Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2012/02/01

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Subject: [Leica] To the Pano stitchers
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2012 20:02:36 -0500

My own experience in making a lot of Pano's in the past couple of years is
that I do feel that wides are less ideal. A little wide fine like a 35 but a
24 or 21 its much less ideal than using say a 50.

Mark R.

> From: Howard Cummer <cummer at>
> Reply-To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2012 08:57:16 +0800
> To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Subject: [Leica] To the pano stitchers
>> Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 22:32:46 -0800
>> From: Richard Man <richard at>
>> Subject: [Leica] To the pano stitchers...
>> To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
>> Other than the difference in number of frames to cover a particular area,
>> are there image quality differences in using a longer lens rather than a
>> shorter lens? For example, 25, 35, 50 or 75 on a full frame body, which 
>> one
>> may be better image quality wise?
>> Thanks for any advice.
> Hi Richard,
> Good question! Sorry to come late to this but I am on the digest and on the
> other side of the world.
> In sum, you can take panos with any and all lenses - I have from 19mm all 
> the
> way up to 600mm (35mm equivalent in micro 4/3rds).
> The stitching programs from CS4 onwards are so good that just about any
> overlap can be stitched together if you
> a) shoot in manual so there is less exposure variation between frames. No 
> auto
> white balance either.
> b) shoot at a medium aperture (f8.0?) to eliminate vignetting.
> b) shoot portrait (vertical) to add up and down space to the frame while
> increasing the number of panels for left right views.
> If you shoot with superwide lenses you will get a roundness to the frame 
> which
> you may or may not like;
> Here's an example with the 19mm Elmarit V 1 on the Nikon D700. Look at the
> bowl like shape of the sand in the bottom of the picture.
> <
> uiO19ElmaritW.jpg.html>
> I've looked at my panos posted to the LUG and many have been made with 
> lenses
> in the 28mm to 90mm range.
> Here's an 11 panel example of the HK Harbour at twilight with the 90mm
> Summicron on the Nikon D700:
> <
> no8203-13W.jpg.html>
> and lastly here is an example using a longer lens - the 100 - 300 
> panasoninc
> zoom on the GH2 from my African safari last fall.
> This is 8 vertical panels hand held standing in a jeep and processed in 
> CS4:
> The zoom was at about 150mm (300mm equivalent)
> <>
> I would recommend starting with the less extreme lenses in the 28mm to 90mm
> range and then after you are used to their results moving on to what 
> intrigues
> and pleases you.
> Good shooting.
> Howard.
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