Hello - I've just ordered the R1 Adjustable Tilt Ring Mount Package & EZ Leveler II.
I'll be using the Rokinon 8mm with Nikon.
Does anyone use this combination? I've tried without success to find info on the NPP for the
Any other info & tips you can give (such as # of shots & angles etc.) will be very helpful
since I am new to this.
It is my understanding that you will need to shoot 6 images around plus a Zenith and Nadir + Nadir patch in order to cover the entire sphere. Why did you choose the R1? Are you going to shoot only cylindrical panoramas? I believe a NN3 type pano head will work better for you. If you want to shoot 4 around without a Zenith, you should use the Sigma 8mm lens. Tilted up 5 degrees you will get the sphere in 4 shots but will still need a Nadir patch shot in order to cover the entire sphere. I could be wrong about your lenss since I have not used it, instead only read about it.
The R1 is a wonderful rig. I use one with a Sigma 8mm lens and a monopod. Your lens has a 180 diagonal picture while the Sigma has a partial 180 circle (with the sides chopped off). I tried the Sigma on my Nikon D3S (a 50th birthday present to myself from myself) and get a full circle. What a waste of pixels.
Wait until somone who uses your same (or close) setup comments before passing final judgement. If you want to return the R1, I am sure your NN dealer will work with you.