There are adaptors that can be purchased that fix the position of the lens and allow the camera body to be shifted, preserving the NPP.
I'm current building my own shift lens. I plan to have a fixed NPP by adapting a Manfrotto spherical pano head to let me shift the camera body perpendicular to the lens which will be fixed to the head.
--- In PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com, Rodolpho Pajuaba <rpajuaba@...> wrote:
> On the quest for the NPP basically what we do is to shift the lens
> (along obviously with the camera body, of course) until we can tilt it
> and have no paralax, so I guess that the use of a T/S will certainly
> defeat the very purpose :-(. On the other hand, as in a gigapixel pano
> the NPP has less of an influence (I guess; at least that's what
> happened to my experiences so far), maybe it's a non issue.
> 2010/7/11 matt_nolan_uaf <web@...>:
> > I was wondering if anyone had experience using tilt-shift lenses in making gigapixel panoramas? When using a 100mm or 200mm lens set at the hyperfocal distance, the foreground is of course out of focus. Sometimes this is nice, but other times I'd like it sharper. But I'm not sure whether tilting the focus plane forward to get foreground sharper would make for troubles with stitching and blending, where an object in the top of a lower row will have a slightly different focus than the same object in the bottom of the row above it (or would it?). I have no experiences with these lenses, so maybe there are other pitfalls as well? I noticed that Nikon makes an 85mm PC-E tilt-shift lens, but it's too pricey to buy not knowing whether it would work as desired.
> > Thanks,
> > Matt
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