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Old Aug 20, 2002, 11:33 AM   #1
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I'm a web developer and I've been asked by a client if I can prepare some 3D Virtual of there buildings.

I've only had limited experience with this kind of thing before and I was just wondering if the 5700 would be a good camera for it..

Can you get a fisheye lens that fits, I've seen one for the 5000, but not the 5700,

as a side note, I've been looking at the 5700 since it came out, so when this opportunity came to use it for work as well as play I thought 'Now I have a reason to spend'
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Old Aug 20, 2002, 1:19 PM   #2
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Do you really want to go the fishey route? Panoramas work well w/o fisheye and the distortion problems!
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Old Aug 20, 2002, 5:39 PM   #3
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No fishey (yet) for the 5700. But the camera does take nice pictures that make it easy to make pano's out of. It even comes with ArcSoft Panorama Maker.

The 5700 also takes incredible pictures!
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Old Aug 20, 2002, 6:45 PM   #4
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I have not used the 5700, but the 4500 has a panorama assist where the 'phantom,' image of your old picture is show on the LCD to allow you to align the next shot.

Not sure if this is also on the 5700.
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Old Aug 21, 2002, 6:04 AM   #5
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I think I'll be forced to go the fisheye route (or at least wideangle) as some of the rooms are smallish, if i have to take up/down photo's aswell I could be there a while.. I'm going to scout my local cameras shop's and have a play for myself this afternoon, so we'll see..
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Old Aug 22, 2002, 11:12 PM   #6
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I think you will find that a fish-eye, or at least a *very* short lens, will be the only realistic way to do a full spherical VR. And you will almost certainly use Panorama Tools to stitch them (http://www.fh-furtwangen.de/~dersch/ - freeware, shut down for a month or so.)

PT will also deal with the distortion problems of a fish-eye, or any other lens for that matter.

PT is a great program, but has a serious learning curve. There are a couple of graphic front-ends that help.
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