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The lenses for spherical panoramas shooting

The main criterion when choosing the lens for 360 spherical panoramas shooting is the view angle and the bigger (wider) it is, the smaller amount of frames needs to be made and the smaller amount of time will be spent on the original frames processing and jointing. And the time factor is crucial for those, who are actively engaged in the spherical panoramas production.

So, for example, when shooting the 360 panorama with the help of the standard whale zoom lens, which commonly has the approximately 28mm* focal lenght on the short end, you’d have to take something like 30-40 pictures. With the help of superwide-angle lens with the, let’s say, 17mm focal lenght you can lower the number of frames to only 18.

*for full frame sensors 36х24mm

With the Fisheye type lens 3-8 frames is enough to cover the whole sphere. When used together with the modern DSLR cameras, even with such number of frames the high quality full screen panoramas can be produced, that’s why the Fisheye lenses are popular in the virtual tour industry.

 
There are 2 main types of the Fisheye lens:

Circular Fisheye - the image on the received frame occupies not the whole area of the frame, but the inscribed circle with a ~180° view angle in any direction. The focal lenght of the circular Fisheye lens is 5.6-8mm (4,5mm for APS-C matrix).

Full frame Fisheye - the image on the received frame occupies the whole area of the frame, but the 180° view angle corresponds only with the diagonals of the frame. The focal lenght of the full frame FishEye lenses - 15-16mm (8-10.5mm for APS-C matrix).

 

Циркулярный фишай объектив - circular fisheye фишай Полнокадровый фишай объектив - full frame fisheye
Circular Fisheye   Full Frame Fisheye

 

Usually people differentiate one more type of the Fisheye lens - Drum Fisheye, but that is a mistake. Actually, it’s not the design format of the Fisheye lens, but the name of the image (Drum fisheye image), which is received most often when shooting with the 8mm circular Fisheye lens, installed on the camera, equipped with matrix with the crop factor>1 (check out the picture below).

 


Explanations:
Crop 1 - Full frame 24x36mm
Crop 1.3 - APS-H (Canon)
Crop 1.5 - APS-C (Nikon DX, Pentax, Sony)
Crop 1.6 - APS-C (Canon)
*Nikkor 10.5mm/2.8 with the "shaved" hood


The most popular lenses used in panoramic photography are:

 

Circular fisheye lenses

 

Lens
Price*
Note
Peleng (Пеленг) МС 3,5/8А Circular Fisheye Peleng МС 3,5/8А Circular Fisheye 350$ This lens allows focusing and apperture setting only   manually.
Sigma AF 4.5mm F2.8 EX DC Circular Fisheye HSM Sigma AF 4.5mm F2.8 EX DC Circular Fisheye HSM 900$ For  APS-С format DSLR's.
Sigma AF 8mm F3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Sigma AF 8mm F3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye 900$ Updated version of previous Sigma 8 mm f/4 EX DG.
Sunex SuperFisheye 5.6mm F/5.6 Sunex SuperFisheye 5.6mm F/5.6 800$ Angle of view 185°. Only for Canon and Nikon APS-C cameras. Fixed focus and aperture.

 

Full frame fisheye lenses

 

Lens
Price*
Note
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye 800$ For Canon 35 mm cameras
AF Fisheye-Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D AF Fisheye-Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D 1100$ For Nokon 35 mm cameras
AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED 800$ For Nikon DX cameras
Sigma 15mm F2.8 EX DG DIAGONAL Fisheye Sigma 15mm F2.8 EX DG DIAGONAL Fisheye 700$ For 35 mm cameras
Sigma 10mm F2.8 EX DC Fisheye HSM Sigma 10mm F2.8 EX DC Fisheye HSM 700$ For APS-С format cameras
Samyang 8 mm f3.5 FISH-EYE CS Samyang 8 mm f3.5 FISH-EYE CS 300$ For APS-С cameras. Manual focus. This lens is also known as Bower, Polar, Falcon, Rokinon.
Sony 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye Sony 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye 950$ For Sony Alpha DSLR's
Tokina AT-X 107 DX (10-17mm f/3.5-4.5) Tokina AT-X 107 DX (10-17mm f/3.5-4.5) 550$ Only for Canon and Nikon APS-С cameras
МС Zenitar (Зенитар) 16мм f/2,8 Fisheye МС Zenitar (Зенитар) 16мм f/2,8 Fisheye 150$ For 35 mm cameras. Manual focus and aperture
Zuiko Digital ED 8mm 1:3.5 Fisheye Zuiko Digital ED 8mm 1:3.5 Fisheye> 900$ For Olympus  4/3 cameras
SMC Pentax DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED (IF) FISH-EYE SMC Pentax DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED (IF) FISH-EYE 650$ For Pentax DSLR's

 

Ultra wide-angle lenses

 

Lens
Price*
Focal lenght equivalent to 35 mm
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM 2500$ 14mm
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 800$ 16-35mm (crop 1.6)
Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L II USM Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L II USM 1600$ 16-35mm
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM 800$ 17-40mm
 
AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED 1600$ 14mm
AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED 2000$ 14-24mm
AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED 1900$ 17-35mm
AF Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF-ED AF Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF-ED 800$ 18-35mm
AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED 850$ 15-48mm
AF-S DX Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED 800$ 18-36mm
 
Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM 800$ 12-24mm
Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM 700$

15-30mm (crop 1.5)

16-32mm (crop 1.6)

Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM 550$

15-30mm (crop 1.5)

16-32mm (crop 1.6)

 
Sony DT 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Sony DT 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6> 750$ 16.5-27mm
 
SMC Pentax DA 12-24MM F4.0 ED AL (IF) SMC Pentax DA 12-24MM F4.0 ED AL (IF) 650$ 18.5-37mm
SMC Pentax DA 14MM F2.8 SMC Pentax DA 14MM F2.8 650$ 21mm
 
Tamron SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di-II LD Tamron SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di-II LD 500$

15-36mm (crop 1.5)

16-38mm (crop 1.6)

 
Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX (11-16mm f/2.8) Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX (11-16mm f/2.8) 800$

16.5-24mm (crop 1.5)

17.5-25.5mm (crop 1.6)

Tokina AT-X 124 PRO DX II (12-24mm f/4) Tokina AT-X 124 PRO DX II (12-24mm f/4) 600$

18-36mm (crop 1.5)

19-38mm (crop 1.6)

 
Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:4.0 Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:4.0 2000$

14-28mm

Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4.0-5.6 Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4.0-5.6 800$

18-36mm (crop 1.5)

*Average e-shop's price

 

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