I'm relatively new at 360-180...
Question - Using my D300 and Nikon's 10.5 Fisheye I have been shooting the Nadir as the first shot, have been shooting at a 30 degree elevation and not shooting a Zenith. Is the technique Good, Bad or immaterial? I'm using PTGui Pro...
Nadir Adaptor and the D3: Have been shooting with my D300 which looks like it may need repairs. I have the NN5, the R-D16 using Manfroto's 055MF4 tripod with their adjustable head center pole and Nodal Ninja's leveler. Has anyone any experience using the D3 or similar wight with the Nadir Adaptor? Any problems I should be aware of?
Greatly appreciate your comments and advice - Thanks
Last edited by BaltimoreBob; 07-18-2011 at 02:03 PM.
I guess that if it works for you it is OK, but I have found that tilting the camera upwards works well for subjects such as outdoors where the sky has little or no detail for PTGui to create Control Points, but can cause mayhem if there is a lot of detail in the tops of the images, such as in a room with an ornate ceiling.
I use a Nikon 10.5mm on a D300 and D3100 and actually take 8 horizontal images at 45° intervals with one of two (2nd at 90°) to the zenith and PTGui usually gives me a "very good" when I Optimize.
The 6 horizontal images at 60° intervals that Heinz mentions is the normally recommended number, but I prefer the additional overlap as it it gives me more freedom in using PTGui's Mask tool to sort out any movement between images.
If you load your images into PTGui and after using "2. Align images..." look at the Panorama Editor (Ctrl+E if it doesn't show) and click on the individual image tabs yo will see the actual coverage of the images.
With a +30° tilt you will notice that there is massive overlap between the images at the top.
<<Any thoughts about using Nikon's D5 with the Nadir Adaptor given its weight?>>
I hope that someone with more knowledge on this can answer you as I am afraid that my budget only stretches to APS-C sensor bodies.
Although I have both a D300 and D3100 I tend to use the D3100 although the D300 is a much higher specification because it is lighter.
It also has more Mps but I cannot see any visual difference in the final panoramas from either bodies once PTGui and Pano2VR have done their processing, but I am sure you will with a "full frame" body.
I'm only looking at using the D3 becasue my D300 may need to go into the repair shop - I totally agree about the weight. I agree, it will be interesting to see results, especially with the full-frame fisheye - especially if I can duplicate a D300 panorama.
Sorry if my inquirey was unclear - wasn't seeking the weights of the variouse components...
I'm concerned about the ability of the NN5 with the Nadir Adaptor to accomodate the D3+(whatever lens) if my D300 has to go to the rerpair shop. I bought the NN5 because (as I now recollect) the write-up specified that it could handle the weight of full-frame cameras. Specifically, I'm concerned aboiut the Nadit Adaptor - will it handle that weigth? (I assume I'll need a counter-weight). As I mentioned, I certainly can try it but as I'd rather not create damage while testing I thought it wise to ask about others experiences.
No problem. I use D3 with 145-24 for example on NN5 with Nadir Adapter without any problem. But, as you can see on the pictures, I always add a EZ-Leveller II below the Rotator. Specially with the D3 and heavier lenses the torque will bend the system down a little bit and you can easily re level the bubble of NN5 to the center of the ring. That will be ok for the second Nadir shot. After shooting Nadir2 the first thing I do is to close the Nadir Adapter and bring back the camera to a safer position above the tripod. But you have to use a good tripod.
BTW: you will like the D3. Helps a lot in crowded places where you need short shutter speeds. Just raise the ISO without being afraid to get noise, easy bracketing in CL mode, etc. When you shave the 10,5, you get around with 4 shots on FX D3. 16mm works fine with D3. But be aware of Nikon Rumors, end of august two dslr bodies will be announced to be in the shops in autumn. May be D4. Either you will get a new D4, very expensive in the beginning, or a D3s with a nice lowered price.