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2007-01-06
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D70 and mRotator?

Hi ya folks,

Sorry, I've been away for a while. Happy New Year to all.

I need to get another set of pano gear.

I sent off my existing pano gear to another office.

That set was a dedicated Coolpix 4300 for panos and a D70 for stills.

For the new set of pano gear, I'd like to get a D70. I'd probably use it for both the pano and still shots.

- Which fisheye lens would you recommend?

- I take it the mRotator is what is recommended for the D70?
If so, which mRotator should I get?

- There was also a detailed website by one of the members here providing instructions on how to set up the D70 on the agnos. Would you happen to have that link?

- If I do use the D70 for both pano and stills, would it be easy enough to switch back and forth and not mess up the alignment with the agnos and on the tripod? Would I have to realign everything again on the tripod when I want to take panos?

Your help would be appreciated.

Thanks.
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2007-01-10
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Hi Smooth,

I've placed my order for Kit4: $624.18 with the smooth discount.

A bit steep compared but I justified it by the fact that it will simplify my work by not having to readjust the nodal point every time I take the camera or the lens off.

Thanks again.

r,
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2007-01-07
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Eagle,

If you plan on a DSLR Nikon, Canon or Fuji you are best suited to use an Agnos MrotatorTCPS with a Sigma F/3.5 8mm Fisheye. Set up of the NPP is quite easy all you need do is align the Gold Ring to the centerline of the tripod in both X and Y coordinates. Tilting the camera/lens so that you are looking 90 degrees down you can use the view finder to make sure the center of the lens is centered to the "hole" in the Mrotator drilled for this exact purpose. Or you can use the tutorial I wrote and posted on this forum a long time ago using a plumb bob.

Using the Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye works around the exact same principle (except) will require 8 images vs 4 with the Sigma 8mm.

Regards, Smooth


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Thanks smooth.

Is this the kit?

http://www.agnos.com/catalogo.htm?v_lingua=ENG&v_iss_web=0000000000000007854492878009&v_categ_lista=PR001-00007&v_cod_art_sche=MROTATORTCPSHORT&v_vai_primo_art=SI

Also is agnos still honoring the "Smooth" discount?

....... I just realized shopping online that most vendors like bhphoto, jandr, onecall, etc. don't carry the d70 kit anymore!

Is the D50 a good d70 substitute for panos and stills and would the sigma work with this camera?

Thanks,
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2007-01-08
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What you want is "Kit 4" on this page

Be sure to check with Agnos about the RingT and latest Sigma F/3.5 8mm Fisheye as the website still lists only the older F/4 Sigma 8mm Fisheye.

I'm sure Agnos will honor "Smooth" discount.

The D70 was replaced with the D70s and then the D80.

Regards, Smooth


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Thanks Smooth.

bhphoto has the f/3.5 for nikon but not the f/4.

What's the primary difference between the F/3.5 and the f/4?

Also, I normally shop online at bhphoto, jr.com, and onecall.com.

Do you know of any other reliable vendor online where I can get camera gear?

Finally, if I can't find a source for the D70, is the D50 a good replacement and still using the same sigma 8mm lens and agnos mrotator with ringT?

Thanks,
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Eagle,

The F/3.5 Sigma 8mm is a new release and far superior to the older F/4. Virtually no Vignetting. Also, Chromatic Aberration and Lens Flare are reduced.

I shop all over the world for camera gear with some of the highly rated ebay sellers in Hong Kong responsible for taking some of my cash!

The D50 can be used with the MrotatorTCPS - RingT and Sigma 8mm fisheye (no problem) the D80 is the replacement for the D70s though! The D50 is a lesser camera. See www.dpreview.com for more information.

Regards, Smooth


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Thanks smooth.

You're right.  Thinking about it now, since I'll be using it for stills, I need the features I've been used to with my D70.  So, I'll go with the D70 at the minimum and even get the D80 if I can't find a D70 anymore.  I think the local Costco still have the D80 kit.

r,
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