unit to be at the distances you normally are away from it.
        > >>
        > >>> that's really all there's to it.
        > >>>
        > >>> not the ideal rotator, but certainly the cheapest solution for compact cameras. one only needs to fit the bracket (i used two washers and three small nails).
        > >>
        > >> I am completely hopeless at things like fitting brackets. Is it really that simple?
        > >>
        > >>> although i use it for film, as intended, it seemed natural to adapt it to my NEX, once i had it, and the mod does not effect either the head or the motorizer in fulfilling its intended purpose.
        > >>
        > >> "Mod" makes me uneasy...
        > >>
        > >>> i have not actually used this setup for panoramas yet, but have been shooting some private events with the NEX/Samyang on my bracket.
        > >>
        > >> Do you think it is strong enough for a more conventional DSLR like the rather light and relatively small Pentax K-x? I have found out where the Lomography Gallery Store is in Tokyo and will be visiting it to see what it looks like for myself but I would like to hear your opinion if you have one.
        > >>
        > >>> i hope this answers your questions,
        > >>> andras
        > >>
        > >> Most helpful, thank you again,
        > >>
        > >> Roger W.
        > >>
        > >>> --- In PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com, "Roger D. Williams" <roger@> wrote:
        > >>>>
        > >>>>
        > >>>> That looks very interesting, but when I tried to find out more details
        > >>>> the Google results were all about the hand-held model that works by
        > >>>> pulling a string--which isn't so attractive to me. (understatement)
        > >>>>
        > >>>> I never imagined that anything good could come from Lomography but I
        > >>>> must say this looks good. I see from your blog that you have used it.
        > >>>> I also noted that rotation stopped and started. Is this under remote
        > >>>> or timer control? If so, I could soon use this with my little Pentax
        > >>>> K-x. Can you please tell us more?
        > >>>>
        > >>>> Roger
        >
      • Roger D. Williams
        ... Thanks, Andras. I had other things to do this weekend, so couldn t make it to the Lomography gallery in Tokyo. Roger W. -- Business: www.adex-japan.com
        Message 3 of 8 , Mar 4, 2012
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          On Sun, 04 Mar 2012 23:29:19 +0900, afrenyo <andras@...> wrote:

          > Hi Roger,
          >
          > The mounting thread on the bottom of the rotator is a standard female
          > 1/4-20 receptacle.

          Thanks, Andras. I had other things to do this weekend, so couldn't make
          it to the Lomography gallery in Tokyo.

          Roger W.

          --
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