I'd like to start shooting some pano images and I am curious to know if there are advantages in using T/S lenses to shoot panos with today's advanced stitching software. Specifically, If I shoot around the nodal point with a regular lens vs shifting with a T/S lens and stiching together my photographs would I notice a significant difference?
Thanks in advance,
coming back to where it all started,
I can do both and think there is no difference.
Using the shift lenses ( PCE Nikkor) I have to shift the nodal point back- left right or up down. and your total view is limited to the shift lens capabilities.
The good thing with the shift lenses is that when you work with them a lot - like i do- you can decide directly to make a "bigger picture'.( higher quality)
For 360 degrees pano's - There is no advantage only you could shift up and down ( but have to compensate) at each frame to get a higher quality and larger view.
Using non shift lenses - You have to have a precise nodal point. Only when the subject is close - say less than 10 meters - it has to be precise at ca 1mm.
I use Really Right stuff pano equipment - also because of the unique centered L-plate they make for each body and the very good PCL-1 panning plate you put on top of your ballhead. Then you can make very high quality pano's with 6 photo's made with the 14-24mm lens at 14mm. ( or
I used to make this equipment myself but now i have a more vesatile tool that i can use with each lens i have.
For landscape pano's starting from 10 m or so- you do not have to have any equipment but your finger that you hold upright and use to turn the lens - and your finger has to be at- about- your nodal point. Your pano's will be perfect.