Hi, I need help please. I am an estate agent wanting to produce high quality panoramic property tours both internally and externally. I initially bought a 360 one shot lens from panopro, as I thought it would be simple to use. I have a Cannon 650D camera which I use with the one shot lens. I have found the quality is poor and I have great difficulty getting the right exposure. This has led me to looking at other options. I would like to know what is the best solution for me. I dont mind buying the right equipment, but I want to make sure its straightforward to use. Can anyone please advise me as to best lens options ,camera setup and software please. I currently have three lenses for my cannon; 18-55mm, 10-22mm sigma, 17-40mm cannon.
Welcome to the forum...
I am a little confused. Your email address leads me to this web site which claims the company is a "leading provider of 360 panoramic photographic tours for a large range of industries in Northern Ireland":http://www.smartpropertymarketing.com/property_marketing/360_virtual_tours
Anyway to answer your questions....
Assuming you will retain and use your Canon 650D:
1. A good quality tripod - the Manfrotto 055XPROB is popular, adding a 555B leveling centre column will make it even easier to use for pano photography.
You might add a ball head so you can use ithe tripod with your 10-22mm Sigma for regular wide angle shotts too.
Try and match the QR systems on pano head rail and ball head to make it easier to swap camera from one to the other. Of course it would be more convenient to have two camera bodies.
2. A fisheye lens: either the Sigma 8mm f3.5 with Canon mount; or the Tokina 10-17mm zoom Fisheye with Canon mount; of if money's no object the Canon 8-15mm zoom fisheye.
3. A proper pano head. The Nodal Ninja range is popular and of good quality.
For the Sigma 8mm f3.5 you could consider the R1/R10 series of ring styl;e heads, or the NN4; both easier to use for your purposes than the NN3.
For the Tokina 10-17mm zoom fisheye or the Canon 8-15mm zoom fisheye you should consider the NN4.
Later consider adding the respective nadir adapter for your chosen pano head.
4. A wired (or infrared if supported for you camera) remote control.
5. Exposure fusion softare if shooting brcaketed exposures; commonly required fo real estate pano photography.
6. Stitching software: Autopano Pro or Giga.
7. Virtual tour software: Panotour Pro.
8. Bags for the gear.
9. A suitably equipped computer.
10. A willingness to learn and to practice, and acceptance that it will take a while before you produce top quality results.
If all this seems 'too much' then find a local pano photography and pay them to do the work.
Are your clients willing to pay for this service - whether you are doing the work, or paying someone else?