panorama software,virtual tour software
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Panoramic Pictures

Hi Folks,
For the last 12 years or so I have been using a Minolta camera which had a choice of three formats one of which was Panoramic   
the pic s were, for me , realy excellent, unfortunately it died, so I am now, without. Having decided to prgress to digital I am contemplating a Canon EOS 400, however this will not as I understand it, give me a Panoramic format, but my local man suggested that there is a package or kit of some kind on the market, that will allow or support or ?? panoramic shots, I have surfed generaly but have not been able to find any such equipment. Any guidence or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Peter C
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Moving forward. Given I have a Canon Rebel and plan on getting the fisheye, are there applications that call for another conventional wide lense?

What would it be?


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G'day Peter,

I assume the Minolta had an image overlay system in the LCD screen much like the older Nikon Coolpix cameras? Meaning you would shoot a picture and use a 1/3rd shot left on the screen to line up the next shot via overlay.

Anyway, the bottom line is any camera with any lens can be used to make panoramic images. It is all about shooting images that have a reasonable amount of overlap (30% is a good round figure) The best way to do this regardless of camera and lens is with a specially designed Panohead that sits on your tripod and allows a correctly positioned camera/lens to rotate around the NPP (No Parallax Point). It doesn't matter if you want to shoot part cylindrical, full cylindrical, flat printable images or make immersive 360x180 degree spherical panorama images for virtual tours etc.

So what too buy? How much do you want to spend? What do you want to achieve?

Easypano software is pretty much based around spherical panoramas made using fisheye lenses.

Commonly used sets up include the Nikon Coolpix range fitted with either the FC-E8 or FC-E9 Fisheye lens or for more professional results people now all aim for DSLR with a Fisheye lens like the Sigma 8mm, Sigma 15mm, Peleng 8mm, Tokina 10-17mm Zoom, Canon 15mm or Nikon 10.5mm fisheye's.

Tell us more or ask the questions and we will guide you as best we can.

Regards, Smooth

 


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Good morning Smooth, thanks very much for your advice, it was food for thought. I now understand why I couldn't find what I was looking for. My Minolta was an APS system that probably means something to you, but to me it was a camera, der!!
Having read your advice I though I might try and find out more about APS and basicly it appears to have become redundent, SO I looked a little further and found the exact model I had, for sale on ebay for 39 a bargain. I will have to advance to Digital sooner or later but now I can make it later, thanks again.
     
Peter C