Thanks for the sample file, I just printed it out on my HP DesignJet 120 with the 130 inks on HP Premium Plus Satin at 23" wide to have a look at it and am very impressed, I honestly didn't think it would be this good from the JPG. I removed a few sensor dust spots and adjusted levels a bit before printing and a tad of print sharpening in Aperture.
The full size version must be something else.
Difficult to say without looking at the sharpness level of the original file, but what came to my mind when reading Michael's essay is "wouldn't the IS based A900 have been a better plaform to shoot this?".
Michael, it would be interesting to have info on the following questions:
- what combination of ISO/shutter speed/stop did you shoot this with?
- how is the pixel level sharpness of the individual images compared to perfect tripod images?
- do you see varying level of sharpness between frames? I very often have this problem when shooting non stabilized panos like this... the first 5 frames are good, but the 6th is a bit blurred,
- why did you decide to use the phase instead of the stabilized Sony? Now I understand that from a marketing standpoint the current story has a lot more appeal and that would be good enough a reason to have selected the Phase, but how about the purely technical reasons?