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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · Is your 8-15L Fisheye suffering from neglect AND 8-15L vs ???


I'm looking forward to renting one for a trip to Maui next month. My hope is to buy one if I can make it sing. I already have a couple of ideas. Thanks for the software links, I'll look forward to checking it out.


Jan 07, 2013 at 05:57 AM
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p.2 #2 · p.2 #2 · Is your 8-15L Fisheye suffering from neglect AND 8-15L vs ???


Does anyone know if LR4 would straighten out the 8-15 if needed? It used to on my ef 15 I used to have. You guys are making me want one again...


Jan 07, 2013 at 06:44 AM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · Is your 8-15L Fisheye suffering from neglect AND 8-15L vs ???


The 8-15 fisheye is a very versatile tool for shooting 360 panoramas. On full frame I can shoot 6 around and 1 up at 15mm, or just 4 around at 12mm. On a crop camera it's 6 around and 1 up at 10mm, or 4 around at 8mm.

Here's a recent 360 night panorama at the Salton Sea:
http://www.joereifer.com/words/2012/12/30/full-moon-salton-sea-360-panorama-on-yacht-club-drive/



Jan 07, 2013 at 02:35 PM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · Is your 8-15L Fisheye suffering from neglect AND 8-15L vs ???


Mr Joe wrote:
The 8-15 fisheye is a very versatile tool for shooting 360 panoramas. On full frame I can shoot 6 around and 1 up at 15mm, or just 4 around at 12mm. On a crop camera it's 6 around and 1 up at 10mm, or 4 around at 8mm.

Here's a recent 360 night panorama at the Salton Sea:
http://www.joereifer.com/words/2012/12/30/full-moon-salton-sea-360-panorama-on-yacht-club-drive/


Thats really cool, how do you process something like that to allow for the gyroscope effect? Where you allow them to swing around the full 360 image.



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p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · Is your 8-15L Fisheye suffering from neglect AND 8-15L vs ???


I really really like my old EF15mm f/2.8 although I get to use it very seldomly, perhaps two shooting sessions per year. But when I do, the lens performs great.

I feel that adding 8-15L to my kit would accomplish extremely little photographically over what I've got already, and the only real effect would be a removal of $1,500+ from my pocket.

Furthermore, as a secondary consideration, I do not like the look, feel and the hood of 8-15L.....to me the lens looks like an obscenely overpriced transformer action figure (toy).



Jan 07, 2013 at 03:19 PM
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p.2 #6 · p.2 #6 · Is your 8-15L Fisheye suffering from neglect AND 8-15L vs ???


I bought a 8-15L copy after I rented it for a weekend when my fiance and I went to Baltimore for the day. The lens stayed on my 5DII exclusively, and that's when I thought I should buy it. After about 3 months of barely using it, I eventually decided to sell it because I wasn't using it at all. It is a very specialized lens, and I believe I paid $1,500 for it at the time. So I couldn't justify keeping a lens like that in my bag just sitting there. I believe I took about a $300 hit when I eventually sold it (and it took some time for me to actually find a buyer for it).

-Nick



Jan 07, 2013 at 03:52 PM
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p.2 #7 · p.2 #7 · Is your 8-15L Fisheye suffering from neglect AND 8-15L vs ???


@svassh - After shooting on a panohead, the fisheye images are stitched into a 360 using PTGui. Other software choices are Autopano and Hugin. Then you need to put them in a player for interactive viewing -- I use Pano2VR. KRPano is another popular viewer. You can also output different projections of the completed pano, including the "little planet" example below:








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