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Old December 25th, 2007, 04:35 PM   #1
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Panoramic Lens?

So with our last excursion to San Francisco, she was really talking about wanting a "lens that make big picture". Judging by how she made her hands wide, I figured "panoramic pictures?" and she confirmed with a nod. So yeah, we're packing a Nikon D50 still (I know all you pros use much sexier models), but I still don't know sh*t about cameras. Is there a lens that allows you to make panoramic photos? I always thought it was something you selected on the camera itself. Also, if so... what panoramic lens do you pack, and can I see some sample pictures?
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Old December 25th, 2007, 08:04 PM   #2
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you can shoot a series of photos then stich them up together in photoshop (or any other photo editing program actually). Shoot in manual mode so the exposure is the same throughout.
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Old December 25th, 2007, 08:10 PM   #3
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Wide angle lenses.
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Old December 25th, 2007, 10:46 PM   #4
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wide angle is probably the best deal for you.
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Old December 26th, 2007, 05:32 AM   #5
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Yeah, just shoot a couple of photos and stitch them together. Or get a wide angle len. Or get the 10.5mm fisheye lens and straighten it out with software. Or spend a whole ton of money and get a panoramic camera.
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Set camera on a tripod. Take pictures by panning left to right or vice versa. Then use photoshop or the multitude of software out there that can stitch the scene together to form a panoramic shot.

Here's one company that does it online for you:
http://www.bigphotohelp.com/

A google search will net many other places that can print it for you as well. Use manual and exposure lock to ensure that everything is even
Good Luck!
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Old December 27th, 2007, 02:02 AM   #7
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Since she doesn't want to do the "stitch" thing (which I actually suggested right when she told me about wanting a lens that can do panoramic pictures)... I guess we'll have to pack a "wide angle" lens. So when I go to the local Ritz Camera, I just go and say "I have a Nikon D50, and would like to take a look at some wide angle lenses," right?
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How much money do you want to spend???


http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/digi...comparison.htm

I've personally used the Sigma 10-20 and can attest how awesome that lens it. It's a lot cheaper than the Canon version and it just recently one a lens shoot out by a British magazine that compared almost the same lenses that Ken Rockwell did. The Sigma came in first, then the Canon 10-22, then the Tokina in that test.
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You can stitch with any camera as long as you're willing to do a little software work. The Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye will give a 160 degree horizontal field of view (180 degrees diagonally). Depending on how you compose it, the images can actually look quite natural, but usually you'll want to do some post-processing with it which is more software work. Even a Sigma 10-20mm only gives about a 100 degree horizontal angle of view at 10mm which is nothing compared to the fisheye (160 degrees horizontally). But you can take photos straight off the camera with little to no processing.

Just try them out in the store and get whatever works best for you.
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Old December 28th, 2007, 09:16 AM   #10
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^^ That's usually what I do when I'm about to buy a lens. I'll find a store that has it, go in with my camera and start clicking away with each lens till I find the one I want.

That's how I fell in love with the 105mm f/2.8 VR lens that I can't afford.
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