Thanks for the tip.
However, I would like to make the best use of the Panogear and the Nikon I have without investing more money if I can.
It seems that even with the Papywizard index, the AutoPano is not capable to produce good 360x180 stitching. That is very frustrating, as I was under the impression that by having the exact location per each picture should allow the stitcher to come up with perfect merges.
Are there any system mechanical or SW tweaks that may help to optimize the stitching of the photos ?
Thanks again !
Are you using the lens at min. 18mm focal length?
Are you sure you are not getting zoom and/or focus creep (lens components moving under their own mass) when at high positive and negative pitch - I found that I had creep with my 18-55mm kit zoom unless I taped it.
What shooting pattern are you using?
Are you confident that the camera/lens is correctly mounted at the No Parallax Point.
Presumably the camera/lens is mounted in portrait orientation?
Are you shooting panos indoors or outdoors?
The 'problem' with using a 'kit' zoom lens like your 18-105mm is that:
1,. You will need many more images that iof usinga fisheye to cover 360x180, this results in many more seams between images and hence possible stitch errors, and more chance of ending up with 'featureless' images that cannot be precisely placed although using Papywizard Import wizard shoudl assist placement.
2. You may get zoom and/or focus creep.
3. The depth of field will be less than if using a fisheye.
4. Zooms do not perform as well as prime lenses.
5. Typically you will end up with a much larger image that you need which will have demanded much more processing power and time to produce.