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Old Jul 7, 2004, 12:02 AM   #1
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What's the best forum (not just this site) that's the best place to ask questions about panoramic stitching and the such. I'd like to know about panoramic editing and optics.

I have a Coolpix 4300 and plan to purchase a WC-E63 Wide angle and FC-E8 Fisheye Converter Lens for it. I wouldn't mind a forum that supports some pertinent info like:

-hot tips/cheap way to set up a panoramic tripod (rotate around the nodal point) -best software to use for panoramics (especially using fisheye lenses).

Check this site out: http://www.philohome.com/panorama.htm
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Old Jul 7, 2004, 12:42 AM   #2
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http://www.panoguide.com/ is the best place around for panoramic info! As for optics you probably would want to keep your camera set to ~50mm (35mm film equivalent) to avoid distortions.

As for lenses for the 4300, you should also check out Raynox (click on the lenses for sample pictures):
http://www.raynox.co.jp/october/egnikone880.htm
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Old Jul 7, 2004, 3:00 PM   #3
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What's the logic about getting the size right (i.e. sizing to minimize distortion). Would the two lenses I mentioned above still work with ~50mm? Please explain the details about how to calculate for 35mm equiv.

Also, should I be concerned that the Raynox lens stuff is not as good in quality as the Nikon lenses?


I also need a polarizer lens. Would a 28mm kit be better or if I purchase some adapter rings anyway should I consider a differenc size for the lens kit also?

28mm Filter Kit for Nikon Coolpix Digital Cameras:
http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_g...58&prsrt=1

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Old Jul 7, 2004, 4:44 PM   #4
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Suggest you take your Nikon specific questions to the Nikon forum.

As for why 50mm, most camera optics at the wider angle have barrel distortion (BD)...stitching together images would be impossible if each image is distorted...there would be nothing that would match. How to get 50mm in your camera, I can't say as I'm not a Nikon user. An example of BD is:
http://img4.photobucket.com/albums/0...ide/barrel.jpg
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Old Jul 7, 2004, 6:29 PM   #5
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The only reason to use a longish focal length is software limitation. A good stitching program will deal with any barrel distortion at the same time it does the stitching. The best is Panorama Tools - which is what Philo uses. Even with a front end, Panorama Tools is not easy: well worth the effort.

Many software vendors/authors maintain a web site with a forum. Go lurk.
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Old Jul 7, 2004, 6:32 PM   #6
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Thanks, I've started a new thread here
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