« on: May 06, 2014, 03:12:16 PM »
OK, don't laugh ... The lens I've found most useful for Panoramas is the 40mm pancake - the negligible distortion is a breeze to work with. In fact, I was guided to it by Sporgon here on CR - BTW, I really like his work.That makes total sense and as much (or as little) sense as my using the 50L. I have a TS-E 17 on the way, too, and can't wait to use it. Once you get the hang of it (have you watched the latest tutorial from Canon: Tilt-Shift Lens Basics with Vincent Laforet?) it's awesome. He makes it look easy in the video, but remember that he's been using them for many, many years. The videos are a great overview, though, the best I've seen.
I recently got the 17mm TS-E lens which has a stellar reputation. I'm still getting my head around the various tilt and shift movements so I haven't tried creating panoramas with it. The learning curve is extremely steep and I'm struggling with time constraints these days
Panos with the T/S are extremely easy if there's nothing the very near foreground. You just rotate shift to the side, shift to -11, shoot, shift to -6, shoot, 0, +6, and +11, and you're done. You can even skip the -6 and +6 settings (at least with the 24mm) if you don't have time. For panos with trees or other objects in the foreground that can cause parallax issues, here's a simple way to eliminate parallax with the TS-E lenses from Outback Photo: Workflow Technique #058: Avoiding Parallax while Stitching with Shift Lenses. Solution #2 in the article is particularly easy if you have a RRS plate.
Thanks a lot for the links and the suggestions. These should be very useful.
I don't have the RRS plate. RRS is not available in India I plan to get the RRS tripod, ball head, focusing rails and other accessories when I visit the US later this year ... A long wait.