I hate buying a quality Sigma fisheye so I only have to take 3 photos in a circle, then rotate it up a tad and do the same, only to have to buy a regular lens for taking regular shots. That requires I buy two lenses, and the D700 body is already a bank breaker.
Anyway something like a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor work for panos?
Your right, the D700 is beyond your needs.
If you did and used the Sigma 8mm Fisheye you would require 3 shots with a 5 degree tilt up to cover the 360x180 total.
If you go with a the 24-70mm lens you will require approximately 28 shots to cover the same 360x180 @ the 24mm setting.
By a lesser camera with a small sensor and use the Sigma 8mm you would require 4 shots with a 5 degree tilt up to cover the 360x180 total.
Same camera with the 24-70mm lens you will require approximately 40 shots to cover the same 360x180 @ the 24mm setting.
Quote: Originally posted by EBMN on June-29-2009
That is huge difference in number of photos! Maybe I should just stick with a fisheye!
I am just considering the Nikon D700 so one can presumably zoom in more while still maintaining image sharpness longer.
The D700 won't make any real difference to the zoom in capabilities.
100% is 100% and once you zoom in more than 100% of any image the picture deteriorates and pixelates.
There is far more to making a quality image than buying the most expensive equipment.
Have you looked at Nikon's D90 D5000 and the D300. They are not full frame like the D700. The new D5000 has the flip screen like the old coolpixs and I think it shoots the HD video as well.
Nikon D300, D3s, Nikon 10.5 lens, RingT105N+Footplate+MrotatorTCPs, Giottos MT9261 Tripod, Manfrotto 410 Jr geared head.
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Quote: Originally posted by EBMN on July-06-2009The differance between the D700 (full size sensor) and the D300 (DX Sensor) will be the amount of shots required with the Sigma 8mm to cover the full 360x180.
Have any recommendations for quality cameras less than a D700 that would be good for the Sigma 8mm?
D700 with Sigma 8mm Fisheye = 3 shots (Circular)
D300 with Sigma 8mm Fisheye = 4 shots (Drum)
Both would require you to cap or patch the nadir or shoot an extra hand held nadir shot to exclude the tripod.