Re:The latest Sigma 4.5mm fisheye
- Hello Roger,
I own a Nikon D300 and three fisheye lenses, the Nikon F/2.8 10.5mm, the
Sigma F/3.5 8mm and the Sigma F/2.8 4.5mm.
At my 2008 gallery you can see many full screen panorama samples made with
those lenses (each panorama at the footer tells which lens was used) :
You are correct that the Sigma 4.5mm will give you some advantages like less
storage space needed (more panoramas on a single Compact Flash card), you
can get a very good spherical panorama with only 3 pictures, great lens if
you need to shoot very fast, good overlap with 3 or 4 pictures per pano,
less time stitching, masking and photo retouching because you have less
pictures, and fast speed because of the F/2.8 aperture on low light
You loose resolution (as you already know) and the sharpness of the Nikon
10.5mm is better.
If you can, rent the Sigma 4.5mm for a weekend and see if it covers your
I liked the advise Ayrton gave you, If you already own a Nikon 10.5mm buying
the new Nikon D700 could be in the same budget as if buying a Nikon D300
plus the Sigma 4.5mm.
The Nikon 10.5mm with the sun shade removed (shaved) on the full sensor on
the Nikon D700 would allow you to make a panorama with 4 pictures.
At this time I am using the Sigma 4.5mm when I need fast photo capturing or
when the panorama will be use on windowed panoramas or mobile devices like
I am starting to use the Sigma 8mm for outdoor panoramas and the Nikon
10.5mm for indoor places when the detail on the Zenith (like architecture,
churches, etc). is important.
Hope that helps.
And feel free to write privately if you have more questions.
Roberto Gómez Torres
Mexico City, Mexico
The latest Sigma 4.5mm fisheye
Posted by: "Roger D. Williams" roger@... roger_d_williams
Tue Aug 26, 2008 5:45 pm (PDT)
I have decided to move from D200 to D300, and am wondering whether
to get the new Sigma 4.5mm circular fisheye lens at the same time.
I am aware that the image circle is designed to fill the Canon
(x1.6) sensors, and leaves an unused ring around the image on a
Nikon (x1.5) sensor. But is there anything else that I should be
aware of? For instance, is CA noticeably bad around the periphery?
Any other issues?
I do have the Nikon 10.5mm full-frame fisheye, but want to cut
down on stitching and post-processing, because of some rather
large projects that may be coming up in the near future.
There is also that U.S. fixed aperture circular fisheye, forget
the name. Should I be considering that?
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