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hankkarl wrote:After all, the 5D MII does 1080p video, so the camera doesn't even have to slap the mirror.

When I put my 450D in Live View mode, the mirror stays up after the shot, except for really long exposures. I shot one pano set of 48 shots with the mirror up all the way.
by Phil Howard
Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:50 pm
 
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: Fun with depth of field
Replies: 12
Views: 3167

Adding to my list of dream software would be a program to create a DVD photo gallery that can handle panoramas smartly. There are such tools for Windows and Mac (but I don't have Windows or Mac). There would need to be some Java components because that's what DVD players use. But those parts should ...
by Phil Howard
Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:33 pm
 
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: Looking for panorama web gallery software
Replies: 9
Views: 2608

I think you could start with something like Gallery, and then create your own template for a nice presentation: http://gallery.menalto.com I started, some months ago, a web album application based on the python framework Turbogears. The main goal was to create web albums like paper albums, with sev...
by Phil Howard
Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:22 pm
 
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: Looking for panorama web gallery software
Replies: 9
Views: 2608

An open-firmware digital camera is something we need ! I agree But the camera companies would not like it because that means someone can create a feature and make it work in a lower priced camera. They might want to make such a feature work only in a higher priced camera to force people who want th...
by Phil Howard
Sat Oct 18, 2008 9:19 am
 
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: Fun with depth of field
Replies: 12
Views: 3167

Looking for panorama web gallery software

I am looking for (free open source) software that can be used to create a gallery of, or that includes, panoramic photos on a web site. 1. It must run on Linux/BSD, under Apache or Lighttpd if it runs on the server. 2. It is OK if it runs elsewhere and creates/uploads static pages/styles/images to t...
by Phil Howard
Sat Oct 18, 2008 1:01 am
 
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: Looking for panorama web gallery software
Replies: 9
Views: 2608

Before using a rectilinear lens, photographers should know its FOV but, because the FOV only depends of the focal length, they usually just ask for its focal length. For normal and tele lens this works very well but the wider the FOV the more they rather should ask for the FOV... Before using a fis...
by Phil Howard
Fri Oct 17, 2008 7:33 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Best lens for APP to work with?
Replies: 29
Views: 9516

I have now found that there are at least 3 different types of fisheye lenses as discriminated by their "mapping functions". 2 of them are of particular interest (equidistant and equisolid). You can see the math for these at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisheye_lens#Mapping_function
by Phil Howard
Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:01 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Best lens for APP to work with?
Replies: 29
Views: 9516

Moonlit

Unfortunately, I still only have the kit lens on the 450D, which focuses "beyond" infinity (I can't just rack it in have it at infinity). So it's hard to find the focus at night. I took about a dozen test shots to try to find a reasonable focus (done manually ... too dark for autofocus). Then I did ...
by Phil Howard
Thu Oct 16, 2008 7:48 am
 
Forum: Panorama gallery / Galerie de panoramas
Topic: Moonlit
Replies: 0
Views: 780

Do you have any recommendations in a fixed focal length (non-zoom)? Important things for me would be very sharp, can stop down to f/22 or smaller, and exact infinity focus at the exact end of the focusing turn (my current kit lens goes just a bit beyond infinity focus). I also do not need autofocus,...
by Phil Howard
Thu Oct 16, 2008 3:30 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Best lens for APP to work with?
Replies: 29
Views: 9516

3. Taking the two overlapping frames into Photoshop CS2 before plugging them into APP (as in the video tutorial for manually stitching), erasing pixels in each of them that correspond to where my subject is, saving as TIFF and starting over... but it records the erased pixels as white space which t...
by Phil Howard
Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:41 am
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Newbie: My subject gets smartblended out!
Replies: 8
Views: 3265

I neither like nor dislike fisheyes. Spherical panos have no center. My first opinion was that fisheye could be better because, as they use an "equisolid" projection (or about), they insure an equal repartition of image pixels in every direction. Then I realized that next to the circumference of th...
by Phil Howard
Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:44 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Best lens for APP to work with?
Replies: 29
Views: 9516

Attaching a pano head

I've looked at pano heads shown on the B&H web site. But there is some lack of information. I cannot determine how these heads connect to the tripod itself. I have a Bogen tripod with a 3D head, which supposedly is an option with a more conventional head as another option (sold either with a tripod ...
by Phil Howard
Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:18 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Attaching a pano head
Replies: 1
Views: 1389

Did Adobe make that file? It does not appear to be in PDF format. Acrobat reader doesn't recognize it.
by Phil Howard
Sat Oct 11, 2008 2:19 am
 
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: Adobe CS4 feature report
Replies: 2
Views: 1458

My understanding of the optics of lenses tells me this about WA lenses. A horizontal line on the flat focal plan corresponds to a horizontal line on the subject when the lens is perfectly horizontal in both FE and RL lenses. That line at the subject is straight with with a perfect RL lens, but curve...
by Phil Howard
Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:18 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Best lens for APP to work with?
Replies: 29
Views: 9516

I use an adapter-ring from Novoflex to mount the Nikon-lenses on the Canon. For panorama shooting and especially for spheres you wouldn´t use any kind of automatic anyway A quick look at B&H Photo web site, they have Novoflex adapters only to mount on four-thirds system cameras. Is there some othe...
by Phil Howard
Fri Oct 10, 2008 7:28 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Best lens for APP to work with?
Replies: 29
Views: 9516

Oh, in the previous picture, that's one person in 2 different shots. He doesn't have a twin. But now we can kid him about having killed his own twin :D
by Phil Howard
Fri Oct 10, 2008 4:47 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Best lens for APP to work with?
Replies: 29
Views: 9516

More info: I don't know how easy it is remove and replace the head that is there now. It should be possible because alternate heads were available for that tripod. I just don't know what kind of mount this head is connected on. Sounds like a project I should do soon. I suspect many panos I do will h...
by Phil Howard
Fri Oct 10, 2008 4:45 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Best lens for APP to work with?
Replies: 29
Views: 9516

Thanks for all the input. I'll be slowly digesting it as I figure out what I might get. Fall colors are starting to show in trees, so I may just do with what I have for now to get some of that. In the mean time I'll add some more information. I don't expect to do a lot of 360x180 sphericals, but the...
by Phil Howard
Thu Oct 09, 2008 9:01 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Best lens for APP to work with?
Replies: 29
Views: 9516

Best lens for APP to work with?

I currently have Canon EOS 450D/XSi with the kit lens (18-55mm), and an older Bogen tripod with 3D head. My first panorama stitched in APP worked well. I'm going to upgrade lens before upgrading camera. What I would like to know is whether APP would work better with rectilinear wide angle lenses, or...
by Phil Howard
Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:17 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Best lens for APP to work with?
Replies: 29
Views: 9516
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