Blake, I am so glad you got what you needed. As a moderator of the
list I must say it gives the very greatest satisfaction to think
that we have such knowledgeable and helpful people in the group.
I am only a few years ahead of you, and still groping around near
the bottom of the learning curve but I would still be trying to
warp images in PaintShop pro if it weren't for this list!
On Fri, 01 Dec 2006 17:07:07 +0900, Blake Michaelson
> Thank you all for the excellent information! I tore down my system
> (Canon 350D / Peleng 8mm / Panosaurus - for the next guy who searches
> for this issue) and set it all up once again (I have to admit that the
> link below to eppos.jpg was a nice simplistic approach to checking the
> alignment). I took another 4+1+2 (2 nadir opposed 180°), things
> stitched a little better, but not much different than before.
> However, I did have GREAT success with going into advanced mode of
> PTGui, selecting the Optimizer tab, keeping the Optimizer in simple
> mode, selecting optimize lens Field of View, and selecting Minimize lens
> distortion to "Heavy + lens shift", then ran the optimizer. I ended up
> with an average of 1.03, max of 2.47 and min 0.04 - significantly better
> points, and subsequently significantly better stitched panos! This
> almost completely eliminated the "nautilus" effect with regard to the
> unpatched nadir. I went back and restitched some panos I took prior to
> realigning my setup and they stitched just as precisely as well...
> Thanks for the all the continued assistance - I appreciate it