John Wood

Pro Expert

USA, North America
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About John

Most panoramas were made with the following hardware:

Nikon D810A camera

Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens

Nikon wireless shutter release

Ultimate Mini pano head with ring clamp

Gitzo G1258LVL tripod

ExpoDisc white balance filter

This rig requires a minimum of 9 shots for a spherical image, and will automatically bracket plus/minus 4 stops for a high dynamic range scene.  It weighs 4.5kg (10lb) in a 76cm (30in) long tripod bag.

Panoramas made in India and South Africa employed this hardware:

Fujifilm X30 camera, set at 28mm focal length pano head modified to reduce size/weight

Custom-made camera plate

Rotator Mini 45deg

Excess arm lengths cut off

Gitzo GT1550T tripod

ExpoDisc white balance filter

This rig requires a minimum of 26 shots for a spherical image, and will automatically bracket plus/minus 1 stop.  Performance-wise, this is not as desirable as the camera setup above.  But the entire outfit weighs only 3kg (6.6lb) in a compact courier bag, and it is well-suited for airline travel.

Both cameras kits produce panoramas approximately 200MP in size (20MP by 10MP, 360deg by 180deg).

I have developed techniques for making aircraft cockpit panoramas:

Panoramas in Tight Places

PTgui Pro was used for produce all the images.  More emphasis on post-processing comes next.

Email: k1zy@icloud.com