Autofocus off, focus ring to infinity and aperature open to f/8, dial camera to A/V or aperature priority makes your view IN FOCUS from 4" [10cm] in front of the lens glass to infinity ALL in focus. This is a very deep depth of field. Typically we do not use the Flash when taking panoramas.
Some friends of mine suggested taking 2 pictures with the above settings. 1 single picture with high detail at f/8 and 1 same view at f/22. Then open both in Photoshop and zoom in to 100% and compare the sharpness of both images. The f/8 image will be sharper. F/8 is the sweet spot for the lens.
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