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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:52 pm
by wildpeaks
The morning was nice and sunny, but it got grey as soon as I went outside, soon followed by rain and snow, so I was not able to shoot the same location, however here's another, 360° this time.

The non-cropped version (23662px * 2914px):

The source photos:
- using the kit lens:
- using the fisheye:

PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:51 am
by mgg310

Thanks again for sharing your images. I could make good 360 degree panos using 10 of the 14-45 images, and 7 of the fisheye images. To my eye the loss in sharpness, and the colour fringing with the FE converter are too big a price for the bigger field of view.
I looked at both both panos using the FSPViewer and the quality difference was quite marked. If you are not familiar with the FSPViewer I recommend it for viewing 360 degree panos. It works well and it's free - always a good point. It's available here:
Did you try making a pano with the FE images? I found I had to use the circular crop feature this time. In case you don't know where this is I'll try and explain. Load images into APP. To left of the box which shows the thumbnails, there is an icon with the tool tip 'image properties'. Clicking on this shows the images and the lens type. Once the lens type is changed from standard to fisheye a new tab labelled 'Circular crop' appears at the top of the box.

Have fun,


PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:49 pm
Fisheye: with Panasonic SLR one can use Olympus 8 mm Zuiko fisheye. This is a rather large and heavy FE, its quality is close to the well known Nikon 10.5 fisheye. I use one with my Olympus E-330 and like the results. Main issue: it's very expensive !

PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:03 pm
by wildpeaks
mgg310 wrote:Did you try making a pano with the FE images?

Yes I just had some time now to do it (nice surprise to see the G1 is supported in Giga), and the resulting image is quite smaller (7 000 px instead of 23 000) but better fits "planet" type of panoramas because of the large fov, however the quality is definitly definitly better with the 14-45 thanks to the lack of distortion in the source, however it takes so many more photos to cover the same area the FE does, mm.

Maybe the future 7-14 lens will be a good compromise.
Anyway, until I get a motorized pano head, I'll continue shooting with both lenses when I can, then I can get rid of the FE one.