Fullscreen panoramas with Nikon FC-E9
- Hi all,
This is my first post, I am new to panoramic
photography, I am trying to decide on my
first panoramic equipment and I want to know
if a solution based on:
Nikon FC-E9 + COOLPIX 5400/5700/8700/8800
is good enought to generate panoramas that
will be displayed in fullscreen on an average
1024 x 768 monitor (I do not want to get
super quality, just a decent fullscreen image).
Does anybody have any fullscreen examples
made with Nikon FC-E9 in combination with any
coolpix camera that could help me to decide if this is
the right solution for me?
- Just but barely, it all get a bit glassy.
has lists of all the equipment used in the world wide panorama events
so you can nose through and find the fc-e9 examples. Most have a full
http://www.bophoto.com click on the panorama bracket section and you
can see him attatch the fc-e9 to a variety of cameras such as the
canon g7. His panorama example page has a few fullscreens as well.
Generally people reckon coolpix quality peaked with the fc-e8 and
coolpix 5000 (or 8400) camera combination and the fc-e9 lens for newer
cameras was a step back. Though if you put enough pixels through it
and get the settings just right its ok.
For the price of a hard to get 8400 coolpix and lens you might be able
to get an old canon 350 and a peleng lens or something if you were
lucky for just a little more which would give you much nicer panoramas.
It wasn't on your list but I have the CP 8400 (8mp) with the adapter
and FC-E9 on the end. A fair amount of the panoramas I have on
offer views in full screen. I'm personally not happy with them. I
feel that there's not enough detail and look too soft to be of true
full screen quality as seen elsewhere, even on a regular laptop
Most of the time, sharpening the 6000 X 3000 equirectangular image
in Photoshop seems to make it look worse so settle for the softer
look. The move seems to be towards larger monitors and I have a 20
inch widescreen but my full screens look crap on it if the filesize
is under 2mb. I haven't really seen any good quality fullscreens
with the set up you were thinking of. 500 X 400 viewer is excellent
Perhaps I'm starting to get too fussy about the quality but then you
probably will when you see other peoples good work!
It's all down to money but I'm going for the Nikon D80 with the
Nikkor 10.5mm as that seems to be popular.
Hope this helps