Re: [PanoToolsNG] What is optimum set up for shooting/creating panoramas Virttual 360 tours?
- Sometime around 29/8/08 (at 17:13 -0700) Uri Cogan said:
>The D80 and if I'm not mistaken, even the older D70 haveYes, the D70 has auto-bracketing options. It looks like $300 or less
>auto-bracketing (X3) built in. These can be had really cheap, used.
will get one on eBay.com.
>The G9's zoom lens appears to be only moderately wide-angle, so it'sFrom recent discussions I think there is a converter - and I also
>probably not a good choice, unless you are prepared to do lots of shots
>per panorama - I don't know if there is a fisheye lens converter for
think that it isn't particularly highly regarded, either.
My personal take on it is this: For truly good output you need a good
lens, and that isn't going to be had with a semi-compact SLR and a
slip-on wideangle adaptor. Whether this matters to you depends on how
important panorama quality is to you and your intended use. Yes,
there's a lot more to it than kit, but it is *much* harder to produce
great work if your kit isn't up to scratch.
Stick with your D40 for now and spend a bit on a fisheye lens,
preferably the Nikkor 10.5mm or Sigma 8mm if you can manage it. As
long as you get a Nikon mount for either of these or any other modern
lens you'll be able to use it now on your D40 and in the future on
whatever camera you get next. Assuming it will be a Nikon or
Get a decent panorama head, the best you can afford. It *does* make a
Don't worry much about HDR for now - explore what can be done with
pseudo-bracketing (processing RAW files at different exposures) and
And practise. And have fun! :-)