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2006-08-13
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Need Nikon D70s & 10.5mm Nikkor Images

Can anyone send me the six pictures required (I don't have to have the top and bottom) to make a pano from the Nikon D70s & Nikkor 10.5mm please?

I would like to do some testing before I buy this setup - I am also open to any other equipment suggestions as well.  I am looking for high quality spherical or cylindrical output from a good digital SLR camera.

 

Thank You - Email: will@virtualhomeshow.net


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I guess you want the images to test the quality of this setup??

Problem is you didn't take the images. Your quality is dependant upon the exposures you take and the post processing methods you use. Stitching is irrelevant. Panoweaver will do the job provided you have a properly setup rotator.

I have seen totally botched panos from every kind of setup. Usually due to poor photographic techinque and either no photoshop work or doing it the wrong way.

I use this setup (D70s+Nikkor 10.5mm). Here is an example of what "I" can do. I have seen work better than this by others more magical than me.......LOL
http://www.northwestflorida.com/virtual_tours/blake_morar/2130_seaside/index.html

This is a similar thread but it shows what can be done with an experienced photographer behind the lens. See the very last post where Smooth shows an example. He is using a coolpix 5000(5mp camera) with a Nikkor FC-E8 lens.
http://www.easypano.com/forum/display_topic_threads.asp?ForumID=1&TopicID=2256&PagePosition=1

The Nikkor 10.5mm is an awsome lens. It produces better qualtiy "optically" than the quite execellant Sigma 8mm. However there is a difference in how this is accomplished due to the different optical qualities of both lenses....drum vs full frame fisheye. Its 6+T+B vs 4 drum.

The sigma 8mm is easier to shoot becasue it requires only 4 images and you get a full spherical with no issues with the top and bottom. The Nikkor requires 6 min plus the top and bottom if you want a total 360. However you will notice there is no top and bottom in my example and that is because of time vs price issues in lower priced real estate tours. I do include top and bottom on higher priced jobs such as vacation rental etc.

If you want to see what can be done with almost any setup take a look at the world wide pano event. This showcases pano photographers from around the world using everything from a Canon Mark II ($8000 full frame CMOS) to the classic coolpix 950 2mp camera.
http://geoimages.berkeley.edu/wwp/index.html

If you are totally quality driven then pick the Nikkor 10.5. As it is superior optically but comes with the trade off of being a bit more finicky to master in shooting technique. If you want to do great panos with less problems is shooting then pick the Sigma 8mm. I am sure someone will post a pano example shot with the Sigma.

General Lee

 


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About windows:

I shoot 3 exposures at 2 ev ( 2 stops apart  - 1/500, 1/125, 1/30 as an example)

I use the simplist method in photomatrix: Combine H&S details.

In photoshop I use image -->adjustments -->shadow/highlights to adjust the shadows and midtones without effecting the windows ( windows will be in the highlight areas)

Tweak with levels

Fix red or yellow cast using either the "photo filters" or "color balance" adjustments.

Thats the basic method I use. Getting it right every time no matter what the situation is a bit more complicated.

I can say that getting the right 3 exposures to begin with is the real secret. You need a peek at the left for the shadows, a peak in the middle for the midtones, and a peak at the right for the highlights. Look up histograms. Use this feature on your camera.

If you get a good bracket set it will all come together.

General Lee

 

 


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Gen Lee,

Thank you for your response!

I like you demo for real estate - You quality is great and I agree, I would take more time to create an amazing image for commercial purposes.  However, I'm making a living off of mostly real estate tours at the moment.  I just got the 10.5mm lens and the camera will be here tomorrow.

Would you be willing to share a range (or set) of camera settings that you use to get good, quick real estate panoramas? I'm a bit behind on my work because my last camera broke and need to get started quickly with my new D70s & Nikkor 10.5mm setup.  - I also just got the Agnos MRotator TCP short... So if you have the settings for properly placing the camera on that rotater, that would be helpful as well!

Thank You! - will@virtualhomeshow.net


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2006-08-25
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Please General Lee I too would like to know your settings used on this tour. especially any photomatix settings you use. Really would be appreciated.
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I would like to get my windows that clear and the walls as bright as yours
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Question about Nikon D2X when used with a 10.5 lens, how many shots required to make a complete panorama? (including top shots).
can anyone plz link me to sample files?

thanks :)

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It will exactly the same as the D50, D70, D100, D200 and D1X all have the same size sensors in dimensions and thus the 1.5 cropping/multiplying factor. Using Panoweaver 4.0 you will need 6+TB.

Regards, Smooth


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thanks :)
I was just looking at this website and thus i started wondering...
walkingwithaids.info

amazing work. best quality panoramas i have ever seen in the past couple years.

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if anyone know any similar websites please link me. :)
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Anyone Seen Gen .Lee or know any photomatix techniques for good windows?