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Virtual Tour Equipment.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:41 am
by Bambalec
Hello and goodmorning. Im very new as you might already noticed in this forum. I am practicing for long time on virtual tour shooting / developing but with bad equipment which is a nikon d3200 camera, with a polaroid (samyang) 8mm fisheye lens and a cheap tripod with cheap panoramic head. The time for me has come and i decided to invest in something more professional. I would like to listen on your recomendations about which camera body , lens , tripod and head i should invest on. As long as my budget is not that high i was thinking to start with the camera body which i am close to decide that it would be a nikon d610 (ill stick on Nikon brand)... Thanks in advance for your help :)

Re: Virtual Tour Equipment.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:16 am
by mediavets
Welcome to the forum...

IMO if your budget is limited then the priority should be a decent tripod and a good panoramic head.

Popular choices are, for example, the Manfrotto (Bogen) 055XPro tripod ... _Legs.html

The leveling centre column accessory is useful: ... olumn.html

The Nodal Ninja range of panoramic heads are excellent, the NN4 would work well with your existing lens and camera body, and a QR mount accessory is useful, as is the Nadir adapter: (this is the one I use, there are other options) ... nn5-f9125/

Your Polaroid (Samyang) 8mm fisheye lens is fine on a cropped sensor body, but even when 'shaved' not ideal for a fullframe sensor body such as the D610. If you choose to upgrade to a fullframe Nikon body you are really going to need a new fisheye lens such as the Nikon 16mm fisheye: ... F2.8D.html

If you have money left in the budget after buying a good tripod and a good pano head then, instead of purchasing a new camera body and lens, perhaps buy a Promote control to use with your existing D3200 and Polaroid/Samyang 8mm FE lens, to provide excellent exposure bracketing capabilities for HDR/exposure fusion:

Re: Virtual Tour Equipment.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:41 am
by Bambalec
Thanks a lot for your fast reply mediavets. I read everything you said and was really helpfull. Thanks again. :)