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  1. looking for a pole option to do spherical panos.

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    sorry I have come to this discussion a tad late.

    I already have a R1 with 8mm and 10.5mm ring with a nadir adapter.
    I was wondering what my options would be to get a complete spherical pano on a pole.
    I don't know how both the zenith or the nadir would be covered given that the nadir adapter would be totally useless on the pole.
    Im using a D300 with 8mm and 10.5 for panos.

    My preference would be for 10.5 before the 8mm
    all suggestions are most welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marquee View Post
    sorry I have come to this discussion a tad late.

    I already have a R1 with 8mm and 10.5mm ring with a nadir adapter.
    I was wondering what my options would be to get a complete spherical pano on a pole.
    I don't know how both the zenith or the nadir would be covered given that the nadir adapter would be totally useless on the pole.
    Im using a D300 with 8mm and 10.5 for panos.

    My preference would be for 10.5 before the 8mm
    all suggestions are most welcome.
    which 8mm lens? Sigma 8mm fisheye or Samyang 8mm fisheye?
    Doing spherical with 10.5mm is difficult.

    nick



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    sigma 8mm.
    I was concerned about the sharpness of the 8mm over 10.5 nikon.
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    Marquee,

    the pics try to explain how to use the Zenith Nadir Adapter:


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    http://homepage.mac.com/hindenhaag/f...kor10.5_f2.zip

    http://homepage.mac.com/hindenhaag/f...a%208mm_f3.zip

    Shots around at 0°, +5°, +7.5°. Stitch to see the closure of the zenith at different settings. When you shoot at +7.5°, you can use the pin at the back side of the Adapter at 7.5° position to compensate to 0° when adapter is open. To shoot Zenith and then Nadir you have to turn the camera around for example with Quick Mount Mini Position. Check the change in vertical doing this, may be you have to correct the vertical another time. You have to try it and decide if a special workflow fits for you.

    Workflow: raise pole and take shots around. Take pole down, open Adapter, compensate pole position in vertical on top segment, move aside to compensate the horizontal, raise pole and shoot Zenith. Come down again, set camera to shoot downwards for Nadir and raise again and shoot. Come down again, close and fix Adapter to save position. To be able to raise last segment you have to do the shots around with the pole not fully extended, shortened by distance NPP Turning Point of Adapter.

    DennisS, using Sigma 8mm with D300, +5° on monopod closes the zenith. Nadir is done handheld.

    Cheers,
    Heinz
    Last edited by hindenhaag; 02-06-2012 at 10:24 PM.
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    I'm waiting on the downloads.
    While I wait, The question is, While all this activity of shooting the zenith and nadir is taking place. Wouldn't the clouds (zenith) and people (nadir) move.
    That would mean a lot of photoshop fixes. Not to mention a lot of work pulling it down and up again.

    I guess in a quiet setup for a couple of pano its cool.
    But if its run and gun. I guess you'll find yourself quite exhausted.

    What if we could make a setup for 3-5 cameras that could take the 8 or 10 mm lens like the NEX cams and that way we could get it in one go and the big advantage of 360 video comes for free. Just throwing out ideas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marquee View Post
    I'm waiting on the downloads.
    While I wait, The question is, While all this activity of shooting the zenith and nadir is taking place. Wouldn't the clouds (zenith) and people (nadir) move.
    That would mean a lot of photoshop fixes. Not to mention a lot of work pulling it down and up again.

    I guess in a quiet setup for a couple of pano its cool.
    But if its run and gun. I guess you'll find yourself quite exhausted.

    What if we could make a setup for 3-5 cameras that could take the 8 or 10 mm lens like the NEX cams and that way we could get it in one go and the big advantage of 360 video comes for free. Just throwing out ideas.
    Use Sigma 8mm at 0 deg tilt. You don't need zenith or nadir shots. Just patch them in post editing. You may shift the lens by 10mm to the front to reduce nadir footprint.
    look at Wim's gallery, they are without zenith and nadir shots.
    http://www.nodalninja.com/forum/show...-Fanotec-poles

    Nick



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    Would the series 2 poles be the best choice that best balances the low with the high position option for shooting panos?

    There is another scenario which I was considering using the pole for and that was shooting at 3 different heights at the same spot with a gigapan and d300.

    I don't know high I could get before it gets unstable?

    I was also wondering how stable would the tripod option be compared to manfrotto super giant stand?
    Last edited by marquee; 02-07-2012 at 09:41 PM. Reason: spelling
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