Nodal Ninja Panographic Tools

At the end of last month, the lone direct store and supplier of Fanotec products, including Nodal Ninja panoheads, closed in Chandler, Arizona. They sold other companies' products for people interested in virtual reality photography, of panoramas where the viewer rotates the object around self and of objects where the viewer rotates an object. Years ago, the former was a hobby of mine. With their closeout sale, I bought a new Nodal Ninja 6 panohead, but I have yet to shoot anything. I also have a newer digital SLR with much better resolution than my old Rebel XT.

Not too many weeks ago I bought some panorama software updates. There is a re-learning curve, and the loss of Photoshop, since I cannot justify the subscription fees, means a bit of effort to learn enough for a new graphic editor, be it GIMP or something else that can handle layers and masking. Maybe it is time to get a drawing tablet, too.

That I have not shot any panoramas in a long time will soon change, so please stay tuned!

Photo Casualties

Recently I suffered the loss of my Velbon tripod. One leg refused fully to retract then finally broke. In trying to fix it, the lens cap--kept in place through "ingenious" Soviet design by the friction of a thin felt strip inside the lip of the cap--came off, skittered down the Peleng fisheye's convex lens, and left a big scratch. That has put paid to my VR photography, as I don't know when I will have the money to buy a new tripod and fisheye lens: Even old weighty Soviet military tech Peleng fisheyes are costly, at least $315 or more.

What a bummer. However, now that classes have resumed, I don't have much time to mess with cameras.