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Best set up for Canon 400D

Hello,

Can anyone reccomend a simple to use setup for the Canon 400d. I plan to create medium quality virtual tours for the manufacturing industry. Ideally im looking for something that is relatively quick to set up and has minimal editing/stitching time.

I have the pano software, so just need lense and rotator.

thanks

Lee


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Quote: Originally posted by leepilkington on October-18-2006
 Would it be possible for you to provide the settings you use on the 350d with this configuration?

The settings I posted are for my set up. (350D, Sigma 8mm)

Please do no let this mislead you.

Pixel


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The settings will be the same 350D or 400D the difference is the model of the Sigma 8mm Lens.

8mm F/4 EX

8mm F/4 EX DG (Newer Lens Coating Treatment)

or 8mm F/3.5 EX DG (Latest Model)

Pixels advise is correct for the lens he is using the 8mm F/4 EX

Regards, Smooth


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Thanks Guys that information is really helpfull.

As I havent pruchased the lense yet, which version of the sigma 8 would you reccomend?

Thanks in advance.

Lee


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You should go with the newer F/3.5 EX DG as it is a far superior lens. The Chromatic Aberration and Lens Flare is far less and this new Sigma 8mm is very close to the quality that the Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye can produce with the benefit of fewer shots to produce a full 360 x 180 panorama image.

That said all are very capable lenses and far better then say a Coolpix lens I.E FC-E8 and FC-E9 and even the earliest version of the Sigma 8mm served me well for years.

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Sigma 8mm lens with Agnos Mrotator TCPshort head.  To make life easier I would also suggest a quality Tri-pod and a quick tilt leveler while also adding a hotshoe bubble level
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Thanks for that information.

Would it be possible for you to provide the settings you use on the 350d with this configuration?

Kind regards

Lee


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Hey Lee,

Camera Settings should be as follows;

1.  SHOOT RAW .
2.  Dial on top of camera set to Av
3.  Set ISO to 100
4.  Set f/stop to f/8
5.  Let the camera determine the speed, use this throughout the four shots
6.  Set Sigma lens to Manual focus and set to infinity.  (looks like a sideways 8)
7.  Shoot four shots and one up shot.  (up shot is taken on the last stop)
8.  You may find that you do not need the upshot or down shot with corrections made to the nadir and zenith in PS (photoshop)

Processing the images;

1.  Using Adobe bridge select the images you want to process in the RAW plugin.
2.  Set to 8Bit and RGB (1998) for stitching in PW4
3.  Set the white balance value and apply to all images
4.  Adjust the chromatic aberrration to -40
5.  Adjust the vignetting to 100%
6.  Adjust mid center vignetting slider to 12
7.  Adjust exposure to balance all images
8.  Save all as BMP or 8 BIT TIFF for PW4

Open the images in PW4 and stitch.

Hope this helps with the "camera settings"

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Just a note: If you are using a F/3.5 Sigma EX DG Fisheye then the RAW settings will be completely different. Pixel is quoting some usable generic settings suitable for the Sigma F/4 EX (non DG) Fisheye.

Regards, Smooth