Nikon FC-E9 vs sigma and Panoweaver 4.0
I have been producing full 360x360 images for the past 7 years using a Nikin coolpix 950 + FC-E8
I purchased a new setup: Nikon D70s + FC-E9 + agnos MrotatorB to replace my old coolpix setup. I am also purchasing a Nikon 10.5mm + MrotatorTCPshort to take full frame fisheye pano's. My clients are asking for better quality in the images so I want to offer both spherical 360x360 and cylinder/cubic panos.
The question is:
Can I use the sigma 8mm lens + nikon D70s to produce 2 shot 360x360 in the same way I used the coolpix set up. I have been using panoweaver 2.01 for stitching.
I want to upgrade to PW 4.0 but I am confused about the sigma 8mm vs the FC-E9.
The agnos MrotatorB + bracket is very bulky and heavy plus it mates to the 18-70mm nikon lens via a foam adapter and I have to use the stock lens to adapt it and that equals less image quality as has been stated before. This set up will do the job but is very bulky. I am considering returing this setup in favor of a sigma 8mm+agnos MrotatorTAP.
I would rather use the sigma 8mm attatched directly to the camera + agnos MrotatorTAP for 2 shot 360x360 shots.
If the client wants a full 360x360 I can do that with the 2 shot set up so I do not need to produce top and bottom shots for the cylinder/cubic set up. In the cylinder/cubic set up I am looking to produce higher quality panos using the nikon 10.5mm with limited FOV ( no top or bottom) although I will experiment with this as the agnos MrotatorTCPshort allows for top and bottom shots.
Ok here is my set up so far:
D70s + nikon 10.5mm + Agnos MrotatorTCPshort = 4 to 6 shot cylinder panos
D70s + nikon 18-70mm + adapter + nikon FC-E9 + agnos MrotatorB = 2 shot full 360x360
D70s + sigma 8mm + agnos MrotatorTAP = 2 shot full 360x360 ====will this work???
If any one is interested this is a link to one of my projects I produced for a real estate auction company. Done with coolpix 950+FC-E8 and stitched with panoweaver 2.01 in cubic format.
Thanks for your help