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Confused: what camera to buy?

I was thinking the EOS350d + Sigma fisheye could shoot full circular images (2x to stitch a 360). But now I understand this is not possible because of the sensor?

Please help me out here, what to buy? What would be good (affordable) equipment to make 360 panorama's (in 3-4 shots max. + top end bottom)

Thanks!
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Canon 350D and Sigma 8mm Fisheye is a good bet. You will shoot 4 images in rotation 90 degrees apart and stitch with Panoweaver 4.0 in "Drum" image mode to produce a spherical panorama image.

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Look out to get the new Sigma 8mm with better coating!
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Quote: Originally posted by Thomas on November-22-2005
Look out to get the new Sigma 8mm with better coating!

Not sure that the extra $200.00 + USD is worth it really?

But I believe it is getting difficult to buy an EX version so you might not get a choice.

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OK, thanks guys. Got me worried for a moment.
Then with the MrotatorTCPShort + tripod I should be set?
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Quote: Originally posted by Pokko on November-22-2005
OK, thanks guys. Got me worried for a moment.
Then with the MrotatorTCPShort + tripod I should be set?

You might wish to add a tilt adaptor for levelling such as the Manfrotto #222 or similar for ease of levelling. Then your away!

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Excuse me.... can you explain how to identify the "new Sigma 8mm with better coating" from other? Can you past some link about? Thanx
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DG is the latest and EX is the older version of the Sigma 8mm Fisheye.

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The MrotatorTCPShort cost 320,00 Euro which according to Google is  379,23200 U.S. dollars.  Are there any other panorama heads that will work with this setup that don't cost this much?  I have the XT coming on the way as well, and will be getting the new sigma as an upgrade from my coolpix 5400/fc-e9.  The FC-e9 is just too soft and quality just isn't there as i'd hope.  Thanks!
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$379.00 USD is cheap for a quality product. Maybe you would like to waste $600.00+ USD on a overpriced UK made panohead?

If you want the best cheap panohead on the market then look at the Nodal Ninja www.nodalninja.com around $129.00 USD or maybe the plastic Panosuarus or Kingpano www.kingpano.com  but don't expect the same quality - accuracy or flexibility as the www.agnos.com Agnos MrotatorT series.

Totally forget the Manfrotto 303 series as they are overpriced, oversized overrated and have flex problems.

Another worth a look might be the Jasper Engineering Panohead. My money stays with Agnos MrotatorTCPS.

Remember your cameras and lenses will come and go while a good panohead and tripod are your friends for life.

Regards, Smooth


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If you want to do "hobby" stuff with our cameras then you could get away with the cheaper models. Even a home made model. There are plans out there that you can make your own  using stuff found at any hardware store.

Heck you don't even need a rotator to make pano. You can do it standing up with your camera or on a monopod.
http://www.dffe.at/handheld/index-e.html

If you plan on doing this for money of on a more serious level then you should get the Agnos rotator.

It is like any tool. A serous craftsman will have quality tools as he relies on these to create his product. Joe Blow can get by with stuff from Wal-mart.

It is a matter of picking your tools. You get what you pay for.

I use the Anos Mrotator TCP short and it is a very good product that I trust to get the job done on every shoot. I make a living doing panoramic photography. Therefor I have to have a tool that will perform.

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