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I do stitching quite often (with Autopano) but there are times stitching doesn't work, or troublesome..
1. Wind + grass/tress
2. Long exposure + Water
3. Changing light/color , that can happen during sunset.
4. When i need to do HDR as well
5. Moving objects ...ships, animals, people (crowded city.... sometimes the same people repeat in different frames)
Yes, obviously it can't always work, but I could list a whole bunch of scenarios where a large and heavy camera system don't work too. Or a large, heavy tripod. Or the bother of setting up a whole pano head etc... Nothing will work in every single scenario, but I've taken so many quick, handheld panos that look good at huge print sizes that I always wonder if maybe most of us are just a bit too fussy sometimes? Of course it must be different for people making a living off photography, although I have a few books by Galen Rowell and his printed photo books aren't even CLOSE to as sharp and detailed as most of my RX100 shots are!
Like someone said earlier, photography isn't always about getting every blade of grass sharp, sometimes it's about capturing a time and place that relay an emotion or special memory. Maybe that's the difference between 'serious' photographers and guys like me who just enjoy the great outdoors and want to bring home some nice memories for my living room wall or my next photobook.
The good part is that we're all free to carry as much or little as we want - there's no "right way" or "wrong way" - just your way and my way.