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2008-10-09
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Which equipment to get?

Hi,

I'm new with 360 Panoramic photos, never having taken a single shot. But I need to take 360 view photographs of the interior of a submarine, so preferably (but not a must) the photos are relatively sharp to be able to expose the tiny details in the quite poorly lit room.

I'm in a dilemma of what equipment to buy. First a rundown of my current equipment:

Canon 300D DSLR, 18-55mm kit lens, 10-18mm wide angle lens, 70-300mm telephoto lens.

Budget for new equipment: Less than USD800.

Being an amateur, I thought of getting a 1-shot lens, but there are some tradeoffs. The good thing is its fast and easy to use, and that is important because I don't have exclusive access to the premise, so shooting 24 multi row images is rather difficult when other visitors are walking around the room. Additionally, it requires no stitching, which is perfect for an amateur like me.

The setback is the rather low resolution, which is not ideal. And it does not show the top ceiling.

So I was thinking of getting a 2 or 3-shot lens, as a compromise between the 1-shot and the 24-shot multi row. I think I can manage to squeeze off 3 or 4 shots max without much hassles.

My question is, does the 3-shot photo cover the top ceiling and ground too?

I need a pano head and was thinking of getting a Panosaurus as it is quite cheap and functional.

Should I get a fisheye lens, such as the sigma 8mm? Considering that I already have a 10-18mm wide angle.

Finally, which 1-shot lens would you recommend I get? I was thinking of the O-360, but then again, there are not many choices out there too.

Many thanks and my apologies if these questions seem so basic.

 


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Welcome to the forum Davido, I can't help you much as I am a Nikon guy. However from reading the forum I think you could use the Sigma 8mm to get the results you are after. Don't know how you can do it for 800USD. You will need the lens a pano head and stitching program. I think with the Sigma you can do it in 3 or 4 shots.
You are correct about the one-shot, it does the job but with low quality. If you go that route then I think the 0-360 is probably the best. But then that will cost 500USD new, better to spring for the Sigma. Most of us have made the mistake of starting with the one-shot and then having to spend even more to up-grade.
Good luck and if you have more questions, and you will, just ask.
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Thank you. I think what I'll do is to get the panohead and practice with my 10-18mm so as to get a feel of how it all hangs together. And then see if I could get the sigma 8mm at a later date. :)

 


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If you are going to shoot the interior of a submarine I'm sure you will have to bracket the shots because of the lighting.
Nikon D300, D3s, Nikon 10.5 lens, RingT105N+Footplate+MrotatorTCPs, Giottos MT9261 Tripod, Manfrotto 410 Jr geared head.

If you know the "secret" then everyday is a good day!