BoPhoto Travle Brackets
The bracket comes in a small box for shipping to you, in this box contain the wood parts of the bracket and a screw to assemble them.
The bracket have a "professional" tripod tread, this is the thick 3/8th tread version used several places, you can mount the bracket directly to the center collum of most tripods, or you can use a adaptor from 1/4th inch tread to 3/8th tread, this is sold in most photostores, I recomend using one of the tall "stud" style ones, which have a tread in the bottom and a screw on the top, this will help you bring the camera away from the size of your tripod head.
No. the manfrotto rotator
is not included, you can purchase it at most photo stores, or you can
use a similar product.
No, you can use the bracket by mounting it on either your tripod head, or directly on the center collum of your tripod, the bracket also work on a monopod. - BUT please note, there is a protruding screw on the backside/underside, about 2 inches from the mounting tread, you can NOT mount the bracket directly on top of a tripod, no matter what you do there must be a spacer to lift the bracket off the tripod.
PTgui is a highly recomended software, it is very quick to use and deliver great stitches, cost is about $60. I rate PTgui as a great investment. click here for PTgui website.
YES, positively, just remember this bracket do not have a traditional indexing rotator. so I recomend 3 spheres simply because it is easier to stitch.. (Well also because shooting 3 spheres generally produce higher quality panoramas.)
I don't like that question.. (smile) There are so many great stitching softwares out there... but personally I use PTgui, I were using 3D-Vista which is very easy to use and if you are into real-estate it might be the ticket for you, but I find that PT-gui deliver better stitches, but at a cost of more work. which is why I say that if speed is the goal and you can live with a few errors 3D-vista might be the ticket.
PT-gui GREAT stitcher but a bit slow use and harder to learn.
GREAT Tutorial for making Spherical Panos with PT-gui
3D-vista easy fast stitcher.
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