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Subject: [Leica] OT: Technical Question- Panning vs WA Lens
From: kcarney1 at (Ken Carney)
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2011 18:34:57 -0500
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On 4/18/2011 1:38 PM, Bob Adler wrote:
> I am trying to understand if I can take a wide angle photo using
> panning/stitching with a normal lens that would look like it was taken 
> with a WA
> lens. My specific question is if I can get the same coverage and 
> perspective
> using an 80mm Hassy lens and panning/stitching 3 or 4 overlapping shot as I
> could with the 40mm Hassy.
> If so how would this best be accomplished? Standing back further with the 
> 80
> than with the 40 or just at the same spot with the panning. Would the 
> image's
> perspective be the same?
> Thanks to all who can help,
> Bob
>   Bob Adler
> Palo Alto, CA
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Perhaps these images will help.  Here is a pan image made with a 25mm 
Zeiss Distagon lens on a Contax 35mm body, Ektachrome VS.  It was 
mounted vertically on a Kiwi pan head, adjusted so the lens rotated 
around its nodal point.

Here is am image taken from the same spot with the same lens, but in 
landscape position and just a single frame.

So my guess is no, the 80mm stitched image will not have the same 
perspective as the 40mm, i.e., it will not have the "wide angle" look I 
like.  I don't take many panoramas (those are really big prints), but I 
have also used landscape orientation on a regular leveling tripod head 
and stitched with Photoshop merge function, which seems to work fine.  
Personally I would stick with the 40mm and perhaps a panorama made with 
that lens.  Hope this is responsive.


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