Phil Howard wrote: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 with a fisheye lens. Or does it not really make any difference?
I'll be doing landscape, cityscape, and indoor panos. I also want to do some night time lightning filled panos, so something fairly wide would make those easier to do under the pressure of storm activity.
Do you have a suggestion for a Canon or premium after market brand lens? At this point I don't know if a later upgrade of the camera would be a 50D or 5DmkII, so it might make sense to give 2 suggestions if they would differ for APS-C vs. full-frame.
mediavets wrote:Suggestions for Canon cropped sensor bodies:
Circular FE - The Sigma 8mm f3.5 (4-around+Z+N)
Fullframe FE - the Sigma 10mm or Tokina 10-17mm FE. (6-around+Z+N)
klausesser wrote:"You would recommend the Nikkor 10.5mm fullframe FE on a Canon 450D?"
Yes - i do. As i said, i compared it to Sigma and Tokina on a Canon 20D. In my eyes their capabilities to use highres cutouts are limited - not only naturally in final resolution but due to CA and stry light.
hankkarl wrote:This is only a guess, but I suspect that a good fisheye will have less distortion than a good rectilinear at near the same focal length. The reason is that the rectilinear lens introduces distortion to make the image rectangular.
klausesser wrote:hankkarl wrote:This is only a guess, but I suspect that a good fisheye will have less distortion than a good rectilinear at near the same focal length. The reason is that the rectilinear lens introduces distortion to make the image rectangular.
WhatÂ´s making you think so ? Besides: thereÂ´s no rectangular lens with the focal length of a fe!
klausesser wrote:I use an adapter-ring from Novoflex to mount the Nikon-lenses on the Canon. For panorama shooting and especially for spheres you wouldnÂ´t use any kind of automatic anyway
klausesser wrote:Besides: thereÂ´s no rectangular lens with the focal length of a fe!
hankkarl wrote:Not sure what you mean why you never found any serious attempt to ponder ... lens types for spherical panos. Do you mean you like FE lenses because the center is better than on Rectilinear lenses, and is more important?
hankkarl wrote:Sharpening gives you a chance to correct mistakes, etc. The lens is critical--you can add accutance (ie a sort of contrast) but not resolution (the sharpness of features as opposed to the contrast of the feature and background)
You cannot remove blur, you can only fool the eye into thinking it is less than it really is. So sharpening and other post processing are things we all try, try and try again (for the cost of our time) while lens resolution and contrast are something we cannot improve except by buying a new lens (or calibrating the lens)
GURL wrote: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 the image circle they make a very unusual use of said pixels ! (when distorting shapes along this circle.)
GURL wrote:Another side of the same question: is the Tokina fisheye at 17 mm preferable, equivalent or better than a 17-xx mm rectilinear zoom?
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