57405Re: [PanoToolsNG] Ultra-wide lens for full frame
- Jul 31, 2014I'll third it. :)
I use my shaved 10.5mm most of the time because in crazy locations it's
so much faster shooting 3+N (tripod) or 4 (pole) than the 6+N+Z the 16mm
needs. But the Nikkor 16mm fisheye is a sweet lens and works *very* well
for panos, for me.
On 30 Jul 2014, at 16:47, mrjimbo2' mrjimbo2@... [PanoToolsNG]
> I'll second that vote on the 16mm ..
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> I have used fixed focal length Nikkor 14mm, 15mm (original QTVR lens),
> and 18mm lenses for many years for panorama work. They're all fine
> lenses (except the 15mm, which is more prone to flare than the
> others). Most of the time, they sit on the shelf today, however.
> I do 90-95 percent of my panoramic work today with the Nikkor 16mm
> full-frame fisheye on a full frame Nikon D800. It's a great
> combination for spherical panorama shooting -- good resolution (about
> 20,000 x 10,000 pixels for equirectangular result) with a need for
> only 8 shots (6 around plus zenith and nadir). Also, it's very sharp
> (I normally shoot at about f/11). No problems with entrance pupil
> alignment. I usually prefocus at hyperfocal distance, and the EP
> difference is negligible between most panorama sequences.
> I also use a shaved Nikkor 10.5mm (full frame fisheye for the DX
> format, but works on FX cameras) on the D800 for pole panoramas (6
> shots around, no zenith or nadir needed), but only yield about 12,000
> x 6,000 pixel panoramas. It's workable, but not preferred if I can use
> the 16mm instead. But the results are surprisingly good.
> Don't dismiss fisheyes outright. They're a great option for today's
> panorama photographer, and offer a very good set of tradeoffs.
> Scott Highton
> Author, Virtual Reality Photography
> Web: http://www.vrphotography.com
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