Solved Using an FC-E9 fisheye on a Coolpix 5700

January 29, 2014 at 23:45:31
Specs: Windows 7
Could you please tell me the camera settings I should use to use a FC-E9 fisheye on a Coolpix 5700, to produce 360 degree panoramas. I guess the aperture should be f11, ISO at 200? I am having some difficulty.

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January 30, 2014 at 13:58:39
You should use manual settings for exposure and aperture, or use the AE lock which will keep the shutter speed and aperture from changing. This way each picture will have the exact same light level. If you do choose to use the manual mode, I would set the aperture at the highest setting you can get away with, this will give you a very wide depth of field and you will have a better chance of everything being in focus. If you do choose a high aperture setting, you will probably need to go with a higher ISO setting. Usually really high ISO settings will introduce grainyness so you might need to experiment a little until you get a good balance.

Zooming in or out. I still think using a fish eye lens would be a bad choice but 360cities says it's ok to use one so it's your call. The wider the field of view the more distorted or barreled the picture is going to be. However, using a wider field of view means you will need to take less pictures. Using a more standard lens like something around a 50mm will produce a much less distorted picture and if you post on 360cities, you will be able to zoom in more with pictures taken on this type of lens. You will however need to take many more pictures than with a fisheye lens.

Did you look at 360's getting started page? http://help.360cities.net/taking-pa...

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#1
January 30, 2014 at 08:32:34
"I guess the aperture should be f11, ISO at 200?"

The aperture and ISO settings can be anything, it depends on the lighting conditions, how fast the subject is moving, depth of field needed, etc. there is no set value. Perhaps if you explained what issues you are having we could better help you.

Using a fisheye lens would not be good for panoramas, since you are going to get round images, stitching them together would be impossible for a panoramic view.

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January 30, 2014 at 10:57:10
Thank you for your interest in my problem. The equipment that I have is used by others to produce 'stitched' 360 degree virtual tours. That is my intention when I have worked out the camera settings on my Nikon 5700. I do not want to produce long panorama views. I realise my equipment is not suitable for that type of panorama. The set up of that particular camera for my purpose is where I am having difficulty.

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January 30, 2014 at 11:42:51
I'm still not sure what it is you want to do. A panoramic view is a wide view of a particular scene, usually accomplished by stitching several shots together. If this is your intent, then a fisheye lens is not what you want to use. I suppose this could be done using a fisheye lens and cropping the top and bottom of a single picture but it's going to be very distorted due to the fisheye effect. Is this what you want to do? I don't understand what you mean by "long panaoramic views". Do you have an example you could provide, IE a picture on a website?

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January 30, 2014 at 12:06:51
Thanks for your continuing interest. I reall appreciate it. I want to produce a 360 degree virtual tour. The resulting image revolves around a centre point and is in motion, although it is taken by a series of still images. My fisheye lens has an 180 degree field of view. I will take three or maybe four images so that I have an overlap of about 20% in each image. They will be stitched using a programme such as Panoweave. I can handle that side okay. My problem is the shooting set up for my Nikon Coolpix 5700 when using the FC-E9 fisheye lens.

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#5
January 30, 2014 at 12:09:29
There are many examples at www.360cities.net of the type of circular panorama that I want to produce.

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#6
January 30, 2014 at 13:39:22
Ok I understand what you are wanting now. So what is it you aren't understanding with the setup?

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#7
January 30, 2014 at 13:44:32
I don't know the settings that I should use on my Nikon 5700 when using that fisheye lens. For example AE Lock? Aperture priority? Zoomed in or out? Best ISO rating? I will of course use a tripod.

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January 30, 2014 at 13:58:39
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You should use manual settings for exposure and aperture, or use the AE lock which will keep the shutter speed and aperture from changing. This way each picture will have the exact same light level. If you do choose to use the manual mode, I would set the aperture at the highest setting you can get away with, this will give you a very wide depth of field and you will have a better chance of everything being in focus. If you do choose a high aperture setting, you will probably need to go with a higher ISO setting. Usually really high ISO settings will introduce grainyness so you might need to experiment a little until you get a good balance.

Zooming in or out. I still think using a fish eye lens would be a bad choice but 360cities says it's ok to use one so it's your call. The wider the field of view the more distorted or barreled the picture is going to be. However, using a wider field of view means you will need to take less pictures. Using a more standard lens like something around a 50mm will produce a much less distorted picture and if you post on 360cities, you will be able to zoom in more with pictures taken on this type of lens. You will however need to take many more pictures than with a fisheye lens.

Did you look at 360's getting started page? http://help.360cities.net/taking-pa...

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January 30, 2014 at 17:32:31
Thank you for your help. Persons such as yourself who help others are really great. You have set me towards the right direction.

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January 31, 2014 at 09:27:33
You're welcome. Post back and let us know how it you did.

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