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David Masterson
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Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 3:00 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post

Any recomendations on the best camera to use with this program?
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David Richardson
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Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 3:20 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post

David -

Personally I have used a Cannon S50 and a Cannon S5-IS with PF. I don't think the camera is that important as are the features. Two things that really make a difference:

1. Having your camera on a tripod. Hand held is REALLY tough for PF. There are other programs that handle this, but if you want to use the features in PF you will spend all day trying to line up more than a few images. To make the camera rotate properly on the tripod you would be best to use some type of panorama head (there is a lot of information in this forum about this). If you do not get your camera to rotate on the Nodal point the resulting images will not merge properly, this is critical.

2. The ability to lock down the settings for exposure. While PF does have some ability to blend things, you will find it easier if you have a stitch mode (like Cannon's do) or a lock mode that allows you to take a series of images with the same setting.

I have found through some experimentation that if you are doing a 360 panorama that you can have real problems with the exposure in one direction versus another (unless it is noon). To compensate for this, I will often shoot the entire panorama from darkest to lightest; using a panorama head for alignment; then turn my camera 180 degrees and shoot the entire series again.

You will waste 1/2 of the images, but who cares, you will have properly exposed images and a great looking panorama.

Hope this helps,


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