Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/24

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Subject: [Leica] Panarama (was Leica-Users List Digest V3 #62)
From: "Alan Hull" <>
Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 09:58:32 +0200

Alastair,  I personally would use a prime lens of at least 50mm.=20
Definately not a zoom.  Dennis Painter mentioned 2nd nodal point for
the swing axis but I cannot elaborate.  All I know is that the film
must swing to simulate the geometry of the curved film plane of the
super expensive Linhof panarama cameres.

A few years ago I accepted a commission to take a photograph of a house
in its natural settings.  It was in the suburbs of Gothenburg.  I
climbed the nearby hill to look across at the house with the city
skyline behind it and thought what a good panoramic scene it would
make.  What a mistake that was.  I had never done one before and it
took me two weeks to get an acceptable picture because I was learning
fast that a panoramic series uses every ounce of photographic knowledge
available.  I kid you not.  I had a two week crash course in lens
optics, exposure control, perspective, edge distortion etc.  Then came
matching and pasting the seperate images together.  I tried colour at
first but that was a total failure, as the blue sky changed hue too
suddenly in the commercial prints I had made.  These first prints also
contained all the other errors like a stone in the foreground could not
be matched at the same time as the skyline.

I switched to BW and the FUN really started.  And I mean FUN.  I really
started to enjoy matching up the seperate images in my then temporary
darkroom and discovering massive holes in my knowledge of photographic
theory.  =20

I advised 50% overlap because film is cheap, and I must have tramped up
that hill a dozen times in those two weeks.  The money I received for
the final print put me in the minus but I really enjoyed doing it.  For
an absorbing project I can think of few things to match the quest for a
perfect panorama print to hang on a wall.  And have lots and lots of

Alan Hull
> Fr=E5n: Alastair Firkin=20
> Alan,
> Thank you for the panorama tips. I have somewhere in my "cupboard" an
> Nikon thingamebob which has settings for different focal lenght lenes
> click stops in between. I don't think it overlapped by 50%, but it
did have
> the bubble level. I also have an old Rollei one, which is much
> Which lens would you use for these scenic shots. If I use a longer
lens, it
> will be the 70-180 Zoom, and it has a tripod mount on the lens
itself. This
> may alter the dynamics of the swing. Any comments?
> This should have gone a few days ago, but my server has clocked out
for 3
> days ;-)
> Cheers,
> Alastair Firkin,