+s and -s to shooting more than 2FEsHi Forum,
Can anybody explain to me the benefits to shooting and stitching more than two fe's. Go ahead Smooth let me have it.
I was just curious if there were any quality comparisons out there?
Well the main benefit is that the stitching with Panoweaver 3.1 using 3 FEs is the stitching error rate is very small should you have the correct nodel point.
The other is 183 degree fisheye lense x 2 shot = 366 gives you only 6 maximum degree of overlap because we are making 360 degree shots! Right?, where as 3 shot x 183 degree = 549 of which we are going to use only 360. So the overlap is much greater. Thus giving greater control of the stitch.
Hope this make some sense? I have tried to explain it as I see it!
If someone has a better view on this or can explain it better, please have a go!
I use Remote Reality's One Shot 360, The 360 Plus and I use Panoweaver with 3 FE's. The Panoweaver has the best quality. The One shot 360 is great for crowds that are moving, or shots where you cannot take the time to take 2 or more photos. But, the quality of the single shot is not that great. The mirror that is used scratches easily, and reflection of lights and the sun can be a problem. There is no stitching required but you are only working with the resolution of one image, compared to resolution of multiple images.
The 360 Plus option uses 4 donut images to make a complete 360 spherical pano like Panoweaver. The quality is not bad, but it uses the same mirror which in my opinion is not that great.
I changed from 2 to 3 panos to.
One reason is that if your tripod and camera are not 100 % leveled it realy gets hard to fix. As mentioned above, more overlap to work with.
Outdoor Panos with 3 FE's are mostly stiched correct on automode (no manuall intervention necessairy)
If I had a indoor pano to do with lots of lines like floor tile I would try both. Use a 3 FE and also do a 2 FE on the same room.
Why, because if you get lucky and the 2 panos are properly leveled stiching is less a problem and you have only one seam to worry about and therefore manual stiching is a bit easier. But would defenitely do both 3 and 2 shots.
I allways have a hard time on manual stiching to find out wich hemisphere will effect which seam.
Also on 2 panos i find that sometimes you will still see a colordifference on the seam because of the black around the FE shot, while in 3 FE they blend more.
Long reply short answer.
3 hemispheres gives you more margin of error.
Set up your camera and just try it and you will soon find out which you like better.