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  • Ultimate M1 with Sigma 8mm f/3.5 ex dg

    I own a Nodal Ninja Ultimate M1 pano head with nadir adapter. I use it with a nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 on a D800 with great results.

    For the Google Trusted Photographer program (google business view for google places), the google software cannot stitch the pictures of a nikkor 14-24mm together. So i have to switch to a Sigma 8mm f/3.5 ex dg.

    My question: Can i use the Ultimate M1 with the Sigma 8mm f/3.5 ex dg? Will parts of the Ultimate M1 show up in the pictures because of this extreme the 180 sigma fisheye lens?

    I know the R10 is a better and easier choice for the sigma 8mm, but i do not want to buy another panohead unless the Ultimate M1 is hopeless to work with in combination with the sigma 8mm.

    Anyone who tried this setup?

    Thank you

  • #2
    It's possible to use the 8mm lens but the upper rotator does intrude a little on one side of the image circle. OTOH, an 8mm fisheye wastes a lot of pixels on a fullframe camera. If you can use DX mode to obtain an APS-C size frame, then the problem is eliminated. See these FX-DX comparison images (simulated with a 5DII + 8mm image):

    With sufficient overlap, the stitcher would ignore the intrusive hardware anyway.

    You need to mount the camera on the upper rail in the manner of a NN4 or NN5 rather than at the end of the rail so that the front end of the rail doesn't stick out to cause a further intrusion. There are various ways of doing this. See this thread: I did it like this:



    • #3
      For the Google Trusted Photographer program, you need to ask Google or their moderators. It depends on their stitcher and the workflow.
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