Common idiot errors
This is a page dedicated to Luca Vascon, who suggested to have a Hall of Fame for all of us who made some basic and very common errors and who can laugh about that...
Forgot to pull off the metal ring of the Sigma 8mm fisheye
Barry the Dunce
Dave at 360Texas
Shop clerk at Foto SOBOTKA
Forgot to pull off the metal ring of the Sigma 8mm fisheye, NOT the first time, but after years of experience
Forgot to shoot one of the 4 images and substituted with a mirrored one from the other 3
Forgot to remove lens cap while shooting in public
Yuval Levy (classical music concert, the public was laughing loudly)
No image tabs in Panorama Editor (PTGui)/No images checked in Create Pano Tab
Forgot to check ISO setting at next event after shooting with high ISO at an evening event, resulting in horribly noisy panoramas
Forgot to set the camera back to autofocus / jpg / p-mode while shooting normal images after shooting a panorama
Forgot to shoot the zenith
Serge Maandag (numerous times..)
Realizing they forgot a crucial piece of equipment.
Sacha Griffin (batteries on the top of Stone Mountain, compact flash card the second time, tripod on another shoot - requiring the philopod method.)
Carl von Einem (yes: film...)
Luca Vascon (On assignment let the battery on charge... at HOME!, forgot the allen key (on SUNDAY) to adjust the old head)
Yuval Levy (had to buy a USB card reader on assignment)
Dropping the click-stop selector screw
Manfrotto's first panoramic rotation unit "MA300" doesn't have a safety cable (unlike the later "300N" model) to keep the little ball tipped screw close to the "head" so it can be dropped easily while selecting a different number of click stops in the field. If you are unlucky enough "in the field" will just be several meters above ground (think of bridges and canyons...) and so you lose that important piece of your equipment.
- Carl von Einem (screw fell off a bridge - happened to me for the first time in 11 years but I was warned about that problem at every panotools meeting!)