panorama software,virtual tour software
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2008-04-05
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Sigma 4.5mm and 3 photo panos

It looks like this would be the least expensive upgrade from my Coolpix 5400 with a FC-E9. Have any of you tried this lens for 3 shot panos?
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Vince
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2008-04-06
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Vince,

The Sigma 4.5mm Fisheye fitted to a APS-C small sensor DSLR will do 3 shot panoramas just like the Nikon Coolpix with FC-E8/9.

Fact is though, you will be paying much more for the 4.5mm over the Sigma 8mm and you will be wasting pixels. The ONLY advantage is that you can shoot the full panorama scene in 3 shots (Full Circular) as apposed to 4 shots (Drum).

Stitching time and difficulty would be very minor between the two types.

In my eyes the Sigma 8mm Fisheye is the clear winner.

Regards, Smooth


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Thanks Smooth,
After posting this, I looked into some options on upgrading and ran across "Smartblend." What I have been using is the Coolpix on a Kaidan rotator, Pannoweaver 3.01 and Tourweaver 1.25. Yeah, I know I'm kicking it old school, but I like the manual stitch function of Pan-3.01, and did not see the point of upgrading to 4.0. After trying a demo of 5.0 with Smartblend on some troublesome older shots I think I'm sold. As for Tourweaver, again, 1.25 works just fine for me, I don't have any problems creating skins, and you can do multiple maps on 1.25 if you make it "one map." I might re-look at 3.00. Costs look like:

Sigma 4.5 mm +/- = $900.00

Sigma 8mm f3.5 +/- $659.00 and upgrade to 3.00 $200.00 = $859.00

Not a big difference in cash, but Smartblend appears to improve things so much that that look like the clear way to go.
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Absolutely!

Regards, Smooth