Using the panorama calculator

# Thread: Using the panorama calculator

1. ## Using the panorama calculator

Can someone help me understand the panorama calculator for a 14 mm lens. I am lost on the HFOV and the VFOV and how to set the detent on the RD - 16.

14 MM on a D3/x/s = 104.1 VFOV (Portrait) and 81.2 HFOV (Portrait)

Type in 35 % Overlap and press calculate.....

5.3 Images Landscape and 6.8 Portrait.....

What the heck does this mean (Drain Bead or Brain Dead) Starts here.....

A) Its take 5.3 images to make a 360 degree pano in a landscape
B) It talkes 6.8 images to make a portrait

I am SOOOO lost at what this means?

Thinking like this and using the NN5 and Rd16 I should expect to round up, 5.3 to 6 and divide 6 by 360 to make 60 degrees and that is what I set the detent to if the camera in orientated in the Landscape Fashion (Which using the upper and lower rail it would not)

hence (Upper and lower rail combo force the camera into Portrait mode)

round 6.8 to 7 and divide by 360 thus equaling, 51.4 degrees between shots so in a portrait camera setting I would need to set the Rd-16 to somewhere around 51.4 degrees?

HELP

Tom Quinn

2. ## Re: Using the panorama calculator

Hi Tom,

let us go. Normally you shoot panoramas in portrait mode. Having calculated, you know you should take 6.8 shots for the pano.

Now you have to step to NN5 detent plunger list to get to know about the possible settings. You have a choice for 6 shots = 60¬? or 8 shots = 45¬?. In point four of the calculator you can now check the overlap you get for either 6 or 8 shots. Take your decision.

Set the small blue knob = detent plunger on the RD16 either to 60¬? or to 45¬?.

This has nothing to do with lower or upper rails settings.

Hope this helps

Heinz
3. ## Re: Using the panorama calculator

the list...

Nodal Ninja Rotator RD 16 / Manfrotto SPH303
Manfrotto 90¬? 60¬? 45¬? 36¬? 30¬? 24¬? 20¬? 15¬? 10¬? 5¬?
4 6 8 10 12 15 18 24 36 72

RD16 Degree 90? 60¬? 45¬? 36¬? 30¬? 24¬? 20¬? 18¬? 15¬? 12¬? 10¬? 7,5¬? 6¬? 5¬? 3,75¬?
Stops 4 6 8 10 12 15 18 20 24 30 36 48 60 72 96
? ? ? ?
? requires dual detent plunger

Heinz
4. ## Re: Using the panorama calculator

If you are interested, I have created a small panorama calculator to know, how many pictures I should be shooting on each row depending on the size the panorama, the camera set, the overlap ...

Panorama calculator on my blog.